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.
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.
THE WITTLIFF COLLECTIONS PRESENT: EAST TEXAS IN STORY AND SONG: with Joe R. Lansdale, Wes Ferguson, and Kasey Lansdale
Reading | Q&A | Musical Performance | Book Sale + Signing
Join internationally celebrated author and “Champion Mojo Storyteller” Joe R. Lansdale for a special event at the Wittliff Collections, which house his archive. The author of nearly 50 novels in a variety of genres, Lansdale has won an Edgar Award, nine Bram Stoker Awards, and in 2007 he received the World Horror Convention Grand Master Award. The New York Times describes Lansdale as having “a folklorist’s eye for telling detail and a front-porch raconteur’s sense of pace.” Author of the cult classic Bubba Ho-tep, Lansdale’s latest novel to be adapted into film is Cold in July, starring Don Johnson, Michael C. Hall, and fellow Wittliff donor Sam Shepard. An anthology of his work, Sanctified and Chicken Fried, is part of the Wittliff’s literary book series with the University of Texas Press.
Joining Lansdale will be journalist Wes Ferguson, whose book, Running the River: Secrets of the Sabine, with photographs by Jacob Croft Botter, is being compared favorably to John Graves’ Goodbye to a River.
Also on the bill is Joe’s daughter, singer-songwriter Kasey Lansdale, who will perform from her new album, Restless, produced by John Carter Cash. Her songs “Back of My Smile” and “Foolin’ Around” are featured in the film Cold in July, which was adapted from Joe Lansdale’s novel.
Books and other items will be available for purchase. A signing will follow the event.
On an exciting note, both the Dallas Morning News and the University of Texas News Service have announced the news of the Wittliff Collections’ literary curator, Steve Davis, winning a prestigious Pen Award for Research Nonfiction as co-author (with Wittliff donor Bill Minutaglio) of Dallas 1963.
University of Texas (where co-author Minutaglio teaches) News Service: