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News From the Libraries: March 2018

Exercise Desks Coming to the Library!

Due to the requests of students, the library will be installing one treadmill desk and three bike desks (two designs) on the 5th floor this month. Usage will be monitored to determine the most popular options for possible future expansion.


Library Staff Celebrate 10 Year and 30 Year Work Anniversaries


July 2018 will mark Louie Barcenes’ 30 year work anniversary at the UT Health Science Center. Currently the Supervisor of Circulation Services, Louie began working in the Briscoe Library as a Library Assistant I in 1988 and was promoted to Librarian Assistant III for Circulation, then for Public Services, where he provided reference services and library tours. Prior to coming to UT Health, he worked in the library at UTSA for a year.

When Louie began working at the library, there was no internet, however, there were terminals equipped with DOS as a replacement for the card catalog. At that time, there were also much more print materials on each floor as well as more copiers. Louie recalls that he had the tedious task of removing all of the coins from the copiers and rolling them into wrappers two or three days per week. He also recalls a time when there were no other HSC campuses besides the main (now Long) campus and no classrooms on the second floor of the library.

In his time working for UT Health, Louie has worked under three university presidents and four library directors. Some of his memorable moments include being chosen twice for “Lunch with the President” with former UT Health President John Howe as part of campus birthday celebrations. Other memories of Louie’s include the campus Fiesta de Texas events in the late 80’s and early 90’s when the library would sell cheesecake every year (and when alcohol could be sold on campus).

Louie says he has found working with many library staff throughout the years most rewarding about his career, stating, “I’ve met so many wonderful people.”


Dana Whitmire, Electronic Resources Librarian, celebrated 10 years at UT Health Science Center in November 2017. Prior to becoming a librarian, she had worked as a Library Assistant I and as a Library Assistant III at Briscoe Library. Dana came to the library at a time when print resources were steadily being replaced by electronic resources. “I love the constant change of technology,” she said.

Ten years ago, the library still did not have any classrooms on the second floor and was filled with computers for the HSC campus to use. Dana recalls that the top three floors of the library did still house many print resources at that time. Since then, she has been instrumental in managing and upgrading the current electronic resources collection. She also plays a major role in troubleshooting any issues that may arise with electronic resources.

Dana has greatly enjoyed working with other library colleagues and interacting with students in her various roles at Briscoe Library.

Please feel free to congratulate Louie and Dana on their noteworthy milestones.

3D Printing and Anatomy Education

The Briscoe Library’s 3D print service provides a unique platform for students and faculty to engage in interactive and creative 3D modeling solutions. From curios to complex models, the library’s 3D print service has been expanding rapidly over the last year. We now have two 3D printers on offer, one of which can print in both hard and flexible plastic. Students, faculty, and staff alike are always finding new ways to make the service work for them.

Several students in the Cell Systems and Anatomy program in the Graduate School of Biomedical Science are using 3D printing to create anatomical models for using in self-study and classroom use. One such project is the creation of miniature lower leg models, including bones and muscles, and another project creating bones, tendons, and muscles of the hand. These projects will hopefully help students find new and more accessible ways to study anatomy and will open the door for all sorts of new projects in the future.

The 3D print service is available to all students, faculty, and staff for a small materials fee. View our guide for more information.


Watch for Library Events in April!

Student Fiesta Day

Come for refreshments and Fiesta fun!


P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library Open House

Join us for refreshments and help us celebrate the historical significance

of the library collection in this Tricentennial year in San Antonio!


Featured New Books/E-books for March 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.

March 2018 Historical Book of the Month

This month’s book pick is The True Prophecies or Prognostications of Michael Nostradamus by Nostradamus, translated by Theophilus de Garencières 1672, 1st edition.

Nostradamus is the Latinized name of Michel de Nostredame, a French astrologer, physician, and prophet. He is famous for his prophecies in his publication Centuries, which was originally published in his native French in 1555.

The True Prophecies or Prognostications of Michael Nostradamus, or Centuries, is a collection of quatrains in groupings of a hundred which foretell events of all manner of calamity and historical/political resonance. However, the predictions are vague, do not follow chronological order, and were written in a mix of French, Greek, Latin, and Occitan, and critics argue that this lack of specificity allows them to be applied to multitudes of events. On the other hand, this absence of linguistic continuity and use of cryptic poetic verse to express his prophecies is seen by some scholars as his efforts to evade the Inquisition.

This first edition English edition was translated by Theophilus de Garencières, also a French apothecary and physician, who lived and practiced medicine in London, England.

It’s easy to see what drew Theophilus and so many others to Nostradamus’ book of prophecies. Anything from the age when medicine was “the healing arts” feels mystical and gives off major Hogwarts vibes. View a digitized copy through Google Books.

Title page of The True Prophecies or Prognostications of Michael Nostradamus. P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library.



Nostradamus. (2017, December 14). Retrieved December 19, 2017, from

Les Propheties. (2017, November 12). Retrieved December 19, 2017, from

Theophilus de Garencières. (2017, December 04). Retrieved December 19, 2017, from

Nostradamus, M. (1672). The True Prophecies or Prognostications of Michael Nostradamus (T. D. Garenciè€res, Trans.). London: Ratcliffe.

Mikkelson, D. (Ed.). (2016, September 09). FALSE: Nostradamus and 9/11. Retrieved December 19, 2017, from


-Veronica Franco, Library Intern