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.

What Summer Break?

Tex Libris - Wed, 05/30/2018 - 1:10pm
Robotics campers.Summer on the Forty Acres is in contrast with the rest of the academic calendar in some pretty noticeable ways: herds of parentless campers crisscrossing campus in a clockwork dance; roving bands of noisy Boys State gangs meandering about on a break from their future leadership training opportunity at the Capitol; summer school denizens either rushing […]

updates have moved…

Classics Library News and Blog - Tue, 05/29/2018 - 10:08am

New books and journals are now listed at this site :


Graduated? Don’t Forget Your Libraries

Tex Libris - Tue, 05/29/2018 - 8:00am
GraduatesYou did it! (Or your graduate did.) Congratulations. After four years (more or less) of hard work and long nights in PCL, you’ve earned your degree and are looking toward the next phase of life as you head out into the world. And though your time at UT has officially come to a close, you’ll […]

OA Week 2018 theme announced

Open Access at UT - Fri, 05/25/2018 - 4:45pm

The theme for Open Access Week 2018 was announced earlier this week – Designing Equitable Foundations for Open Knowledge. OA Week this year will be October 22nd-28th.

You can find more information about OA Week on their website.

In the past UT Libraries has participated with both online and in-person events. We’ll be participating again this year and will make announcements here over the coming months.

Alicia Niwagaba Wins TDL Graduate Student Excellence Award

Tex Libris - Wed, 05/23/2018 - 4:04pm
Alicia Niwagaba, graduate research assistant at the Archive of the Indigenous Languages of Latin America (AILLA), was awarded the Graduate Student Excellence Award by the Texas Digital Library (TDL). She accepted the award during the Texas Conference on Digital Libraries on May 17. Niwagaba is a recent graduate of the Master of Science in Information […]

Swedish libraries walk away from Elsevier deal

Open Access at UT - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 2:44pm

Y’all may have already seen the announcement last week that the Bibsam Consortium in Sweden has decided not to renew their agreement with Elsevier. The Bibsam Consortium negotiates license agreements on behalf of Swedish universities, government agencies, and research institutes. The Swedish government has set a goal of immediate open access by 2026 and the Elsevier deal wasn’t helping them achieve that goal. This follows similar actions in Germany and France. There is definitely lots of movement in Europe towards greater access to research.

New Books, Week of May 21, 2018

Classics Library News and Blog - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 9:55am

The epigrams of Crinagoras of Mytilene : introduction, text, commentary / Maria Ypsilanti /Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press, 2018

Juvenal’s tenth satire / Paul Murgatroyd / Liverpool : Liverpool University Press, 2017

New Journals, Week of May 21, 2018

Classics Library News and Blog - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 9:29am

Archeo, Number 398, April 2018

Classical World, Volume 111, No. 3, Spring 2018                                                 ONLINE

Syllecta Classica, Volume 28, 2017                                                                               ONLINE

TAPA, Volume 148, No.1, Spring 2018

New Books, Week of May 14, 2018

Classics Library News and Blog - Mon, 05/14/2018 - 9:55am

Annales. Liber 15. Latin / Annals. Book XV / Tacitus / edited by Rhiannon Ash / Tacitus : Annals. Book XV / Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2018

History. Book 6. Greek/ Histories. Book VI / Herodotus / edited by Simon Hornblower and Christopher Pelling / Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2017

Quand naissent les dieux : fondation des sanctuaires antiques : motivations, agents, lieux / sous la direction de Sandrine Agusta-Boularot, Sandrine Huber et William Van Andringa / Rome : École française de Rome ; Athènes : École française d’Athènes, 2017

New Journals, Week of May 14, 2018

Classics Library News and Blog - Mon, 05/14/2018 - 9:42am

Sicilia Archeologica, Number 109, 2017

June brown bag discussion

Open Access at UT - Wed, 05/09/2018 - 12:53pm

For our June discussion we’ll be talking about information security, privacy, social media, and algorithmic culture and how all those things are impacting our society. If you’d like to read up on any of this before the June event, here are some helpful resources.

Antisocial Media: How Facebook Disconnects Us and Undermines Democracy, by Siva Vaidhyanathan.

Robyn Caplan, Content Standards and Their Consequences talk from ER&L 2018

Siva Vaidhyanathan, Antisocial Media talk from ER&L 2018

Danah Boyd, The Messy Reality of Algorithmic Culture talk from ER&L 2018

Stay tuned for more information about this session.

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

Tex Libris - 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 […]

New Books, Week of May 7, 2018

Classics Library News and Blog - Mon, 05/07/2018 - 9:52am

Caesar’s Civil War : historical reality and fabrication / by Richard W. Westall / Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2018

Campo Marzio : nuove ricerche : atti del Seminario di studi sul Campo Marzio, Roma, Museo nazionale romano a Palazzo Altemps, 18-19 marzo 2013 / a cura di Fedora Filippi / Roma : Edizioni Quasar, 2015

House X at Kommos : a Minoan mansion near the sea / edited by Maria C. Shaw and Joseph W. Shaw / Philadelphia, Pennsylvania : INSTAP Academic Press, 2012, Part 2

New Journals, Week of May 7, 2018

Classics Library News and Blog - Mon, 05/07/2018 - 9:51am

Arion, Volume 25, no.2, Fall 2017

Arethusa, Volume 51, no. 1, Winter 2018,                                                               ONLINE ONLY

Journal of Late Antiquity, Volume 10, no.2, Fall 2017                                        ONLINE ONLY

Petition against new machine learning journal

Open Access at UT - Wed, 05/02/2018 - 8:46am

A large group of scholars has signed a petition protesting the creation of a new subscription journal from Nature, Nature Machine Intelligence.


They argue that most journals in the field are open access with no charges for readers or authors. The people signing the petition have said they will not submit to, review or edit for the journal. I’m not sure how large the machine learning community is, but the petition has over 2400 signatures (as of May 2nd).

Nature has stated they respect the opinions of the petitioners, but they feel the new subscription journal can co-exist with others by providing an outlet for interdisciplinary work that has undergone rigorous peer review.


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