Library Updates

New Library Catalog Debuts June 8

On Monday, June 8, the UT Health Science Center Library catalog will be getting a new look. Koha open source library software will be the new interface for the library catalog. It will provide:

  • A responsive theme that works on all devices
  • More robust keyword and advanced searching
  • Cover images for many books
  • Exporting of selections to citation management software (e.g. RefWorks, EndNote, etc.) via “Cart”
  • Recommended lists of resources

Borrower registration will be required for:UTHSC Libraries catalog

  • Checking out books and other materials
  • Creating lists

More tips and tutorials:

For questions or if you encounter any problems with  the new catalog, contact library staff at 567-2450 or send an email to Askalibrarian.

 

News From the Libraries – July 2015

The July issue of News from the Libraries is now available.  For links to individual articles, see the table of contents below.

Laredo area 6th & 7th grade students attending an AHEC  summer science camp enjoy looking at the anatomical  models at the Laredo Regional Campus Library

Laredo area 6th & 7th grade students attending an AHEC
summer science camp enjoy looking at the anatomical
models at the Laredo Regional Campus Library

Holiday Hours – July 4th Weekend

Construction on 4th Floor

Faculty Survey – Recommend a Journal

Laredo Library – AHEC Orientations & Tours

NIH Public Access Policy

Looking For a New Way to Study?

P.I. Nixon Library Hosts UTSA Art Students

Featured New Books

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News From the Libraries – June 2015

The June issue of News from the Libraries is now available.  For links to individual articles, see the table of contents below.

UTHSC Libraries catalog

New Library Catalog Debuts June 8

Off Campus Login Update

UT System Libraries Working Together

Springer and Nature Merger

Influuent – Connecting Industry with UT System Researchers

Librarians Attend MLA Conference

Popular E-books in ClinicalKey

Featured New Books

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News From the Libraries – May 2015

The May issue of News from the Libraries is now available.  For links to individual articles, see the table of contents below.Kutu photo

Briscoe Library 24/7 Hours

Periodical Price Survey 2015

MedlinePlus Has a New Look

P.I. Nixon Hosts History of Anatomy Class

Traveling Exhibit on George Washington

Proyecto de la Mujer Bateyana – Library Photo Exhibit

Library Staff Honored for Years of Service

Chris Gaspard – Emerging Leaders Award

Anne Comeaux Certified as Digital Archives Specialist

Retired Librarian Receives Photography Award

Libraries Receive NN/LM Library Award

Featured New Books

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Off Campus Login Update

The UT Health Science Center librarians are preparing an update for Off Campus Login, the service that provides users with access to electronic resources via the library’s home page. This update will ensure that the service can take advantage of future security updates and allow the library to provide continued support and access for off campus users.

The update is scheduled to go live the morning of Tuesday, June 2, 2015. Service downtime is not anticipated for off campus users. However, with all updates of this nature, there is a slight risk that some users may experience temporary intermittent connectivity issues to library electronic resources. As always, UTHSCSA VPN is available as an alternative option for accessing the library’s electronic resources from off campus.

If you experience extended periods of interruption on or after this update, please don’t hesitate to contact library staff at askalibrarian@uthscsa.edu and we will be happy to assist you.

Quintessence Journals Now Available Online

Faculty, staff, and students now have the ability to access the following Quintessence journals, on and off-campus:

  • International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Implants
  • International Journal of Periodontics & Restorative Dentistry
  • International Journal of Prosthodontics
  • Journal of Orofacial Pain
  • Journal of Adhesive Dentistry
  • Quintessence International

If you have any questions regarding access, please contact Dana Whitmire, Electronic Resources/Serials Librarian at whitmired@uthscsa.edu.

Students Asked, We Responded!

Students at the UT Health Science Center have never been shy about letting us know what they need to improve their experiences in the library. When possible, we do our best to “make it so!”

More Whiteboards!

WhiteboardEvery group study room has a whiteboard. The study rooms on the 5th floor have whiteboards that cover two-thirds of one wall, providing a large writing area. Often, we find them covered with equations or diagrams that are so impressive that our staff are reluctant to wipe them down. Since the number of group study rooms is limited, students asked for portable whiteboards that they can use in the open seating areas. After consulting with members of the Student Government Association, we have purchased large rolling whiteboards for the 3rd and 5th floors.

Erasers are magnetically attached to the boards and students can help themselves to markers from the bucket that resides at the Circulation Desk. We just ask that students return the markers so others can use them.bucket-markers

Study Room Reservation Schedules

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When we migrated to a self-service group study room reservation system, the response was overwhelmingly positive. Students were able to log in and reserve rooms for up to 4 hours at a time without having to call or stop at a service desk to request a reservation. However, everyone did not honor the reservations and we often received complaints that people were occupying rooms that had been reserved by other groups. We investigated ways to make it easier to find non-reserved rooms and then reserve them on the spot using a mobile device. This screen, located across from the entrance on the 3rd floor, shows up-to-the-minute availability and provides a scan code for quick access to the reservation system.

These improvements are a collaborative effort between staff from the Library Services, Administration and Library Technology divisions. We look forward to receiving suggestions for ways to assist in the success of our students.

Jonquil Feldman
Director, Library and Outreach Services
feldman@uthscsa.edu

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