News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

Library Thanksgiving Holiday Hours

As a reminder, Briscoe Library is open 24/7/365 for current faculty, students, and staff of UT Health San Antonio with a valid UT ID for card swipe entry.

During the Thanksgiving Holiday, library doors will be open for more limited hours as follows:

Wednesday, November 27: 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, November 28: Thanksgiving Day – Doors closed
Friday, November 29: University Holiday – Doors closed
Saturday, November 30: Resume normal hours – 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 31: Resume normal hours – 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Danny Jones History of the Health Sciences Essay Award

The Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library welcome submissions for the 2020 essay competition in memory of Danny Jones, M.L.S., who served as Head of Special Collections at the UT Health San Antonio Library and who was also a Past President of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library. The essay can be on any topic related to the history of the health sciences, including medicine, dentistry, nursing, public health, or any other health science subject or profession.

The contest is open to current students in any of the schools at UT Health San Antonio, as well as affiliated interns, residents, and fellows. Unpublished essays in broad areas related to the history of the health sciences are eligible for submission. Previous essays not selected are also eligible for re-submission.

Three winners will be chosen by a panel of judges, awarding $250, $150, and $100 for the first 3 places. The awards will be presented during Student Fiesta in April of 2020.

Word Limit
No more than 2500 words

January 31, 2020

Please send entries in PDF format to

For more information, contact Peg Seger at or 210-567-6398.

Student Appreciation Week Highlights

Library therapy dog June was not too sure about Edward Scissorhands

Artist from the Raindrop House demonstrated the art of marbling while students were treated to baklava

Students enjoyed cookies and coloring
Lunch was served at a reception for
artist Carla Yeatts, creator of Carla’s Creatures
Hobblesnot, one of Carla’s Creatures, was on display

Bartholomew, library therapy dog in training, handed out hugs and kisses
2019 marked the 3rd anniversary for the Briscoe Library Student Appreciation Week and we hope there will be many more to come!

Remember the Library Front Desk?

Well, it’s gone! New space is available and we are asking for your input.
Come on in to let us know your ideas.

News from the Libraries October 2019

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

Cut Paper and the Tenuous Nature of Human Existence

Student Appreciation Week – Oct 28 to Nov 1

New Art Specimens on Display in the Library

Subscribe to the Treasures Blog

Register Now! Lecture – History of Obstetrics

October 18th – Deadline for Nixon Dinner Registration

Featured New Books/E-books for October 2019

See all past issues of News From the Libraries

Cut Paper and the Tenuous Nature of Human Existence

One of two artists now on display in Briscoe Library, local San Antonio artist Laura Schultz is well known for her work in cut paper. Viewers of her exhibit will be treated to many layers of meaning as they get closer to each piece. Ms. Schultz earned an MFA in fiber and mixed media from the John F. Kennedy University in 1993, and a BFA from the University of Texas at Austin in 1986.  She returned to her native San Antonio in 2001, where she maintains a studio and teaches art.

Watch for more news about her artist’s talk and paper-cutting class at the end of October during the library Student Appreciation Week.

Artist Statement

With my work in cut paper I try to evoke the tenuous nature of human existence. Using a small blade, I cut intricate images that are enormous, at times even architectural in scale. The works command attention because of their size, yet when they are combined with the fragile, ephemeral nature of paper as a material, a range of emotions occurs that I find deeply provocative: tension, joy, anxiety, melancholy. This contradiction of power and vulnerability manifests a terrible beauty for me: a size that can overwhelm or intimidate, in a material that emanates susceptibility and fragility.

I draw on memories, dreams, and bits of archaic literature for my imagery. At times, certain stories morph with my personal memories and dreams until it is impossible to see where one begins and the other ends. My intention is to capture an atmosphere of emotion, visually responding to narrative moments that offer a deep sense of human experience.

Artist Laura Schultz installing her work Alphabet of Death.

Student Appreciation Week – Oct 28 to Nov 1

Join us from 11am to 1pm October 28th through November 1st for Briscoe Library’s 3rd Annual Student Appreciation Week!

New Art Specimens on Display in the Library

Perfect for this time of year, you must come by and visit the latest specimens on display at Briscoe Library. The exhibit, curated by library Special Collections Assistant Melissa DeThorne, is an introduction to the work of artist Carla Yeatts. Carla graduated from the Tom Savini Special Makeup Effects Program in 2017 and since then has been making creature sculptures in her studio in Austin, Texas. She is inspired by classic horror films: Phantom of the Opera, Creature from the Black Lagoon, The Wolf Man and more recent examples, Hellboy, Hellraiser, and Pan’s Labyrinth. You can find her creatures at galleries across the United States and in homes of private collectors.

For more information about Carla, see her website at To meet the artist, plan on attending the artist’s lunch-time reception on October 28th during Student Appreciation Week in the library.

Prints of Carla’s works are available for purchase.

Subscribe to the Treasures Blog


nterested in learning more about the history of medicine or health care? Ever wonder what remedies were used long ago to treat ailments? Subscribe to the Treasures of the P.I. Nixon blog and learn the fascinating truths about the history of the health sciences.  Last month’s post, Not Just Another Putti Face, features the mischievous, wingless toddler boys that pop up in art and illustration. Look closely inside our 1543 copy of Vesalius’ de Fabrica and you will find putti performing some quite gruesome tasks; the capital letter “I”, for example, depicts putti robbing a fresh grave by candlelight.

Read more about putti and other historical medical subjects in the Treasures blog.  Be sure to subscribe to the blog to receive updates about events, lectures, rare book viewings, and more!

October 18th – Deadline for Nixon Dinner Registration

49th Annual Nixon Dinner, November 7th!

Presentation: Many Sleepless Nights: The Odyssey of Organ Transplantation

Speaker Lee Gutkind will give a moving account of the earliest patients, pioneers in organ transplantation, and evolving                    technology.

Time: Meet & Greet: 6:30 PM | Dinner: 7:00 PM

Location: Old San Francisco Steak House | 10223 Sahara Street


$55 per person

$35 for students: *Students are encouraged to apply for sponsorships to cover the cost of registration and membership.

*Student sponsorships are always welcome. If you would like to sponsor a student, please indicate on the registration form.

Register now online