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UTSA faculty online vita FAIR system to be replaced with DigitalMeasures

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(Oct. 1, 2012) -- This semester, a new computer application will replace the Faculty Activity Information Reporting (FAIR) online system. For several years, FAIR has been used by the faculty primarily to maintain their vita information and to submit annual reports. However, there were problems with its features, formatting and reporting options, but now there is a new software solution.

As a result, two alternatives to address these issues were discussed in an effort to obtain the features and flexibility desired by UTSA faculty -- either rewrite the FAIR application or purchase a commercial software package. The Academic Technology Advisory Committee (ATAC) -- comprised of UTSA faculty members -- reviewed these options and selected the DigitalMeasures software application.

This application has been successfully adopted by a large number of universities including the University of Texas at Austin, University of Texas at El Paso and Texas Tech University. In addition to offering a number of standard features, DigitalMeasures allows individual institutions to customize the application to suit their needs and preferences. The ATAC has been actively involved in making decisions about the format of the standard UTSA university vita. In the future, each college and department will be able to order a format that suits his or her individual needs.

In the upcoming phase of the project, a DigitalMeasures team will begin moving the existing faculty data from FAIR into the DigitalMeasures application. This data migration process will occur over the next few months.

After Sept. 17, so that the DigitalMeasures team can be sure that no faculty data is left behind, faculty will no longer be able to make changes to their data in FAIR. They will, however, continue to be able to view and print their vitas.

Faculty members can access the new DigitalMeasures application starting Oct. 31, 2012.

>> In November, DigitalMeasures training will be offered to faculty and staff. More information on training will be provided via email and via the project Web page.

For more information, email digitalmeasures@utsa.edu or phone 210-458-8122.


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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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