(May 14, 2010)--The UTSA Libraries opened on May 10 its first satellite library on the second floor of the new Applied Engineering and Technology (AET) Building on the Main Campus. The 2,200-square-foot AET Library provides study space for 80 with three group study rooms, 10 computer workstations, a scanner and a networked printer.
A bookless library designed specifically with engineering and science students in mind, the space will provide a convenient place to study, collaborate on group projects and receive onsite research support. Digital monitors and whiteboards are incorporated into the AET Library to facilitate group projects and interaction.
"I think the AET Library has the potential to really put us into the forefront in terms of reimagining the multiple roles a 21st century academic library can play on a campus," says Krisellen Maloney, dean of libraries. "Research tells us that engaged students are more likely to graduate, and this library will offer students another forum for connecting with their studies and classmates."
"Our students have long waited for a study space like this," said Mauli Agrawal, dean of the College of Engineering. "It will provide a tremendous boost to our efforts to prepare students with a more collaborative learning experience."
Engineering librarian Jeff McAdams and science librarian Ellen Lutz will provide instruction and research assistance at this location together with graduate and undergraduate student assistants. AET Library hours are 8 a.m.-10 p.m., Monday-Friday.
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
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
Graduate student uses storytelling to highlight important issues facing children
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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