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 Chapter 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, http://www.lib.utexas.edu. 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 UTCAT, the online catalog, and UTNetCAT, the Web-based version of UTCAT. UTCAT 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 one hundred databases in disciplines from anthropology to zoology. It also offers research citations from more than seventy-five thousand journals, dating from 1770 to today; full-text articles in thousands of journals; and access to newspapers, news service sources, and other specialized full-text resources. Some General Libraries resources are created locally; others are purchased, licensed, or made available through special arrangements.

UT Library Online stations in all campus libraries allow access to these databases and to onsite networked CD-ROM 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-Castañeda Library, or in the lobby of the Undergraduate Library.

In addition to online stations located in public areas of all library units, stations are available by appointment in the Electronic Information Center in the Perry-Castañeda Library, PCL 2.200. This center and the Undergraduate Electronic Information Center, FAC 101B, are available only to users who have a University ID.

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-Castañeda Library. This six-level open stack library contains more than two and a half million books and is the main library of the University. It serves most subject fields but emphasizes the humanities; the social sciences; business; education; and South and East Asian, Middle Eastern, and Hebraic studies. Special materials include United States and United Nations official documents, current journals and newspapers, and a large collection of microforms.

Information for users is available in the lobby. Reference assistance is provided in the Reference and Information Services Department on the same level. Photocopiers, change machines, and copy card vending machines are located in several areas of the library.

Service units in the library include Circulation Services, Inter-Library Service, Reserves Services, Courtesy Borrower Services, and Library Copier Services. General Libraries administrative, facilities, information resources, and technical services units are also housed in the Perry-Castañeda 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 bibliographic and full-text resources.

Branch libraries and other units of the General Libraries. Branch libraries serve the research and teaching needs of several of the University's colleges, schools, and departments. Generally, these units are located near the students and faculty members they primarily serve, though they are open to the entire University community. Branch libraries include the Architecture and Planning, Chemistry, Classics, Engineering, Fine Arts, Geology, Life Science, and Physics-Mathematics-Astronomy libraries, the Balcones Library Service Center, and the Marine Science Library in Port Aransas. The Collections Deposit Library is a limited access facility for library materials that receive moderate use. Materials may be used in the library or borrowed directly if they are allowed to circulate. The Edie and Lew Wasserman Public Affairs Library serves students, faculty and staff members, and agencies of government. The collection contains government financial statements and annual reports and is a selective depository for US and Canadian government documents.

Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection. The Benson Collection, an international resource for research in Latin American studies, contains almost eight hundred thousand volumes of books, pamphlets, and journals in addition to manuscripts, maps, newspapers, and microfilms. It includes material on any subject related to Latin America or written by a Latin American, regardless of language.

The Benson Collection was initially endowed with the purchase in 1921 of the Genero García Library of some twenty-five thousand volumes and 250,000 pages of manuscripts related to Mexico. In 1937 the purchase of the García Icazbalceta Library added early post-Conquest manuscripts, maps, and books published in Mexico between 1544 and 1599. The Benson Collection has since grown to encompass collections from the Río de la Plata region, Central America, and Chile, Peru, and other countries in Latin America.

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 materials, and online databases documenting the cultural, economic, and political impact of the Latino population in the United States. Primary sources acquired through this program include the literary manuscripts of Rolando Hinojosa-Smith, the archives of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), and the personal and professional papers of professors George I. Sánchez and Julian Samora.

Guides, bibliographies, and finding aids, as well as multimedia resources related to the Benson Latin American Collection are available on the Web. These resources include "BiblioNoticias," a reference bibliography series published since 1990 by the Benson 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 Geográficas, and the Eleuterio Escobar Collection.

The Benson Collection is available to University and visiting scholars and students of Latin America.

Alexander Architectural Archive. Located within the Architecture and Planning Library, the Alexander Architectural Archive contains over two hundred thousand drawings as well as specifications, correspondence, contract documents, photographic materials, and objects documenting the architecture of Texas and the Southwest and the work of selected national and international architects such as Harwell Hamilton and Charles Moore. The material available in the archive encompasses all aspects of the design process. The archive is open by appointment only.

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