The 2nd Floor Reference Department is home to a new art installation created by students from the Photography and Sculpture departments within the College of Arts & Humanities. “Archival Evolution: Art from the Archives” depicts the evolution of formats used to archive newspapers over the years. The main component of the exhibit is the actual film taken from hundreds of discarded rolls of what used to be the only source for accessing older copies of newspaper, magazine, or journal articles. Most of these sources are now available online through databases to which the Library subscribes. Included in the installation is a backdrop of copies of news clippings taken from the microfilm along with pages from original newspapers. Superimposed on to several of these images are the artistic creations of the students themselves. Overseen by Art Department Lecturer Marilyn Carren, students spent several months conceiving the design and determining the best possible methods to incorporate the materials. The resulting work includes a tree of knowledge from which information is obtained and transformed into multiple shapes. The pièce de résistance is the oversized female statue draped in microfilm fashioned into early 20th century-style clothing. In her hand is a smartphone used to take a selfie. The intent is to describe how archival materials have evolved as has the access to and availability of information.
Due to the exciting renovation of our 2nd floor, we have temporarily removed some of the computers from this area. You’ll find additional computers in Classroom 2 on the Library’s 1st floor. The computers will be back on the 2nd floor in January along with new carpet and additional furniture for collaborative work. Thanks for your patience!
Library Printing Policy Update
Starting 9/22/2014, the Library will be awarding all students 50 additional print credits for a total of 300 credits per semester. No additional print credits will be issued. Library print credits are intended for research purposes. Students have the option of using their print credits from the Academic Services Labs in addition to those at the Library. Students can use their print credits from the Academic Services Labs on the 3rd floor of the Library. See the 3rd floor service desk for assistance.
UTPA now member of HathiTrust
UTPA is a member of HathiTrust. HathiTrust, available via the E-Books page, is a collection of digitized books and serials, some of which are accessible to all and some of which are only accessible to members due to copyright restrictions. To log in, you first have to select University of Texas - Pan American from the institution drop down list; after that, use your UTPA username and password.
In July 2012, the College of Health Sciences and Human Services transferred to the Border Studies Archive curanderismo materials (original source material, including 35mm photographic slides, 16mm moving image film, and cassette and reel-to-reel audio recordings used to create a film, a slide series with an accompanying soundtrack, and a monograph). Curanderismo, or folk healing, involves a trained healer, or curandero(a), who treats a person experiencing physical or spiritual illness. Medical anthropologist Robert Trotter, medical sociologist-anthropologist Juan Antonio Chavira and their assistant researchers produced the curanderismo materials in a project during the late 1970s in South Texas. The project, "Proyecto Comprender" served as a valuable source of information for regional public health and medical professionals who sought to better understand Mexican American concepts of health and illness. We believe that world-wide accessibility to this collection, which has been made possible through digitization funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Texas State Library and Archives Commission through the 2013-2014 TexTreasures Grant Program, will help the public better understand the growing Hispanic population and their health-related traditions. You can access the entire digital collection through UTPA’s library webpage or visit the Border Studies Archive’s Traditional Mexican American Folklore webpage to view excerpts of some of the files.