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Digital Preservation and AILLA

April 2, 2020

In honor of World Digital Preservation Day, members of the University of Texas Libraries’ Digital Preservation team have written a series of blog posts to highlight preservation activities at UT Austin, and to explain why the stakes are so high in our ever-changing digital and technological landscape.

Remembering Ernesto Cardenal

March 6, 2020

Ernesto Cardenal, the Nicaraguan poet, priest, and revolutionary, died in Managua on Sunday, March 1. He was 95.

Admired and controversial, Cardenal was a towering figure in Central American culture and politics. As Nicaragua’s minister of culture under the Sandinista government, which took power in 1979, he oversaw a national program that taught poetry to Nicaraguans of all ages and all walks of life. 

Libraries Launches Ex Libris Alma/Primo as Library Services Platform

March 3, 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.

Libraries Launch Campaign to Collect User Stories

Feb. 26, 2020

Even with over 10 million books, the University of Texas Libraries are looking for some new stories.

CMAS at 50: A Legacy of Scholarship, Teaching, and Service

Feb. 20, 2020

Founded in 1970, the Center for Mexican American Studies (CMAS) at The University of Texas at Austin benefited from Chicano student activism of the 1960s. Members of the Mexican American Student Organization (MASO) and later the Mexican American Youth Organization (MAYO) demanded equitable representation and resources be devoted to Mexican American studies on the UT campus. After years of activism, the Center was established. It stands as an institutional recognition of the importance of Mexican Americans and Latinos in the history, culture, and the politics of the United States.

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.

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.