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Libraries Joins Transformative Agreement with Cambridge University Press

March 24, 2021

AUSTIN, Texas—The University of Texas has expanded a partnership with Cambridge University Press that will result in global open access to research published by authors and researchers across the UT System.

The three-year extension of the contract – referred to as a “Read & Publish” agreement – provides system-wide institutional access to all Cambridge University Press journals, and offsets the costs of open access publishing of all works authored by University of Texas experts.

¡A Viva Voz! Returns with Teatro Vivo

March 17, 2021

LLILAS Benson is thrilled to announce the return of the ¡A Viva Voz! Celebration of Latina/o Arts and Culture. The annual event, usually one of the highlights of the spring semester, was canceled in 2020 due to the recent campus closure for Covid-19.

Confessions of an Archives Convert: Reflecting on the Genaro García Collection

Feb. 12, 2021

Voluminous lists of banned or redacted books, laced with sanctimonious commentary—or, early modern Spanish “cancel culture.” The illustrated family tree of a womanizing, bald curate named Miguel Hidalgo. Op-eds fawning over every viperous protagonist of the Revolution.

Libraries Eliminate Daily Fines for Most Items

Feb. 12, 2021

The University of Texas Libraries will no longer impose daily overdue fines, a policy that has  been shown to have an inequitable impact across the community of library users.

New Biography Sheds Light on Author María Luisa Puga

Feb. 3, 2021

“How does one become a writer, and how does she go about building a body of creative work?”* These are questions that author Irma López seeks to answer in her latest publication, a biography of the late Mexican writer María Luisa Puga (1944–2004) titled Extraño no-amor el tuyo: María Luisa Puga, historia de una pasión.   

Interactive Exhibit Examines Spanish Colonial Bureacracy

Jan. 4, 2021

For almost three hundred years, the Spanish monarchs ruled over an expansive empire stretching from the Caribbean to the southernmost tip of South America. World history narratives situate Spain within a centuries-long clash between major powers over territory, resources, and authority in the Americas that ended with the wars of independence. However, these histories tend to devote less attention to the day-to-day processes that sustained imperial rule. My dissertation explores this question through an analysis of the underlying mechanisms that bound the people to their faraway king.

NEH, UK Grants Fund AI Transcription Project

Jan. 4, 2021

Game-changing innovations that use artificial intelligence (AI) tools will improve access to Indigenous and Spanish colonial archives. “Unlocking the Colonial Archive: Harnessing Artificial Intelligence for Indigenous and Spanish American Historical Collections” is a collaborative project led by LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections at The University of Texas at Austin, the Digital Humanities Hub at Lancaster University, and Liverpool John Moores University.

Provost Launches Sustainable Open Scholarship Working Group

Nov. 11, 2020

In response to recommendations from the Task Force on the Future of UT Libraries commissioned by the Provost’s Office in 2018, the Provost has launched a working group on Sustainable Open Scholarship to address  impacts on the effectiveness of open scholarship at UT.

LLILAS Benson Hosts Viritual Workshops with Latin American Partners

Nov. 9, 2020

It was the Summer of Zoom. Anyone whose job quickly morphed from being in-person to being entirely online can relate to (a) isolation, (b) feeling overwhelmed, (c) video-conference overload, or (d) some or all of the above. Yet the ability to engage with other people on platforms such as Zoom has allowed some important work to move forward. Such was the case with the recent workshop series conducted with archival partners in Latin America by the LLILAS Benson Digital Initiatives team (LBDI).