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AUSTIN, Texas (December 9, 2010) — The Human Rights Documentation Initiative at the University of Texas Libraries is playing a significant role in the establishment of an archive for the preservation of records related to the Rwandan genocide.
Commissioned by Kigali City Council and established by the Aegis Trust (UK) in association with Rwanda's National Commission for the Fight Against Genocide, the Genocide Archive of Rwanda will open at the Kigali Genocide Memorial in Rwanda this Friday on slopes above mass graves containing more than 250,000 of those murdered. It will make the 1994 genocide one of the most comprehensively documented — and most easily researchable — genocides of all time.


AUSTIN, Texas (November 23, 2010) — The Fine Arts Library will host an event in recognition of World AIDS Day, which occurs annually on December 1.
Guest speaker Akinyi Wadende, a graduate fellow in Education at Texas State University, will be joined by University of Texas Professor of Art History Moyo Okediji to present "Kwe Mosiko: HIV/AIDS, Art and Activism" in the Roberts Reading Room of the Fine Arts Library in the Doty Fine Arts Building beginning at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, December 1.


AUSTIN, Texas (November 5, 2010) — A popular annual program to assist students during the taxing final stretch of the semester is returning to the University of Texas Libraries.
Just as students face the final crunch of deadlines for assignments, research papers and presentations, Reference and Information Services (RIS) in Perry-Castañeda Library, the McKinney Engineering Library, the Fine Arts Library and the Kuehne Physics Mathematics Astronomy Library (PMA) will promote the availability of in-person, drop-by assistance, subject librarian consultations and the UT Libraries Ask a Librarian IM and email services.

Mary Bowden received her Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Texas at Austin, and taught in the Department of English at UT for 16 years. After her retirement from teaching, she has continued her independent scholarship. She has so far written three books: Philip Freneau (1972), Washington Irving (1981), and On the Road with Washington Irving: Chiefly in 1832 (2009).


Tell us a little bit about the project you're currently working on.
Mary Bowden: Right now I'm working on this book that will be on the subject of second generation Americans, that is, those born after the constitution–when they go abroad, how they react to the world abroad. It dates from about 1810-1830, a relatively small period of time. 
 I became interested in this collection because a lot of people don't realize that they not only contained the local news, but also news from all over the world. And how did they get that news? Through letters from citizen correspondents in their travels abroad.
Here's a case in point in the Boston Patriot from 1813: private correspondence from Alexandria, Louisiana, December 4, reporting the latest news from Goliad. This is from a letter from Colonel Magee, who was at Goliad, and it probably exists in no other place, other than in this newspaper.

AUSTIN, Texas (June 15, 2010) — Mexico City Mayor Marcelo Ebrard Casaubon has awarded the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection the Medalla 1808, an award presented for contributions to the study and development of Mexican history and culture.

The Benson was cited as "honorably representing Mexico's history through its highly recognized achievements in the field of academic and research development," by the History Awards Committee composed of directors of the Mexican Academy of History, El Colegio de México and the Institute of Historical Research at UNAM (National Autonomous University of Mexico).

AUSTIN, Texas — The University of Texas Libraries is currently administering a service quality survey to solicit input from students and faculty at The University of Texas at Austin.

Six thousand people – 4,800 current students and 1,200 members of faculty – were randomly chosen to take part in the LibQUAL+ web survey. Those selected received an email invitation last week requesting their participation and providing a link to a short survey that takes about five minutes to complete.

AUSTIN, Texas (March 5, 2010) – The University of Texas Libraries is pronouncing March 8-14 AudioBook Week with the launch of a new subscription to MyiLibrary Audio.

The Libraries initial MyiLibrary Audio collection features more than 450 titles including popular general fiction, literary fiction, classic fiction, mystery, biography and creative non-fiction. The collection includes books read by award-winning audiobook performers, and allows users to browse for titles and hear a sample before virtual checkout.

AUSTIN, Texas (January 27, 2010)—The Fine Arts Library (FAL) at The University of Texas at Austin will offer a new service to expand access to its audiovisual (AV) collections.

Available now, users will be able to have audiovisual materials at FAL delivered to a convenient campus branch of the University of Texas Libraries.

AUSTIN, Texas (November 20, 2009) — The Fine Arts Library is hosting an art performance and installation in recognition of World AIDS Day.

Alafia, a performance and installation of African art by Issa Nyaphaga and University of Texas Art History faculty Moyo Okediji, will take place from 5-6 p.m. on Tuesday, December 1.

AUSTIN, Texas —The Human Rights Documentation Initiative, a project of the University of Texas Libraries, has launched its website.

The Human Rights Documentation Initiative (HRDI) website provides archived web resources for distance research, highlights human rights related archival materials at UT, informs the public on HRDI’s current documentation partnerships and promotes human rights events and research occurring at The University of Texas at Austin. The site also features a blog to document participant perspectives, project trips, and experiences regarding the work being done to advance the project. The HRDI has concurrently launched a Twitter feed to provide real-time project updates, event reminders and human rights related news.

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