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News From the Libraries: March 2020

We're Still Here! Just Virtually...

During this difficult time, library liaisons and all other library staff are on the job and ready to help.

All library resources are available and services (other than face-to-face, and with a few other exceptions) are fully operational. Librarians and library staff remain available Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm to answer your questions by phone, email, and chat. Requests that come in outside of those hours will be handled as soon as possible on the next business day.

For more information, please see the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Information: UTHSA Library Response.

Briscoe Buddies Visit the STRF

On Friday, March 6th, Briscoe Buddies Angel and June visited the South Texas Research Facility (STRF) for a puppy picnic to celebrate Employee Appreciation Day. Accompanied by their handlers, Dana Whitmire and Andrea Schorr, both Angel and June joined STRF faculty and staff for a walk on the greenway followed by lots of cuddles.

For more information about the Briscoe Buddies contact


Briscoe Librarians on Predatory Publishing

Librarians Emme Lopez and Chris Gaspard published an article entitled, “Predatory publishing and the academic librarian: Developing tools to make decisions” in the Jan-Mar issue of Medical Reference Services Quarterly. Confusion exists around identifying trustworthy journals, especially those without the benefit of name recognition. Authors often turn to their librarian for help determining whether a journal is potentially predatory. Academic librarians need to be prepared with tools to help review potential publishing outlets and facilitate decision-making for authors. While the tools outlined in the publication are intended for academic librarians in the health sciences, they may be adapted and used more broadly.

Click here to view the citation information in PubMed. UT Health San Antonio affiliates can read the full text here.

Nixon Library Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Fifty years ago the Bexar County Medical Society gifted a collection of rare and significant medical historical books to the University of Texas Medical School in San Antonio, now known as UT Health San Antonio. The collection originally belonged to distinguished San Antonio physician Dr. Pat Ireland Nixon, who was the founder of the Bexar County Medical Society Library in 1919. Today, the collection is named after Dr. Nixon in honor of his tireless efforts to build it, and is housed in the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library, located on the 5th floor of Briscoe Library.

Over the years, the Nixon Library collection has drawn campus-wide, local, and world-wide interest. This interest has evolved into programming and events that focus on the origins of healthcare and their impact on the future of medicine. Today the Nixon Library continues its legacy of preservation, promotion, and engagement through the tireless efforts of the Briscoe Library and the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Library Board.

For more information about the Nixon Library visit

Check out the Treasures Blog for more historical anecdotes and announcements about the Nixon Library as we celebrate this momentous year!

Historical Medical Instruments on Display at Local Heritage Center

Nestled in the heart of downtown is the newly designed Bexar Heritage Center, a project which began its development in early 2017 as part of a idea spearheaded by County Judge Nelson Wolff. The goal of the Center is to preserve the historical roots of Bexar County and highlight the accomplishments of the county government. The Bexar Heritage Center officially opened it’s doors in October of 2019 and features a series of interactive exhibits that provide a glimpse into Bexar County’s historic treasures and culture. Among these treasures are medical instruments from the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library loaned to the county for display as part of the Healing Arts exhibit. Items on display include an ophthalmology kit, doctor’s bag, brass scarificator, and a pharmaceutical case just to name a few.

The Bexar Heritage Center is located at 100 Dolorosa Street and is free and open to the public. Hours of operation are Monday thru Friday from 7:00 AM to 5:30 PM.


Featured New Books/eBooks for March 2020

For a list of the newest titles at the Briscoe Library click here.

Purchase suggestions?
Complete the online Purchase Suggestion Form or contact
Andrea N. Schorr, Associate Director of Resource Management.