Foreign Acquisitions and Study Trips

Both emergent and established scholars recognize and respect the need for frequent and sustained trips to the geographic areas of their research and teaching to maintain both currency and authority. This is no less true for area studies librarians. In addition to retaining credibility as experts in a field, area studies librarians are also expected to initiate, establish and

nurture their international networks (professional, informational and otherwise) through which they can support the work of others, most notably the students and researchers of the University of Texas. Furthermore, and perhaps the most tangible output of this type of travel, librarians can make the one-of-a-kind purchases and negotiations that distinguish and develop our collections.