The UT Southwestern Health Sciences Digital Library and Learning Center is excited to announce the official launch of its new interface and enhancements. The new Library beta site is currently available for use and will be officially switched on ...


Library website officially migrates to new interface on May 1st

The UT Southwestern Health Sciences Digital Library and Learning Center is excited to announce the official launch of its new interface and enhancements. The new Library beta site is currently available for use and will be officially switched on Tuesday, May 1, 2018.

The Library’s Digital Services and Technology Planning unit has been hard at work collaborating with the Library’s multiple units to enhance site content and functionality. We started with a statistical review of website content, requested user feedback, and updated accordingly. Additionally, the new website’s design is easier to navigate and use on handheld devices.

Watch the new promotional video highlighting the enhancements and new home page overview below, and then visit the new site and tell us what you think.



New changes to Library printing

The Library Printing system has undergone some major changes highlighted below:

  • No more print cards!
    Library print cards will no longer be used going forward. Over the past three months, we have been slowly removing swipe card functionality from our print system.
  • New print release station 
    The new print release station is directly opposite the old swipe station. You can now release your print job with your UT Southwestern username and password. When UT Southwestern Information Resources disables someone’s UTSW account, the print account will also be disabled. (Note: The old release station will remain available for another few weeks for card holders to use up their balances and only reflect account cards issued in the last six months.)
  • Adding funds?
    You may add funds via the cash box to your print account that is now connected to the new print station. The process is the same as it was with the old station.
    Users can also call 214-648-2626 to add money to their account with a credit card.
  • Secure printing
    Users can now only see their own print jobs when they log into either the new release station or PrintCenter, which is the website used to release print jobs.
  • No more print job passwords!
    When you submit a print job, you will no longer be asked to provide a print job password along with the print job name. Your UT Southwestern username and password will now be used. Upon logging in, select the print job, and select the print button to release your job to the printer.
  • Need a print account?
    Currently, this is a manual process while our staff finalizes the automation process. If you require a new account, please send an email to Charles reviews all system transactions daily and adds anyone that has attempted to use the system but received an account error.

New “Fire and Freedom” traveling poster exhibition at South Campus Library

The UT Southwestern Health Sciences Digital Library & Learning Center is hosting Fire and Freedom: Food and Enslavement in Early America, a new six-panel traveling exhibition. Meals can tell us how power is exchanged between and among different peoples, races, genders, and classes. The 18th century collection materials—upon which the exhibition is based—describe connections between food, botany, health, and housekeeping.

The exhibition will be on display for the UT Southwestern community until May 19, 2018. In addition to this physical exhibition, other publicly-available online components include web pages for each of the six panels, higher education class modules, a curator’s bibliography, and a digital gallery.

One of the medical history books listed in the curator’s bibliography—Blanton, Wyndham B. Medicine in Virginia in the Eighteenth Century. Richmond, VA: Garrett and Massie, 1931—is available at the Joint Library Facility and can be requested by UT Southwestern faculty, staff, and students at no cost through Interlibrary Loan. It is also available as an ebook through HathiTrust and can be viewed page by page without logging in; to download the ebook as a PDF for offline reading, simply log in using a UT Southwestern username and password.

The National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health developed and produced this exhibition. Research assistance was provided by staff at The Washington Library at George Washington’s Mount Vernon. It was guest curated by Psyche Williams-Forson, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Chair, American Studies, University of Maryland College Park.


New D2L faculty resources: AcESO Curriculum Builder tutorial and April 3rd Turnitin: Feedback Studio faculty training

Make Reading Lists in Your Courses Using a New AcESO Curriculum Builder Tool in D2L  

The Library is launching a new discovery tool which allows you to search all Library holdings using one search box. AcESO (Academic Enhanced Search Option) will search books, journals, available full-text articles, and UT Southwestern Archives digital images, as well as Institutional Repository content including theses, dissertations, contributed academic posters, Grand Rounds videos, and more!

Along with AcESO, we have purchased Curriculum Builder, which integrates AcESO with D2L Brightspace (D2L) and provides the ability to create reading lists in class sections that are linked directly to electronic content to which the Library subscribes.

To learn how to use the Curriculum Builder tool in D2L, view the Making a Reading List in D2L using UTSW Library’s AcESo Curriculum Builder Tool brief tutorial on the Library’s YouTube page.

Questions about AcESO or Curriculum Builder? Contact

Turnitin: Feedback Studio (anti-plagiarism software) Faculty Training on April 3rd

As an instructor would you like to:

  • Know if your students are writing original papers?
  • Help your students write better papers by improving their style and grammar?
  • Show your students how their grade relates to competencies or assignment requirements?
  • Grade quickly using a set of reusable marking tools?
  • Have students provide peer feedback?

Turnitin enables you to do all these things. Turnitin works with your courses in D2L, and you can even use Turnitin without using D2L.

Are you ready to learn how to use it?  A trainer from Turnitin will lead a hands-on how-to webinar that covers how to configure a D2L assignment to utilize Turnitin.

You will also learn how to use the online Feedback Studio tool to:

  • See and evaluate possible plagiarism and writing style problems
  • Use the QuickMark tool to provide drag and drop feedback
  • Link feedback to competencies or assignment requirements
  • Create and use grading rubrics
  • Provide quick verbal or written feedback
  • Push the grade to the D2L gradebook

The training session will be held on Tuesday, April 3, 2018, from noon to 1:30 p.m. Bring your laptop and join Dr. Yulia Piller, AIS Manager of Educational Technology, and Martha Buckbee, D2L Administrator, in NL03.120 or join from your office. You should be able to follow the steps in your sandbox course. Let Martha know by March 30, 2018, if you do not have a sandbox and would like one.


Don’t click! Phishing scam email identified regarding Library access

The Library was just made aware of a phishing scam email requesting Library access renewal but masking our information with erroneous information. A sample of the email is below. This is not a legitimate email. Our Library would never request that you update your access status in this manner.

If you have received this email, please delete it immediately. If you have clicked on the link in error, please contact Information Resources and change your password immediately.


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