Library Updates

News From the Libraries – September 2015

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

Photograph of a wooden treasure chest with jewels

Ramirez Library Now Part of UTRGV

AccessMedicine App

Anne Comeaux Retires After 40 Years Service

History of the Health Science Scavenger Hunt

45th Annual P.I. Nixon Library Dinner

Potent Potions and Healing Herbs

P.I. Nixon Hosts Japanese Dental Students

Briscoe Library/SAPL NPR Campus Community Book Club

The Winds and Words of War – Library Presentation

Pottery Bowl Exhibit: Art for the Mind

Featured New Books

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Off Campus Access Restored

Our recent issues with off campus access should be resolved now.  Please contact the on call librarian if you experience any problems.


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 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

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

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


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

The Winds and Words of War–Library Presentation

  • Presented by Allison Hays Lane, Archivist, University Health System
  • Tuesday, September 29, 2015, 12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m.
  • Howe Conference Room, Briscoe Library 5th Floor

An exhibit of World War I posters, on loan from the Texana Collection of the San Antonio Public Library, is now on display on the 3rd floor of the Briscoe Library.

I-Want-YouThe collection consists of lithographs depicting war propaganda that were commissioned in 1916-1917 by the U.S. government to inspire people to enlist, to pick up a flag, to support the men and women who participated as soldiers and nurses. The illustrators, including James Montgomery Flagg, Charles Buckle Falls, Haskell Coffin, and others whose works also appeared on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post, volunteered their creativity to the war effort.  These prints are excellent examples of use of advertising strategies and graphic design of the period.

Curator Allison Hays Lane will talk about her research and share many interesting stories about the artists and the fascinating prints in this vintage collection.

Light refreshments will be served.

RSVP 210-567-2430 or

What’s New in ClinicalKey?

clinicalkey imageis a database which contains a wealth of medical and surgical information. Content includes over 1,000 e-books, over 500 e-journals (including the famous “Clinics” titles), and thousands of videos and images. Also included is point-of-care content from First Consult.

Access ClinicalKey through the library’s database page or the library catalog.

Here’s what’s new:

Click on the cover to view the e-book record.

CTofTraumCriticalCare               Eye               Ferri_2016



MemoryLoss               NoltesBrain                OrbitalImaging



RichsVasTrauma               Textbook_pediatricrheum                UltrasoundReq3


More new and updated titles:

2016 Intravenous Medications: a Handbook for Nurses and Health Professionals

Andrew’s Diseases of the Skin: Clinical Dermatology, 12th ed.

Cardiovascular Intervention : a Companion to Braunwald’s Heart Disease

Clinical Dermatology : a Color Guide to Diagnosis and Therapy, 6th ed.

Goldman-Cecil Medicine, 25th ed.

Massachusetts General Hospital Psychopharmacology and Neurotherapeutics


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What’s New in ClinicalKey?

clinicalkey imageis a database which contains a wealth of medical and surgical information. Content includes over 1,000 e-books, over 500 e-journals (including the famous “Clinics” titles), and thousands of videos and images. Also included is point-of-care content from First Consult.

For a list of the newest ClinicalKey titles click here.


Access all titles in ClinicalKey through the library’s database page or the library catalog.

*Must register for personal account to view PDFs.