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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.

Texas Digital Library Receives Planning Grant for Secure Data Preservation Project

July 31, 2019

The Texas Digital Library and a group of partners recently received an Institute of Museum and Library Services grant to support the development of the first nationally distributed digital preservation (DDP) service for sensitive data. 

2019 Graduates Make Tribute Gift to the Libraries

May 28, 2019

This year’s graduates showed some real class.

The 2019 graduating seniors earmarked their senior class gift for the Libraries Tomorrow Fund, which provides additional monies for the University of Texas Libraries.

Students were encouraged by their peer leaders at the Texas Student Foundation to donate a gift in the amount of $20.19 for the class gift through the university’s crowdfunding platform, Hornraiser. To date, the gift has raised over $34,000 from more than 850 students and library supporters.

Winners for "Images of Research" Competition Announced

April 11, 2019

The University of Texas Libraries announce the winners of the second "Images of Research" competition.

Texas Archival Resources Online Receives NEH Grant

April 4, 2019

The Texas Archival Resources Online (TARO) consortium and the University of Texas Libraries have received a grant of $348,359 from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to enhance their efforts to provide researchers worldwide with access to collection descriptions of archival primary sources in libraries, archives and museums across Texas.

Read more at Tex Libris.