Library Updates

Group Study Room Policies

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5th Floor Study Rooms: Blue = Reserved!

The Briscoe Library has group study rooms on the 3rd and 5th floors that can accommodate 4-6 people for collaborative work. The 5th floor group study rooms have media:scapes, which allow screen-sharing for up to 4 laptops. All of the study rooms are very popular and always in demand, especially in the evenings and on weekends. The display screens on the library’s 3rd and 5th floors show availability of study rooms, and the reservation system can be accessed from any computer or smart phones.

The room reservation guidelines are very clear about who may reserve the study rooms, how to reserve a room, and the 15 minute grace period: group study rooms are in high demand, so a reservation is forfeited and others may use the room if:

  • The group does not show up within 15 minutes of start time
  • Only one person from the group is in the room for more than 15 minutes
  • The room is empty for more than 15 minutes any time after the reservation start time.

Library staff do not monitor the rooms but they will provide assistance should questions arise.

To reserve a group study room, go to http://www.library.uthscsa.edu/rooms.

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

 

History of Brain Mapping: an HOM Society Event on Thursday, February 16th


Upcoming History of Medicine Society Event at the Briscoe Library:

The History of Brain Mapping, a presentation by Eithan Kotkowski, MD/PhD student.

When: Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 6:00 PM

Where: Briscoe Library, Howe Conference Room (5th floor)

Membership to the History of Medicine Society is free, and meetings are open to the public. Light refreshments will be served!

Hope to see you there!

Library Space Planning: UT Health Library Staff Visit UT Austin Libraries

 

UT Health Library Senior Director Owen Ellard and staff librarians traveled to the UT Austin campus in December to tour recently renovated library space as shown above. Hosted by UT Austin Library staff, the tours allowed time for discussion of renovation and space planning to meet the changing needs of students and faculty.  Areas toured included the UT Austin Fine Arts Library and its new maker space called “The Foundry” as well as newly renovated areas of the Perry-Castaneda main library. The transformation of library space was made visible through the range of technology, furniture, and artwork used throughout the UT Austin Library spaces.  In light of recent print shelf removal at the UT Health Briscoe Library as shown below, librarians and staff will be working with students and faculty to adapt the newly open spaces to meet the needs of UT Health campus communities.

New E-book Collections

The UT Health Science Center Libraries now have access to four new e-book collections.

ACS
The American Chemical Society e-book collection
Includes access to ACS Symposium Series 1974-2011 and Advances in Chemistry 1950-1998
Purchased through the University of Texas System using Academic Library Collection Enhancement funding.
Access: database page and library catalog

IOP
Institute of Physics e-book collection
Includes access to titles between 2013-2015.
Purchased through the University of Texas System using Academic Library Collection Enhancement funding.
Access: database page and library catalog

ASM
American Society for Microbiology e-book collection
Includes access to titles between 1993-2015
Purchased through the University of Texas System using Academic Library Collection Enhancement funding.
Access: database page and library catalog

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Current Protocols in Molecular Biology e-book collection
Includes access from 1987 to the present.
Access: database page and library catalog

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 Hours for AskALibrarian Services – August 2016

Need Help? Get Help!

Check in with a librarian anytime between:
10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday

Email: askalibrarian@uthscsa.edu
Call: 210-567-2450
Instant Message
In-person

For more information, click here for the Get Help Page

New Leisure Books – March 2017

 

Need a break? Check out the latest titles in the Leisure collection.

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The Leisure collection is located on the main floor of the Briscoe Library across from the Circulation desk. This collection is funded through library donations.

For a complete list of all titles in the Leisure collection click here.

Leisure titles are currently selected by library staff, but suggestions are welcome. Send suggestions to askalibrarian@uthscsa.edu.

 

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 Library Hub: Site of Oculus Virtual Reality Demonstrations

Want to learn how to use the new Oculus Rift in the Library Hub? Now is your chance!

Virtual reality demonstrations are being scheduled for groups of students, faculty, or staff who would like to learn more. The Oculus offers a broad scope of possibilities for education as well as recreation.

To schedule a demonstration, email askalibrarian@uthscsa.edu.

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