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.
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!
Check out our exhibits featuring the art of the book cover!
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.
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.