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Win beautiful books from University of Texas Press by submitting your photos #utphotosforbooks

The holidays are just around the corner and we have the  perfect antidote for all of you last minute shoppers. The University of Texas Press and the UT Libraries have teamed up to promote literacy and reading, which means you have a chance to win one of three beautiful books from University of Texas Press, a great gift for a book lover, UT fan, or yourself!

You can enter the contest in any of the following ways; just pick the one that’s easiest for you:

  1. Post the photo to Twitter with the hashtag #utphotosforbooks with your caption for the photo or…
  2. Post the photo with your caption to our Facebook page or…
  3. Email the photo to msitar@austin.utexas.edu with your caption.

Here are the themes for each week:

*By sharing your photo, you give us permission to use your photo on our social media profiles and in future Library Insiders.

Stay tuned to Twitter and Facebook for reminders about the contest each week and winner announcements. We can’t wait to see your photos!

It’s Crunch Time! The Libraries can help!

Swamped with papers?  Need help finding sources for those last projects?

Just as students face the final crunch of deadlines for assignments, research papers and presentations, Reference and Information Services (RIS) in Perry-Castañeda Library, the McKinney Engineering Library, the Fine Arts Library and the Kuehne Physics Mathematics Astronomy Library (PMA) will promote the availability of in-person, drop-by assistance, subject librarian consultations and the UT Libraries Ask a Librarian IM and email services.

Crunch Time takes place November 9-11, and features giveaways, timesaving handouts and the ready availability of staff at service points.

A brief survey to ascertain awareness of service options will remain a part of this year’s activities and will be available from any EID workstation across the UT Libraries.  Students who participate will be entered in a prize drawing.

“Crunch Time” focuses raising awareness of relevant services at a time in the semester when students are likely to benefit from them most.  Staff are prepared to help students tackle research dilemmas and expedite the process of finding illusive bits of data and authoritative resources to support their semester-end work.

For more information, visit the Crunch Time website.

Library Insider: Back to School Edition!

In this edition of the Library Insider: Library News for Undergraduates:

* Cost-saving tips from the Libraries
* Student Lockers in PCL
* Upcoming Events at the Libraries
* Attend a Free Library Class
* Reserving a Group Study Room Online
* Win Tickets to Bang on a Can All-Stars with special guest, Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche!

Read all about it!

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Congratulations to our Valentine’s Day raffle winners!


To celebrate Valentine’s Day, the Libraries hosted a raffle that encouraged users to tell us what they love about the Libraries. Drop boxes and posters were displayed in nine libraries to collect entries and a website allowed users to enter online, too. We received 410 entries across all of the collection points and provided ten winners with $15 Tiff’s Treats gift certificates and free coffee at Prufrock’s.

Here are some of the winning entries:

“I love that the library will find the book you need, no matter where it’s at! I also love the Architecture Library, it’s so beautiful! I always go there to study, the atmosphere is wonderful.”  Shannon M.

“I love the smell of the thousands of books all coming together in one place. I love the friendly disposition of the Benson staff. I love their peace and quiet. I love the diligence and eagerness with which we students study. :)” Sarah Harper

Rebecca Fine at the Fine Arts Library
Rebecca Fine at the Fine Arts Library

“I love the incredible collection of recordings.  And also the piano hanging from the upper roof!!!”  Rebecca Fine, sharing her love of the Fine Arts Library.

“I love that the UT Libraries, and the Mallet [Chemistry] Library in particular, are consistently clean, quiet, and comfortable.  The staff are always helpful and will take you to any resource if you just ask.  I not only feel more productive in the library, I am more productive in the library.  I love my UT Libraries and my UT librarians!”  Colleen Menegaz

“Lots of things! I love

-the quiet place to study
-a stapler and other office supplies
-friendly staff
-class textbooks on reserve
-internet access
-comfortable chairs
-long hours.

Thank you for all your hard work for students.  We really do appreciate it even though we often take it for granted.” Dylan Christenson

“I love the librarians and the staff at the libraries. They are helpful, always willing to ‘make it work’ and lend a hand. I’ve run in to the library stressed only moments before class and they always help out. They are thinking about what students need and what can help us. And they show an appreciation and love of our work and subjects!”  Jackie Dibiasie

“Quiet study space and big windows.  :)  Plus I can find out about I want — for free!” Karin Knudson

“The ‘IM a Librarian’ feature is the most amazing idea. Last night when I was struggling to write a paper and find the necessary research documents I just IMed a Librarian asking for help, and they were there to save the day! I’m not sure how I would have been able to successfully write my paper without them. Not only were they helpful, but also very friendly and really went the extra mile to make sure I had all the resources I needed. I love UT libraries!” Virginia Rollo

Thanks to everyone who participated.  We loved reading everything you had to say about the Libraries and hope we continue to earn your love and affection!

Libraries Fair on PCL Plaza! Wednesday, April 15, 10-1pm

Libraries Fair! Wed, April 15, 10-1pm

Do you like cotton candy?

Do you like games?

Do you like learning more about the University of Texas Libraries?

If you answered yes to any one of those questions, you should join us outside on the PCL Plaza on Wednesday, April 15 for the University of Texas Libraries Fair. The fun starts at 10am and continues until 1pm.

Each of the University of Texas Libraries will host a table, with some offering games you can play to win an assortment of prizes.

A preview of just some of the fun that awaits you:

– Want to impress everyone with how well-read you are? Stop by the PCL Table and play our Guess the Author game!

– Are you a numbers whiz? Visit the Kuehne Physics Mathematics Astronomy Library table to demonstrate your math genius.

– Have a real eye for architectural details? See the friendly folks at the Architecture and Planning Library table for some visual architecture trivia.

The Fair will also kick off our Library Quest three-day challenge for current undergraduate and graduate students. Visit three different libraries on campus by Friday, April 17, answer a question about each space, get your passport stamped, and be entered to win a 16GB iPod Touch. More details will be available at the Fair.

Free food and games for all, all in celebration of Research Week. We hope to see you there!

Undergraduate Library Video Contest — Win $100!

Library Video Contest!

Make a short video or animation promoting library resources and services. Choose from the following categories:

* CD and DVD Collections
* Print/Digital collections
* Librarians can help you
* Study spaces in the library
* Open category

You could win $100 and get your video on the University of Texas Libraries web site!

Submit it by April 6th at the PCL Information & Research Help Desk.

More details, including descriptions of the categories and rule and requirements, at: