September 16, 2020
University of Texas. UT System joins Texas Library Coalition to improve access to scientific journals. The University of Texas System has joined the Texas Library Coalition for United Action (TLCUA) to rethink how university libraries collectively can improve access to faculty research and to push for changes to the costly subscription models offered by publishers of academic journals. A total of 41 institutions in Texas have now joined the Coalition – including the 14 UT institutions – making it the largest and most diverse consortia of its kind and giving it significant negotiating power. [Full Announcement].
February 6, 2020
University of Texas. UT Libraries Receive National Endowment for the Humanities Grant to Help Develop Multilingual Transcription Tool. A grant of over $300,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities will help the University of Texas Libraries to collaborate in the customization of a Wikipedia-like platform for the collaborative transcription, translation and indexing of archival texts in non-English languages. The project – “Enabling and Reusing Multilingual Citizen Contributions in the Archival Record” – grew out of a need to provide more accessible digital scholarship platforms for non-English literate archival partners in Latin America. The initial phase of this project will provide an option for non-English literate communities to meaningfully engage and contribute to the Digital Humanities through the interface internationalization and translation of an open source digital scholarship platform. [Full Announcement].
January 30, 2020
University of Texas. Campus Collections Initiate Cultural Partnership with $500,000 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grant. The University of Texas Libraries, the Blanton Museum of Art and the Harry Ransom Center have been awarded a $500,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to establish a collective digital infrastructure at The University of Texas at Austin that will provide expanded digital access to the rich cultural resources of the university. [Full Announcement].
January 29, 2020
University of Texas. Austin-Area Foundations Provide Funding to Libraries for Open Resources and Enhanced Technologies. The University of Texas Libraries has received generous gifts from two Austin-area foundations that will support innovative efforts toward the transformation and modernization of the libraries at The University of Texas at Austin, including the promotion and distribution of open educational resources for use in the classroom.The Tocker Foundation has provided $355,000 for a collaborative project between the UT Libraries, the Austin Public Library and Austin Community College designed to promote the adoption, development and distribution of open educational resources. [Full Announcement].
November 19, 2019
University of Texas. Libraries Launch Access Tool for Digital Collections. The vast digitized collections of the University of Texas Libraries are now becoming available through a new web portal. A new access point on the Libraries’ website – the Collections portal – allows users to undertake remote research and study utilizing rich resources that have previously only been available in person or through more time-intensive on-demand processes. [Full Announcement].
November 13, 2019
University of Texas. Libraries Launch Texas GeoData Portal on GIS Day. The University of Texas Libraries are leveraging technological advances in geographic information systems (GIS) to enhance the value of map collections at The University of Texas at Austin with the launch of a new portal that is designed to facilitate discovery of geospatial datasets that are ready to use in GIS software for map making and analysis. [Full Announcement].
October 27, 2016
University of Texas. Libraries institute first formal open access policy. The University of Texas Libraries has taken the first step to institute an open access policy for staff at The University of Texas at Austin. A modest plan to induce Libraries staff to deposit articles and conference papers into Texas ScholarWorks, the university’s digital repository, was recently approved by Provost Maurie McInnis. [Full Announcement].