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Libraries Receive NEH Grant to Help Develop Multilingual Transcription

Feb. 5, 2020

AUSTIN, Texas — A grant of over $300,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities will help the University of Texas Libraries to collaborate in the customization of a Wikipedia-like platform for the collaborative transcription, translation and indexing of archival texts in non-English languages.

Libraries Launches Ex Libris Alma/Primo as Library Services Platform

Jan. 30, 2020

AUSTIN, Texas — The University of Texas Libraries has launched a new library services platform from vendor Ex Libris that will make organizing and accessing library resources easier than ever before.

Campus Collections Initiate Cultural Partnership with $500,000 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grant

Jan. 30, 2020

AUSTIN, Texas — The University of Texas Libraries, the Blanton Museum of Art and the Harry Ransom Center have been awarded a $500,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to establish a collective digital infrastructure at The University of Texas at Austin that will provide expanded digital access to the rich cultural resources of the university.

Lebermann Foundation Establishes Endowment to Boost Libraries’ Technologies

Jan. 28, 2020

AUSTIN, Texas—The University of Texas Libraries has received a generous gift from an Austin-area foundation that will support efforts toward the transformation and modernization of the libraries at The University of Texas at Austin.

Tocker Foundation Funds Development of Textbook Alternatives Among Austin Partners

Jan. 28, 2020

AUSTIN, Texas—The University of Texas Libraries has received a generous gift from an Austin-area foundation that will support the development of digital teaching and learning resources through a partnership with Austin Community College and the Austin Public Library.

New Exhibit Features Cuban Comics of the Castro Era

Dec. 2, 2019

The publishing industry of Cuba experienced a seismic shift in 1959 when Fidel Castro won a revolutionary war against dictator Fulgencio Batista. With this change, underground and subversive media creators of the Batista era became an important part of the new socialist culture. This helped to mobilize the masses in support of the new Castro government and against U.S. capitalistic ideology.

Fidel Castro understood that media and graphic art could guide ideology and could be used as an educational tool because he knew that it had already being used before in Cuba. 

Libraries Launch Access Tool for Digital Collections

Nov. 19, 2019

The vast digitized collections of the University of Texas Libraries are now becoming available through a new web portal.

A new access point on the Libraries’ website – the Collections portal – allows users to undertake remote research and study utilizing rich resources that have previously only been available in person or through more time-intensive on-demand processes.

Libraries Launch Texas GeoData Portal on GIS Day

Nov. 12, 2019

The University of Texas Libraries are leveraging technological advances in geographic information systems (GIS) to enhance the value of map collections at The University of Texas at Austin with the launch of a new portal that is designed to facilitate discovery of geospatial datasets that are ready to use in GIS software for mapmaking and analysis.

Report of the Task Force on the Future of UT Libraries Released

Nov. 6, 2019

The report of the Task Force on the Future of UT Libraries has been submitted to Provost Maurie McInnis. You can view the report at the following link: https://utexas.app.box.com/v/future-of-ut-libraries-report 

For background and more information on the Task Force, visit the website of the Office of the Provost. 

LLILAS Benson Collaborates on Remote Translation and Transcription of Colonial Documents

Oct. 25, 2019

On September 21, 2019, LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections and the New Orleans Jazz Museum joined forces to make their colonial collections a bit more accessible. The two institutions led a joint transcribe-a-thon that convened community members in person at the Louisiana Historical Center, and remotely through the Benson Latin American Collection’s Facebook page. Together, participants transcribed handwritten Spanish and French documents from 1559 to 1817, with the goal of making these records more useful to teachers, students, researchers, and family historians.