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Meghan Sitar has been the Instruction and Outreach Librarian in Library Instruction Services since 2005. In addition to coordinating outreach to undergraduates through the development of events, programs, and social media efforts, Meghan works with faculty to design assignments, exercises, and instruction sessions to integrate information literacy into first-year undergraduate programs on campus.

More electrical outlets added in PCL with more to come!

Since we last posted about adding electrical outlets to PCL last spring, we’ve added even more outlets in the new 5th floor Collaborative Commons that opened this fall.  In that space we have 100 new outlets with a total of over 150 seats that all have access to a nearby plug.

Additionally, next week we’re installing six new tall tables in the space adjacent to the Collaborative Commons that will add another 48 new outlets, so the new total on the 5th floor should be over 500 outlets now.

We’re constantly working on adding outlets in PCL whenever possible.  Please let us know what else we can do to improve your study spaces.

Library Insider: Back-to-School Edition, Fall 2013

Check out the new Library Insider: Library News for Undergraduates!

What’s Inside:

  • Welcome to UT!
  • Get Help Fast: Chat with Us
  • Research & Check Out Combined
  • Materials Retreival
  • Upcoming Events
  • Reserve a Locker
  • Collaborative Commons @ PCL
  • New Study Space at the Benson
  • Featured Resource: NoodleTools
  • Connect with Us

Get it delivered directly to your inbox by subscribing on the For Undergraduates page.

Visit the Find It @ UT Tables on the first two days of classes to get the help you need!

Find It @ UT

Nervous about the first few days of class?  Worried you won’t know your way around campus or find your class locations?  Don’t fret!

Libraries staff and student leaders from the Senate of College Councils and Student Government brave the August heat to host Find It @ UT Tables.  Each table features helpful, smiling faces that can help you navigate this huge campus and provide you with other information you may need to start the school year.

The Tables staffed by the Libraries can be found at the following locations on the first two days of classes, Wednesday, August 28 and Thursday, August 29, from 7:30am-1:00pm at the locations on the map below:

-Outside PCL, on the southwest corner of 21st and Speedway

-On the West Mall outside the Union

-On the East Bus Circle

-Near RLM at Speedway

Student volunteers will also be available throughout campus Wednesday and Thursday from 9am-2pm near Kinsolving and the Student Activities Center.  Just look for students and staff in the bright green Find It @ UT t-shirts at the locations marked with the green T on the map below!

Find It @ UT Locations









Check out the Longhorn Welcome site to find more back-to-school activities!

Celebrate National Haiku Poetry Day for a chance to a $25 gift certificate to the University Co-op!

From Flickr user eyewashdesign: A. Golden

UPDATE 4/22: Congratulations to our winner Ryan Sanchez (@RESanchez33 on Twitter)!

Thanks to all of the poets who submitted entries through Twitter and the haiku table at the Libraries Fair!  It was an incredibly difficult decision and we wish we had prizes for all of you.

Here’s Ryan’s winning entry, submitted via Twitter:

Stacks of books abound

hours of time spent studying

research aids success



So many great library contests this week in honor of National Library Week and Research Week!

April 17 is National Haiku Poetry Day! Compose a haiku that celebrates libraries and/or research for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to the University Co-op.

Three ways to share your haiku with us and enter the contest:

1) Post it to our wall on Facebook

2) Post it to Twitter (either the whole poem if it fits or a link to it elsewhere) with the hashtag #utlibhaiku

3) Stop by the Libraries Fair on the PCL Plaza from 11:30-1:30 on Wednesday, April 17 and write it down at the haiku table along with your email address.

A winner will be chosen and notified on Monday, April 22.  By entering, you give us permission to share your entry on this blog and via Facebook and Twitter.

Need some help getting started?  To quote, haiku is “an unrhymed verse form of Japanese origin having three lines containing usually 5, 7, and 5 syllables respectively.”

Here are some library-themed examples, composed by our Science Instruction Librarian, Roxanne Bogucka:

What excites desire
more than the Recent Books shelf
in a library?

Tempting New Books shelf—
destroyer of self-restraint,
wreck my willpower!

Scholarly shamus
and research findings flatfoot—
I, Librarian.

Good luck!

Win prizes and bragging rights as the Mayor of PCL on Foursquare!

UPDATE: Congratulations to our winner, Shannon W.!

Your mission should you choose to accept it: become the Mayor of PCL on Foursquare by 11:59pm on Sunday May 5.  You’ll win a Mayor t-shirt and other great prizes from Foursquare, the location-based social networking site.  





The next time you’re at PCL, check in on Foursquare.  The person with the most check-ins during the last 60 days will ascend to Mayor of the location and will be our winner.  

Only one check-in per day counts towards becoming Mayor, so there’s already competition for the title.  We watch the Mayor of PCL change frequently.  Start checking in ASAP!

Details on claiming the mayorship of a location can be reviewed here.

Not familiar with Foursquare? Check out this short video explaining how to use it.

Questions? Let us know in the comments.  

Good luck!

Spring Plant Sale on the PCL Plaza, Thursday, 4/4, 8-1pm

Don’t forget to bring some cash for the Spring Plant Sale happening this Thursday from 8:00AM to 1:00PM on the PCL Plaza.  All sale proceeds will be donated to Meals on Wheels.

We’ll have houseplants, vegetable starts and a great selection of drought tolerant landscape plants!

Plants for sale include:

Spider plants
Aloe Vera
Small Cactus and Succulents
Bromeliads (snake plant, mother-in-laws tongue)
Lamb’s Ear
Sword Fern (can take the heat in the shade)

Vegetable and herbs for the garden

Landscape Plants
Agave (three varieties)
Native Aster
Gregg’s Mistflower (butterfly magnet)
Red Bud seedling
Ornamental grasses (two varieties)
Wandering Jews
Cactus (various varieties)

And many more!

Check out just a small selection of the awesome plants donated (and grown) by Dr. Fred Heath, Vice Provost and Director of the Libraries.

plants grown by Dr. Heath


Need headphones? A calculator? A phone charger? Lots of equipment available for checkout at PCL

Sure, we have lots and lots of books at PCL, but we know you need to borrow other things from time to time.  Here’s a list of all the gadgets and tools you can checked out from the PCL Reserves Desk.  All the items below have a 24-hour checkout period and require a UT ID to borrow.


Headphones available for checkout at PCL








Texas Instruments TI-89 Titanium Graphing Calculators








Texas Instruments TI-36 Scientific Calculators








Multi-phone Chargers (ChargeAll)Compatible with Apple iPhone (not iPhone 5) & iPod, Micro USB, Mini USB, Samsung, LG, Nokia, Sony Ericsson, Female USB, Nintendo DSi, Nintendo DS Lite, Android, Blackberry, HTC, Motorola, Pantech, Kindle E-Reader

Phone Charger





USB Microphones

USB Microphones








Ethernet Cables

Ethernet Cables








The following items for use in the Presentation Practice Rooms:

Mac VGA Adapters

Mac VGA adaptor








Mediascape Audio Connectors

Mediascape Audio Connectors

Is there something we don’t offer for checkout that you wish we did?  Let us know in the comments.

Valentine’s Day Raffle Winners

Thanks to everyone who participated in our Valentine’s Day Raffle!  Over 400 people took the time to share what they loved about the Libraries both online and in our libraries.  Here are the five randomly-selected winning responses:

“I love the seats besides the window on the 4th floor [of PCL] – the sunshine and the calmness there.  I’m really shocked and a little moved by how many Chinese books are here.”

“I love the Classics Library because it is a friendly, quiet place to study and work and it is true to its name!  It will never go out of style!  Roses are red, the OCT section is blue, Classics Library, we’ll always love you!”

“The staff are incredibly helpful if you are having trouble looking for books or other resources. I never feel uncomfortable asking them questions. I also appreciate that there is a great selection of recently published books near the front entry of the PCL because I often find myself picking through there and discovering new books to put on my ‘to read’ list.”

“The request system – it’s really wonderful to be able to pick up books and CDs up at the library in RLM, where I spend all of my time anyway!”

“I love that I have a beautiful working space at the FAL.  The large windows overlooking trees help me to be calm and focused while doing my work.  Additionally, everything I need is right around me.  I have to access to reference materials, Mac computers, printers, etc., not to mention the staff who have always been so helpful.”

Wondering what other people said?  Check out this word cloud that represents frequently used words in responses to the question “What do you love about the Libraries?”

Word cloud showing trends in responses to "What do you love about the libraries?"

Thanks to everyone who participated!

Looking for an electrical outlet in PCL? Don’t forget about the powered study tables!

Update: Just in time for PCL 24/5 in March 2013 – 24 new outlets, 30 new tables, and 60 new seats were added to the 5th floor!

PCL 5th floor







We know it’s tough to find the perfect space for studying in PCL this time of the year and we want to make certain you know that some of the tables in the building provide additional electrical outlets.

The 51 powered study tables that were installed recently added 612 new outlets to PCL this year alone!

Look for powered study tables like the one below in these places:

2nd/Entry level floor

  • Periodicals Room
  • UFCU Student Learning Commons
  • Reference Room
  • Study Carrels in PCL Lobby

4th floor

6th floor

Powered Study Tables on the 6th Floor of PCL

We’ve also installed new outlets throughout the building as part of other renovation projects and will continue to do so.  Don’t forget there are also 350 outlets on the 5th floor too. Total, you’ll find over 1500 accessible outlets located near study furniture in PCL.

We’re continuously working to improve the spaces in PCL for your work.  Right now, we’re looking at potential renovations to the 5th floor.  Do you have ideas for improving those spaces?  Share your ideas with us through this survey.  You can also stop by the 5th floor and contribute your ideas or enjoy reading the ideas contributed by others!