“I love the library because it’s like a limitless universe of learning. That means I’ll always have a place to learn, volunteer and make new friends. My library access is my permanent ticket to get a bunch of FREE education and entertainment. I feel so lucky to have this library as my resource. I love this place.
When I was a grad student here at Texas state I used to spend most of my time in the library. It was kind of a second home for me because my home at that time was just for sleep and to get some rest. I still remember those group studies, working on projects, preparing for midterms and finals in library. My choice of floor to study used to vary depending on the criticality of my task. If it was exam time, then I used to study on either the 5th or 6th floor, because those are silent floors, or get some personal study room on the 6th or 7th floor so that I could concentrate easily on my studies without any kind of noise. If I had to work on some projects along with some chit-chat with my friends while doing my work, then the choice of floor was the 2nd or 4th floor. I personally love the 2nd floor and I believe this is the most happening and lively floor in the whole Alkek library. You can spend long hours on studies there, and if you’re starving, you always have the option to grab some goodies from Outtakes on the 2nd floor or the lounge on the 1st floor. Last but not least, how can I forget about the 3rd floor. If you need any digital media for fun or some prototypes for your project or class, this is the best place for you. While preparing for job interviews after my graduation, I spent almost 2 months in the library studying day and night. Even though that was a hard time, I met so many wonderful people in the library and made a lot of good friends over there who always motivated me in my hard times. Thanks to this place which gave me the chance to meet so many amazing people.
I used to spend so much time in the library because it feels good to see so many people burning their mid-night oil and preparing so hard along with you. You never feel alone in your struggle, and it acts as a stress reliever and boosts your morale. The best part about the library is they always have some happening events going on throughout the year. Sometimes those events include informative sessions about GIS etc. and sometimes they include fun events like game night, etc.
Even though I am a professional now and fortunate to have a full time job at Texas State, I still try my best to spend a few hours at Alkek each week to learn new things. I feel very at home there, and it’s always fun to catch up with old friends and learn new things with them because the library is swirling with galaxies of knowledge and worlds of books to explore.”
—- Arun Banotra, Electronic Research Specialist, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. Master of science in Computer Science from Texas State.
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.”
BA in English, Film emphasis
Minor in Anthropology
Sigma Tau Delta International English Honors Society Member
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.
Finals 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.
We’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 Daywill 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.
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.
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!
The 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.
Do you have a collection of images that you wish were digitized, online, and shareable with others at Texas State University or the world? 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.
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.
The 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.
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.