The end of the school year can be a liberating time for much of the population of the university. Most students get an extended break from the rigors of learning, or they complete a successful college career and move on to the next phase of life. Faculty transition from honing lectures and grading papers to scholarly or research pursuits, or just take some time to recuperate from teaching consecutive semesters. And for staff it generally means shorter lines, less traffic and time to catch up on all the projects that went on the back burner during the school year.
This nascent liberation can sometimes spur creative bursts as there are the beginnings of a collective exhale across the campus. Being on the front lines as we are when the library becomes a strategic center for student end-of-year projects and finals, we sometimes get the opportunity to witness, or even document, this extraordinary behavior.
The Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection gets a lot of use.
With its more than 25,000 maps digitized to date, that makes the collection the largest in the public domain, and it also means that the PCL Map Collection website gets a lot of visits…about 20 million pageviews in the last year alone.
UT Women’s Athletic Director and incoming Libraries Advisory Council President Chris Plonsky is the recipient of the College Sports Information Directors of America’s (CoSIDA) 2010 Trailblazer Award.
According to the CoSIDA website, the Trailblazer Award is given “to an individual who is a pioneer in the field of sports information who has mentored and helped improve the level of ethnic and gender diversity within CoSIDA.”
Plonsky will receive her award at the CoSIDA convention in San Francisco on July 6.
Chris has served on the Libraries Advisory Council since 2006, assuming the role of Vice-President in 2007. She will take up the role of President in fall 2010 and will continue to advise the Libraries in their marketing, outreach and fundraising efforts.
You can read more about Plonsky’s award here, where you’ll find a great profile of her by former Longhorn Assistant Athletics Director and current sports broadcaster Bill Little.
Our congratulations to Chris on this much deserved honor.
Punch Brothers – featuring mandolin prodigy Chris Thile – have been likened to “what might be called American country-classical chamber music,” by the New York Times. Thile’s rise from virtuoso to Grammy-winning member of Nickel Creek has made him a sought-after commodity; Punch Brothers is the latest waypoint in what will likely prove to be a storied career.
Loudon Wainwright (father of Martha, Lucy and Rufus) has been a mainstay in the folk community for forty years with over 20 albums to date, including two Grammy nominations. And when he’s not playing music, he’s playing roles in films like The Aviator, Big Fish, and The 40-Year-Old Virgin.
An acclaimed novelist, academic, and literary critic, Coetzee is one of the university’s most distinguished alumni. Said to be influenced by his own personal history of growing up in South Africa, Coetzee writes with strong anti-imperialist feelings. He has published 13 books, including The Life and Times of Michael K in 1983 and Disgrace in 1999. Both books were awarded the Booker Prize, making him the first author to be given the award twice. His novel Waiting for the Barbarians was adapted into an opera composed by Philip Glass.
The Fine Arts Library is hosting an exhibition tracking the life and work of Colonel Leo Bond Roberts, an Army civil engineer who traveled extensively in his capacity for the military, taking photographs and collecting ephemera and artifacts from his travels throughout Africa, the Middle East and Asia.
An opening reception takes place from 5-7 p.m., Friday, May 7, in the Roberts Reading Room of the Fine Arts Library. The exhibit will be on view through July.
The exhibit includes materials from all phases of Roberts’ life: childhood, college years, officer during World War I, topographer and explorer during the 1920s and 30s, civil engineer, military engineer and planner during World War II and chief engineer of the Jones Beach Marine Theater on Long Island, NY.
Photographs, publications, military awards, African masks, and lantern slides of travels in the Gobi Desert and in Ethiopia will be on display with many other items from Roberts’s travels.
Items in the exhibition were generously donated to the Fine Arts Library by Roberts’s daughter-in-law, Jan J. Roberts.
If you would like to attend the opening reception, please RSVP to Eve McQuade at email@example.com or call 512-495-4363.
To enter, visit the Libraries Survey Monkey questionnaire page and answer a few questions for your chance to win.
Entries must be received by 11:59pm on Wednesday, April 28. One winner will be chosen randomly from the correct responses and announced on Twitter and Facebook on Thursday, April 29. The winner will be contacted by email as well.
Texas Performing Arts is partnering with the Libraries to publicize its 2010-11 season, and as part of that campaign, we will occasionally announce contests through our Facebook and Twitter feeds (so become a fan or follow us to get a head start).
After a brief postponement due to illness, this “memorable” Science Study Break (SSB) is back on the schedule!
Tuesday, April 27, SSB welcomes Dr. Alison Preston from the Center for Learning and Memory to discuss how our brains form and recall memories working from film references in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Memento, and from television’s “Dollhouse.”
The event begins at 6pm in Painter Hall, 4.42, and, as always, features lively discussion and light snacks.
Science Study Break is a regular gathering hosted by the Life Science Library that uses entertainment education to examine the reality and fantasy portrayed as fact in science-themed television and movies. Programs feature expert university faculty presenting brief lectures and engaging in informal discussions with attendees.
I love books. I mean real books, the ones that I can open with my hands. One of the joys of working in a library is being surrounded by millions of books. Just for the record I like audio books also. However, e-books are not as appealing to me. I know they are “the future,” but I believe we still have a good hundred years or so with the real thing. It is hard to imagine The Library of Congress being obsolete!
What made me think about books, the real thing, recently (not that I don’t think about books everyday when I walk pass several hundred thousand…lucky me) was an article about the World’s Largest Book Club. Wow! Who joins real book clubs anymore? Well apparently there are thousands of folks who do. So I began to think, do I know anyone who is in a real book club? I can’t think of any one. Everyone I think of belongs to some online, social media driven, book site.
Well it is exciting to see folks gathering, real gathering, just to discuss books. Kathy Patrick in Jefferson County, Texas, started the Pulpwood Queens Book Club (featured recently in the Texas Observer). Kathy’s husband, Jay, UT alum – class of 1986 – has created an equivalent group for men called Timber Guys. I’d like to know what the next book on the Timber Guys list is?
I wonder if in 10 or 15 years will book club members bring their iPads, nooks, Kindles, iPhones or whatever these devices become to their book club meetings. Do you belong to a book club? Let me know.