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UTSA John Peace Library renovation celebration is Tuesday, Dec. 1


UTSA John Peace library then and now: Animations show how JPL has evolved since opening in 1976. (Contemporary photos by Mark McClendon. Historical images provided by the UTSA Archives and Special Collections.
>> View the entire series of photo animations of "John Peace Library: Then and Now."

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(Nov. 23, 2009)--UTSA students, faculty and staff are invited to celebrate the completion of the first phase of the John Peace Library renovation at a special event from noon to 1 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 1 at the Sombrilla Plaza mezzanine, outside the second-floor entrance to the library on the Main Campus. In case of rain, the celebration will be moved inside to the JPL second-floor entryway.

There will be hot beverages and a dessert buffet, live music, a magnetic poetry contest, and plenty of giveaways.

The renovation of the John Peace Library -- ongoing through 2011 -- represents a new vision for the library as the intellectual heart of an emerging premier public research university. When complete, the long-overdue makeover will bring the 1976 building into the 21st century with new services, resources and technology to support learning.

Phase One of the project included the creation of an information commons complete with 125 computer stations, a laptop lounge, new furniture and improved lighting throughout the building's second floor.

For more information on the project, visit the UTSA Library Renovation blog.

Dec. 1, 9 a.m.

CITE Venture Competition & Exposition

The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus

Dec. 3, 5:30 p.m.

UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert

This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus

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UTSA writes the book on all-digital libraries

As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.

At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.

Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.

With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.

Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.

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