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UTSA Libraries appoints special collections and archivist staff members

Amy Rushing and Julianna Barrera-Gomez

Amy Rushing and Julianna Barrera-Gomez

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(April 29, 2014) -- UTSA Libraries has appointed two professionals to develop the university's rapidly expanding archives and rare collections. Amy Rushing, head of UTSA Libraries Special Collections, and Julianna Barrera-Gomez, university archivist, assumed their new roles in recent months.

As the head of Special Collections, Rushing oversees the cultivation of the university's collection of rare materials documenting the history of San Antonio and South Texas including communities and groups traditionally underrepresented in the historical record. She will collaborate with researchers both locally and nationally to increase awareness and utilization of the resources available in Special Collections.

Rushing oversees a staff of seven archivists, curators and library assistants, all working with the various materials housed within Special Collections, which include rare books, university archives, manuscript collections and the historic photo collection housed at the Institute of Texan Cultures.

As university archivist, Barrera-Gomez chronicles the history of UTSA by collecting and preserving the university's paper records, digital collections, oral histories and Web archives. Her work documents the institutional memory of the university, ensuring these important materials are accessible to researchers and the university community.

"The work that Amy and Julianna are doing directly supports UTSA's ascent to Tier One," said Krisellen Maloney, UTSA dean of libraries. "They are leading the effort to position UTSA as the first stop for researchers and scholars seeking information on the rich history of our region."

Rushing came to UTSA last fall as a digital archivist, and in March was promoted to head of Special Collections. Before UTSA, she served as head of Digital Access Services at UT Austin, where she worked on a variety of digital preservation and access projects including the Human Rights Documentation Initiative and the University of Texas Digital Repository. Before her position at UT Austin, Rushing was a digital access archivist at the University of Arizona Libraries Special Collections. She received her master's degree in library and information science from the University of Arizona.

Barrera-Gomez joins UTSA Special Collections from the University of Michigan, where she received a master's degree in information science. While obtaining her degree, she worked on a number of digitization and electronic records projects at the Bentley Historical Library and the Smithsonian Institution archives including the Polar Bear Expedition Digital Collection. While completing a fellowship at OCLC Research, she studied how to preserve contextual metadata with research material for easy access and reuse among scholarly researchers.

"I'm honored to be working with such a dedicated, hard-working crew," said Rushing. "If there is one thing I have learned since coming to UTSA, it is that I am more committed than ever to the goal of making our institution into a world-class teaching and research facility that attracts scholars from all around the globe."

Special Collections sustains the university's teaching, research and outreach mission by acquiring, preserving and digitizing primary resources for use by students and scholars at UTSA and from around the world.

For more information, visit the UTSA Special Collections website and view some of UTSA's most popular digital collections.



Oct. 2, 7:15 p.m.

First Friday Stargazing

Visit the Curtis Vaughan Observatory and see the wonders of the sky over San Antonio with experienced astronomers.
4th floor, Flawn Science Building, Main Campus

Oct. 3, 6:30 p.m.

Where Ink Does Not Show: A Celebration of the New State Poet Laureate

A fun and festive evening featuring Corridos from Texas and Northern Mexico sung by AZUL and a reading of new and classic works by Carmen Tafolla, the new State Poet Laureate.
Buena Vista Theater (1.326), Downtown Campus

Oct. 5, 1:30 p.m.

Campus Carry Listening Session

Listening session will seek input on the places, events and special circumstances that should be considered in determining whether concealed handguns may be prohibited.
John Peace Library, Faculty Center Assembly Room (JPL 4.04.22), Main Campus

Oct. 5, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Civic Engagement Summit

This summit is an opportunity to showcase and share the variety of community engagement activities of UTSA students, faculty, and staff. The summit is currently accepting proposals for poster presentations. The Call for Posters deadline is Friday, Sept. 11.
University Center Denman Room (2.01.28), Main Campus

Oct. 5, 6 p.m.

Film Screening: The Head of Joaquin Murrieta by John Valadez

The Mexican American Studies Program will host a screening of this irreverent, entertaining and often disturbing tale that uses both fiction and documentary story telling devices to tear open a painful and long ignored history: the lynching of Mexican Americans in the southwest.
Buena Vista Building Aula Canaria (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus

Oct. 6, 3 p.m.

State of the University

Join President Ricardo Romo as he gives his address to the UTSA community.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom (UC 1.104), Main Campus

Oct. 8, 10 a.m.

Graduate Fair

Graduate School representatives from across the country will provide information on options after earning a bachelor's degree. Students, alumni and community members are welcome.
University Center Retama Galleria, Main Campus

Oct. 9, 8 a.m.

College of Sciences Research Conference

The day-long research conference will include a keynote address, faculty and student oral presentations, poster sessions, and an awards ceremony. Lunch will be provided for those who register. Abstract submission deadline is September 20, 2015. Event registration deadline is October 4, 2015.
H-E-B University Center, Main Campus

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