SEP 29, 2014 by Diane Tyink
Attention New & Returning Students!
Mexican American Writers at UTPA This Semester
Global Lens Film Series Kicks Off Final Season
Copyright Workshops Available
Library Lobby Undergoes Complete Renovation
New Curator for Border Studies Archive
Curanderismo Collection Available at Border Studies Archive
Mobile Reference Initiative TSLAC Grant
International Games Day @ Your Library
UTPA Now Member of HathiTrust
New E-Resources Available
Library Poster Contest Winners
MURL Wraps Up
Database Gem: AccessMedicine
Life at the Library Photo Gallery
Library on Social Media Networks
Upcoming Library Events
Attention New and Returning Students!
by Carl Nelson
Below is a list of some services that the University Library offers. If you have any questions about anything listed below, please contact the Reference Desk on the second floor (956-665-2752).
Printing in the Library: Students have 300 print credits that they can use in the Library. 1 credit is equal to one page whether it is printed single or double sided. Library Computer Printing Policy.
Wireless Printing: A wireless printer is available on the Library’s third floor in the Media Reserves area. Access it by going to the BroncPrint icon in my.utpa.edu.
WiFi Access: All of the Library has wifi. Use EDUROAM for wireless access. Once selected, you can use the same logon information that you use for accessing Blackboard.
Checking Out Materials: Undergraduate students can check out materials for up to 2 weeks. Graduate and honor students can check out materials for a month. There is no limit to the number of materials a student can check out. Check the Library’s Borrowing Policy for more information.
Additional Computers Available: Due to renovations on the second floor of the Library, Classroom #2 on the first floor is open to students who need to use a computer or printer, unless there is a class scheduled to use that space.
Scanners: There are KIC scanners located on the second and third floors of the Library. You can save your scans to a USB or email them to yourself.
Book-a-Librarian: For one-on-one research assistance, the Library offers the Book-a-Librarian service for setting up individual research appointments with a librarian. Please fill out the form with all the requested information. These appointments are on a first come, first served basis and are dependent on the librarians’ schedules. You can also do a Direct Booking for quicker service.
Interlibrary Loan: Can’t find a book or article you need here in the Library? Use the Library’s Interlibrary Loan department. Most materials that the Library does not have can be borrowed from other libraries. (956-665-2342)
GIS/Media Lab: Located on the fourth floor of the Library, the GIS/Media Lab has a wide variety of resources to help UTPA students with their multimedia production needs for class related projects and presentations. Students can scan and edit pictures, slides, and negatives. Video can be captured, edited, and used to create multimedia enhanced PowerPoint presentations. The lab offers a variety of multimedia software to design artistic creations for class projects and presentations. The GIS/Media Lab also has ArcView GIS software and a large format plotter for printing class presentations.(956-665-7240)
by Virginia Haynie Gause
The Library has been collaborating with faculty from the Mexican American Studies Program this semester to schedule venues and to help publicize several writers coming to campus.
On Thursday, October 2, San Antonio poets Natalia Treviño (author of Lavando La Dirty Laundry) and Laurie Ann Guerrero (author of A Tongue in the Mouth of the Dying and Poet Laureate of San Antonio) will give a poetry reading and book signing at 6:00 p.m. in the Library Auditorium.
California writer Tim Z. Hernandez (author of Mañana Means Heaven and more) will be here Tuesday, October 7, to give a reading and book signing in the Student Union Theater at 6:00 p.m. Hernandez teaches creative writing at The University of Texas at El Paso.
On Thursday, November 6, San Antonio poet Joe Jimenez (author of The Possibilities of Mud and winner of the 2012 Alfredo Cisneros del Moral Foundation Award) will present and give a book signing at 6:00 p.m. in the Engineering Auditorium 1.300.
All the above authors’ works are being taught this fall in Mexican American literature and creative writing classes. For more information on these writers contact Virginia Haynie Gause at 956-665-2303 (email@example.com) or Dr. Emmy Perez at 956-665-3400 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
by Virginia Haynie Gause
Global Lens Film Series kicked off its 5th and final season on Thursday, September 18th, with the screening of “Qarantina”, a 90 minute film from Iraq.
The next screening will be on Thursday, October 16, and features the film “Southwest” (128 minutes, Brazil). In this “dreamlike and mysterious tale, a young woman named Clarice gives birth on her deathbed to a baby girl also christened Clarice by the bruxa (or witch) attending the nearly simultaneous moments of death and birth.” The trailer for “Southwest” can be viewed here.
Three remaining Global Lens films will be screened January – March of 2015, but this will be its final season as Global Lens is no longer producing new international films.
The films in the series were selected by The Global Film Initiative and feature narrative films from Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. All the films have English subtitles.
All film screenings are free and open to the public. Each feature this year is scheduled to be screened in the Student Union Theater at 7:00 p.m. View the complete screening schedule for additional information.
After the screenings, the UTPA Library adds these films to its collection and they are available for check out. Click here for a list of Global Lens films available for check out from the UTPA Library.
by Kelly Leu
Don’t stay in the dark about copyright and fair use!! The Copyright Advisory Office offers two different workshops which can help with your questions related to copyright, fair use, educational exemptions, and licensing issues. Each workshop will be offered multiple times throughout the semester to accommodate busy schedules.
Fair Use & Copyright on Campus This workshop provides basic information on copyright and educational exemptions that can help you navigate these issues as you encounter them in your work. While focused on instruction, this workshop is useful for all university staff who may be faced with copyrighted material in the course of their daily work. This workshop will be offered on the following dates:
Friday, October 17, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Classroom #1
Thursday, November 20, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Classroom #1
Can I Do That? (Encountering Licenses and Copyright Online) Attend this workshop to learn how to avoid copyright and licensing pitfalls that we all encounter when using content found online for professional, scholarly, and personal purposes. This includes an introduction to Creative Common (CC) licenses, as well as tips on searching for CC licensed material in standard Internet search engines. This workshop will be offered on the following dates:
Thursday, October 9, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Classroom #1
Tuesday, November 11, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Classroom #1
For questions about the workshop series or anything else copyright related, please do not hesitate contact Kelly Leu, Copyright Librarian at 956-665-2623 (email@example.com).
by Peter Cortez
The main lobby for the University Library has undergone a complete transformation following over three months of construction and renovations that encompassed the entire summer. Immediately following the end of the spring semester, crews cordoned off the center area of the lobby in order to remove the floor tiles and gut the entire ceiling. Along with upgrading the area, plans were to complement the recently added University Bookstore and Jazzman’s Café, located across from each other just off the main lobby. The ceiling was slightly lowered and now has a three dimensional look. The eye is drawn to wave-like patterns in the ceiling that flow from north to south leading one to either entry way of the lobby. The completed look is brighter, fresher and more contemporary. Soon-to-be completed are the display cases built into support columns and adjacent Archive renovations in the area that once housed the Shary Room and lobby.
by Kelly Leu
The University Library would like to introduce Dr. Servando Z. Hinojosa who will be serving as interim Curator of the Border Studies Archive this year until May 2015. Dr. Hinojosa is an Associate Professor of Anthropology and has been with the University since 1998. In addition to Mesoamerica, his scholarly interests include Mexican American folk medicine, and Mexican American licensed peyote dealers. At UTPA he teaches the following classes: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, U.S. and Other World Cultures, Peoples and Cultures of Mexico, and Mexican American Folk Medicine.
Welcome to the Library Dr. Hinojosa!
by Border Studies Archive
In July 2012, the College of Health Sciences and Human Services transferred to the Border Studies Archive curanderismo materials (original material, including 35mm photographic slides, 16mm moving image film, and cassette and reel-to-reel audio recordings used to create a film, a slide series with an accompanying soundtrack, and a monograph). Curanderismo, or folk healing, involves a trained healer, or curandero(a), who treats a person experiencing physical or spiritual illness. Medical anthropologist Robert Trotter, medical sociologist-anthropologist Juan Antonio Chavira and their assistant researchers produced the curanderismo materials in a project during the late 1970s in South Texas.
The project, “Proyecto Comprender” served as a valuable source of information for regional public health and medical professionals who sought to better understand Mexican American concepts of health and illness. We believe that world-wide accessibility to this collection, which has been made possible through digitization funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Texas State Library and Archives Commission through the 2013-2014 TexTreasures Grant Program, will help the public better understand the growing Hispanic population and their health-related traditions.
You can access the entire digital collection through UTPA’s library webpage or visit the Border Studies Archive’s Curanderismo Collection webpage to view excerpts of some of the files or contact the Border Studies Archive at 956-665-2909.
by Carl Nelson
The University Library has received a $10,000 grant from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission to buy equipment (Microsoft Surface Pro tablets) to begin a mobile reference service. Also known as Roving Reference, the new service will allow librarians and staff to leave the confines of the Reference Desk to help students at their point of need. The service can be used here at the main campus or at one of the remote campuses, and will help students find the information they need to complete assignments.
Recently the University Library integrated its reference collection into the main, general circulating collection, freeing up space on the second floor. We are beginning to change from a traditional reference model to a learning commons. These changes will allow us to provide more tailored services to our users. The Roving Reference model, where librarians equipped with tablets answer questions throughout the building, will be highly successful at our institution.
The Mobile Reference Initiative TSLAC Grant supports the strategic vision of the University Library and the changing reference needs of our users. We hope to show that using tablets with roving reference will improve patron services, such as collection access.
(This Project is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Texas State Library and Archives Commission 2015).
by Carl Nelson
This is a worldwide event in which libraries from around the world will be hosting video, board, and card games in order to increase awareness of the importance of games in educational development and reading. Games present an often overlooked but important tool for learning. The game industry is economically important generating billions of dollars in revenue and employing thousands of people.
The event will feature both video and traditional games demonstrations. Participants will be able to have fun and learn at the same time. For more information, contact Carl Nelson at 956-665-2753 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
by Rick Peralez
The University Library is now a member of HathiTrust. The HathiTrust (www.hathitrust.org) is a collection of digitized books and serials that date from the 16th century to 2009, some of which are accessible to all and some of which are only accessible to members due to copyright restrictions. To login, you first have to select University of Texas – Pan American from the institution drop down list; after that, use your UTPA username and password.
by John Asbell
The UTPA Library has added a number of new e-resources over the summer, including an e-book package, a number of new databases, and a new research methods tool. For more details on these or any other Library Resource, please contact the Reference Desk at 956-665-2752.
SAGE Research Methods is a tool that is designed to assist researchers, including students who are doing a research project for a course, in learning about different types of research, such as qualitative research, literature review, or quantitative research. This resource contains thousands of pages of books, chapters, articles, and videos from hundreds of sources. This is an important tool to investigate prior to beginning your research projects for the fall.
The Library also has beefed up our already staggering e-book collection by adding some Harvard University Press e-books. We purchased the full 2011-2014 collection of e-books published by the renowned university press, which totals approximately 507 titles. The subject areas covered include History, Political Science, Economics, Law, Philosophy, among others.
In addition to these resources, the Library has added a number of new subject databases over the past few months in areas as varied as Education, Family Studies, Race Relations, and Medicine.
• Education Administration Abstracts covers key educational topics such as educational leadership, management, and research.
• Family Studies Abstracts covers marriage, divorce, family therapy, children, and other related subjects.
• Race Relations Abstracts includes material on ethnic studies, immigration, discrimination, among other topics.
• AccessMedicine contains readings, references, drug information, case studies, and video resources pertaining to medicine and medical fields.
• ClinicalAccess is a decision support tool for medical specialists to use at the point of care for patients.
• PAEasy is a test and certification preparation tool for Physician Assistant certification and recertification.
The subscriptions to AccessMedicine, ClinicalAccess, and PAEasy are being funded by the Physician Assistant program.
In addition, the Library is very excited to announce that we now have access to the SciVal Funding Database. This resource will help scholars find sponsors willing to fund his or her research, help to locate grants, and locate sponsors that match specific research interests. Searches can be narrowed down to geographic location or subject area. Users can search for previously awarded grants to find the amount funded, the investigators, and the associated institution. This is a crucial starting point for those researchers and practitioners who are looking for funding opportunities.
All of these resources are available on campus. If you are off campus you will need to input your UTPA user name and password when prompted.
by Peter Cortez
As part of an exciting collaboration between the Library and students from Sara Gonzalez’ Graphic Design II class (ART 4434) during the spring semester, twenty individual posters were displayed throughout the summer in the Library’s gallery. The posters highlighted different ways in which Library resources and services could be marketed to users. Incorporated into the posters were sample designs for bookmarks and tee shirts. At the end of the spring semester, Library staff voted for their favorites and a reception was held on July 11, 2014, recognizing all participants for their efforts.
Those students receiving the most votes and placing in the top three were the following:
First Place – Maria Elena Vidal
Second Place – Edna Galvan
Third Place – Carlos Lopez
Photos of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winning posters can be found in the newsletter’s photo gallery.
by Carl Nelson
The MURL (Mobile Undergraduate Research and Learning) Project funded by a grant from TSLAC (Texas State Library and Archives Commission) ended on August 31. Running through the 2013-2014 academic year, the library provided 15 iPads and peripherals to students involved in the initiative. The students were given access to mobile technology to assist them with their studies and research. Students came from a diverse number of disciplines including Engineering, Biology, and Social Behavioral Sciences.
The program not only gave students an iPad to use for an extended period of time, but included classes on how to use the mobile device to enhance their research and learning experiences here at UTPA. The program was very effective for students with most agreeing that it improved their access to information and materials. For more information on the program please contact Carl Nelson 956-665-2753 (email@example.com).
by Carl Nelson
AccessMedicine is a medical database available through the University Library. The University of Texas-Pan American Physician Assistance Program provided funds to purchase access to the database. AccessMedicine supplies information on a number of medical related fields, providing access to e-Books, streaming videos, case files, audio files, an online diagnostic tool, and reference materials designed to support clinical practice and student studies in health sciences. The electronic resource also has an assessment tool where students can take practice tests on a number of subjects, including anatomy, biochemistry, epidemiology & biostatistics, and microbiology, as well as others.
To access the database go to the Library’s main webpage and select the Articles and Databases link. Once in the database, users can use the search box or browse different areas using the tool bar located toward the top of the home page. E-Book sections can be printed or saved directly from AccessMedicine. Videos are available also. This medical resource provides health science students and faculty with a wealth of multi-media materials that will facilitate their research or education.
Regular Fall Semester Hours
Sunday: 1:00 p.m. – 12:00 Midnight
Monday – Thursday: 7:30 a.m. – 12:00 Midnight
Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday: 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Exceptions to Regular Hours
November 26: Open 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
November 27-28: CLOSED
December 12: Open 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
December 13-14: CLOSED
December 15-19: Open 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
December 20-31: CLOSED
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Co-Editors: Diane Tyink, Peter Cortez
Writers: Peter Cortez, Virginia Haynie Gause, Kelly Leu, Carl Nelson, Rick Peralez, John Asbell
- October 31, 2014
Bioethics Conference Student Research Posters exhibit
Starts: 12:00 am
Ends: 12:00 am, December 2, 2014
- November 6, 2014
Joe Jimenez Presentation/Booksigning
Starts: 6:00 pm
Ends: 8:00 pm, November 6, 2014
- November 15, 2014
International Games Day @ Your Library
Starts: 12:00 pm
Ends: 6:00 pm, November 15, 2014
- January 29, 2015
Global Lens Screening (LIFE KILLS ME - Chile - 92 minutes)
Starts: 7:00 pm
Ends: 9:00 pm, January 29, 2015
- February 19, 2015
Global Lens Screening (BEIJING FLICKERS - China - 96 minutes)
Starts: 7:00 pm
Ends: 9:00 pm, February 19, 2015
- March 12, 2015
Global Lens Screening (CAIRO 678 - Egypt - 100 minutes)
Starts: 7:00 pm
Ends: 9:00 pm, March 12, 2015
- April 12, 2015
National Library Week - April 12-18, 2015
Starts: 12:00 am
Ends: 12:00 am, April 19, 2015