skip to content
UT Austin
General Info 02-03


The University


Registration, Fees, and Deposits

Academic Policies and Procedures

Student Affairs

Libraries and Other Academic Resources

The Texas Exes





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 and Public Radio International 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 and 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.

Computing Resources

Information Technology Services

UT Austin students, faculty, and staff have access to a vast and constantly evolving array of centralized and distributed information and communications systems in support of instruction, scholarship, public service, and the administration and operation of the University. Information Technology Services (ITS) is the central organization that provides UT Austin's core computing, communications, and information processing infrastructure, as well as a diverse set of services and support programs.

Access to information technology services is governed by University policies and Texas law. All students, faculty, staff, and other users are responsible for knowing and abiding by these regulations, published at To fulfill its mission, ITS management meets regularly with several advisory committees of students, faculty, and staff.

Although ITS is the largest provider of information technology resources at UT Austin, schools, colleges, and departments also offer significant services. For an extensive list of information technology services, visit


Student Microcomputer Facility. The Student Microcomputer Facility (SMF), located in the Flawn Academic Center (FAC), is a large computer lab 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.

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 individual referrals when necessary, either with expert systems consultants who specialize in Unix, Windows NT, and desktop and networking systems, or with expert applications consultants who specialize in statistical, mathematical, and desktop software applications, database management, Web publishing, and thesis and dissertation templates.

Campus Computer Store. The Campus Computer Store is UT Austin's headquarters for desktop and laptop computers, personal digital assistants, printers and other peripherals, software, and supplies--all at special academic prices. The store also distributes the Microsoft software covered under UT's multi-year Campus Enterprise Agreement, which enables students, faculty, staff, and departments to obtain Microsoft Office, Microsoft Windows upgrades, and other titles for the cost of the media (CDs) only.

ID Center. The ID Center is responsible for creating ID cards and high-assurance electronic identities (UT EID) for students, faculty, and staff. A UT EID is the electronic identifier that permits access to UT Austin's secure information technology resources and provides convenience and security for all electronic University transactions.


CATV and Satellite Services. ITS provides both broadcast and interactive programming on the UT Austin campus in support of instructional, research, and administrative programs.

Computer Repair. ITS provides hardware maintenance and repair services for University departments and other academic units.

Course Management Systems. ITS provides infrastructure and consulting support for Blackboard and WebCT, two of the course management software products currently available at UT Austin. These online collaboration tools are used by instructors and students for hundreds of UT Austin courses.

Disk Storage. ITS provides disk storage for personal Web publishing and file storage on a variety of systems. A standard allocation is provided at no charge to all students.

E-Mail. Anyone officially affiliated with the University may obtain a free e-mail address on the University Mailbox Service server,, by registering. Anyone with a University EID may use Webmail, to access both University and off-campus e-mail servers using a Web browser. For more information about using Webmail, visit

IF Account. An Individually Funded (IF) account allows students, faculty, and staff to access campus computer labs and printers, to subscribe to UT Internet dial-up services (Telesys), and to pay for disk storage above the standard allocation. Establish an IF account online at

Information Security Office (ISO). The ISO performs security investigation and analysis, develops sound information technology policies, promotes security awareness and education, and provides security information relating to UT Austin's information technology resources. The ISO also investigates computer account abuse complaints for students, faculty, and staff.

Internet Access. Resnet is the campus residential network that provides an Internet connection from an Ethernet port in University-owned residence halls. Telesys is a high-speed modem system that provides dial-up access to the Internet and that allows full off-campus access to University computing resources. Wireless public access to UTnet, the campus network, is now available in many buildings and common areas across campus.

IT Documentation. ITS publishes documentation and FAQs to help students, faculty, and staff use ITS-supported services and software.

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

Messaging and Calendaring. ITS operates a Microsoft Exchange messaging and calendaring service to meet the advanced communication and collaboration needs of the UT Austin community.

Printing. The Print Relay System (PRS) server enables remote printing at more than one hundred sites on campus, including computer labs, offices, and residence halls. IF accounts are required to use the PRS.

Software Distribution and Sales. Software Distribution and Sales provides software bundles at reduced prices to departments, students, faculty, and staff. Eligibility to purchase software depends on the restrictions of each software license agreement. Also offered is BevoWare, a suite of Internet access and application software preconfigured for UT Austin, including browsers, e-mail programs, firewall, secure shell and file transfer software, and antivirus protection.

Telephone Services. ITS provides telephone and voice-related services for campus, operating the main campus telephone switching system and offering telephone services for students, faculty, and staff living in official UT Austin residence halls and cooperative houses, including long distance, voice mail, and caller ID.

Timesharing Server Systems. ITS provides general-purpose timesharing systems running under Unix or Windows 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.

Training Programs. ITS offers computer training courses on topics including Web publishing, the MS Office Suite, databases, and statistical applications. Lecture-style and hands-on short courses are free to students, faculty, and staff. Fee-based, in-depth courses are offered in conjunction with the Division of Continuing and Extended Education at the Thompson Conference Center. Online handouts and tutorials are also available. Special learning opportunities for faculty include technology seminars cosponsored by the Center for Teaching Effectiveness.

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

UT Direct. UT Direct is a personalized, customizable Web interface to the University of Texas at Austin that enables students, faculty, and staff with a valid UT EID to access individual information regarding their finances, status of library materials, registration, classes, and campus events.

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

Technical Support

In addition to those services provided by the Help Desk, which is described above, the following support is offered.

On-Site Support. On-Site Support provides computing support and management services for desktop computers and servers in computing facilities and departmental networks. On-Site Support 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 Austin campus. These centers can manage all aspects of information technology, including consulting, staff training, and server administration. ITS also offers student laboratory management contracts, including agreements for hiring, training, and maintaining student laboratories. Staff members are also available for periodic technical support, software installations, virus checks, and one-time or short-term support.

Other Providers of Information Technology Resources

Center for Instructional Technologies. The Center for Instructional Technologies (CIT), a unit of the Division of Instructional Innovation and Assessment, offers services and lab facilities that promote, support, and integrate digital technologies in learning, teaching, and research. CIT is a faculty resource for assistance with Web courseware development tools, and provides consulting, online resources, and training workshops in information analysis and Web design, interface design, instructional design, project management, multimedia tools, and production techniques. It administrates the ~FAST Tex program, matching faculty and tech-savvy students to create project development teams, and researches and develops projects based on promising emerging technologies. CIT staff members also offer semester-long credit courses in interactive media, digital methods, multimedia production, and visual design for digital media.

Texas Advanced Computing Center. The Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) provides high performance computing (HPC), scientific visualization, and massive data storage/archival systems to enhance the research capabilities of UT Austin faculty, staff, and students. TACC provides support services to assist researchers in using these systems most effectively. Through regional and national partnerships, including the National Partnership for Advanced Computational Infrastructure (NPACI), these resources and services are also available to other researchers in Texas and across the nation. TACC staff also engage in research activities to develop new computational technologies and techniques that will further enhance the capabilities of TACC resources and of the computational researchers using these systems.


Top of File     

Previous File in Chapter 6 | Next File in Chapter 6



General Information
Chapter 1 - The University
Chapter 2 - Admission
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
Statistical Summaries

Related Information
Course Schedules
Academic Calendars
Office of Admissions

Office of the Registrar
University of Texas at Austin

19 August 2002. Registrar's Web Team

Send comments to Official Publications