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Grand Opening Exhibit: The Alamo in Second Life

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Second Life Grand Opening and Exhibit

The Alamo:

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

4:30 pm – 6:30 pm (CDT)

The Alamo in Second Life Note: attendees will need a Second Life avatar. Get an avatar at or help at

Link to teleport to the Alamo at UT Arlington:

The Grand Opening celebration will include a live vocal performance from 5:00-6:00 pm by Jean Munro 

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May 2nd, 2011 at 4:27 pm

Friends meeting photos online at Star-Telegram

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Photos from the UT Arlington Library events are posted regularly to the Click! pages at the Star-Telegram. They typically appear in the Arlington Star-Telegram in print, but online they are visible to anyone anywhere.

If you wish to download a photo, open the link for the photo(s) you’re interested in, then right click your mouse and “save as” to your prefered file. This will be the full size photo that I sent to the paper and can be used for making a photo print at any camera store, etc.

These photos have been submitted under the Star-Telegram’s guidelines, and are theirs to use. In addition to downloading for free, they offer a way to email the link, and provide the html code for embedding any of these images in your web site. Finally, they offer a service to sell prints of these photos.

Though there is a link to purchase photos (on a yellow button) under each photo, that method doesn’t work. To find photos to purchase, go to the Star-Telegram front page and scroll to the  footer where there is a line for Photo Galleries. You’ll see a link for “Photo Store,” and these photos are arranged by the day they ran in the paper (not the date of the event).

The last set of Friends of the Library photos were published in the Arlington paper on January 14, so view the thumbnails to find which photos they offer for sale. Not all of ours from the Click! page are sold, so check both places, and print your own if it isn’t sold by the paper. (The photo above I linked to from the Click! page doesn’t appear to be for sale–possibly because it was cropped to remove a lot of uninteresting wall in the photo. The digital file may be smaller than they can use for all of the sizes they offer).

Finally, if there are any of these photos that you would like a full-size digital copy of, cropped or uncropped, email me at and I will send it to you electroncially.

NOTE: The Star-Telegram changed the software they use for displaying “Click!” photos and the old ones are no longer searchable. The new ones are pretty hard to find – this photographer hopes they settle on a better system one day soon. – Dec. 1, 2013

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January 14th, 2011 at 5:24 pm

Library-News newsletter sent

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Front of Central LibraryThough it is infrequent during the summer, the Library-News newsletter comes out several times during the fall and spring semesters, taking the place of the old paper copies of News You Can Use (RIP). That one began in the late 1990s and died an unattractive death around 2005 when we realized that mailroom clerks weren’t putting it in the boxes of our intended audience (faculty and GTAs).

Today I send notices electronically, often through MavWire, and I can’t believe all of the energy I put into distributing several thousand of those news sheets around campus. Now it has more news and images and is delivered to your email with no fuss about finding campus mail labels and manila envelopes. Or a typewriter with a good ribbon. Yup. Even used one of those on some of the mailing labels. Times have changed!

This link will take you to the subscription page for Library-News.

This link will take you to the web version of Library-News.

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July 20th, 2010 at 10:50 pm

Exhibit and Tour information: Special Collections

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Special Collection's Summer 2010 exhibit: For All Workers

A tour of this exhibit is scheduled for Thursday, July 1, at 1pm in Special Collections, on the sixth floor of the Central Library.

The University of Texas at Arlington Library Special Collections’ summer exhibit is “For All Workers: The Legacy of the Texas Labor Movement, 1838-2010.” This exhibit features the personal papers of labor and political activist John “J.W.” Jackson, as well as numerous items from the Texas Labor Archives at UT Arlington.

Inspired by J.W. Jackson’s generous donations of labor archive records and personal papers, it explains what labor unions are and why they are important, shows the importance of the labor movement as seen through the life of J.W. Jackson, and concludes with accounts of labor events that have impacted Texas history. The labor movement, a little-known aspect of Texas history, is nevertheless inextricably intertwined with the legacy of what it means to be a Texan, shaping the makeup of who we as a state are today.

“For All Workers: The Legacy of the Texas Labor Movement, 1838-2010″ is open from May 17 through August 7 in the Special Collections Library, located on the 6th floor of UT Arlington’s Central Library. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Summer hours are 9am – 5pm Monday through Saturday. Call 817-272-7511 for more information.

702 Planetarium Place
Arlington, Texas 76019-0497
Map to the Libraries

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June 14th, 2010 at 5:32 pm

New Library Blog – Share Ideas from Conferences

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Sharing the Genius: Library Conference Blog

A place for sharing what we’ve learned at conferences.

The most recent entry is at and reports on the Inovative Learning Online conference.

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June 10th, 2010 at 2:25 pm

Library-News e-newsletter posted

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Central Library third floor renovations have begun.

The latest Library-News has hit the stands! Included is information about this summer’s construction work in the Central Library third floor and the latest exhibit hosted in Special Collections.

May 25, 2010 Library-News.

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May 24th, 2010 at 4:46 pm

ResearchCommons named, open for business

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The University of Texas at Arlington Library is pleased to announce the establishment of the University of Texas at Arlington ResearchCommons, a repository to house electronic versions of important university research, primarily (but not exclusively) in the sciences. This will include papers, books, images, recordings, and other data. This ResearchCommons is easily available to all university users and the public.

A commons is an Old World term referring to a space that is publically owned and available for use by all for the public good. In these days of heightened copyright awareness and expensive access to scholarly publications, it was important to the Library and to other university departments and administrators that the work of our talented faculty and student body be retained locally and available for use by the community as well as the campus.

If you have visited campus to listen to a Focus on Faculty lecture about nano-engineering, astrophysics, pain control research, the mechanics of race car engines, particle colliders, linguistic research, the lives of scientists and mathematicians, the smart hospital on campus, AIDS research, or many other topies, or have met one of dozens of academic authors who are tops in their fields, you may be interested to read about their work as well.

UT Arlington is one of 18 Texas universities that have established stable and secure digital environments in which scholars may deposit their completed work. Early UT Arlington adopters to establish communities in the ResearchCommons include the Department of Linguistics and TESOL (Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages), Psychology, Mathematics, Architecture, and the Library.

Curious to see what’s in there? Visit and take it for a spin. Kick the tires, open a few doors and take a look around. It’s yours to read and use and enjoy.


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November 4th, 2009 at 2:06 pm

Everything is Interrelated – Special Collections fall exhibit

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This Special Collections fall exhibit was mounted in conjunction with the October Texas Map Society meeting.

United States President Thomas Jefferson once called Berlin-born Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) “the most important scientist whom I have met.” Humboldt was the most internationally recognized scientist and explorer of his time. The University of Texas at Arlington Library Special Collections commemorates the 150th anniversary of the death of Alexander von Humboldt, by celebrating this remarkable man whose influence dominated United States’ exploration and cartography for more than half a century between the time of the Lewis and Clark Expedition and the American Civil War.

This exhibit, drawn from UT Arlington Library’s Special Collections, Southern Methodist University’s DeGolyer Library, and other collections, focuses not only upon many of Humboldt’s own major publications, but also examines original works by 19th-century German authors, cartographers, artists, and printmakers who depicted the American Southwest, Mexico, and Texas for evidence of direct connections with Humboldt and/or his ideas.

Special Collections is on the sixth floor of Central Library, 702 Planetarium Place, Arlington, Texas. Hours are Monday 9am to 7pm and Tuesday through Saturday 9am to 5pm. Directions to the library.

For more information, contact Erin O’Malley at 817-272-2179 or

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October 8th, 2009 at 8:54 am

UTA Library YouTube channel

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There are several new short videos put together by UT Arlington librarians addressing topical library issues.


You can also find the library on Facebook.

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September 8th, 2009 at 2:42 pm

World of LibraryCraft very well received

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Tuesday’s Library fair, the World of LibraryCraft, was designed to give incoming students a look at many of the services and opportunities available in the library. Read the writeup in today’s Shorthorn:

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August 26th, 2009 at 5:02 pm