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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. 

LLILAS Benson Collaborates on Remote Translation and Transcription of Colonial Documents

Oct. 25, 2019

On September 21, 2019, LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections and the New Orleans Jazz Museum joined forces to make their colonial collections a bit more accessible. The two institutions led a joint transcribe-a-thon that convened community members in person at the Louisiana Historical Center, and remotely through the Benson Latin American Collection’s Facebook page. Together, participants transcribed handwritten Spanish and French documents from 1559 to 1817, with the goal of making these records more useful to teachers, students, researchers, and family historians.

Field Notes Photography Exhibition Showcases Student Research in Latin America

Oct. 14, 2019

Each fall, LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections invites graduate and undergraduate students from all departments and disciplines across the university to submit photographs to the Field Notes student photography exhibition. Thirty images are chosen for display in the Benson Latin American Collection. Through these images, student photographers document moments from their research on Latin America or US Latina/o communities.

Embroidered Testimonies of Salvadoran Civil War Refugees Accessible Online

Sept. 26, 2019

Over the summer, LLILAS Benson and El Salvador’s Museum of the Word and the Image (often referred to by its acronym, MUPI, for Museo de la Palabra y la Imagen) added yet another digital initiative to their long-standing partnership. Since 2012, the two institutions have worked closely to digitize archival materials related to the Salvadoran Civil War (1980-1992), thanks to the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Libraries Deploying Digital Asset Management System

Sept. 20, 2019

Staff who create and manage digital resources at the University of Texas Libraries will now be able to more effectively preserve and provide access to these collections thanks to the introduction of a new digital asset management system (DAMS). Digital files along with descriptive metadata are being added to the system, many of which will be made publicly accessible through a web portal.

New Library Search Tools Coming in January 2020

Sept. 16, 2019

The University of Texas Libraries announces the launch of new library search tools coming in January 2020. 

The new tools – designed specifically for use in libraries – will replace the Libraries’ current resource management system with a more robust option that will improve functionality for users while streamlining underlying management processes to provide a highly integrated solution for resource discovery.