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!
Jessica McClean, Undergraduate librarian, will be answering your questions and talking about research and library topics of interest in her new short video series “Ask Jessica.” Jessica talks about the whiteboard in the library and what it is being used for.
If you have a question for Jessica, you can post a question in the comments, or send a question to our tumblr site at alkeklibrary.tumblr.com.
Alkek Library is excited to share the recent accomplishment of our own Sheila Torres-Blank. Sheila is the music cataloger here at Alkek by day, but in her free time, she becomes a truly amazing athlete.
This past April, Sheila completed the Arizona Trail Race that follows the Arizona Trial, a multi-use trail stretching from the Mexican border to Utah. There are two events, the full 750 mile border to border race and a 300 mile race. Sheila completed the 750 which also includes a 22 mile mandatory portage through the Grand Canyon. The Kaibab Trail is closed to biking so racers must hike through carrying their disassembled bikes and gear.
This is a self-supported bike race with no pre-arranged or outside help permitted other than the option to mail a box to a Post Office along the route. Racers carry ultralight camping gear and everything necessary to maintain themselves and their bikes on the course. Racers also carry gps tracking devices for safety and to insure completion of the course.
This year, 17 people started the 750 and six finished. Sheila’s time was 15 days, 10 hours making her one of only two women who have ever finished the 750!
Please join those of us who are in awe of this feat to congratulate Sheila for this huge achievement.