New Alkek Library READ poster with graduate Daniela Garcia

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This is our new READ poster image with recent graduate, Daniela Garcia. Look for posters and bookmarks coming soon!

Here is Daniela’s full testimonial about reading and the library:

“Growing up I never truly had immediate access to luxury entertainment thus naturally causing me to shift my attention towards books. My sisters were older than me by a few years so I always found myself connected to characters inside books of many sorts instead. Throughout my public education, I would look forward to the school book raffles sometimes giving me the opportunity to get more than one book! My own personal library has been developing since those times and has even inspired me to write my own stories. Out of this inspiration derived the decision to attempt a degree in English to be able to hone my writing craft. Being surrounded by books to me means surrounded by a myriad number of worlds and characters. Being surrounded by books means surrounded by endless possibilities and opportunities to learn. This is why I love books and why the library is the most magical place for me to be.”

Daniela Garcia
BA in English, Film emphasis
Minor in Anthropology
Sigma Tau Delta International English Honors Society Member

Finals Events at Alkek!

Alkek Library will be open 24 hours each day before and during finals, starting at 7 a.m. on Monday, May 1 until midnight on Friday, May 5. Saturday, May 6 we’re open from 10 a.m. to  1 a.m., and then we resume continuous hours from 10 a.m. Sunday, May 7 until we close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 10.

ShinerFinals are stressful, so starting Wednesday, May 3, the main floor of the library will have all sorts of ways to take study breaks. Stop by the Research & Information Desk to pick up a piece of candy, stress-relief bubble wrap, or a pencil for your scantron. Also, we’ll have 3D Doodle Pens and LEGO® available near the Media Corner, where we’ll be showing cartoons.

makerdayWe’ll also have some special events in the Open Theater on the main floor. Therapy dogs are returning (yay!), and will be here from 1 to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, May 2 and Wednesday, May 3. Maker Day will be on Tuesday, May 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.– all supplies are provided, so stop in and relax while making something to take home.

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The point is, take a breather! And if you’re stuck and have a last-minute research question, chat with us using Ask-A-Librarian, or email, call, or just stop by the Research & Information Desk – we’re happy to help.

Happy finals, everyone!

Alkek Library Staff Art Show, 1st Floor, until July 31st

Drawing by Tara Spies

Come see visual art made by staff of the Alkek Library Building at Texas State University. Exhibit includes art by librarians, library assistants, and other staff in various departments of the library as well as staff in Instructional Technologies Support.  See works of fiber arts, photography, jewelry, woodcut, paintings, drawings, and more!

Metaphoric Still Life, Art, and Books Exhibit Alkek Library 1st Floor

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Still Life with a Gilt Cup or Still Life with a Broken Cup, Heda Willem Claesz, 1635, courtesy of the Rijksmuseum- Amsterdam

Metaphoric Still Life, Art, and Books Exhibit

May 6 – June 15, 2015
1st Floor Alkek Library
Texas State University

Curated by Studio Art Professor Kathleen McShane-Bolton and Art & Design Librarian Tara Spies Smith

A selection of 2-D Design students’ handmade accordion books inspired by their photographs exploring the metaphors of still lifes, nature morte, vanitas, momento mori, and mortality.

And featuring books about art on these various themes, books about making books, and accordion style books from the library’s collection. Come check it out!

 

THE FACE OF TEXAS: Photographs by MICHAEL O’BRIEN

The Face of Texas Exhibition Catalog CoverThe Wittliff Collections are celebrating the photography exhibition THE FACE OF TEXAS: Photographs by MICHAEL O’BRIEN
2:00 p.m., SUNDAY, JANUARY 25, 2015
Reception | Artist Talk | Book Signing with Michael and Elizabeth O’Brien

ADMISSION IS FREE
Attendees are asked to RSVP to the Wittliff Collections for further information.

Refreshments will be served by the Root Cellar.
The Face of Texas book will be available for purchase at the event.

AT THE WITTLIFF COLLECTIONS
Alkek Library, Seventh Floor, Texas State University, 512.245.2313

THE FACE OF TEXAS: Photographs by Michael O’Brien will be on view until May 15.

ABOUT THE FACE OF TEXAS
The Wittliff Collections at Texas State University present The Face of Texas, their first solo exhibition of work by one of America’s premier portrait photographers, Michael O’Brien. From his latest book by the University of Texas Press, O’Brien’s portraits celebrate the individuality and independent spirit of Texans—from the rich and famous to ordinary folks—who’ve made their mark on the Lone Star State. All 48 photographs are from the Wittliff’s permanent collection, and each is accompanied by a narrative written by former Life reporter Elizabeth O’Brien. This winning combination of portraits and stories about a fascinating, eclectic mix of Texans is a fitting homage to our unique state. The Face of Texas is on view now and runs through May 15, 2015.

New Tool to Manage & Share Your Image Collections!

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We want to hear from you!

The library has invested in Artstor Shared Shelf, an image-hosting platform which enables us to centralize and publish media collections for research, teaching, or for the Web. Images added to Shared Shelf will be discoverable by our university community through searching the Artstor Digital Library. Collections can also be made public and found via Google as well as Shared Shelf Commons.

Faculty from all disciplines are increasingly using Shared Shelf to increase the visibility of image collections that have often remained hidden in faculty and department offices. Examples of collections include biodiversity images, historical maps, ethnographic photographs, drawings of historical costumes, images of posters, paintings, and sculpture, and more.

Want to learn more about Shared Shelf? You can watch The Benefits of Shared Shelf for Faculty video, attend a workshop (RSVP), or check out these other resources below:

If you’d like to discuss a potential project, please email Ray Uzwyshyn, Director of Collections & Digital Services (ruzwyshyn@txstate.edu). 

Finding Images Workshop 9/26/14 @ 2PM – Alkek 101

The Merry Family, Jan Havicksz. Steen, 1668

The Merry Family, Jan Havicksz. Steen, 1668, oil on canvas, h 110.5cm × w 141cm. From the Rijksmuseum: https://www.rijksmuseum.nl/en

Need to find good quality images for your presentations or papers? Come to the Finding Images workshop to learn how use the library’s image databases, books, and public domain/open access image websites to find high quality images in all different subject areas including art, advertising, journalism, popular culture and more. Presentation tips, copyright, and tech tools will be also briefly be covered. 9/26/14 @ 2PM in Alkek 101. Register here.

3rd Annual Alkek Library Staff Art Show now on Display!

Art Show Poster 7 double image backgroundThe 3rd Annual Alkek Library Staff Art Show is now on display from June 2nd to July 31st in the 1st floor exhibit cases in the Alkek Library Building. It includes work from Alkek Library staff as well as other IT department staff in the building.

The show includes paintings, photographs, textiles, prints, ceramics, and more. It is curated by Alkek staff Katie Salzmann, Tara Spies Smith, and Hithia Davis.

Please come enjoy our talents!

New!! Underground and Independent Comics, Comix, and Graphic Novels Database

comx-series-142We now have access to the Alexander Street Press database Underground and Independent Comics, Comix, and Graphic Novels: Volume I

This is the first ever scholarly, primary-source database focused on comic books and graphic novels. Works of artists both celebrated and overlooked, alongside interviews, criticism, and journal articles that document the continual growth and evolution of this artform. The aim ofthis collection is to provide a comprehensive view of alternative comics from the 1960s to today, particularly those from North America.

You can make playlists of different themes and save, share, or present them for classes.

Includes online access to The Comics Journal from 1976-2004, which we also have a print subscription to.

This database was funded by an Alkek Library One-Time Online Resource Grant. I am very excited to announce it to you all! Learn more about One-Time Online Resource Grants available for faculty and librarians to apply for.

Last day to see BLAMMO! Graphic Novel Course and Book Exhibit!

BLAMMO!forBLOGBLAMMO! is an exhibit on the 1st floor of Alkek Library featuring a selection of student work from the Graphic Novel Course, ARTS 43080, and books from the Alkek Library Graphic Novel Collection.

The exhibit is curated in collaboration by Matt Rebholz, Lecturer in the School of Art & Design and Tara Spies Smith, Reference & Instruction Librarian and Art & Design Librarian at Alkek Library.

The exhibit is on display now until February 6th 2014!