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News From the Libraries: August 2021

New Library Website Launching Sept 1

Briscoe Library is getting a new website! Launching September 1st, the library's new website will be more streamlined, user friendly, and easy to navigate.

This is an ongoing project and we will continue to update the website as needed, so please let us know if you have any questions, comments, or concerns once the new website has launched.

Please contact Kirsten Lorenzen at

Living in My Skin Exhibit

Briscoe Library to host: Living in My Skin, by artist Lionel Sosa

September 27th through October 4th

The Black population of San Antonio is only 7%, yet it hosts the largest MLK march in the nation. Additionally, 63% of our citizens are Hispanic, making us a majority-minority city. Many perceive San Antonio to be culturally enlightened and highly evolved.

Is it?

The purpose of this project is to shine a light on today’s reality, what it’s like to be a Black man or boy in San Antonio, and to help bring about a better understanding of each other as a community. “Living in My Skin” features over 30 oil-on-linen portraits by Lionel Sosa of Black men, ages 10 to 90, as well as a two-part film documentary.

Join us for the duration of the exhibit for a social media conversation about how racial prejudice and social injustice impacts the practice of medicine and health. Follow the library's social media for more details!

Pets of UT Health

This year's Pets of UT Health virtual exhibit was bigger than ever before, with over 100 photos submitted from UT Health students, faculty, and staff! We saw the adorable faces of your dogs, cats, bunnies, chickens, and even a llama!

This summer, we introduced a new Pets Contest portion of the exhibit and featured our Top 10 pet photos for everyone to vote on. Our 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners received over 1,500 combined likes! And with that, we are pleased to present this year's Pets of UT Health Contest Winners:

1st Place: Xerxes is a 1.5-year-old blue tri and Mansa Musa is an 11-month-old lilac tri. They belong to Xavier Gray, School of Dentistry. Barking is a dog's way of talking and although their bark sounds aggressive, both dogs are the sweetest dogs you’ll meet and they have never met a stranger!

2nd Place: Sonnie is a 7-month-old golden retriever and belongs to Gannyva Capitanachi, School of Nursing. Sonnie absolutely loves food, he's not shy about making new friends with dogs, cats, and humans, and when he’s not doing those, he spends his time napping!

3rd Place: Kylo Ren is 1 year old. His human is Breanna Castro, Physical Therapy. Kylo’s favorite food is hot dogs and he loves snuggling with his family!


Vik is Coming!

Keep an eye out for Vik - our new Virtual Information Kiosk! Vik will be located on the 3rd floor of the library and can provide you with help such as reserving a room, chatting with a librarian, finding another department in the library building, and more!

New Group Study Room


In addition to 6 other group study rooms and 3 virtual interview/testing rooms on the 3rd floor of the library, there is now one more new group study room open for reservations. Located closer to the entry area than the other rooms, 3.032 is outfitted with a table, 4 chairs, and enough additional space for a rolling white board.

To reserve this room, use the library room reservation system.

Like other group study rooms on the 3rd and 5th floors, this new group study room can be reserved for up to 4 hours at a time and is available 24/7/365 to current students, faculty, and staff.

Questions about library room reservations can be directed to Peg Seger at or 210-567-6398, or call or 210-567-2440.

Expanded Virtual Interview/Testing Rooms

In the Fall of 2020, as the practice of virtual meetings and interviews became the norm, Briscoe Library identified a need to make Virtual Interview (VI) rooms available for students who lacked space or proper equipment at home. By repurposing several 3rd floor group study rooms, two rooms were opened for use at the end of 2020 and a third was added in Spring 2021.

Recent room improvements include movable webcam stands to accommodate online virtual testing requirements and an updated furniture arrangement to allow more space and equipment flexibility. While the rooms are intended for individual use, they can be used by more than one person at a time for general study when not reserved.

To reserve a VI room, use the library reservation system. Questions about library room reservations can be directed to Peg Seger at or 210-567-6398, or call or 210-567-2440.

Library Programming for the Year Ahead

Each year Briscoe Library looks forward to planning events with our campus community in mind. We plan to continue as much as possible with our traditional events but with some modifications. With in-person gatherings restricted once more, our programming will be virtual for the foreseeable future.

Please stay tuned for more information about the following events in the months to come:

  • Briscoe Library's Annual Student Appreciation Week – October 2021
    • A week full of fun online activities and prizes! Watch for more details in September and October.
  • 5th Annual Image of Research Photography Competition – Open for submissions December 2021
    • 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.
  • P.I. Nixon History of Medicine Lecture Series – Click here to see recordings of past lectures and watch for announcements about lectures to come!