New policy improves security
At UT Arlington Libraries, we believe in providing a transformational learning experience for our students by offering quality resources, cutting-edge tools, and a safe, welcoming environment. We want the UTA community to feel secure in the library so they can focus on what matters—connecting with others, exploring the world of ideas, and creating new and innovative knowledge.
For years, UTA Libraries have required students and staff to swipe their MavIDs before entering Central Library between midnight and 7 a.m. Starting Sept. 15, the library will expand the existing program and begin using a card-swipe system similar to the one used at the Mavericks Activity Center. UTA students, faculty, and staff will swipe their MavID before entering and exiting Central Library. Visitors must show a government-issued photo ID and register at the desk before entering the library. For quick entry and exit, please have your MavID ready.
The new program is intended to deter would-be thieves and unauthorized persons as well as provide data about general patterns of building use. By analyzing times of peak operation, the library can better plan for the future needs of our students. Improving the student experience is a continual process for us and we welcome your feedback.
Garrett Lectures explore Manifest Destiny
Map enthusiasts and scholars will mark a trail to Dallas-Fort Worth Oct. 16-19 for the Ninth Biennial Virginia Garrett Lectures on the History of Cartography and Map Fair of the West hosted by UT Arlington Libraries Special Collections, the Texas Map Society, and the Rocky Mountain Map Society.
Scholars from Texas and Colorado will speak at the Garrett Lectures held at UTA’s Central Library on Oct. 16 and 17. This year’s theme, “The Price of Manifest Destiny: War and American Expansion, 1800-1865,” examines the impact of U.S. expansion as it was reflected in maps from the time of Thomas Jefferson to the end of the U.S. Civil War. The lectures also examine how maps reflect Mexico’s loss of territory after war with the U.S. and the intensified political problems resulting within the young Mexican republic.
The Garrett Lectures will feature an exhibit of about 100 rare 19th-century maps illustrating the conference’s theme. Highlights include U.S.-Mexico War battle maps hand-drawn by U.S. Army engineers and an 1819 map of Mexico, Louisiana, and Missouri Territory that labels Pike’s Peak for the first time in cartographic history. The Map Fair of the West at the Museum of Biblical Art in Dallas Oct. 18-19 is an extravagant shopping event for map collectors and the general public bringing in map dealers from around the U.S. and Europe.
The Map Fair will also feature lectures on how to care for and preserve antique maps as well as other topics. According to Gerald Saxon, president of the Texas Map Society, “This is the first year the Map Fair has come to the DFW area, giving people in Texas and the region an opportunity to talk with the finest map dealers in the world and to see and purchase rare and historically significant maps.”
For more information about the Garrett Lectures and the Map Fair, visit http://www.regonline.com/garrett-2014.
The Texas Map Society and the Rocky Mountain Map Society, two of the Fair’s co-sponsors, are nonprofit, member-based organizations dedicated to the study, understanding, preservation, restoration, and collection of historical maps. More information about the Texas Map Society can be found at http://www.texasmapsociety.org. Information about the Rocky Mountain Map Society is at http://rmmaps.org/.
Nursing librarians hold office hours in Pickard Hall
Librarians for the College of Nursing will again hold office hours in the Learning Resource Center at Pickard Hall Room 119. Students will find a librarian available on Mondays and Wednesdays from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., beginning August 25. For more information contact Peace Ossom Williamson at email@example.com.
Poster printing available in Architecture building
The Digital Media Studio (DMS) ceased operations August 12. Central Library’s FabLab, opening fall 2014, will include DMS services. Equipment like the plotter printers, 3D printer and 3D scanner will move to the first floor space. DMS computers and software will also become part of the FabLab. Until the FabLab opens, poster printing in the library will be unavailable. Faculty, staff, and students can still print posters on campus in the Architecture Building labs. For more information, contact FabLab@uta.edu.