We’re excited to present the February issue of Library eNews, featuring services and resources to serve our Texas State community. This issue introduces our new 3D printing service, provides tips on career exploration and honing research skills, showcases our University Archivist and a poem written for Alkek’s “Tell Us Your Story” competition–and much more!
Director’s Message Time to Celebrate! Student Voices Chasing the Dream to Become a Registered Nurse Step Up Your Research New Staffing Models for Research Help Collections Spotlight Then and Now: Collections at Alkek
Digitization Initiatives Growing at the Library Discovering Government Resources From Gov Docs to .Gov: Changes to Gov Info Copyright Corner Video Performance in the Classroom & on TRACS Staff Feature Jerry Weathers, Head Access Services Librarian News from the North Celebrating Years of Library Support At the Wittliff Collections Three New Exhibitions Open Now! Texas State University History Alkek Library Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary
Welcome to the first edition of the University Library’s electronic newsletter for the Texas State University community for the 2015-2016 academic year! We hope that students, faculty, and staff will stay connected with the Library through our eNews features, including information about services, collections, and events at Alkek and the Round Rock Campus Library.
This month’s issue features many articles related to the Alkek Library’s 25th anniversary. We especially encourage you to join in our celebration with a reenactment of the 1990 Book-It Brigade. A “human chain” of students, faculty, staff, and community leaders will pass six books from Old Main (home of the original campus library) to the Alkek Library, linking the past with the present. The first 400 participants will receive free commemorative t-shirts. Refreshments will be provided at Alkek afterwards.
Where: Meet at the scrolling marquee sign in the middle of the Quad – from there, people will form a human chain linking Old Main and the Alkek Library.
When: Wednesday, September 23; human chain begins forming at 9:30 a.m.; book pass will start shortly after 10:00 a.m.
Award-winning author and poet Sherman Alexie will visit Texas State University for a book reading, question and answer session and signing at the Wittliff Collections (7th floor Alkek) April 4 at 2 p.m. and at the Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center in Kyle at 7:30 p.m.
The events are free and open to the public.
Alexie is the winner of the 2010 PEN/Faulkner Award, the 2007 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, the 2001 PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story and a Special Citation for the 1994 PEN/Hemingway Award for Best First Fiction. His works include the short story and poem collection, War Dances, from Grove Press, and the poetry collection, Face, from Hanging Loose Press. Smoke Signals, a film he wrote and co-produced, won the Audience Award and Filmmakers Trophy at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival. He lives with his family in Seattle.
If you plan to spend long hours at the library this semester, why not get rewarded for it?
From September 10 through October 10, play our Alkek Library challenges on SCVNGR.
SCVNGR is a game that allows you to earn points by participating in activities and checking in at locations all over the country. Earn at least 50 points by completing library-related challenges or checking in on your visits to Alkek during the month-long game for a chance to win a prize!
To participate in the challenge, download the SCVNGR app for iOS or Android and create an account. Open the app when you’re in the library to begin earning points.
If you earn 50 points at Alkek between September 10 and October 10, bring your phone to the Circulation/Reserve desk to claim your prize—an Alkek Library tote bag. Due to limited supplies, only current students, faculty, and staff are eligible to receive a reward.
Look for flyers around campus or ask a librarian for more information about how to participate in the game. Good luck!
On behalf of the San Marcos Habitat Conservation Plan and San Marcos River Foundation, You are cordially invited to be a part of the RAD-est free event this river has ever seen!
We encourage the entire community of San Marcos to come learn about, fall in love with, and celebrate our beautiful River. The artesian spring fed water of the San Marcos stays a constant 72 degrees, is home to eight endangered species and, flows crystal clear all year long- allowing us to remain one of the longest continually inhabited places in North America. With a river as uniquely RAD as this, how could we not celebrate?!
This is a festival for the community, by the community. We hope to see everyone, from all demographics come out to share in this event of gratitude and inspiration. River Awareness Day will highlight community vendors, local food, free educational workshops, storytelling, guided nature walks, river inspired arts and crafts, hands on aquatic science experiments, regenerative activities, performances from musicians, poets, a blessing of the San Marcos River, and more! With a festival that all San Martians can participate in, we hope to re-invigorate the love and pride the citizens of this city feel in themselves, their river, and their community.