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(March 3, 2010)--The UTSA Libraries will host an open house for all UTSA faculty members from 4 to 5 p.m., Thursday, March 4 in the John Peace Library Assembly Room (formerly the Regents' Room). The event is to celebrate the opening of the Special Collections suite on the fourth floor of the John Peace Library. Refreshments will be served.

To visit the UTSA Libraries Special Collections suite, turn left when exiting the elevator, make another quick left and proceed forward; the Assembly Room is to the right of the new suite.

The open house will feature a presentation by David Johnson, UTSA professor of history, who will speak on his experience using UTSA's Special Collections for research. UTSA Provost John Frederick and Mark Shelstad, head of the UTSA Libraries Department of Special Collections, also will give remarks.

Special Collections houses the university archives as well as rare books, official records, personal papers and other one-of-a-kind historical items documenting the people, history, art, life and literature of San Antonio and South Texas. Supporting the university's ascent to national research university status, the newly renovated space allows UTSA Libraries to better sustain the university's teaching, research and outreach mission by acquiring, preserving and digitizing primary resources for use by scholars at UTSA and from around the world.

For more information, contact Anne Peters at 210-458-4863.

 

 

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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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