Starting the Conversation About OERs

Tex Libris - Tue, 09/11/2018 - 12:36pm
 OpenStax has been creating openly licensed college textbooks since 2012.If you follow open access initiatives in the news or #OA on Twitter, chances are you have heard about open educational resources (OER). From a $5 million federal grant to fund an open textbook pilot program, to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s recent announcement of twenty OER grants statewide in Texas, it’s clear that […]

Collections Highlight: Historia Verdadera

Tex Libris - Wed, 09/05/2018 - 10:14am
Genaro Garcia Collection stampIn 1920, Regent H. J. Lutcher Stark and Historian Charles Wilson Hackett, representatives of The University of Texas attending President Álvaro Obregón’s inauguration in Mexico City, were transfixed by the sight of the first edition in Spanish of Bernal Díaz del Castillo’s True History of the Conquest of New Spain (1632). There, in a bookstore […]

Message/Mensagem: Brazil’s National Museum / Museu Nacional, Brasil

Tex Libris - Tue, 09/04/2018 - 3:07pm
Benson Latin American Collection, The University of Texas at Austin.Message from Melissa Guy, director, Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection We are deeply saddened by the destruction of the National Museum of Brazil, in which so many irreplaceable treasures were lost. We stand in solidarity with the museum’s employees, the people of Rio de Janeiro, and the people of Brazil as they mourn the […]

Benson Collection Acquires the Catalina Delgado-Trunk Papers

Tex Libris - Mon, 08/27/2018 - 9:14am
Catalina Delgado-TrunkBY DANIEL ARBINO The Benson Latin American Collection is pleased to announce the acquisition of the Catalina Delgado-Trunk Papers. Delgado-Trunk is a Mexican-born artist known for her work in the intricate papel picado art form. The contents of the papers include correspondence, program materials, press releases, news clippings, exhibit slides, and files. Undoubtedly, the true […]

LLILAS Benson Partnership with Puebla Archive to Yield Rich Results

Tex Libris - Tue, 08/14/2018 - 5:03pm
Héctor Sánchez Sánchez of Tribunal Superior de Justicia, Puebla, and Virginia Garrard, director, LLILAS Benson, with the newly signed agreementFour Centuries of Rare Documents Will Be Digitized August 8, 2018, was an auspicious day for students of Mexican history. An agreement signed between LLILAS Benson and the Tribunal Superior de Justicia del Estado de Puebla marks the official start of a project to digitize a large collection of archival materials from the Fondo Real […]

A Space Solution in the Distance

Tex Libris - Wed, 08/08/2018 - 3:02pm
The Library Storage FacilityTexas may pride itself in being big, but as anyone around the Forty Acres these days knows, that “bigness” is finite. Back in the early 1990s, as Austin was hitting its stride in terms of growth with the arrival of tech industry and the nascent popularity of the city as a destination, forward-thinking minds at […]

Seminario en Guatemala Conmemora la Colaboración en Archivos y Derechos Humanos

Tex Libris - Fri, 08/03/2018 - 3:21pm
 AHPN.POR HANNAH ALPERT-ABRAMS Read this article in English. El personal de LLILAS Benson Colecciones y Latinoamericanos y el Centro Rapoport para los Derechos Humanos y la Justicia viajó a la Ciudad de Guatemala para participar en un seminario sobre la alianza entre la Universidad de Texas y varias instituciones guatemaltecas que trabajan con archivos. El […]

Seminar Celebrates Collaboration with Guatemala on Archives and Human Rights

Tex Libris - Fri, 08/03/2018 - 3:14pm
 AHPN.BY HANNAH ALPERT-ABRAMS Lea este artículo en español. Representatives from LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections and the Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice visited Guatemala City on July 27 for a seminar on archival partnerships between the University of Texas and Guatemalan institutions. The event, “Archives and Human Rights: […]

The Benson Gets a Book

Tex Libris - Fri, 08/03/2018 - 8:53am
Cover of "Library for the Americas."The University of Texas Press has published the first encyclopedic examination of the renowned Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection (Benson), providing a window into the rich Latin American resources for research and study at The University of Texas at Austin. Showcasing the incredible depth, diversity and history of the Benson Collection, “A Library for […]

Collection Hightlight: Lunar Flag from Alan Bean

Tex Libris - Fri, 08/03/2018 - 8:27am
A flag from astronaut Alan Bean's lunar mission.Alumnus and NASA astronaut Alan Bean recently passed away, but a piece of his legacy as a lunar visitor resides in the new McKinney Engineering Library. A small flag that Bean carried with him on a trip to the moon hangs in the library today. Bean donated the flag-that-went-to-the-moon that is framed and on display at […]

Creating Space in the Public Domain for Feminist Literature

Tex Libris - Tue, 07/31/2018 - 9:31am
Books from Cita.Earlier this year, the UT Libraries hosted a panel discussion called, Can I Use That?: Remix and Creativity. The event was the brainchild of Juliana Castro, a graduate student in the School of Design & Creative Technologies. She worked with librarians Becca Pad, Gina Bastone and Colleen Lyon to plan a panel event that dove into issues […]

Open Textbook Pilot applications open

Open Access at UT - Mon, 07/30/2018 - 11:53am

The Department of Education has announced that proposals are now being accepted for an Open Textbooks Pilot program. They will be awarding between one and three grants up to a total of $5 million dollars.

The priorities for this pilot include:

  • Improve collaboration and dissemination through consortial arrangements
  • Address gaps in the open textbook market and develop solutions that scale
  • Promote degree completion

Inside Higher Ed has an article about the proposal process.

The scope of this program is quite large, and the deadline for submission is August 29th, so interested parties should start working on this right away.

Whit’s Picks: Take 1 — Gems from the HMRC

Tex Libris - Mon, 07/30/2018 - 9:01am
Whit Williams playing guitarResident poet and rock and roll star Harold Whit Williams has recently taken on a project to catalog the KUT Collection, obtained a few years ago and inhabiting a sizable portion of the Historical Music Recordings Collection (HMRC). Being that he has a refined sense of both words and music, Whit seems like a good candidate […]

A new way to evaluate research

Open Access at UT - Thu, 07/19/2018 - 9:38am

The International Development Research Centre (IDRC) in Canada has developed a tool they hope will better measure the quality and impact of research coming out of the global south. They want to ensure that researchers who are working on projects that positively impact their region are evaluated on criteria that make sense. Metrics like citation count and h-index don’t necessarily measure the rigor and usefulness of research.

The IDRC calls this tool Research Quality Plus (RQ+) and it has three parts:

  • Identify contextual factors – political, data, research environment, maturity of the scientific field, and how much the project focuses on capacity strengthening
  • Articulate dimensions of quality – scientific integrity, legitimacy, importance, and positioning for use
  • Use rubrics & evidence – assessments have to be systematic, comparable and based on evidence (both qualitative and quantitative)

You can read more about this tool in Nature or on the IDRC website.

OER grant opportunity

Open Access at UT - Thu, 07/12/2018 - 12:18pm

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has announced a Request for Applications for OER grants. They will be awarding up to 20 grants to encourage faculty to adopt, modify, redesign, or develop courses that use only open educational resources. The deadline for application is August 20th, 2018 at 5:00pm Central time.

Editors4BetterResearch initiative

Open Access at UT - Fri, 07/06/2018 - 9:37am

Researchers Chris Chambers, Corin Logan, and Brad Wyble have started an initiative called Editors4BetterResearch. They hope to create a database of journal editors who support reproducibility and open science. Right now they are soliciting feedback on their proposal and collecting names of editors who would like to be listed in the database. Their goal is to allow authors who value open and reproducible science to find editors who share their values.

UC takes a stand on journal negotiations

Open Access at UT - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 1:10pm

The University of California System has made an announcement that they will be prioritizing an open access future in their journal negotiations with publishers. Their goal is to responsibly transition funding for journal subscriptions towards funding for open access.

You can find the full announcement which includes their guiding priorities here.

Travel scholarship from UT Libraries

Open Access at UT - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 12:25pm

The University of Texas Libraries wants to send you to OpenCon 2018 in Toronto, Canada!

If you are a UT Austin graduate student or postdoctoral researcher with an interest in open access (OA), open educational resources (OER) or open data who wants to help shape the future of research and education at UT, consider applying for a travel scholarship being provided by the Libraries to attend this year’s OpenCon. OpenCon is an academic conference for early career researchers taking place November 2nd-4th, 2018 in Toronto. OpenCon is an excellent opportunity to learn more about open access, open education and open data, to learn how to advocate for these issues, and to network with people from across the globe. It truly is an international conference – since 2014, people from 176 countries have applied to attend! The program includes keynote talks, panel discussions, workshops, hackathons, and there is usually an opportunity to lobby government officials. The UT Austin scholarship winner will be fully funded to attend the conference.

The scholarship winner will be expected to share what they’ve learned once they return to Austin. We are open to what that engagement may look like – for instance, the attendee may choose to host a presentation upon their return or they may decide to push for more open access in a particular area on campus. Library staff will be available to help coordinate events and meetings, but the attendee is expected to do most of the content planning.

To apply:

Please send a statement (no longer than 500 words) discussing how you might like to engage our campus in open agenda discussions. This statement is not binding, but it is an opportunity to brainstorm ideas that can be further refined later. Submit your statement and resume/CV to Scholarly Communications Librarian, Colleen Lyon, c.lyon at austin.utexas.edu, by midnight on Monday, July 16th. Applicants will be notified with a decision by Friday, August 17th. If you have questions about the conference or about the application process, please contact Colleen Lyon.

MIT and Royal Society of Chemistry

Open Access at UT - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 10:20am

MIT Libraries and the Royal Society of Chemistry have signed a license agreement that is the first of its kind in North America. The agreement will provide access to Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) articles for the MIT community, and will also make all RSC articles authored by MIT researchers open access for anyone to read. You can find more information about this agreement through the MIT Libraries announcement.

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