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NEH, UK Grants Fund AI Transcription Project

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…

Provost Launches Sustainable Open Scholarship Working Group

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.

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Centennial Edition of Portal Out Now

LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections is pleased to announce the publication of Portal magazine’s Benson Centennial edition, available online at llilasbensonmagazine.org.

In anticipation of the centennial of the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection in 2021, this…

LLILAS Benson Hosts Viritual Workshops with Latin American Partners

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…

AILLA Launches Free Online Archiving Course

The Archive of the Indigenous Languages of Latin America (AILLA) is delighted to announce the launch of a free online course called Archiving for the Future: Simple Steps for Archiving Language Documentation Collections, available at https://archivingforthefuture.teachable.com/. The course…

Libraries Joins Coalition to Improve Access to Scientific Journals

AUSTIN, Texas — The University of Texas System has joined the Texas Library Coalition for United Action (TLCUA) to rethink how university libraries collectively can improve access to faculty research and to push for changes to the costly subscription models offered by publishers of academic…

LLILAS Benson Launches Curriculum Site

In the spring of 2019, LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections partnered with the Urban Teachers Program at the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education to develop and provide free, online access to high school lesson plans. The goal was to bring together…

Benson Acquires Archive of Nobel Laureate Miguel Ángel Asturias

The Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection is thrilled to announce the acquisition of the Miguel Ángel Asturias Papers. Asturias, the 1967 Nobel Laureate in Literature from Guatemala, was an instrumental precursor to the Latin American Boom. A prolific writer of poetry, short stories,…

Remembering Dennis Trombatore

Long-time Geology librarian and revered Libraries’ icon Dennis Trombatore passed away July 18, 2020, after an extended illness.

His 35-year tenure as the fifth Geology Librarian at the university is remembered as a period of prosperity for the library and the Jackson School of…

Digital Stewardship Provides Failsafe for Archives

The UT Libraries’ Digital Stewardship unit supports digital preservation work across the University of Texas Libraries. When Libraries repositories, such as the Alexander Architectural Archives, LLILAS Benson, or the Archive of Indigenous Languages of Latin America begin new digital projects,…

Digital Stewardship Provides Failsafe Preservation for Archives

The UT Libraries’ Digital Stewardship unit supports digital preservation work across the University of Texas Libraries. When Libraries repositories, such as the Alexander Architectural Archives, LLILAS Benson, or the Archive of Indigenous Languages of Latin America begin new digital projects,…

Indigenous Language Archive Opens Unique Amazonian Collection

The Archive of the Indigenous Languages of Latin America (AILLA) is pleased to announce the opening of the Baniwa of the Aiary and Içana Collection of Robin M. Wright. The materials in this collection cover research Wright conducted from 1976 to the present among the Baniwa, a northern Arawak–…

New Collections Available in Latin American Digital Repository

More than 60 thousand scanned images from seven archival collections throughout Latin America are now available online in the updated Latin American Digital Initiatives (LADI) repository (ladi.lib.utexas.edu). The site was developed over the course of two years by the LLILAS Benson Digital…

Students Bring "Hidden" Pre-Colombian Artifacts to Light

Students in Astrid Runggaldier’s Art and Archaeology of Ancient Peru class were tasked with an intriguing project this spring: take a collection of pre-colonial objects that is, for all intents and purposes, invisible, and make it visible using digital tools. Their efforts have come to fruition…

International Collaboration Conserves Indigenous Records in Mexico

An international team of archivists and historians has successfully completed the digitization and cataloging of 194 libros de hijuelas (deed books) that record statewide privatization of indigenous lands in nineteenth-century Michoacán, Mexico. The project, titled…