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News From the Libraries: January 2024

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Dr. JoAnn Crow, a specialist in instructional technology, joined the faculty as coordinator of the Learning Resources area in 1974. School of Nursing, 1969-1984.

New Trial: PolicyMap

PolicyMap LogoThe library is currently running a trial of PolicyMap through February 10th, 2024.

Trial Access:

What is PolicyMap?

An online (no software installation needed) U.S. national data and mapping tool and analytics platform with multidisciplinary applications for college students and faculty. Undergraduate and graduate schools use us in their curriculum and research related to social sciences, urban studies, real estate and housing analysis, community and economic development, public administration, public health, policy and political science, education, business, economics, statistics, and geography, among others. Users can leverage thousands of U.S. data indicators in PolicyMap to perform demographic and socioeconomic analysis, from a neighborhood census block group in many cases up to a national level, as well as create custom regions for their research and studies.  

PolicyMap Features

  • Easily create high-quality maps.
  • Use our unlimited self-service data loader to overlay your address-level data on top of PolicyMap data. Download our data for your research, mapping, and presentation tools such as Tableau, or integrate data into SQL, R, Python, and more workflows.
  •  Instantly run community profiles or community health reports for any area
  • Analyze any community with multi-layer maps to identify hot spots or gaps

Look for Blog Posts, Customer Stories, sample Maps, Tables, and Reports:

  • Access the curated collection related to Social Determinants of Health
  • Our Blog features stories on Mapping Consumer Spending Habits, Internet Access Disparities, the Social Drivers of Health, and more!
  • Visit PolicyMap Support for tutorials, training videos, and the training calendar.
  • A complete list of our data related to Demographics, Incomes and Spending, Housing, Lending, Quality of Life, Economy, Education, and Health can be found here.

PolicyMap for Data and Community Health

January Art Exhibit and Event: Erum Khan

Artist Erum KhanTo start off 2024, the library will be once again hosting local artist Erum Khan. Mrs. Khan exhibited in the library last year and her work was very well received.

A prolific artist, Ms. Khan works in a wide variety of artistic media from sketching to 3-dimensional works in resin. Her thematic influences are just as varied as the media she uses ranging from western art to Islamic calligraphy.

Meet the Artist

Mrs. Khan will be having an artist meet-and-greet on January 23rd, at 1pm in the library lobby.

About the Artist

A Pakistani American artist residing in New Braunfels, TX, developed a passion for art from a young age. After studying at the Karachi School of Art and participating in local competitions in Pakistan, she continued to nurture her artistic skills in the US. During the COVID pandemic, she decided to re-engage with local art galleries and exhibitions to showcase her talent. Erum's artistic journey spans acrylic, oil, calligraphy, sketching, and ероху. Нег mesmerizing paintings in oil and acrylic evoke deep emotions, while her calligraphy and sketches showcase raw expressiveness. Her recent exploration into epoxy art pushes artistic boundaries. Through her art,Erum invites others to embrace their creative spirits and embark on soulful explorations.


From the Archives: Stereoscope

Have you ever seen one of these before? Long before VR headsets this device, called a steroscope, allowed people to view illustrations and photographs in 3D.

Stereoscopes work by presenting two versions of the same image side by side, presented at slightly different angles. The eyes and brain do the rest of the work, assembling the otherwise flat image into 3D.

Stereoscopes date back to the mid-1800s when the first table-sized prototype was created by Charles Wheatstone. But it wasn't until around a decade later when a hand-held version was developed by scientist David Brewster. His version released around the same time as the advent of photography. The two technologies were a perfect match, as photographs could also be viewed in a steroscope.

Previously, only hand-drawn images could be used, and photographs of famous landmarks, landscapes, and far away locals exploded in popularity.

The steroscope was also used for anatomical education. Much as 3D anatomical apps today allow students to get a better view of the body than just looking at a 2D image or illustration, the steroscope gave a unique peek into the human body.

Steroscopes remained popular until the advent of film, which rendered them quickly obsolete, though its legacy lives on in modern technology like virtual reality and 3D movies.


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Featured eBook of the Month: Migrant Health and Resilience

Cover: Migrant Health and ResilenceMigrant Health and Resilience: Transnational Competence in Conflict and Climate Displacement Situations

Peter H. Koehn, Phyllis Bo-Yuen Ngai, Juha I. Uitto, Diana M. Diaków

In an era of escalating conflict-induced and climate-induced migration and cross-border interaction, transnational-competence (TC) preparation for displaced persons, members of their host communities, humanitarian responders, and health-care professionals is increasingly critical. Building on insights from those engaged with a range of humanitarian crises and global-justice contexts, along with multidisciplinary research findings, this cutting-edge volume provides practical guidelines for preparing stakeholders for effective short-term and long-term responses to challenges arising in the wake of population dislocation generated by armed conflict, persecution, and climate change.

Check out the book through Taylor & Francis, provided by the Briscoe Library.

Did you know the library has ebooks? Browse our collections that cover everything from the health sciences to literature.