April 29 Rare Book Room Open House: Spotlight on Tuberculosis


On Friday, April 29, 2016, stop by the Health Sciences Digital Library & Learning Center’s Rare Book Room (E3.314D) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for “Spotlight on Tuberculosis”. Learn more about books, reports, journals, artifacts, stamps, and other materials in the library’s special collections that illuminate the history of tuberculosis in medicine. Additional resources will highlight connections to the disease in literature, music, and art.

The Library offers a monthly series of open house events to the UT Southwestern community that feature different topics of interest from the special and digital collections. If you want more information about this event or others in the monthly series, please contact archives@utsouthwestern.edu.

Images courtesy of Images from the History of Medicine (IHM), a collection of digitized images from the U.S. National Library of Medicine’s (NLM) Prints and Photographs collection.

Bathroom renovations in the South Campus Library commence

Construction is underway in the South Campus Library. The E2 bathrooms are going to be upgraded starting February 12, 2016. Alternate restrooms and elevators are available outside the Library in the E building to the left of the Nobel Prize portraits and university seals. Please consult signage in the Library for specific instructions.

For more information, go to this E2/E4 construction projects Library News article.


Pardon our progress: construction projects begin on E2 and E4 this month


The E4 Emergency Medicine Office Renovation Project begins this week.  The former study and stacks area of E4 will be transformed into the new offices for Emergency Medicine.  The estimated duration of the construction project on E4 will be from Monday, January 11, 2016, through Wednesday, May 18, 2016.  Since the project is taking place right above the Team-Based Learning (TBL) Center, there will be some designated quiet times when TBL sessions are scheduled.  Additionally, the west elevators (i.e. the public elevators near the restrooms) have been locked, and only the construction crew will be using this to travel from E1 to E4.

The E2 Library and Headmaster Renovation Project will begin on January 25, 2016.  The offices behind the student computers area on E2 will be transformed into the new offices for the Headmaster.  The Individual study cubicle area and group study space across from the coffee machine will be enclosed in glass to establish a formal quiet zone.  Also included in this project is renovation of the E2 restrooms.  The estimated duration of the construction project on E2 is estimated to be 4-6 weeks; specific project plan information will be forthcoming.

When we have specific dates on the closure of the E2 restrooms, we will communicate this promptly, along with alternative restroom locations in the E building.  The construction crew will be using the freight elevator for this project, bringing in materials from the loading dock to E2.

January Open House Event at the South Campus (main) Library: "Medical Eponyms"


The Health Sciences Digital Library & Learning Center will offer a monthly series of open house events to the UT Southwestern community that feature different topics of interest from the Library’s special and digital collections. The first event entitled “Who Named It?: Medical Eponyms in the Collections” will be held in the Rare Book Room (E3.314D) from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Tuesday, January 12.

Medical eponyms offer a fascinating window into medical history. They can also be contentious, controversial, or inaccurate. Despite these drawbacks, medical eponyms are sometimes catchy, easy to remember, and can prove remarkably enduring, long outliving their namesakes. Not all are biographical. Alice in Wonderland syndrome (AIWS), Mozart ear, and Henry V sign are a few from literature and music.

Drop by the open house event on January 12 and explore the connections between medical eponyms and their namesakes. Items by or about Baron Guillaume Dupuytren, Moriz Kaposi, William Osler, and many more will be on display from the special collections. Staff will also be available to also show relevant highlights in the digital collections.

Need more information about this particular event or others in this monthly series? Contact archives@utsouthwestern.edu.


New exhibit features dried plant specimens from Southern Greek National History Museum Herbarium

herbarium sampleThe latest South Campus Library exhibit features a rare collection of plant specimens from the Herbarium Goulandrium in Goulandris Natural History Museum, which is located in Kifissia, Greece. Founded in 1964 by Angelos and Niki Goulandris, the museum’s original focus was on Greek flora. The herbarium, which currently includes the data of over 70,000 specimens, initially included the collection of Konstantinos Goulimis with 24,000 samples he donated to the museum. The museum later expanded to cover the fields of zoology, paleontology, and geology.

Some of the information that may appear in the specimen labels:

  • Scientific plant name
  • Detailed location
  • Habitat
  • Altitude
  • Plant habit
  • Plant description
  • Determiner of the scientific name or identification (det.)
  • Collector of the specimen (leg.)
  • Date of specimen collection

More about the Goulandris Natural History Museum is available online at http://www.gnhm.gr/en/ .

Library secures NNLM Emerging Technology award for 3D printer and supplies

Medical Students at 3D printing orientation

Medical Students Thomas Das, Timothy Sotman, May Liu, and Paul Rizk plan to use the 3D printer for an upcoming Biomedical Innovation course.

The Health Sciences Digital Library and Learning Center was the proud recipient of a National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Chapter 2015 Emerging Technology Award. The purpose of the award is to encourage 3D printing literacy to our campus community through access to a 3D printer and electronic resources, including the NIH 3D Print Exchange. This NIH website provides 3D printed models, tutorials and a learning community discussion board for troubleshooting.

Jane Scott, Co-Manager of the Library’s Digital Services and Technology Planning unit, is spearheading the effort. Assistant VP of Library Services Kelly Gonzalez and Scott co-wrote the winning award. Scott has collaborated with several people across disciplines with specific project needs.

“We are getting a variety of different requests,” Scott says. “I printed a MacBook adaptor cord holder for Information Resources. I am currently assisting a PostDoc with printing a specific labware modification for a beaker found on the NIH site and an additional custom-made item created using TinkerCad, a free online 3D modeling program I introduced him to.”

Creating a model and using the 3D printer can have its challenges. “There is a lot of architecture and engineering concepts to consider when creating a successful 3D print model,” cautions Scott. “Troubleshooting how to best print and with what materials is always key. There are specific heat and fan settings based on the types of filaments used and the extruder can sometimes be temperamental. My goal is to provide information and strategize to minimize these 3D printing challenges.”

3D printing projects are currently being accepted on a case-by-case basis. Plans to move the printer to the 24/7 accessible Digital Media Production Studio in the South Campus Library are in the works along with policies and protocols for usage.

Contact Jane Scott for 3D print inquiries or to schedule an orientation.

This project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, under Contract No. HHSN-276-2011-00007-C with the Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library.



New Library iHUB Kiosks provide directions and live chat

IMG_7223The Library and Learning Center’s new iHUB mobile kiosks provide helpful information and access to the iHUB Live Chat service, your direct online connection to our Library Staff during regular business hours. The directional information is customized to the two Library locations, and the kiosks are identified by the blue iHub pillar wall signage.

Popular topics found on the kiosk are:

  • Directions to classrooms, service areas, and restrooms
  • Printing and copying instructions
  • Accessing Library resources
  • After hours assistance options

Construction is completed in South Campus Library areas

E3entranceThe construction of the new Team-Based Learning Center is now finished in anticipation of the Pre-Clinical Phase of the incoming Medical School class. The South Campus Library Administrative Suite (E3.314), which houses part of the Services & Partnerships and Digital Collections units as well as the Library Administrative Conference Room, has now resumed its front door access.

The Administrative Suite is now accessible by:

  • Library elevator
  • Library stairwell
  • New hallway near the E3 Pediatrics Office

Got talent? Contribute to this year's On My Own Time Art Show

OMOTShowcase your artistic skills in the 15th annual On My Own Time Art Show, a regional art competition hosted by the Business Council for the Arts that features the creative abilities of business professionals throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Winners of the UT Southwestern competition will be showcased alongside winners from other D/FW participating companies.

For the 2015 show, employees can enter works in two main art categories:

  • Visual Art: includes works on canvas or paper, photography, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, metalwork, mixed media, textiles, and fiber art.
  • Literary Art (new for 2015): includes short stories, poems, and creative non-fiction. In addition, UT Southwestern employees will have the opportunity to compete against other companies across the Metroplex. Selected literary works will appear in an On My Own Time journal and on the Business Council of the Arts website.

Submissions will also be accepted in a third, internal-only category: Sustainable Art, which must contain materials that have had a prior use before they were incorporated into the art work. Entries will be judged by a separate group of UT Southwestern judges, Green Champion volunteers, and employees from UTSW’s Sustainability program. Note: works that need maintenance or items that may decay will not be accepted. Entrants must specify this category when artwork is dropped off in the South Campus Library.

Starting July 27, UT Southwestern entries will be on display in the Health Sciences Digital Library and Learning Center on the South Campus. Art professionals chosen by the Business Council for the Arts will judge the Visual Art category entries and select honorable mention and first place winners. From the first place winners, judges will choose a “Best of Show” entry. UT Southwestern employees will have the opportunity to select a “People’s Choice” award in August.

First place winners from each category and the “Best of Show” selection will go to a region-wide show at NorthPark Center from September 23 – October 4, 2015.

Registration ends for all categories July 19. Visit the On My Own Time website for further information and to complete registration. Click on the “Artists” in the middle of the page and enter “creativity2015” as the password to gain access.

For questions, contact Jillian Sanders at the Business Council for the Arts.

Enhance your research process and promotion with Web of Science training

enx7WebofscienceThe Health Sciences Digital Library and Learning Center will host three Web of Science training sessions on Friday, March 27, 2015, in the South Campus (main) Library’s Informatics Classroom (Room E2.310A). An expert trainer from Web of Science will teach the sessions, which will focus on various resources to enhance and simplify your research process and promotion.

Class Time
Introduction to Web of Science 9 – 10 a.m.
EndNote X7 Fast Start 10 – 11 a.m.
Promoting Your Research Using Citation Data 11 a.m. – 12 noon

RSVP is not necessary, but space is limited. For more information, contact Helen Mayo.