6. Libraries and Other Academic Resources
The University Libraries
The libraries of the University, the fifth largest academic library in North America, include the General Libraries, the Center for American History, the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, and the Jamail Center for Legal Research: The Tarlton Law Library. Library units are open and information services are available to the University community and to visitors, including students and faculty members from other institutions.
The General Libraries
Online resources. The primary means of access to online information available through University library units is UT Library Online. This digital library is accessed millions of times a month by users in more than one hundred countries. UT Library Online provides entry to both the physical and the online collections of the University's libraries.
Bibliographic information on the resources of the General Libraries is available in all library units and on UT Library Online by remote access through UTNetCAT. UTNetCAT lists most items in the Center for American History and the Humanities Research Center and includes some listings for the Jamail Center for Legal Research: The Tarlton Law Library.
UT Library Online provides access to more than two hundred databases; research citations from more than 75,000 journals; full-texts of millions of journal articles and thousands of books; and access to newspapers, news service sources, and other specialized full-text resources.
UT Library Online stations in all campus libraries allow access to these databases. Each station is connected to a laser printer that requires a copy card to use. Copy cards may be purchased in Library Copier Services or from vending machines in the Perry-Castaneda Library, the lobby of the Undergraduate Library, or in branch libraries.
In addition to online stations located in public areas of all library units, stations are available in the Electronic Information Center in the Perry-Castaneda Library, PCL 2.200. This center, the Undergraduate Library Electronic Information Center, FAC 101B, and the Science and Technology Electronic Information Center, ECJ 1.300, are available only to users who have a University individually funded computer account.
Online services. Through UT Library Online, users may submit suggestions for materials to be purchased, receive online answers to short reference questions, renew and recall materials, and initiate interlibrary loan requests.
Electronic information classes. The General Libraries provides free classes each semester on topics such as UTNetCAT, Internet searching, and the use of specific online information resources. Some classes are lecture-demonstrations; others allow hands-on use of equipment and resources.
Perry-Castaneda Library. This six-level open stack library contains three million volumes and provides access to extensive online information resources and the Internet on workstations concentrated on the entry level in the 21st-Century Study area and in the Electronic Information Center and main reference area. This main library of the University serves most subject fields with emphasis on the humanities, the social sciences, business, education, nursing, social work and European and East European, Asian, Middle Eastern, Hebraic, and Judaic studies. Special materials include United States and United Nations official documents, current journals and newspapers, and a large collection of research materials in microform.
Information for users is available in the lobby. Reference assistance is provided in the main reference room on the same level, by referral to or appointment with subject experts, and through electronic reference services. Photocopiers, networked printers, change machines, and copy card vending machines are located in several areas of the library. The library is open twenty-four hours Sunday through Friday when classes are in session.
Service units in the library include Circulation and Reserves Services, Periodicals and Microforms, Courtesy Borrower Services, Library Copier Services, and Inter-Library Service. General Libraries administrative, facilities, information resources, and technical services units are also housed in the Perry-Castaneda Library.
Undergraduate Library. This basic resource library, located in the Flawn Academic Center, is designed to serve undergraduate students, especially those at the lower-division level. Introductory material in many fields is available in an open-shelf collection. Special emphasis is given to providing undergraduates with the skills they need to use online research tools. The library is open twenty-four hours a day on most days when classes are in session.
Materials placed on reserve by faculty members are available at the Circulation/Reserves desk on the entrance level. The Audio Visual Library, with materials in all audiovisual formats, has more than two hundred individual listening/viewing stations as well as group viewing facilities. The Electronic Information Center, available to any member of the University community, is located on the entrance level. The center provides access to an extensive collection of online information resources, the Internet, and e-mail. One-on-one research and reference assistance is available both in the Electronic Information Center and at the Information Desk, also located on the entrance level.
Branch libraries and other units of the General Libraries. Branch libraries serve the teaching and research needs of several colleges, schools, and departments. These libraries offer a full range of services including reference, circulation, reserves, and instruction to the entire University community. Included among these libraries are the Architecture and Planning Library and its Alexander Architectural Archive with materials documenting the architecture of Texas and the Southwest and encompassing all aspects of the design process; the Classics Library; and the Fine Arts Library, with art, music, theatre, and dance materials.
The seven science branch libraries include the Mallet Chemistry Library, the McKinney Engineering Library, the Walter Geology Library, the Life Science Library, and the Physics-Mathematics-Astronomy Library. These libraries offer access to the Science-Technology Electronic Information Center housed in the McKinney Engineering Library. The Marine Science Library is located at the Marine Science Institute in Port Aransas and the Balcones Library Service Center is on the Pickle Research Campus in Austin.
The Edie and Lew Wasserman Public Affairs Library, located in the LBJ School of Public Affairs, provides information resources on the creation, implementation, and evaluation of public policy, and is an official depository for U S, Texas, and Canadian government documents. The library's Web site provides access to the LBJ School Publications Series and Masters' Professional Reports.
The Collections Deposit Library is a limited access facility for library materials that receive moderate use.
Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection. The Benson Collection, an international resource for research in Latin American studies, acquires and provides access to materials on Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and the Hispanic presence in the United States. It contains almost eight hundred thousand volumes of books, pamphlets, and journals in addition to manuscripts, maps, newspapers, and microfilms.
The nucleus of the Benson Collection was the purchase in 1921 of the Genero Garcia Library of some twenty-five thousand volumes and 250,000 pages of manuscripts related to Mexico. In 1937 the purchase of the Garcia Icazbalceta Library added early post-Conquest manuscripts, maps, and books published in Mexico between 1544 and 1599. A comprehensive collecting policy is now in effect for all of Latin America. Intensive and sustained acquisitions--with special focus on Mexico, Brazil, and the countries of the Rio de la Plata--have broadened its collections with current publications and essential retrospective materials from all parts of the world, in any language, and dating from the fifteenth century to the present. The Benson Collection also contains holdings related to parts of the United States when they formed part of the Spanish Empire or Mexico, and the United States-Mexico borderlands.
The Mexican American Library Program at the Benson Collection was created in 1974 to strengthen and develop Mexican American and Latino materials and research sources at the University. Resources include archives, printed and audiovisual materials, and online databases documenting the cultural, economic, and political impact of the Latino population in the United States.
Guides, bibliographies, and finding aids, as well as multimedia resources related to the Benson Collection, are available on the Web. Those resources include BiblioNoticias, a bibliography series published since 1979 by the Collection; finding aids to the LULAC archives; to the Mexican Archives Collections; and to the Collection of Robert J. Mullen containing an inventory of notes and photographs of architecture in the city and state of Oaxaca. The Web site also offers exhibits on conjunto music, the Relaciones Geograficas, and the Eleuterio Escobar Collection.
The Benson Collection, established in 1926, is named in honor of Dr. Nettie Lee Benson, its head librarian, 1942-1975, who was an indefatigable historian, librarian, and teacher. The resources of the Collection are available to the University community, to visiting scholars and students of Latin America, and to the general public.
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