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News From the Libraries: April 2018

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.

Library Fiesta Events on April 24

Save the date for the Student Fiesta and Fiesta Open House on April 24.

The Student Fiesta will run from 11am to 2pm with lots of fun activities and refreshments.

The Fiesta Open House from 4pm to 7pm will showcase the collection of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library with a focus on local San Antonio history in light of the Tricentennial.

Connecting both events will be a presentation by the student award winner of the Danny Jones History of the Health Sciences Essay Award, Farhan Ahmad.

Please join us for a day full of enjoyment and enlightenment!

We Have a Winner!: The 2018 History of the Health Sciences Essay Award

On March 29, the winner of the Danny Jones History of the Health Sciences Essay Award, Farhan Ahmad, was presented with a check by Senior Director of Libraries Owen Ellard. Farhan won the 2018 competition with his essay, Knee History: From Early Developments to the Total Knee Replacement. The annual $500 award is sponsored by the Friends of the P.I Nixon Medical Historical Library.

Farhan will be giving a presentation on his essay on April 24 at 3:30 p.m. on the 5th floor of the Briscoe Library. The presentation will cap off activities during the UT Health Library Student Fiesta and will lead into the P.I. Nixon Library Fiesta Open House also happening on the 24th.

Farhan is a first year medical student at the Long School of Medicine, and is interested in pursuing a career in Orthopaedic Surgery. He graduated from UTSA’s Honors College in the FAME B.S./M.D. program. His essay topic is a historical review of advancements in knee care from major time points in recorded human history.

“The knee,” Farhan explains, “when diseased or broken, is like any part of the body in that it tells a story. However, there is scarce documentation of medical history regarding knee injuries and developments. I found that many advancements in knee care (both operative and non-operative) contributed to and came from general advancements in the history of medicine. Some advancements were helpful to the patient while others may not have been. Ultimately, in every civilization across time, the knee was a universal concern and human curiosity pushed forth new ideas, which I aimed to capture in my essay. As the rates of knee osteoarthritis continue to increase in the U.S., my paper is a timely meditation on the progress we have made so far, as well as a reminder that there is much to discover.”

Diane Fotinos: Former Physician Assistant, Future Librarian

Diane Fotinos, Library Clerical Assistant, is earning a Master of Science in Library Science (MSLS) degree from the University of North Texas and applying her knowledge and skills in medicine, cataloguing, archives, and materials preservation in the Resources Management unit at Briscoe Library. Diane has a unique background that makes her an invaluable asset to the library. She is a former Physician Assistant with eight years of experience in Pediatrics and Dermatology. As a student in the Child Health Associate program at the University of Colorado Medical School, she completed clinical internships in Neonatology in East Los Angeles and worked with the Navajo population in Gallup, NM.

After relocating every few years with her husband, a now retired Air Force MD, and taking time off to raise her two children, Diane said she was looking for a career change, yet still wanted to use her medical background. A good friend of hers who is a librarian suggested that she consider medical librarianship. She emailed Briscoe Library to inquire about volunteer opportunities, then applied for the clerical position when it became available. In her initial role at Briscoe Library, Diane assisted the library with creating cases and providing demos of the BodyViz 3D anatomy visualization software as part of the Simulation and Immersion Technology unit.

Diane expects to graduate in 2020 with an Archival Studies certificate in addition to the MSLS. Also, she has been accepted into the 17th annual Book History Workshop at Texas A&M University, a week-long summer program that provides an intensive, hands-on introduction to the history of books and printing. Diane said that she really enjoys special collections, rare books, and the creativity of archiving and cataloguing, and loves anatomy and the history of anatomy, so her dream job is working in an academic or medical academic archival setting.

Book Giveaway April 16-20

 Briscoe Library will have a book giveaway April 16-20


The book giveaway will start at 9 a.m. on Monday, April 16 at the entrance of the library and will continue through Friday, April 20 until 4 p.m.

Books to be included in the giveaway are old editions withdrawn from the library’s collection or donations given to the library, yet not needed for the collection. All give-away books are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Feel free to bring bags to carry books since there will be plenty to choose from!

For more information about the book give-away, contact Andrea N. Schorr,
Head of Resource Management, at 567-2400 or at

Featured New Books/E-books for April 2018

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, Head of Resource Management.