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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

A grant of over $300,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities is going to help the University of Texas Libraries contribute to 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

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

Late last fall, the Lebermann Foundation contributed $250,000 for the creation of the “Lowell H. Lebermann Jr. Endowment” to enable the UT Libraries to keep apace of ever-evolving technology, provide funding for modifying spaces and services to the changing natures of learning and pedagogy and help to support, preserve and disseminate unique research and scholarship on the Forty Acres.

Tocker Foundation Funds Development of Textbook Alternatives Among Austin Partners

Jan. 28, 2020

The University of Texas Libraries received a generous gift from the Austin-area Tocker 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 becoming increasingly 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 digitization on demand processes.

Libraries Launch Texas GeoData Portal

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 recent launch of a new portal 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: 

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