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Vacation in a Book

1 hour 10 min ago
Vacation in a book posterThere’s still time left in the summer to take in a few books and an exhibit currently on view at the Perry-Castañeda Library has some suggestions to offer. “Vacation in a Book” features staff-selected volumes with a broad travel theme for your summer leisure reading pleasure. Staff offer recommendations for everything from a 16th century travelogue […]

Guatemalan Human Rights Archive in Imminent Peril

2 hours 14 min ago
Photo courtesy Archivo Histórico de la Policía Nacional, Guatemala.In recent weeks, actions taken by the government of Guatemala have put in jeopardy the future of the Historical Archive of the National Police of Guatemala (AHPN), a human rights archive with which LLILAS Benson and other units at the University of Texas at Austin have partnered since 2011. In a keynote speech to the […]

Meet the Talents: Lydia Fletcher

4 hours 23 min ago
Lydia Fletcher. Liaison Librarian for Physical and Mathematical SciencesLiaison Librarian for Physical and Mathematical Sciences Lydia Fletcher is currently co-chairing the STEM Librarians South conference, which brings together information professionals and academics from across the Southern U.S. and beyond to share their ideas, current research, best practices, and unique insights that help librarians advance the cause of STEM education and research.  When not […]

Announcing the Texas GeoData Portal

5 hours 21 min ago
Map with color-identified blocks.In the same way that the internet and digitization have created new ways to make books more discoverable and facilitated new ways of exploring text, so, too, has it opened avenues for a greater exploration of maps and their underlying data. As what has been a deliberative process, the UT Libraries have tended toward later […]

WHIT’S PICKS: TAKE 5 – GEMS FROM THE HMRC

Tue, 07/02/2019 - 8:19am
Album cover of The Band.Resident poet and rock and roll star Harold Whit Williams is in the midst of 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 for exploring and discovering some overlooked gems in […]

A 16th Century Digital Library

Wed, 06/26/2019 - 10:30am
Tratado breve de medicina, y de todas las enfermedades. Farfán, Agustín, 1532-1604. 1592. Benson Latin American Collection.Read, hot & digitized: Librarians and the digital scholarship they love — In this series, librarians from UTL’s Arts, Humanities and Global Studies Engagement Team briefly present, explore and critique existing examples of digital scholarship.  “It is astonishing how common this illness is, how it afflicts and torments so many with such grave accidents, that when a […]

Book Finding in the Arab World

Tue, 06/25/2019 - 12:15pm
fixDubai RoadUT Libraries’ Global Studies liaisons regularly travel internationally in order to maintain their expertise as librarians, establish and nurture international networks and productive collaborations, and acquire unique materials that distinguish UT Libraries’ collections and make them a destination for researchers from around the world. In March of last year, I traveled to the United Arab Emirates and […]

After the Flood, PCL Edition

Thu, 05/30/2019 - 1:11pm
Perry-Castaneda Library with water graphic overlay.The Perry-Castañeda Library got a bit damp from the recent wet weather. A little too damp, actually. On Friday, May 3, the Austin area experienced a series of thunderstorms beginning late in the afternoon that dumped a little over 4 inches of rain in the span of a few hours; not a remarkable amount in […]

Oplontis: A Digital Humanities Success Story from the University of Texas

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 10:09am
Oplontis, atrium 5, east wall. Photo Paul Bardagjy. ©The Oplontis ProjectRead, hot & digitized: Librarians and the digital scholarship they love — In this series, librarians from UTL’s Arts, Humanities and Global Studies Engagement Team briefly present, explore and critique existing examples of digital scholarship.      When speaking of digital humanities and the field of art history, cautioners of “digital art history” argue that using digital […]

The Dean of Texas Architecture

Thu, 04/25/2019 - 1:11pm
The Birthday, Sterling County, Texas.“Now, when a young architect tells me about a project he’s proud of, I say, ‘Get photographs!’” — Frank Welch, On Becoming an Architect Texas architect Frank Welch developed this outlook after one of his seminal creations – The Birthday in Sterling County, Texas – was plastered over in a renovation by a new owner, against the […]

Meet the Talents: Uri Kolodney

Wed, 04/24/2019 - 5:45am
uri1Uri Kolodney is the Hebrew, Jewish and Israel Studies Liaison Librarian as well as liaison for Film and Video at the UT Libraries. He recently took time to talk about his love of books and traveling abroad in search of rare volumes in a brief interview. When did you start at the Libraries, and what made you decide […]

Chicana Feminist Scholar and Writer Alicia Gaspar de Alba to Read at Archive Exhibit

Mon, 04/15/2019 - 10:15am
Alicia Gaspar de AlbaBY DANIEL ARBINO White, heterosexual men have long dominated archival records. However, the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection has a new archival exhibition that indicates the times are changing. The Benson Collection is pleased to commemorate the acquisition of the Alicia Gaspar de Alba Papers in the Rare Books and Manuscripts Reading Room on […]

Arctic Escape from the Texas Summer

Fri, 04/12/2019 - 11:37am
Polar Bear (Sow And Cub), Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, AlaskaLater this summer, three UT researchers will find themselves in the Arctic. Dr. Emily Beagle, currently a CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow working with Research and Data Services in UT Libraries, will join colleagues from mechanical engineering, Dr. Josh Rhodes and Dr. Todd Davidson aboard the National Geographic Explorer for a 12-day sustainability and leadership training in […]

Hinojosa and Pérez Brought Soul and Heart to 17th Annual ¡A Viva Voz!

Fri, 04/05/2019 - 5:12pm
Tish and LourdesA packed house at the Benson Latin American Collection was treated to a stunning set of music for the 17th annual ¡A Viva Voz! Celebration of Latina/o Arts and Culture, held April 4. To be in the audience for “Cantos y Cuentos,” with singer-songwriters Tish Hinojosa and Lourdes Pérez, was to be drawn into an intimate conversation, […]

Read, Hot and Digitized: Footprints – The Chronotope of the Jewish Book

Thu, 04/04/2019 - 1:18pm
 Moshe Yarak. Owner signature/bookplate in extant copy. The Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies.Read, hot & digitized: Librarians and the digital scholarship they love — In this series, librarians from UTL’s Arts, Humanities and Global Studies Engagement Team briefly present, explore and critique existing examples of digital scholarship.   Working as a book conservator back in the days in Tel Aviv, I was always intrigued by the notes and scribbles found […]

Whit’s Picks: Take 4 – Gems from the HMRC

Thu, 04/04/2019 - 1:13pm
Records in the stacks of the HMRC.Resident poet and rock and roll star Harold Whit Williams is in the midst of 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 for exploring and discovering some overlooked gems in […]

Texas Archival Resources Online Receives NEH Grant

Thu, 04/04/2019 - 10:46am
TARO website.The Texas Archival Resources Online (TARO) consortium and the University of Texas Libraries have received a grant of $348,359 from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to enhance their efforts to provide researchers worldwide with access to collection descriptions of archival primary sources in libraries, archives and museums across Texas. This grant builds on […]

The Unseen Library: Technology

Fri, 03/29/2019 - 3:12pm
PCL Media LabAs we’ve spent the last several months gathering information and feedback from the campus community regarding the future of the University of Texas Libraries, more than once we’ve encountered the response, “I wasn’t aware the Libraries did that.” Too often, the support that libraries provide to users goes unnoticed. Much like electricity or running water, […]