The UT Southwestern Health Sciences Digital Library & Learning Center is pleased to host Confronting Violence: Improving Women's Lives – a six-panel traveling exhibition provided by the National Library of Medicine – that uses images, manuscripts, ...


New NLM Library exhibit shows the important role of nurses in confronting domestic violence in the United States

The UT Southwestern Health Sciences Digital Library & Learning Center is pleased to host Confronting Violence: Improving Women’s Lives – a six-panel traveling exhibition provided by the National Library of Medicine – that uses images, manuscripts, and records to tell the stories of the nurses who witnessed the effects of domestic violence and campaigned for change.

Activists and reformers in the United States have long recognized the harm of domestic violence and sought to improve the lives of women who were battered. During the late 20th century, nurses took up the call. With passion and persistence, they worked to reform a medical profession that largely dismissed or completely failed to acknowledge violence against women as a serious health issue. Beginning in the late 1970s, nurses were in the vanguard as they pushed the larger medical community to identify victims, adequately respond to their needs, and work towards the prevention of domestic violence. This is their story.

Confronting Violence, Improving Women’s Lives began traveling around the United States in October 2015 and will be at the South Campus Library until January 27, 2018.

Credit line: The National Library of Medicine produced this exhibition.
Curated by Catherine Jacquet, PhD
Images courtesy Ellen Shub and National Library of Medicine.


After 19 years of service, Dr. Claudia DeShay retires from the Library

Dr. Claudia DeShay at her retirement gathering on December 6, 2017

Claudia DeShay, Ph.D., has officially retired from the Health Sciences Digital Library and Learning Center after 19 years of service at UT Southwestern Medical Center.

Claudia has been much more than the Library’s Education Program Coordinator. She demonstrated a passion for education through her outreach work to the campus and the Dallas/Fort Worth community, and she coordinated all of the Library’s educational offerings and developed and taught classes and other types of instruction customized to the needs of the community. Her liaison areas were:

  • School of Medicine Academic Colleges, where she was an ethics mentor and facilitator
  • Department of Pediatrics, where she taught residents the value of children’s literature and communication techniques
  • Office of Global Heath, where she partnered to educate and train medical students and faculty how to access NLM and University of Texas Southwestern resources abroad
  • Office of Medicine Education, where she was a member of each year’s curriculum and training faculty on Team Based Learning
  • Department of Clinical Sciences – Division of Ethics

Her outreach work was in partnership with the Office of Minority Student Affairs and the National Network of Library of Medicine South Central Region. Claudia’s participation as a faculty member in the Health Professions Recruitment and Exposure Program (HPREP) involved meeting with parents and students of minority and underrepresented high school students to give them a glimpse of education and career opportunities in health care professions. Claudia was also a faculty member of the Joint Admission Medical Program (JAMP) to identify, support, and encourage highly qualified, economically disadvantaged students who desire to pursue a medical education.

The outreach activities that Claudia has performed in partnership with the National Network of Library of Medicine South Central Region have touched many lives in West Dallas. Brother Bill’s Helping Hand (BBHH) has a monthly consumer health information class that Claudia taught. The outreach program that Claudia led was usually bilingual and provided current resources and instruction to locate resources to help the attendees – for example, how to find information on the Flu Shot or MMR Vaccine using Medline Plus.  Other topics have been on ESL, parenting tips, suicide prevention, etc. The attendees had a thirst for information and were always happy to learn how to use the computer or how to go to their public library to find information on any topic.

Dr. DeShay’s passion for improving the health of the community was exhibited through her consistent quest to increase health literacy in the community. She volunteered and set up exhibit booths at every health fair in collaboration with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and specifically with the Department of Family & Community Medicine. These events included Kwanza-fest, United We Serve, Mayor’s Back to School Fair, etc.

Dr. DeShay’s passion and tireless advocacy for health information literacy for the underprivileged in our region contributed to her winning the prestigious Michael E. DeBakey Award in 2015 from the Friends of the National Library of Medicine. Her passion and progress in humanities studies for medical students will bring her back for teaching in this area as a volunteer faculty.

Richard Wayne, Claudia’s supervisor and friend, summed it up best at the closing of his remarks at her retirement party, “I will miss you Dr. DeShay. I will miss your integrity, your positive attitude, and your great contribution to our library. Thank you.”


NLM Poster Exhibit: Frankenstein, Penetrating the Secrets of Nature

The UT Southwestern Health Sciences Digital Library & Learning Center is pleased to host Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature, a six-panel traveling exhibition that explores the birth of the novel Frankenstein, Mary Shelley’s life, connections to medicine and science in her time, and how Frankenstein continues to resonate into the 20th century and beyond. Frankenstein was first published anonymously in 1818, with revised editions attributed to Shelley in 1822 and 1831. The 1831 edition is the version most widely read.

The exhibit will be on display for the UT Southwestern community until December 30, 2017. This physical exhibition also has publicly-available online components, including web pages for each of the six panels, higher education class modules, a curator’s bibliography, and even an NPR interview with an illustrator about adapting Frankenstein for a graphic novel.

The National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health developed and produced this exhibition. This exhibition has been adapted from early exhibitions including the National Library of Medicine installation (1997-1998) and the American Library traveling exhibition (2002-2012). It was guest curated by Susan E. Lederer, Ph.D. (Robert Turell Professor of Medical History and Bioethics, University of Wisconsin-Madison).


ALCEP funding highlights—Texas County Histories & African American Historical Serials

A wide group of online resources was recently purchased by the University of Texas Digital Library with Academic Library Collection Enhancement Program (ALCEP) funds. The UT Board of Regents allocates ALCEP funds for one-time collection purchases to broaden the research and scholarly capabilities of the System’s fourteen institutions. The UT Southwestern Health Sciences Digital Library and Learning Center now offers online access to two history-centric resources through an ALCEP purchase: Texas County Histories and African American Historical Serials.

The Library now has perpetual access rights to Texas County Histories, a collection of more than 80 ebooks within Accessible Archives. Accessible Archives is a full-text, searchable database that includes serial publications such as newspapers and magazines, as well as books and county histories. Note: Other content within the Accessible Archives database is only available through September 2018.

Some of these ebooks also provide information on the history of medicine in Texas. The Encyclopedia of Texas, written in the 1920s, has a chapter on the history of the Texas medical profession, written by R. W. Knox, M.D., who had been a president of what is now known as the Texas Medical Association. Another chapter highlights Dallas as the medical center of the Southwest.

The other history-related resource of interest is African American Historical Serials, which is available through EBSCO. Developed in conjunction with the American Theological Library Association (ATLA) as an effort to preserve endangered serials related to African American religious life and culture, this database is a centralized and accessible digital resource of formerly fragmentary, widely-dispersed, and endangered materials originating from various institutions and sources, including some that had not previously participated in preservation projects. This collection documents the history of African American life and religious organizations from materials published between 1816 through 1922.

Some of the online materials within this resource that chronicle the history of medicine include the Report of the State Hospital at Goldsboro, North Carolina, which covers every other year between 1902 to 1916, and the Annual Report of the Lincoln Hospital & Home, which covers some of the years between 1915 and 1922. These reports provide images of hospital buildings, department staffing, statistics on patient stays, local medical advertisements, and more.



Highlights of medical artifacts on display at Dallas Public Library

The UT Southwestern Health Sciences Digital Library and Learning Center’s Special Collections and Archives includes more than 200 medical artifacts. Thanks to the Dallas Public Library, selected highlights from the medical artifact collection are on now display at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library in downtown Dallas.

Some of the artifacts on display include:

  • An English homeopathic medicine case (circa 1873)
  • Pocket surgical kit with a paper packet of surgical needles, manufactured around 1880
  • Surgical instruments catalog published in1890
  • Snake bite kit similar to those issued to oil field workers in Texas in the 1930s and 1940s

A snake bite kit similar to those issued to oil field workers in Texas in the 1930s and 1940s

Some selected artifacts also have connections to the Texas Physicians Historical Biographical Database. This publicly-accessible database contains brief biographical entries and citations for more than 10,000 Texas physicians who either practiced in or had strong historical connections to Texas. Artifacts from physicians William Benjamin Goodner and Luis Leib are included in this exhibit.

A small selection of patent medicines and pharmaceutical containers

A small selection of patent medicines and pharmaceutical containers are also on display. The federal 1906 Pure Food and Drug Act called many of these earlier medicines into question. To learn more, the National Library of Medicine provides online access to the FDA Notices of Judgement Collection, which contains a fascinating digital archive of evidence files, including correspondence, legal records, lab reports, product labeling, photographs, and more.

St. Paul Hospital on Bryan Street, two nurses adjusting empty orthopedics patient bed.

One of the four display cases contains a range of artifacts, such as the pitcher (visible in this circa 1955 photo) that are also part of the extensive St. Paul Hospital Collection, 1896-2004.

The exhibit is available for viewing on the fifth floor (Business & Technology) of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library in downtown Dallas until mid-February 2018.

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