February Library eNews Is Live!

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!

Library eNews (also accessible at https://digital.library.txstate.edu/handle/10877/5952)

Inside This Issue:

Director’s Message
My Home Away From Home

Tell Us Your Story Winner
“The Alkek Library,” by Isabel Briana Torres

Student Voices
How Alkek and a Hike Helped Me Find My Way

Step Up Your Research
Using Library Resources to Sharpen Research Skills

Meet Our Staff
Kristine Toma, University Archivist

News from the North
Faculty: Place Reserve Items at the RRC Library

Collections Spotlight
Calling All Art Lovers!

At the Wittliff Collections
Wittliff Exhibit Highlights Classic Texas Films

Texas State University History
Glimpses of University History on Flickr

Copyright Corner
Using Images from the Internet

 

 

September Library eNews: ALKEK@25 Anniversary Issue

Library eNews: September 2015 edition

Here’s a preview of this month’s news:

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.

 

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!

 

Boko Says, “March Library eNews!”

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March Library eNews

Find these stories and more:

Renovation+Innovation=Inspiration
Library Resources for Every Learning Style
Finding Primary Sources for Your Research
Mobile Possibilities for Research and Teaching
BrowZine Scholarly Journals on Your Device
Liz King: Library Experience Librarian
The RRC Library—It’s Bigger Than You Think!
Books and Artifacts Bring the Southwest Alive
11,000+ Department of Defense Resources
Digitizing the Student Newspaper for Access
Plus “Calling all Faculty”! Try our new reading list builder, a pilot program

Find previous issues of Library eNews in our digital collections and on our website.

Come See Our The Art of the Book Cover Exhibit

Check out our exhibits featuring the art of the book cover!
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Over the years, we have heard complaints about the age of the Alkek Library book collection.   We have grown from a teaching college to an emerging research institution.  To that end, we are working on making sure there is and will always be room for the most current and relevant information available in all disciplines, in print or online.  However, without maintaining some of these older parts of the collection, the history of the collection and of the institution would be lost.  We have original examples of artistic book cover styles and designs because we have retained some these unique titles. 
 
Interestingly, some of the best examples we have of these classic book cover designs come from the American and German Literature sections of the Alkek collection.  That would not be surprising, considering the area of Texas we are in.  We suspect that from our very beginnings, faculty and perhaps some of the local community, contributed their love, knowledge, and even some of the books themselves, to our collections.  These books date from the 1890s to the 1920s.
 

BLAMMO! Graphic Novel Course and Book Exhibit at Alkek Library, 1/2/14 – 2/6/14!

BLAMMO! 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!BLAMMO!forBLOG

Juvenile Exhibit: Hispanic Heritage Month

A new set of books is on exhibit on the 3rd floor in the Juvenile Exhibit cases.  Some of the newest additions to the Juvenile Collection are on exhibit but also, in observance of Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15), the Education Subject Librarian has displayed a few of the of the newer winners of the Pura Belpré, Américas and Tomás Rivera award winners.  The Juvenile Collection has all award winners for these three awards available for checkout.

The HispanicHeritageMonth.org has chosen as its 2013 theme, Hispanics: Serving and Leading Our Nation with Pride and Honor.

PBS has a page of resources dedicated to Hispanic Heritage Month, including streaming PBS programming

Smithsonian Education has lots of resources that would be of interest to educators.

For those who love statistics, check out these Facts for Features: Hispanic Heritage Month

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September Library eNews is Out!

What’s the latest at the University Library? Find out in the September Library eNews, hot off the digital press
(also accessible at https://digital.library.txstate.edu/handle/10877/4727)

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

 Hey Undergrads!
 
Library Film Series Debuts with Catfish

 Step Up Your Research 
 Keys to Graduate Student Success

 News from the North 
 Handy Equipment Available at RRC

 Copyright Corner 
 Copyright Office Offers Guidance

 Collections Spotlight
 
Helpful & Fun Collections at Alkek

 At The Wittliff
 
Shepard and Álvarez Bravo on Exhibit

 Big News!
 
Reserves Now on Alkek’s 2nd Floor

 Meet Our Staff 
 Tara Spies Smith: Art & Design Librarian

 Special Event at Alkek
 
SCVNGR Challenge, with Prize!

 Texas State University History
 
President Supple’s Vision