Library Updates

New England Journal of Medicine Backfiles Now Available

The Briscoe Library now has access to the complete run of  New England Journal of Medicine. Access for NEJM begins with 1928 and previous titles range from 1812-1927. This backfile collection was purchased through our consortial partnership with the University of Texas System using Academic Library Collection Enhancement Program (ALCEP) funds allocated by the UT System Board of Regents for one-time collection purchases.

 

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.

 

New Pottery Bowl Exhibit: Art for the Mind

Dudley Harris, MD likes to say he doesn’t make art, he makes things. Art is for your mind.

There is no doubt, the delicate pottery bowls on display at the Briscoe Library are works of art. The bowls were made at Dr. Harris’ San Antonio studio using a Japanese method that the artist has perfected by working with artists in Japan. The process of creating each bowl takes a full month, with multiple glazings and firings, and the result is truly stunning.

IMG_2227 A mostly retired ophthalmologist, Dr. Harris has a long history with the UT Health Science Center. He was among the first group of interns to train in 1969 at Bexar County Hospital (now University Hospital). After his residency, he served in the U.S. Navy and then entered private practice in San Antonio. He spent his career performing cataract surgeries. He has made numerous trips to Central America and Asia, doing pro bono surgeries.

Dr. Harris began working with pottery 30 years ago, and has always been attracted to the Japanese style tea bowl. He insists his bowls are for the kitchen and table. He says, “My bowls are for goulash. But if you think my bowls are beautiful, we are both happy.” He holds an annual open house in December at his studio. Proceeds from the sales event benefit Texas Public Radio. Dr. Harris can be contacted at dudleyharris@mindspring.com.

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

News From the Libraries – August 2015

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

3D Print now available

Proposed Journal Cancellations for FY16

New England Journal of Medicine Backfiles Now Available

AccessMedicine and AccessSurgery Upgrades

3D Printing at the Library

Danny Jones Essay Competition

Dentists: Prisoners of the Rising Sun

WWI Poster Exhibit

Promotores and Community Health Worker Groups

Library Exchange Program

What’s New in ClinicalKey?

Featured New Books

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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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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.

Proposed Journal Cancellations for 2016

On an annual basis, librarians review current journal subscriptions to assure that titles are continuing to be used and are meeting the needs of the Health Science Center community.  This annual review of journals allows the library to stay within budget while freeing some funds to add new titles requested by faculty and students.  Below is our tentative journal cancellation list for 2016.  The titles on this list have low usage (less than 100 uses during the year), no usage, or the publisher could not provide use statistics.  Because some publishers are not able to provide use statistics, librarians are particularly interested in feedback on titles that appear to have no use.

Librarians used 2014 cost/use as a baseline because it is the last full calendar year of usage statistics we could gather.

Cancellations are not made lightly; librarians look at many factors and also take into consideration comments from faculty, staff, and students.  If any of the titles suggested for cancellation are needed,  send your comments to John Weed, Head of Collection Resources, at weedj@uthscsa.edu.

For titles not owned by the library or that may be cancelled, interlibrary loan is available to obtain articles or books from lending libraries around the country.

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.

ScienceDirect Maintenance

ScienceDirect will be offline for maintenance for approximately 4.5 hours starting at 05:00 PM on Saturday, 1 August. 

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