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6.  Libraries and Other Academic Resources



The University of Texas Press

The University of Texas Press publishes about ninety new books and eleven journals annually. The Press specializes in a number of areas, including anthropology, Old and New World archaeology, art, architecture, classics, environmental studies, film and media studies, geography, language studies, literary modernism; Latin American/Latino/Mexican American/Middle Eastern/Native American studies; natural history and ornithology; regional books (Texas and the Southwest); and women's studies. Books have been published under the University of Texas imprint since 1922, though the press was not established as a publishing organization until 1950. The imprint is controlled by a faculty advisory committee appointed by the president.

KUT Radio

KUT Radio, established in 1958, is a 100,000-watt National Public Radio affiliate licensed to the University. Its mission is to produce and broadcast public radio programming that enhances the quality of life throughout its coverage area, informs listeners about significant issues facing society, entertains listeners with new insights into life experiences and relationships, serves the community through outreach programs and activities and support for community projects, and reflects credit on the University by exhibiting excellence in the performance of its activities.

Services include providing public radio service to Central and West Texas through KUT 90.5 FM in Austin and a satellite station, KUTX 90.1 FM, in San Angelo, and universally through its Web site,, as streaming audio. In addition, KUT produces and distributes nationally syndicated programs through its subsidiary, the Longhorn Radio Network, and its award-winning partner, Latino USA. KUT's Studio 1-A serves as a production facility for live showcases of local and international musical groups on its local programs Eklektikos and LiveSet. The flagship station, KUT 90.5 FM, is a charter member of National Public Radio and is certified by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting as a full-service station.

KUT Radio distributes both locally and nationally produced programming from its campus location. Radio facilities include three production studios and four control rooms, a broadcast control room/library complex, and a satellite operations center. Programs produced by KUT Radio have received numerous awards and are broadcast regularly by National Public Radio.

Academic Computing

Academic Computing ( supports the University's academic and research programs by providing an information-technology-based environment, technological capabilities, and staff to assist students, faculty and staff members, academic departments, and research centers with their learning, teaching, research, and outreach activities.

Academic Computing provides desktop computer facilities, information and timesharing server systems, printing services, technical support, help desk and consulting services, training programs, facilities management, computer security teams, software tools and sales, computer repair, satellite and cable TV services, standards and practices guidelines, and publications concerning information technology topics and news.

Desktop Computer Facilities

Student Microcomputer Facility. The Student Microcomputer Facility (SMF) is a 193-seat facility with Macintosh and Dell computers, scanners, laser printers, color printers, and software for text processing, graphics, spreadsheets, and mathematical and statistical applications. All computers have access to e-mail and Internet resources. Academic Computing also manages certain other desktop computer facilities on campus (

Server Systems and Services

Academic Computer maintains information servers for the World Wide Web, e-mail, mailing lists, USENET News, and Blackboard courses, as well as servers for general-purpose timesharing, file storage, and printing.

World Wide Web. The infrastructure for UT Austin Web Central at was established in 1993 and now averages a million requests a day.

University Mailbox Service. Anyone officially affiliated with the University may obtain a free e-mail address on the University Mailbox Service server,

Mailing Lists. The electronic mailing list server,, supports 1,800 forums for teaching, collaboration, and entertainment.

USENET News. The USENET News server,, hosts about 18,000 newsgroups that carry postings on thousands of topics, many specific to Texas, to Austin, and the University.

Blackboard Courses. The Blackboard server,, supports course Web sites for all UT courses.

Timesharing Server Systems. Academic Computing provides general-purpose timesharing systems running under Unix, NT, or Open VMS operating systems. These servers are used for Internet access, programming instruction, research, Web publishing, e-mail and calendaring services, databases, middleware for Web application development, file storage, and other academic purposes.

Printing. The Print Relay System (PRS) server enables remote printing at more than one hundred sites on campus, in offices, and in residence halls.

Technical Support

Academic Computing provides technical support for UT Austin, including consulting for computer systems and software, training programs, facilities management, software sales, security and policy services, computer repair, satellite and cable TV services, information technology publishing, and standards and practices guidelines.

Help Desk. Help Desk services are available by e-mail, by telephone, or on a walk-in basis. Staff members provide assistance with most computing questions and arrange appointments when necessary, either with expert systems consultants who specialize in UNIX, Windows NT, VMS, and desktop and networking systems, or with expert applications consultants who specialize in statistical, mathematical, database management, Web publishing, and desktop software applications, including thesis and dissertation templates.

Training Programs. Academic Computing offers computer training courses that vary in type, length and skill level on topics that include computer systems, e-mail, the Internet, Web publishing, the MS Office suite, databases, and statistical applications. There are lecture style and hands-on short courses lasting from one to three hours that are free to faculty, students, and staff. In-depth, half- or full-day hands-on courses are offered in conjunction with the Division of Continuing and Extended Education at the Thompson Conference Center for a nominal fee. Online handouts and tutorials are also available. Special learning opportunities for faculty include technology seminars cosponsored by the Center for Teaching Effectiveness and a week-long intensive program sponsored by the Center for Instructional Technologies.

Departmental Services. The Departmental Services team provides computing support and management services for desktop computers and servers in computing facilities and departmental networks. This area manages the Student Microcomputer Facility as well as some departmental labs. Departmental Services offers a broad range of extended support contracts directly to colleges, departments, and business units. Staff can set up and administer a local computer support center in any site on the UT campus. These centers can manage all aspects of information technology, including consulting, staff training, and server administration. Academic Computing also offers student laboratory management contracts, including agreements for hiring, training, and maintaining student labs. Staff members are available for periodic technical support, server administration, software installations, virus checks, and other services.

Software Distribution Services. Software Distribution Services provides software bundles at reduced prices to departments, faculty, staff, and students. Eligibility to purchase software depends on the restrictions of each software license agreement. Software includes SAS, SPSS, and others, such as UT Connect, a suite of Internet access and application software preconfigured for UT Austin, including browsers, e-mail programs, newsreaders, Telnet and file transfer software, and utilities for printing, terminal emulation, and antivirus protection throughout the year. Through a UT System agreement, Microsoft software is available at greatly reduced prices from the Campus Computer Store.

Security and Policy Office. By performing security investigations and analyses, developing sound IT policies, promoting security awareness and education, and providing guidance to security issues surrounding the use of the University's information technology resources, the Security and Policy Office helps assure a safe computing environment and a secure atmosphere where the University community can teach, learn, conduct research, and reach out to the world.

Computer Repair, CATV, and Satellite Services. Academic Computing provides hardware maintenance and repair services, as well as cable TV and teleconferencing or satellite downlink/uplink services, for University departments and other academic units.

Communication ServicesAcademic Computing publishes hundreds of documents online and in print to help students, faculty members, and staff members use campus computing and information technology services.

Providers of Related Services

Telecommunication and Internet Services Telecommunication and Internet Services (TIS) provides reliable and ubiquitous telephone, video, cabling, building security, and networking services. The ResNet system brings direct Ethernet connections to UT Austin residence hall dorm rooms and labs. Telesys Dial-Up service enables local connections by moden to UTnet, UT's system of networks, equipment, and software that connects campus computers to each other and to the world. The University is also connected to the Internet2 national backbone.

Instructional Technology Services The Center for Instructional Technologies (CIT) offers services and facilities that promote, support, and integrate digital technologies in learning, teaching, and research. The CIT is a faculty resource for assistance with information analysis and Web design, interface design, instructional design, project management, multimedia tools and production techniques, Web course development tools and training, workshops, and seminars. CIT staff members also offer semester-long credit courses in interactive media, digital methods, multimedia production, and visual design for digital media.

High Performance Computing Services. The Advanced Computing Center for Engineering & Science (ACCES) provides advanced scientific and technical computing services to faculty, staff, and students at the University. To promote the advance of computational science, ACCES makes supercomputing resources available to the nation's academic research community in the form of vector parallel supercomputers, scalable parallel multicomputers, scientivic visualization systems, data-caching files servers, and data archival file servers as a member of the National Partnership for Advanced Computational Infrastructure, sponsored by the Advanced Computational Infrastructure and Research division of the National Science Foundation. ACCES is a member of the Coalition of Academic Supercomputing Centers (CASC).

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Chapter 3 - Registration, Fees, and Deposits
Chapter 4 - Academic Policies and Procedures
Chapter 5 - Student Affairs
Chapter 6 - Libraries and Other Academic Resources
Chapter 7 - The Texas Exes
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