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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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Remembering Heidi Johnson

The Archive of the Indigenous Languages of Latin America (AILLA), the University of Texas Libraries and LLILAS Benson extend their sympathy to the family, friends and former colleagues of Heidi Johnson, who passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, February 2, 2022.

As the manager of AILLA…

An Introduction to the José Vasconcelos Papers

The Benson Latin American Collection is home to the archive of Mexican politician, writer, and philosopher José Vasconcelos (1881–1959).

In a short essay, Diego Godoy describes a man of contradictions, “the personification of both the brightness and darkness” of post-revolutionary Mexico…

Comic Creator Donates Materials to Benson

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s El Peso Hero!

The Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection is pleased to announce Héctor Rodríguez III’s donation of materials pertaining to his comic series, El Peso Hero.

The series was launched in 2011, when Rodríguez saw the need for more…

Human Rights Documentation Initiative Gets Redesign

The online portal for the Human Rights Documentation Initiative – a collaborative archival project aimed at preserving and promoting the use of fragile human rights records from around the world established in 2008 – has received a long-overdue upgrade to provide enhanced access to materials…

Libraries Announce Inaugural Open Education Fellows

The University of Texas Libraries announces the inaugural cohort in the Open Education Fellows pilot program. A competitive application process yielded many high impact proposals, and the selection committee undertook the difficult task of narrowing the outstanding crowd to officially name three…