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Posted: 08/27/14
Register now for the “Copyright & Patents 101” workshops!

It's back! The Library is offering an online workshop series: “Copyright & Patents 101.” This series consists of two five-week sessions, one on copyright and the second on patents. The registration deadline for the Fall session, “Copyright and Fair Use,” is Sept. 11, 2014.

About Copyright and Fair Use: Over five weeks, students learn the basics about copyright law and how to apply fair use in their work, an essential skill for teaching as well as when writing theses, articles, and books. Participants who successfully complete this workshop will be able to accurately describe criteria for what is and is not protected, identify the exclusive rights of owners, explain how ownership is established, and articulate when the fair use exception is and is not applicable in a given situation. These workshops are open to all students, faculty, and staff.

About Patent Basics: In this five week section, students learn basic information about patents, knowledge which is especially relevant to those with careers in science, technology, engineering, and medical fields. Participants who successfully complete this workshop will be able to accurately describe criteria for what may be patented, explain patent holder rights, recognize and understand specialized patent documentation, and articulate the limitations associated with using the patents of others in their own research.

For more information please visit the workshop website:

Posted: 08/14/14
Curanderismo Collection

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.

Posted: 09/2/14
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 login, you first have to select University of Texas - Pan American from the institution drop down list; after that, use your UTPA username and password.