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International visitors tour UTSA Center for Archaeological Research

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(Sept. 6, 2012) -- The UTSA Center for Archaeological Research (CAR) recently hosted an international tour of archaeologists representing the Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program. The focus of this year's delegation was preserving cultural heritage.

Established in the 1940s when a group of Latin American journalists first visited the United States, the program has expanded to include 4,000 to 5,000 professionals annually addressing a variety of topics including culture, education, law enforcement and politics.

Participants are professionals selected by their embassies for the three-week program, which makes stops in Washington D.C., New York City, Albuquerque and other cities.

"They can get contacts to correspond with institutions or possibly return for training," said Norman Skoughstad, English language officer. "They also might find collaborators, funding or learn good practices that they can take back with them. It's supposed to be a two-way exchange between them and their professional counterparts."

While in San Antonio, the delegation toured Mission San Juan and the UTSA Center for Archaeological Research.

CAR Director Steve Tomka welcomed the group and discussed some of the challenges the center has faced in its cultural resource management methods over the last 30 years. Countries represented included Albania, Egypt, India, Macedonia, Peru and Sudan.

Mary Beth Tomka, research scientist told the delegation she has been working for 12 years trying to get a good inventory on the center's collections.

"One of the biggest problems is that the states are running out of space for curations," she said. "Everybody says they need development to move forward, but we can't destroy our culture in the process."

Learn more at the UTSA Center for Archaeological Research website.

 

 

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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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