February 2016


Dean Hendrix_100-2Dean Hendrix Named Dean of UTSA Libraries
by Anne Peters, Director of Library Communications
After several months of searching, UTSA Libraries has a new dean! More >>


Wearing_Gay_History_100UTSA Libraries Digitizes LGBTQ T-shirt Collections for Wearing Gay History Project
by Ryan Schoensee, Communications Specialist
T-shirt memories don’t have to be lost to the erosion of time—or the proverbial Goodwill. More >>

UTSA Libraries Launches Know Your Media: A Guide to the Most Common Types of Digital Storage
by Ryan Schoensee, Communications Specialist
From cassettes to CDs and floppy disks to USBs. More >>


Of Note

Chronicle_mentionOver the holiday break, UTSA Libraries was mentioned in both the Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News in an article entitled Major collection on Latino voting rights collected at UTSA for the acquisition and funding of the Southwest Voter Registration Education Project.


GroupSpot FeatureGroupSpot was featured in the winter keepsake edition of UTSA Giving (pg. 17) for being “the learning lab of the future” and providing a collaborative environment for students to come together and tackle group projects.


Chat article featuredThe UTSA Libraries chat system was featured in the January issue of the Informed Librarian Online in an article entitled Standing By to Help: Transforming Online Reference with a Proactive Chat System by Jan Kemp, Carolyn Ellis and Krisellen Maloney.


Amy_Sara_100On Jan. 12, students Amy Bernal and Sara De León found a young woman in one of JPL’s restrooms in desperate need of medical attention. They quickly alerted staff member Melissa Cadena, and EMTs arrived shortly thereafter. The two were recently invited to the Dean’s Suite to be presented with small gifts and thanked for coming to the aid of a fellow student.


Rachel Cannady is coordinating a special presentation for UTSA faculty and staff on Feb. 24 entitled UTSA’s Wounded Warriors: Supporting Our Student Veteran in their Pursuit of Higher Education. The event will feature New York Times bestselling author and former U.S. Army Captain Luis Carlos Montalván—accompanied by his service dog, Tuesday—as he shares his experiences of war and healing, trauma and recovery, mental health and pursuing his higher degree.

Staff News

Ashley_HamiltonOn Jan. 8, Peer Coach Ashley Hamilton presented to a group of 85 new SI Leaders at their beginning of the semester training. She provided them with information on recent changes to library spaces, and encouraged them to attend upcoming library events.


Rosemary Vasquez, Program Manager for Serials and Interlibrary Loan, retired after 28 years with UTSA and 30 with the UT system. Her last day was January 15. Enjoy retirement Rosemary, you’ve earned it!


Congratulations to Agnes Czeblakow for being accepted to the 2016 IMLS-RBS Fellowship for Early-Career Librarians. The fellowship allows early-career professionals the opportunity to attend a Rare Book School summer course in Virginia and increase their professional involvement at the national level through participation in the conference of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS) of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL).

rachel_cannady_edited_squaredCongrats to Rachel Cannady for having her article Under the Microscope: Looking at Libraries and Online Orientations recently published in last month’s Journal of Library & Information Services in Distance Learning!



Meet Katie Rojas, ArchivistKatie_100
by Ryan Schoensee, Communications Specialist
In between processing collections she’s also running marathons, climbing Mayan ruins and enjoying the company of her two cats.  More >>


Sights & Sounds

INFOGRAPHIC: 24 Books to Read in Under One Hour
Ready, set, GO!

BLOG: Word-Trends, Sneaky Cliches, and Other Turns of Phrase You Should Immediately Delete From Your Manuscript
Some words and phrases to toss out of in your mental trash bin.

BLOG: Library plagued by pranksters sticking up rude messages by their book drop-offs
At least our patrons haven’t gotten any of these “bright” ideas. Although, these are pretty hilarious.


“In my view, the UTSA Library and its staff have ‘tier-one’ status: exceptional work at supporting research and exceptional service at improving teaching and learning.”
Arturo C. Sotomayor, associate professor of political science and geography

“What could happen when you share DDA information with subject librarians – Anne Mitchell, @UTSA_Libraries https://youtu.be/BPJIqEhJ578
As seen on Twitter, December 1, 2015

February 2016 at 3:22 pm

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The UTSA Libraries polled students in a crowdsourced naming activity last month, and by popular demand our new Blue Crew character's name is . . . Lou! Please welcome the newest member of the Blue Crew family.

The UTSA Libraries polled students in a crowdsourced naming activity last month, and by popular demand our new Blue Crew character's name is . . . Lou! Please welcome the newest member of the Blue Crew family.

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