Library Updates

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

Scavenger Hunt: Discover Hidden Treasures in the Briscoe Library!


The History of Medicine Society is sponsoring a treasure hunt for anyone interested in the history of the health sciences. The scavenger hunt will run from Tuesday, September 6 at 8:00 am through Thursday, September 15 at 6:00 pm. Any time during that period, participants can pick up an entry form at the Circulation Desk on the 3rd floor of the Briscoe Library. Uncover treasures located throughout the building and even online! See rare historical books, and view digital collections.


Completed forms should be placed in the designated boxes at the Circulation Desk on the 3rd floor or in the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library on the 5th floor by 6:00 pm on Thursday, September 15.


Participants must answer 8 out of 10 questions correctly to be eligible for a prize. All qualifying entrants may enter a drawing to win novelty chocolates, and student entrants are eligible for one of three $5 gift cards to Starbucks! Winners will be drawn at the September 15 meeting of the History of Medicine Society. Walter Humann, MS III and winner of the 2015 Danny Jones History of the Health Sciences Student Essay Contest, will present Medical Progress in the West: A Historical Perspective at 6:00 pm in the Howe Conference Room.

For more information, contact Peg Seger, Head of Outreach and Community Engagement, at 210-567-6398 or







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

Suffering and Progress: A History of the HIV Epidemic in the United States – December 3

Red Ribbon for AIDS AwarenessIn honor of AIDS Awareness Week, Gregory Anstead, M.D., Ph.D. will present Suffering and Progress: A History of the HIV Epidemic in the United States on December 3, 2015 at 12 Noon in the Howe Conference Room on the 5th floor of the Briscoe Library. This lecture is also being held in conjunction with the National Library of Medicine traveling exhibition, Surviving and Thriving: AIDS, Politics, and Culture, which will be on display on the 3rd floor of the Briscoe Library from October 26, 2015 – December 5, 2015.

Dr. Anstead is an Associate Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases in the School of Medicine and Director of the Immunosuppression and Infectious Diseases Clinics at the South Texas Veterans Health Care System. He has previously delivered noontime lectures on historical developments in Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy and West Nile Virus Encephalitis.

The event is free and open to everyone. Please, bring your lunch and join us for dessert!

For more information, contact Lisa Matye Finnie, Special Collections Librarian, at or 210-567-2406.

TEDMED 2015: Sharing Ideas, November 18-20

Online and Blended Learning and the Briscoe Library have teamed up to host the TEDMED 2015 live streaming event for the UT Health Science Center San Antonio. TEDMED is a “global community dedicated to unlocking imagination in service of health and medicine.”

The event will be held from November 18 – 20 and will feature live simulcasts from the Palm Springs, CA. For more information about the event, please visit the TEDMED site.

TEDMED has announced all of the speakers and co-hosts for the nine sessions planned over the course of three days. Each session revolves around a theme ranging from recognizing the limit of our knowledge to science/health trends. For more information about all of the nine sessions including speaker bios, please visit TEDMED Sessions.


Session Number Day Time Session
Session 1 Wed., Nov. 18 8:00 – 10:00am Human Explorations
Session 2 Thu., Nov. 19 10:30am – 12:00pm Mind Matters
Session 3 Thu., Nov. 19 1:00 – 2:30pm Catalyzing Great Science
Session 4 Thu., Nov. 19 4:45 – 6:30pm Back to Basics
Session 5 Thu., Nov. 19 7:30 – 9:00pm Food Fix
Session 6 Fri., Nov. 20 10:30am – 12:00pm Techno-Utopia
Session 7 Fri., Nov. 20 1:00 – 2:30pm Who Cares for Health Care?
Session 8 Fri., Nov. 20 4:30 – 6:00pm Out There


All sessions will be streamed in the 21st Century Classroom, Dental Building room 4.476.2T on the 4th floor. Drop in viewing is encouraged.

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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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