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We're proud to shine a light on our terrific librarians, Beatriz Varman and Nha Huynh, as well as MD Anderson Research Medical Library librarian Kate Krause. Their paper, "Systematic Reviews: The Evolution of a New Library Service," presented at the recent MLA conference, held on May 13-18 in Toronto, Canada, was ranked in the top five papers out of more than 100 submissions from around the US and Canada.

MLA members and others with an interest in health sciences librarianship meet each May for five days of professional development, presentations, exhibits, and much more. The MLA annual meeting generates a wealth of recorded electronic content, including plenary videos, synchronized audio/slides for session programs, and posters.

The Medical Library Association (MLA) believes that quality information is essential for improved health. MLA aspires to be the association of the most visible, valued, and trusted health information experts. To that end, MLA fosters excellence in the professional practice and leadership of health sciences library and information professionals in order to enhance the quality of health care, education and research throughout the world.
A+Unlimited Potential Charter School studying at TMC LIbrary

A+Unlimited Potential Charter School studying at TMC LIbrary

A+ Unlimited Potential Charter School makes good use of the TMC Library's study hub as one of their mobile learning locations. This unique school for grades 6-8 takes advantage of locations around Houston to use as mobile learning classrooms, immersing students in real-world environments for learning. Their premise is based on emerging thoughts about how, when and where students can learn, unfettered by traditional constraints of structured spaces.

The TMC Library study hub is one of their favorite places to visit, for the comfy furniture, the quiet and the chance to hang around serious students.

A medical student studying nearby praised the students for their seriousness, manners and eagerness to learn. High praise indeed!

Besides the TMC Library, A+ Unlimited has arrangements with Rice University to use the Fondren Library, Houston Public Library, HMFA, and other community locations that can be reached via the Metro. Below is a Tweet from Houston Metro:

(Houston METRO October 6, 2015)
Yesterday, we chanced upon an intriguing group of middle school students and their teachers from A+ Unlimited Potential, a Houston area charter school. The group was taking METRORail's Redline to a wellness class at 24 Hour Fitness - Elgin & Louisiana, TX. It was so neat to learn that these kids experience an incredibly hands-on learning environment which does away with the brick and mortar walls of a traditional school. Instead, the city is their backdrop for learning. Their "classrooms" being museums, parks and universities! An impressive group, the kids were polite, inquisitive and excited about learning! ‪#‎RideHoustonMETRO‬

See what The Wall Street Journal had to say about the mobile school.

This group of polite and well-mannered young students are welcome back any time!
New Reading Room

New Reading Room

Changes are underway at the Library! We've decked out the richly paneled reading room with brand-new comfy furniture to relax in and just read.

It's good to take a moment to slow down and enjoy a good book. Come on over and enjoy this nicely appointed space!
Electronic Resources Library

Electronic Resources Library

Joanne Romano and Terrie Smalls-Hall from our Collection Development Department are attending the 2015 Electronic Resources and Libraries Conference (ER&L) at UT Austin from Feb. 22nd to the 25th.

The annual ER&L conference is the result of collaboration among academic libraries to enhance the skills that our collection librarians must have to manage the all-important information resources in today's technologically rich environment.

The conference covers topics that range from assessing systems and tools for managing electronic resources, and meeting the challenges that new formats pose; using analytics/data mining for maximum effect; handling Institutional pressures; dealing with new models of scholarship ways to accommodate new forms of content; to managing current technologies and previewing emerging technologies and to employ them effectively to meet the information needs of the library, internally and externally.

Joanne's and Terri's participation in this conference was funded through a grant from the Friend's of The TMC Library.
Dr. B pictureL. Maximilian Buja, MD, Executive Director of the TMC Library has been chosen as the 2014 recipient of the President’s Scholar Award for Excellence in Teaching from the UTHealth Science Center at Houston. While serving as Executive Director of the TMC Library, Dr. Buja is also a professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the Medical School of UTHealth, Chief of Cardiovascular Pathology Research at the Texas Heart Institute and consultant in Cardiovascular Pathology to the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences.

The President’s Scholar Award is meaningful because it recognizes outstanding scholarly accomplishments and because it is given to deserving individuals nominated by their peers. Selection criteria for the teaching honoree are published works in teaching, enthusiasm, innovation, teaching-related mentoring activities and peer and student recognition. Dr. Buja will be honored at the May 11th award ceremony.
Open House

Open House

On March 31st, the Library celebrated with an open house to show off our Phase I renovation of the Library.

In addition to creating a showcase for the McGovern Collection of rare books, we added a new handicapped lift in the lobby, opened a modified 24/7 study hall for students named after Dr. Herbert Fred, and unveiled the Denton A. Cooley Exhibit Room.

The open house solicited rave reviews and students couldn't wait to use their new study space.

Just wait, more will be coming as we work hard to update the library into the 21st century!
Jon is  2nd person from left, 2nd row

Jon is 2nd person from left, 2nd row

Our very own Jon Goodell, Associate Director of the NN/LM South Central Region, has been a valued member of the Texas Medical Center Orchestra since moving to Houston in August, 2014. Jon joined the TMC Library as our Head of Information Systems and Library Computing and recently assumed the role of Associate Director in January, 2014. He wasted no time in auditioning for the vaulted Orchestra and was quickly accepted to the second violin section. Jon is one of the 25% non-patient care players – which means he must be pretty good on the violin!

On March 1st, 2015, Jon performed in the orchestra’s 15th anniversary celebration at the Wortham Theatre Center. We are very proud of Jon!

The TMC Orchestra began in 2001 as the brainchild of Libi Lebel. Dr. Maximilian Buja, then dean of The UT-Houston Medical School, embraced her idea with great enthusiasm and supported the orchestra by providing the group with audition and rehearsal space. As fate would have it, today Dr. Buja is the Executive Director of the TMC Library and was instrumental in promoting Jon to his current position. Libi who continues to lead the TMC Orchestra as its Artistic Director, has been the tireless leader of the orchestra for these past fifteen years and it is under her direction that the orchestra continues to flourish.
Sir William Osler

Sir William Osler

Pamela Miller, retired History of Medicine Librarian, Osler Library at McGill University in Montreal, and Paula Summerly, Research Project Manager at the John P. McGovern Academy of Oslerian Medicine and Chair of the “Old Red” Medical Museum Task Force and Heritage Committee at UTMB, Galveston, will be visiting the Osler Collection at John P. McGovern Historical Research Center, The TMC Library on March 19th. Dr. Alice Anne O’Donnell, Osler Scholar Emeritus and retired scholar and professor, Department of Family Medicine at UTMB, Galveston, will also be part of the group in attendance.

These accomplished women will be spending the afternoon visiting and researching our Osler collection, generously donated to the TMC Library by Dr. McGovern. The Library holds not only Dr. Osler's written works, but furniture from his home, an original mantel and fireplace from his home at Oxford University in England, and other memorabilia. It is an honor to host these scholars and to show off our wonderful collection of Oslerian Medicine.
Under Construction

Under Construction

Please pardon our mess as we dip our toes into our renovation project to update the library space. This space will be for our client relationship department - liaison librarians, and in front of it will be a modified 24/7 student study space.

In addition, we're updating the handicapped lift and giving the entrance a bit of a face lift. Also underway, is the build-out of the McGovern Rare Book Collections room across the hall that will be a showpiece for the rare book collection and reception area.

Things should be looking good come March, when we plan on hosting an open house for our visitors and patrons. Until then, Happy Holidays and New Year!
Sandra Yates, Archivist

Sandra Yates, Archivist

Sandra Yates, Archivist and Special Collections Librarian at the John P. McGovern Historical Center at the TMC Library has earned the Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) certificate from the Society of American Archivists (SAA) after completing required coursework and passing a comprehensive examination in February. SAA’s DAS certificate program was developed by experts in the field of digital archives and provides archivists with the information and tools needed to manage the demands of born-digital records. DAS certificate holders must complete nine courses from four tiers: Foundational, Tactical and Strategic, Tools and Services, and Transformational, and pass the comprehensive examination.

Founded in 1936, the Society of American Archivists is North America’s oldest and largest national archival professional association. SAA enables more than 6,100 individual and institutional members to achieve professional excellence and foster innovation to ensure the identification, preservation, and use of records of enduring value. For more information, visit
International Pilot Project Team (IPPT) after a long day of work on the ABCC Pilot Project
Sandra Yates, Archivist, Philip Montgomery, Head of the McGovern Historical Center, and Owen Ellard, COO at the TMC Library, are in Japan, participating in meetings at Gakushuin University in Tokyo on the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission records. The TMC Library holds important records on the studies of the effects of radiation from the aftermath of the nuclear bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Library personnel and representatives from a consortium of universities will gather to share results of the international digital pilot project now ongoing with Gakushuin University’s Department of Archival Science and the TMC Library’s McGovern Historical Center, as well as opportunities for collaboration for future digital projects. The trip is sponsored by Gakushuin University and funded by a grant from the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science.
Newsroom at Mainichi Shimbun

Newsroom at Mainichi Shimbun

Shuhei Yoshimura, a staff writer with the Hiroshima bureau of Mainichi Shimbun, is spending the week visiting the Library’s McGovern Historical Center to research the role of American doctors and staff in the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission (ABCC). He is combing through the archival documents of the ABCC and gathering information as the anniversary of the bombings approach.

Per Mr. Yoshimura, “with the upcoming 70th anniversary of the atomic bombings at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japanese interest in the ABCC is growing because the aging survivors are dying."

Mainichi Shimbun, founded in 1872, is the oldest existing Japanese daily newspaper and is now one of the three largest newspapers in Japan in terms of circulation and employees. With a circulation of 3.5 million, it employs 3,200 workers in 364 offices in Japan and 26 bureaus overseas.
Denton A. Cooley, MD

Denton A. Cooley, MD

The Library is pleased to announce the naming of the Denton A. Cooley, MD, Entrance Hall that will greet visitors to the Library in the coming future. The first stage was to create the naming sign, and it was a pleasure to host Dr. Cooley and members of his family and staff to see the newly installed sign in person. In addition, the Library is preparing a viewing room of Dr. Cooley's digitized films of his groundbreaking heart transplant surgeries from the sixties.

We were happy that Dr. Cooley was able to see his name "in lights" and to share our plans for highlighting his work and life as one enters the Library.
The Library is vacating the second floor of the Jesse Jones Library Building. For years, the 2nd floor housed hundreds of thousands of journals, which are being sorted to send to the joint UT and Texas A&M repository in Bryan College Station. What is not sent will be donated and/or recycled. View the work as it progressed and completed by the end of the year.

Before work begins

Before work begins

The long awaited move of the McGovern Rare Book Room from the second floor of the Library to the first floor is finally taking shape. After months of working through the city permitting process, we're finally ready to begin the renovation of space to enclose the new rare book room. Underwritten by the John P. McGovern Foundation, the space will be much more visible, and easier for scholars to access for study of historical papers donated to our archives from many of the institutions of the TMC.

Additionally, we are replacing the outdated handicapped lift to make it easier to access the library for people with disabilities, and creating a 24/7 study hall for students, which will very likely come in handy during exam times.

These are the first steps in renovating the entire Library space into a contemporary and inviting learning environment.
Andreas Vesalius Birthday Presentation

Andreas Vesalius Birthday Presentation

The TMC Library launched its Centennial Celebration with a special event on Jan. 12th marking the 500th anniversary of the birthday of Vesalius, author of one of the most influential books on human anatomy. The event included a lecture by L. Maximilian Buja, MD, Italian food and of course a birthday cake that was free for all who attended. Underwriting support for the event came from the Houston Academy of Medicine.
Nursing Stamp, USA

Nursing Stamp, USA

The UTHealth School of Nursing & Partners invite you to "A Stamp of Approval: the Ongoing Story" in recognition of the 55th Anniversary of the Nursing Stamp and the Profession it represents.

Speakers are Adrian Melissinos, PhD, RN, Dorothy Otto, EdD, RN and Mary Martha Stinnett.

FREE reception and light refreshments. CE's available for attending.

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016 in the Auditorium Classroom 330. UT SON, 6901 Bertner.

RSVP to or 713.500.2003 by May 6th.
PrintWe are pleased to announce that the TMC Library has been invited to be the keynote speaker at the Texas Society of Allied Health Professions 2016 Conference to be held in Houston this coming September.

Nha Huynh, the liaison librarian to Baylor College of Medicine was invited to be the keynote speaker at the conference this year.

The conference's theme is "Learning for the Future: Preparing for a Shifting Landscape." The TSAHP felt that the TMC Library had the best perspective on innovations and emerging technology pertaining to educational resources that contribute to health care, research and educational goals, a topic quite consistent with our vision and mission.

This is an excellent opportunity to highlight the value and quality of the work we do to in support of the institutions of the TMC.
We had the pleasure of hosting a reception to induct five outstanding women into the Texas Medical Center - Women's History Project. Each year, five accomplished women are chosen who have made significant contributions to science and the healing arts within the Texas Medical Center. Their oral histories are recorded, transcribed and preserved to help inspire future generations of women. These histories are housed in the TMC Library's John P. McGovern Historical Research Center's archives and can also be accessed online through our Digital Commons. The reception, held in the lobby of the TMC Library, welcomed over 100 colleagues, family and friends in congratulating the honorees. Women of Science at the Texas Medical Center, we salute you!
nnlmscr_logoWe have recently completed an important restructuring of the NN/LM - South Central Region staff to better serve our five state region of Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma and New Mexico. The TMC Library has held the regional contract from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine for over 20 years. We are pleased to announce Jon Goodell as Associate Director of the NN/ML SCR effective immediately. Our commitment to promoting the NLM resources and supporting outreach programs in the SCR remains strong. We look forward to serving our South Central Region and taking an active lead in applying for the RML 2016-2021 funding cycle.