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News From the Libraries: September 2020

What’s Happening at the Library – A New Year Ahead

Briscoe Library Reopens for Individual Study

We are happy to celebrate the reopening of Briscoe Library as of September 8th, 2020. The library is now open by ID card swipe access from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm Monday through Friday for current UT Health students, faculty, and staff.  

Library space has been reconfigured for individual study on the 3rd and 4th floors allowing for social distancing of 6 feet or more between study stations. The 5th floor remains closed. With limited space and limited hours, we are working together to make sure that library patrons and staff alike are as safe as possible. For more information about library hours and other details, please click here.

Library staff continues to work primarily behind the scenes providing access to library services and materials. In addition to this, staff continues to monitor library space to assure campus mask and social distancing guidelines are maintained. For more information on library services and materials, please click here.

Library Programming for the New Year Ahead

Each year we look forward to planning library events with our campus community in mind. We plan to continue as much as possible with our traditional activities but with some modifications. With in-person gatherings currently restricted, our programming will be virtual for the foreseeable future.

Please read on to see more about the following events:

            P.I. Nixon History of Medicine 50th Anniversary Lecture Series

            Danny Jones History of the Health Sciences Essay Award

            Image of Research Photography Competition

            (Stay tuned for future announcements about Student Appreciation Week)

The 50th Anniversary of the P. I. Nixon Library: History of Medicine Lecture Series

We are pleased to announce a series of lectures to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the P.I. Nixon Library. This year, in lieu of our Annual Nixon Dinner, we are offering four fascinating lectures on important history of medicine topics that impact our world today.  Registration is now open.

NOTE: All lectures are held virtually via Zoom. Meeting url and password will be sent to all registrants prior to event.


Dr. Christine Drennon, Mi Barrio, Mi Salud: How Our Neighborhoods
Came to Determine Our Health

Thursday, October 8th, 2020 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Register at:



Dr. Jason Rosenfeld, Big Eyes, Big Ears, Big Heart and Little Mouth:
The History and Role of Community Health Workers

Thursday, October 22nd, 2020 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Register at:


Dr. Deirdre Cooper Owens, Say Her Name: Resurrecting the Medical
Lives of Enslaved Women

Wednesday, October 28th, 2020 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Register at:


Dr. Wari Allison, Pandemics & Health Inequities: Stopping History
from Repeating Itself

Thursday, November 12th, 2020 | 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Register at:

Danny Jones History of the Health Sciences Essay Award

In an open invitation to all students of UT Health San Antonio and affiliated interns, residents, and fellows, Briscoe Library is proud to announce the annual Danny Jones History of the Health Sciences Essay Award.

Due to generous contributions, prizes have increased this year to $500 for first place, $250 for second place, and $100 for third place. Winners will also be invited to present at the 2021 P.I. Nixon History of Medicine Lecture Series.

Unpublished essays on any topic related to the history of the health sciences are eligible for submission. In recognition of the historical implications of the current world-wide COVID-19 pandemic, applicants this year are encouraged to consider topics related to pandemics and health inequities.

Essays will be accepted beginning October 1st, 2020, through February 15th, 2021. Essays can be submitted to Peg Seger at

For more information on the award and judging criteria, please click here.

In addition to the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library collection, please click here for other History of Medicine resources.

See below for links to past essay award winners.

Essay Example 1: Knee History: From Early Developments to the Total Knee Replacement

Essay Example 2: Bad Blood: Medical and Ethical Implications of the Tuskegee Syphilis Study

Essay Example 3: The History of the Disease of “Stigmata” and a Reflection on How History Can Create Biases that Negatively Affect Medical Management

This annual essay 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.

Coming Soon: Image of Research

Coming Soon: Watch for an announcement regarding dates and information about Briscoe Library's 4th Annual Image of Research Photography Competition!

The Image of Research is an opportunity for UT Health San Antonio students, faculty, and staff from all five schools to capture, share, and present the essence of their research in a single visual image. This competition and its accompanying exhibition showcase the UT Health community’s creative visual conceptualization of their research. A multidisciplinary panel of judges will select one first, second, and third place winner, with separate awards for the Interprofessional Education and Faculty/Staff categories.

Click here to view the winners from past years:

Winners from 2018

Winners from 2019

Winners from 2020

Stay tuned for more info to come about participating in this year's Image of Research Photography Competition.

Featured New Books/eBooks for September 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.