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Jennifer Isasi to Join LLILAS Benson as CLIR Fellow for Data Curation

Mon, 05/07/2018 - 3:09pm
Jennifer IsasiLLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections is pleased to announce that Jennifer Isasi, PhD, will join the staff as CLIR Fellow for Data Curation in Latin American and Latina/o Studies. Isasi will work with Digital Scholarship Coordinator Albert A. Palacios to contribute to “collections as data” efforts, educational resources, and digital scholarship initiatives at LLILAS […]

The Fine Arts Library Lives On

Fri, 04/27/2018 - 2:34pm
Student in the 5th floor stacks at the Fine Arts Library.Over the past several months, our Fine Arts Library has been the subject of debate as the College of Fine Arts considered space to serve as a home to the new School for Design and Creative Technologies (SDCT). Interested faculty and students joined together last fall to protest any further changes to the library after […]

To Protect and Preserve

Fri, 04/27/2018 - 11:24am
Book preservationist Joey Marez repairing a volume.As we’re wrapping up Preservation Week 2018, it’s instructive to remember that at the core of the library mission, the act of preserving the vast collections of the University of Texas Libraries is one of the most important things we do. A lot of times this reality gets lost in issues of actual collection management or […]

Collections Highlight: Gravitation

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 2:45pm
Gravitation is a seminal work familiar to all advanced physics students, but the Kuehne Physics Mathematics Astronomy Library (PMA) has an uncommon copy of the book. Co-author John Wheeler presented this copy with his inscription to a former engineering professor at UT, who donated the book to the PMA Library. A time later, co-author Kip Thorne […]

NEH Grant Will Fund Transcription of Indigenous Language Collection

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 3:10pm
Transcription of Mixtec, with Spanish translation. Raúl Alvarez (transcriber and translator). 1981. Rabbit story, with additional translation by Benjamín García Santiago. This will be part of the AILLA archive.BY J. RYAN SULLIVANT The Archive of Indigenous Languages of Latin America (AILLA) has received a pilot grant from the Humanities Collections and Reference Resources program of the National Endowment for the Humanities. This grant will improve access to some of the archive’s thousands of audio recordings in indigenous languages by supporting pilot efforts to […]

Distinctive Collaboration in Pakistan

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 3:14am
Mary Rader buying books in Pakistan.The mission of UT Libraries is to “advance teaching, fuel research and energize learning through expansive collections and digital content, innovative services, programs and partnerships to develop critical thinkers and global citizens that transforms lives.”  In recent years, our mission is fulfilled through a number of ongoing thematic “Purposeful Pathways” and short-term focused “Current Priorities.”  […]

AILLA Awarded Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities

Mon, 04/09/2018 - 10:23am
 Niels Fock/Eva Krener, 1973The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has awarded a Documenting Endangered Languages Preservation Grant of $227,365 to Patience Epps and Susan Smythe Kung of the Archive of the Indigenous Languages of Latin America (AILLA) for support of their upcoming project entitled “Archiving Significant Collections of Endangered Languages: Two Multilingual Regions of Northwestern South America.” […]

The Benson Needs YOU

Mon, 04/02/2018 - 11:32am
Student using Benson collections.The Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection, cited by many as the collection of record for Latin America in this hemisphere, is home to some of the most unique and rare collections on the Forty Acres and beyond. Make no mistake, the Benson is more than just a special collection. The groundbreaking LLILAS Benson partnership—a […]

70 Pages of Change and Counting

Mon, 04/02/2018 - 8:16am
iSchool students Rachel Simons and Ginny Barnes work on Wikipedia pages at the SXSW event Keep Wikipedia Queer. Barnes is also a PCL Graduate Research Assistant.
Photo by Jeanette D. Moses/WYNCMost people think of SXSW as a giant party. But a for a group of us from the UT Libraries this year, SXSW presented an opportunity to make Wikipedia a more welcoming and representative place for LGBTQ+-identified people. It started with an idea from some great folks at WNYC Studios, a public radio station in […]

Libraries Launch Castañeda Diversity Residency

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 3:28pm
Student in the stacks at the Benson Latin American Collection.The University of Texas Libraries is pleased to announce the creation of a new pilot residency program to encourage participation in library professions by historically underrepresented populations. The Consuelo Artaza and Dr. Carlos Castañeda Diversity Alliance Residency Program will align with efforts of the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) Diversity Alliance to increase […]

The First Book Ever Borrowed

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 1:56pm
Wilhelm Meister’s Apprenticeship by J.W. von Goethe, 1795-96“Art is long, life short, judgment difficult, opportunity transient. To act is easy, to think is hard; to act according to our thought is troublesome. Every beginning is cheerful: the threshold is the place of expectation.” from Wilhelm Meister’s Apprenticeship by J.W. von Goethe, 1795-96 Goethe’s sentiment borrowed from Hippocrates and distilled in his novel […]

Meet the Talents: Porcia Vaughn

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 12:42pm
Porcia Vaughn teaching a workshop.Meet the Talents is an occasional series dedicated to introducing experts from around the UT Libraries. This month’s focus is Porcia Vaughn, Liaison Librarian for Biosciences, who joined the Libraries in late 2016. Porcia earned her MS at the University of North Texas and previously worked at the University of Houston Libraries and the Fondren […]

Thoma Visiting Scholars in Viceregal Latin American Art: Call for Proposals

Mon, 03/26/2018 - 3:31pm
The Child Mary Spinning (detail), Collection of Carl & Marilynn ThomaIn collaboration with the Thoma Foundation and the Blanton Museum of Art, LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections is pleased to announce a convocatoria / call for proposals for the Becas Thoma para Investigación en Arte Virreinal Latinoamericano (Thoma Visiting Scholars in Spanish Colonial Art). The Becas Thoma will fund short-term visits for six scholars to conduct […]

On the Hunt for Books in Frankfurt and Prague

Mon, 03/26/2018 - 11:35am
Prague.With the generous support of the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies and the Center for European Studies I was recently able to travel to Frankfurt and Prague to attend the Frankfurt Book Fair and purchase books for the UT Libraries’ collections. In addition to meeting with vendors and participating in the international […]

Legacy of Art Historian Jacqueline Barnitz to Be Celebrated with Remembrance and Archive Exhibit

Thu, 03/15/2018 - 12:18pm
 Mike Wellen.The Benson Latin American Collection is pleased to announce the acquisition of the archive of Jacqueline Barnitz (1923–2017). The life and collection of the late art historian and professor emeritus will be celebrated in the Benson’s Rare Books and Manuscripts Reading Room on Tuesday, March 27, at 3 p.m. Selected materials from the archive will […]

Benefits of Creating an OER for Turkish-language Learning

Fri, 03/09/2018 - 3:00am
March 5-9 is Open Education Week Throughout the week, guest contributors will present their perspectives on the value of open education to research, teaching and learning at The University of Texas at Austin. Today’s installment is provided byJeannette Okur, Lecturer, Middle Eastern Studies.  For a year and a half now, I have been designing and piloting an OER textbook and online curricular materials […]

Excessive Noise Turns Six with “Green Paw”

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 2:39pm
_MG_9846Excessive Noise is an occasional concert series hosted by the Fine Arts Library.  Organized by Russell Podgorsek — who earned his doctorate at the Butler School of Music and is an employee of the Fine Arts Library — the series provides students with an opportunity to perform chamber and solo works beyond those required by […]

OER for a Common Goal – Meeting the Needs of Spanish Heritage Learners

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 3:00am
March 5-9 is Open Education Week Throughout the week, guest contributors will present their perspectives on the value of open education to research, teaching and learning at The University of Texas at Austin. Today’s installment is provided by Jocelly Meiners, Lecturer, Department of Spanish and Portuguese. In recent years, the development of Spanish language courses designed specifically for heritage language […]

Open Education Week Promotion of Open Access

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 3:00am
March 5-9 is Open Education Week Throughout the week, guest contributors will present their perspectives on the value of open education to research, teaching and learning at The University of Texas at Austin. Today’s installment is provided by Orlando R. Kelm, Associate Professor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese Open Access seems to be at the core of materials development for […]

Collections Highlight: Typus Cosmographicus Universalis

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 8:45am
"Typvs Cosmographicvs Vniversalis in Novvs Orbis Regionvm ac insvlarvm veteribvs incognitarvm"
Attributed to Sebastian Münster, cartographer, and Hans Holbein the Younger
print and wash on paper
15 x 22 in.In this important world map, the extent of North America and the distance across the Pacific Ocean are hardly understood while the outline of South America is better represented. The cartography is attributed to a collaboration between celebrated German mapmaker Sebastian Munster, and a renowned Northern Renaissance artist Hans Holbein, contributed the rich ornamentation at […]