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Libraries Announce New Open Access Initiatives

The University of Texas at Austin supports a variety of open access (OA) memberships, initiatives and infrastructure with the goal of creating a more sustainable publishing ecosystem for community stakeholders. That support sometimes provides direct benefits to our authors like discounts on article processing charges (APCs), fully paid APCs and free OA publishing through other means.

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Libraries Offer Resources for New Data/Sharing Requirements

A new directive from the National Institutes for Health (NIH) strengthens data management and sharing for the results of research funded by the organization.

All researchers, regardless of funding level, seeking grants from the NIH will now be required to follow the new guidelines laid out in the NIH Data Management and Sharing (DMS) policy, which went into effect on January 25, 2023… Read More

Libraries 2023 Open Education Fellows Announced

The University of Texas Libraries announces faculty selected for the 2023 Open Education Fellows Program.

This year’s fellows are Dr. Amanda Bush and Dr. Silvia Luongo (French & Italian), Dr. Nico Osier (Nursing) and Dr. Franco Pestilli (Psychology). Their work over the next year will impact students enrolled in courses ITL 601C, ITL 611, N 223 and PSY 371E.

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Diversity Resident Explores the Chase Archive

The Black Diaspora Archive (BDA) at The University of Texas at Austin documents the Black experience in the Americas and the Caribbean through the voices and stories of those who have championed the Black spaces that we use and benefit from today. Diaspora is defined as the “dispersion of any people from their original homeland,” and often when evoked with the Black experience in America,… Read More

Libraries Begins Construction of Digital Scholars Lab

Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin will soon have a new space for scholarly collaboration and innovation on the Forty Acres.

Construction is underway in the creation of a new Scholars Lab on the entry level of the Perry-Castañeda Library (PCL) that aligns with a growing focus on digital scholarship at the university. It will provide a technology-forward community hub for… Read More

2022 UTL MGCE Fellow Announced

The University of Texas Libraries announced the student recipient of the 2022 Map & Geospatial Collections Explorer Fellowship at a GIS Day event on Wednesday, November 16.

The Fellowship was created as an annual award to encourage scholarly and creative use of maps and geospatial assets from University of Texas Libraries collections, such as those made available through the Texas… Read More

Library Coalition Agreement with Elsevier Results in Lower Costs, Greater Access

AUSTIN, Texas—Texas Library Coalition for United Action (TLCUA) is pleased to announce that it has concluded negotiations with Elsevier, and all TLCUA members have signed or are finalizing new agreements for subscription journal access.

In 2019, 44 public and private university campuses across Texas joined together to form TLCUA to think creatively about access to faculty publications… Read More

The Benson's Summer Roadtrip

It was a doozy of a summer for the LLILAS Benson Digital Scholarship Office. Thanks to a Department of Education National Resource Center grant, we had the distinct opportunity to share some of the Benson Latin American Collection’s Spanish colonial treasures with a few communities outside of UT Austin. In a traveling exhibit titled A New Spain, 1521–1821, the reproduced materials demonstrated… Read More

UT Alumna, Art Historian Establishes Endowments for LLILAS Benson

Art historian Dr. Virginia E. Miller, a UT Austin alumna, has generously included support for LLILAS Benson in her estate. The bequest designates the creation of two program endowments: Virginia E. Miller Endowed Excellence Fund in Latin American Art Studies, to support the study of Latin American Art via LLILAS, and Virginia E. Miller Endowed Excellence Fund for the Benson Library, to support… Read More

Digital Initiatives Team Visits Colombian Partners

Two members of the LLILAS Benson Digital Initiatives team recently visited Buenaventura, Colombia, to work with archivists and community leaders at Proceso de Comunidades Negras (PCN), a grassroots collective of organizations founded in 1993 that is working to transform the political, social, economic, and territorial reality of Colombia’s Black, Afro-descendant, Raizal, and Palenquera… Read More

LLILAS Benson Receives $2.1 Million Department of Education Grants

LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections has been awarded Comprehensive National Resource Center (NRC) and Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) grants from the U.S. Department of Education. The total award is $2,183,792 for the 2022–2026 cycle. This includes $1,027,492 ($256,873 annually) for NRC activities and $1,156,300 ($289,075 annually) for FLAS fellowships. The grant will… Read More

Latin Americanists Unite to Decipher Spanish Colonial Archive

For years, the LLILAS Benson Digital Scholarship Office has been experimenting with digital technologies to transform this “unreadable” Spanish colonial archive into accessible humanities data for scholars. However, we tried something new this past year and reversed the equation: We convened colonial Latin Americanists online to transform handwritten words on pages into digital text that they… Read More

2022 Information Literacy Winners Announced

The University of Texas Libraries recently announced the winners of the 2022 Signature Course Information Literacy Award. 

The award recognizes exemplary student work that achieves the information literacy learning outcomes of Signature Courses, the ability to find, evaluate, correctly cite, and synthesize sources into their research projects. A panel of librarians and UGS staff chose… Read More

Benson Exhibit Celebrates “El Gaucho Martín Fierro”

The Benson Latin American Collection recently inaugurated Martín Fierro: From Marginal Outlaw to National Symbol in the Rare Books Reading Room. Co-curated by Graduate Research Assistants Melissa Aslo de la Torre and Janette Núñez, this exhibition examines the Argentine epic poem El gaucho Martín Fierro and its legacy on the 150th anniversary of the poem’s publication. 

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UT Tower Lights Up for Benson Centennial

On the night of March 24, 2022, the UT Tower will be lit in honor of the centennial of a crown jewel of our campus—the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection. Established as the Latin American library on campus in 1921, the collection is beloved by students and faculty, and visited by scholars from all over the world.

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