November 2015


Backup_100Technology Backup Plan and Resources
by Bonny Woods, Senior Systems Analyst
Shrug off hard drive failures by taking a few minutes to create your personal technology backup plan. More >>


SJohnson-headshot_100Chance Favors the Connected Mind: Reflections on Steven Johnson’s Talk
by Ryan Schoensee, Communications Specialist
On October 14 Johnson captivated the audience with examples of world-changing ideas ranging from frozen food to photography to connected technology. More >>

Tschudy_100An Officer’s Account of Paranormal Happenings at the John Peace Library
by Ryan Schoensee, Communications Specialist
Under-caffeinated students may not be the only cryptic critters roaming the JPL’s dark halls at night. More >>

Of Note

Utsa dining5Want some extra cash? UTSA Dining is conducting a survey to better understand lifestyle and food preferences on campus. After completing the survey, you’ll be entered into a drawing to win a Visa gift card. Hurry, the survey closes on November 6!

Departmental News

DTL poster display-100During the month of October, the Downtown Library displayed 12 posters from UTSA’s Civic Engagement Summit. The posters highlighted unique programs conducted by UTSA departments and organizations in collaboration with local community partners. One poster, for example, showcased how UTSA students worked with the Child and Adolescent Policy Research Institute in mentoring foster youth in transition to adulthood.

BlueCrewClue_100On October 13 and 14, the JPL and DT libraries held “Blue Crew Clue” student engagement activities where students won prizes for correctly answering questions about library spaces and services. Nearly everyone that played had fun and learned something new about what the library has to offer. Special thanks to Gary Woods for coming up with the idea!

Staff News

We’ve had several staff transitions in recent months.

Stephen_100Stephen Barrera is now an LSA III. He oversees the student workers in Access Services, among other duties.



Kirsten Lorenzen is now an LSA IV and the evening shift supervisor in Access Services.



Vanessa “Vane” Padron is now Senior Administrative Associate in the Library Communications department.



Trinae_100Trinae Weldy, LSA III, has moved from Access Services to Reference Services.



Congratulations to Julianna Barrera-Gomez, digital archivist, on the birth of her daughter Amelia Marie Gomez. Amelia made her debut on October 18.




Agnes_100Meet Agnieszka Czeblakow, Rare Books Librarian
by Ryan Schoensee, Communications Specialist
A collector at heart, Agnes enjoys the eclectic nature of her job as Rare Books Librarian.  More >>


Sights & Sounds

BLOG: 10 Things Disappearing from Elementary Schools
Children growing up today may never experience dodgeball, hand-crank pencil sharpeners or the “nails on a chalkboard” reference.

PHOTO GALLERY: 7 Literary Murals on Bookstores and Libraries
We’re sure the pictures don’t do them justice, so go ahead and add these to you travel bucket list.

INFOGRAPHIC: Monsters in Literature
If you’re afraid of clowns, beware of clicking this link!

November 2015 at 8:32 am

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The SECC used book sale held October 20-21 was a big success, raising $778. Special thanks to all the library staff that volunteered and donated books.

The SECC used book sale held October 20-21 was a big success, raising $778. Special thanks to all the library staff that volunteered and donated books.

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