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2nd Annual Student Appreciation Week Success

Please enjoy a few pictures from the week long activities during the 2018 Student Appreciation Week, October 29th through November 2nd, 2018.

SGA Secretary Samantha Yee and Vice-President Mustafa Mithaiwala cut the ribbon at a celebration for the new Library food vending area made possible by funds from the Student Fee Fund. (10/29/18)

Students enjoying coffee and cake at the ribbon cutting celebration. (10/29/18)

Library Liaisons Karen Barton (SHP), Chris Gaspard (SOM), and Christy Tyson (SOD) prepare for the student paint party complete with spooky drinks and pumpkin cookies.

(10/30/18)

Students enjoy spooky drinks and treats with Liaison Librarian Christy Tyson. (10/30/18)

Students talk with Miguel Vazquez, M.D., creator of Starletta. (10/30/18)

Students line up to take part in the Student Photo Wall. The School of Health Professions was the winner with the most participation! (10/30/18)

Students getting pictures taken at the Halloween Photo Wall (10/31/18).

Students getting to know Library therapy dogs June and Angel along with handlers, Resource Management Librarians Dana Whitmire and Andrea Schorr. (11/2/18)

Students lined up each day to spin the wheel for prizes.


Student wins a prize!

Coming Later This Fall: New Library Furniture and Space Arrangements

Thanks to an award from the Student Fee Fund, the Library will be developing new small scale furniture arrangements and installing other new furniture options later this Fall as part of a pilot space design project. Three spaces will be developed to enhance areas for student individual study, group study, and relaxation.

Individual study chairs or pods will be installed on the 3rd and 4th floors. The relaxation area will be located on the 5th floor adjacent to a new collaboration study area comprised of two counter-height tables, stools, and whiteboards. Feedback from students will guide the library on expanding furniture and space design options in the future.

Stay tuned for updates. See below for illustrations.

3rd Floor – Front corner window area – 2 pods for individual study

4th Floor – Columns adjacent to the front window area – 6 pods for individual study

5th Floor – Relaxation spaces and group study collaboration tables

Danny Jones History of the Health Sciences Essay Award Winner

Please join us in congratulating Jacob Canfield (School of Medicine), this years’ winner of the Danny Jones History of the Health Sciences Essay Award sponsored by the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Library. This annual contest was established in memory of Danny Jones, M.L.S., who served as Head of Special Collections at the UT Health at San Antonio Briscoe Library and who was also a Past President of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library.

Jacob is a first year medical student from Fort Worth. He is a graduate of Texas A&M University Commerce and is involved with the organizations Frontera de Salud and Access Care Texas here at UT Health San Antonio. Jacob loves nature, history, and fossil hunting!

Pictured here congratulating Jacob is Owen Ellard, Senior Director of Libraries. Jacob’s essay was entitled Anti-Vax: 19th Century Insights into a Modern Healthcare Issue. For those of you who would like to hear more about Jacob’s essay, he will be providing a presentation on his topic during the Student Fiesta celebration being planned for April.

A copy of Jacob’s essay is provided here: Canfield,Jacob_EssayAward_2019.

Deadline January 31st to Win $500!

Submit your entry for the Danny Jones Student Essay Competition by midnight on Jan. 31st for a chance to win.

Email in PDF format to Peg Seger (segerp@uthscsa.edu)

All UT Health students as well as interns, residents and fellows are eligible to enter.

Previously unpublished essays (up to 2500 words) in broad areas related to the history of the health sciences or the history of any health science profession are eligible for submission.

The contest is sponsored by the Friends of the P.I.Nixon Medical Historical Library in memory of Danny Jones, MLS, former Head of Special Collections at the UT Health Briscoe Library and Past President of the Friends.

For more information, click here.

Get Some Exercise at the Library!

Did you know that you can exercise and study at the same time?

Well, now you can, and you will have a great view of our beautiful campus!

Come to the 5th floor of the Briscoe Library to check out the new equipment.

There are 3 exercise bikes with attached desk-tops that can be used night or day, 24/7/365.

Standing power hubs are also available to charge your phone or laptop while you are exercising.

Stay tuned for a treadmill desk coming soon.

Help Us Name Our New Space!

Our new library entrance area is finally nearing completion! Now all it needs is a name. Please drop by the library to give us your suggestion.

Coming soon to the area will be a Keurig coffee machine and microwave. You’ll be able to bring your own K-cup and food of your choice to enjoy while studying or just hanging out with friends and colleagues.

 

Here’s An Idea…

Use your winter break to write an essay for the Danny Jones Essay Contest! Deadline is January 31st, 2020. Prize money will include $250 for 1st, $150 for second, and $100 for 3rd place.

Check out a resource list for developing essay ideas and examples of past winning essays below. Follow the rules and win!

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Mobile Standing Desks Come to the Library

Beginning with standing height tables, study pods, and exercise desks that have been added to library study options over the past few years, there are now 10 new mobile standing desks available on floors 3, 4, and 5.

Students studying in the library can move the desks to take advantage of  window light and power outlets. Some students just prefer to stand while studying. For health benefits, the desks adjust from 29 to 45 inches allowing users to sit or stand.

Standing desks have often been requested by students and have been made possible thanks to an award from the Student Fee Fund. Thanks also to the quick work by library staff, desks were assembled and ready for use within days of delivery.

 

Louie Barcenes – Supervisor, Library Information Resources

More Than 50 Names Submitted for the New Library Lounge

Shortly after the first of the year, a white board was rolled out into the entry area of Briscoe Library. It was placed not far away from a new student “lounge” area adjacent to the library entry. Students (and anyone else who wanted to offer an opinion) were asked to suggest names for the new area. After all, how do you tell someone where to meet you (for studying or a lunch break) without knowing the name of the exact spot where you would like to meet?

As a sign of the growing popularity of the space, over 50 names were suggested. Tentative plans are for library staff to narrow down the suggestions to a more manageable number and then put it back to students for a vote.

Stay tuned for the next update and your chance to vote!

New Changes Coming to PubMed in 2020

NCBI has been experimenting over the past few years for ways to improve the overall search quality and user experience for PubMed users. The new PubMed will be incorporating a new, modern interface, updated features including advanced search, clipboard, options for sharing results, and a new “cite” button that provides easy access to citation information in AMA, MLA and APA formats. Take a look at a complete list of new features.

An experimental platform, PubMed Labs, is now open allowing users to test new features and provide input.

Stay tuned for more details to come. In the mean time, check out some recent NLM Bulletins:

NLM Technical Bulletin – March/April 2019

 NLM Technical Bulletin – July August 2019

 

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