Library Updates

Briscoe Library Closed – Coronavirus Response

Briscoe Library Reopening

In a modified reopening plan for the fall semester, the UT Health Briscoe Library will be reopening study space for individualized study on Tuesday, September 8th. While there will be limits imposed by campus social distancing guidelines, preparations are being made to provide a safe study space environment for everyone. Campus guidelines will be in full effect, requiring everyone to wear a face mask at all times and maintain 6 feet of physical distance. Open hours will be from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. The library will remain closed on weekends. Access to the library will be through card swipe and is only for current students, faculty, and staff. The library will continue to offer virtual services and will remain actively engaged in supporting online learning. For additional information, please click here or contact Peg Seger at segerp@uthscsa.edu.

Working together to keep us all safe.

Briscoe Library to Partner with SAPL on NPR Campus Community Book Club

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The UT Health Science Center Briscoe Library and the San Antonio Public Library Forest Hills Branch are joining forces to start a new NPR (National Public Radio) Book Club as a community engagement project. There are many community issues that can benefit from engagement utilizing a book club as a platform for interaction and conversation. The club will meet once a month from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at either the Briscoe Library (room 4.074, the Collaboratory) or at the Forest Hills Library (5245 Ingram Rd). An NPR reviewed book will be featured at each meeting.

Do No Harm by Henry Marsh has been selected for the first meeting on September 17th, 6 -7 p.m., held at the Briscoe Library.

Do No Harm provides unforgettable insight into the countless human dramas that take place in a busy modern hospital.  Above all, it is a lesson in the need for hope when faced with life’s most difficult decisions.

A few copies are available at the Briscoe Library on a first come, first served basis. Other copies are available through the San Antonio Public Library. Contact Peg Seger for more details at (210) 567-6398 or segerp@uthscsa.edu.

Those interested in taking part in this project can stop by either library to pick up a bookmark with dates, times, and location information.

 

Briscoe Library Welcomes Kirsten Lorenzen

The UT Health Science Center Libraries welcome Kirsten Lorenzen as the new Marketing and Community Engagement Librarian at the Briscoe Library. Kirsten comes to UT Health San Antonio from the San Antonio Public Library where she provided outreach programming as a children’s librarian. Previously, she worked as a Library Services Assistant IV at UTSA’s John Peace Library and as a Project Manager for an advertising and brand management company. A native of California, Kirsten received a Master’s in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University in December 2015 and also holds a B.A. in English with a minor in Communication from the University of California, Davis.

With her experience in marketing, Kirsten will be instrumental in enhancing the library’s outreach and community engagement initiatives by promoting library resources, services, and events to the campus and wider community.  We are thrilled to have Kirsten as a member of our Library team.

BrowZine: A Modern Way of Accessing Scholarly Journals

 

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The old way of finding health information is becoming obsolete, and with information distribution changing, the library is changing. Briscoe Library has made the decision to remove print journals, transferring many to a joint library facility, and has adopted BrowZine.

BrowZine is a service for libraries that allows you to browse, read, and monitor scholarly journals on the web or on a mobile device. It combines the discovery you loved with print journals with the convenience of technology.

With BrowZine you can:

  • Easily browse thousands of scholarly journals
  • Create a personalized bookshelf of your favorite titles
  • Be alerted when new articles are available in your favorite journals
  • Save articles for offline reading

Find out how to access and use BrowZine here and look out for the Reading Lists feature coming later this year.

COME VOTE!

Come one, come all to name the new space in the Library! This space, with its new furniture and technology, has been made possible by student funds. In earlier communications, this space has been referred to as the technology sandbox, but here’s your chance to get your opinion heard.

A nice piece of chocolate candy is waiting as a reward…

 

Construction Completed for New Vending Area

Construction has been completed in preparation for the new fresh food and coffee vending area on the 3rd floor of Briscoe Library. The area has been completely renovated with new electrical, plumbing, walls, and floors. The vending machines, which will include a coffee machine and two fresh food machines, are expected to be installed and ready to go in August.

No matter the weather or time of day or night, you’ll soon be able to grab a quick bite without having to leave the comfort of the library. We’ll not only leave a light on for you, we’ll prepare dinner too!

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

Deadline
January 31, 2020

Format
Please send entries in PDF format to segerp@uthscsa.edu.

For more information, contact Peg Seger at segerp@uthscsa.edu or 210-567-6398.

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.