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Pancho Villa comic book cover

¡Viva México! A Comic Book History of Mexico

More widely read in Mexico than any other form of cheap print, comics provide a window into the archetypes, stories, and cultural scripts that influenced generations of readers, rich and poor. A new exhibit, ¡Viva México! A Comic Book History of Mexico opening March 16 in Special Collections, explores the spectacular rise of comic books in twentieth-century Mexico and how the government and commercial publishers have used comics to promote nationalism.
The Golden Age of the Mexican comic book, known in Spanish as historietas, began in the 1930s with the publication of comic book digests that serialized U.S. strips like Superman, Dick Tracy, and Betty Boop, combining them with strips by Mexican creators. This exhibit celebrates the artistry, invention and diversity of the Golden Age of Mexican comic books. Here, through these humble comics, are the heroes and villains, the triumphs and the tragedies, and the cultural icons that have defined modern Mexico.

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The exhibit is free and open to all.


Exhibit Dates: 
Monday, March 16, 2015 to Sunday, August 9, 2015
A group of African-American Texans on Juneteenth

Juneteenth in Texas: 150 Years of Freedom

This exhibit, co-sponsored by the UT Arlington Libraries, UT Arlington History Department, and Center for Greater Southwestern Studies, will feature over 60 photographs from across the state. The exhibit explores issues that deal with African-American—Texas African-Americans in particular—from Emancipation to the Civil Rights era.

Coinciding with this exhibit, Saturday, March 28, the UT Arlington History Department and Center for Greater Southwestern Studies hosted a half-day workshop for the general public and secondary school teachers designed to explore the origins and impact of the Juneteenth celebrations. It featured two speakers, Shennette Garrett-Scott, University of Mississippi, and Elizabeth Hays-Turner, University of North Texas, both of whom are authorities on the African-American experience. The presentations was followed by a teachers' workshop led by Robert Edison, of the Barack Obama Leadership Academy, Dallas Independent School District.

The exhibit will be on display in Central Library's sixth floor parlor through summer 2015. The exhibit is free and open to all.


Exhibit Dates: 
Saturday, March 28, 2015 to Sunday, August 9, 2015
Cemetary at site of Berachah Home on the UTA campus.
Berachah Home Online Exhibit

In an often overlooked corner of the UT Arlington campus lies a graveyard. Its flat stones are all that remain of a 67-acre complex known as the Berachah Industrial Home for the Redemption of Erring Girls. Now, UT Arlington Libraries is highlighting this piece of local history with an online pilot project of 18 digital images.

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mantarobot - new telepresence robot at UTA Libraries
Ambassadors take robots to campus groups

UTA Libraries is launching a new service to help faculty members and campus organizations use telepresence robots outside the library.

Robot Ambassadors—library staff members—will provide training and assistance before a scheduled event, troubleshoot technical issues, and usher the robot to and from the event. Robots may be checked out for three hours at a time.

To reserve a robot or find out more, contact the Robot Ambassadors at robots@uta.edu

Learn more about the library's robots.

Arduino controller board
Arduinos available in FabLab

The UTA FabLab offers patrons tools to bring an idea into reality. Now the FabLab is offering open source computers and electronics which allow patrons to interact with the digital world.

Sony digital recorder
Library offers digital recorders

Students can now borrow digital recorders for use in class or as part of a project.

Two Sony digital recorders can be checked out for four-hour periods. The devices are available at the technology lending station on the first floor of the Central Library. 

President Theodore Roosevelt's visit to Fort Worth April 8, 1905.
UTA Libraries makes hundreds of images available online

In April 1905, President Theodore Roosevelt traveled to Fort Worth by special train amid great excitement and anticipation. People thronged his public events, which included a parade, speech, and tree planting ceremony at the Carnegie Library. Fort Worth photographer C.L. Swartz captured the day’s celebrations and cheering crowds on film. Now, 110 years later, we can see what he saw.

Swartz’s photos are among hundreds of images held by UT Arlington Libraries that are available online for the first time.

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Ruthie Brock
Librarian looks back at 40 years

When business librarian Ruthie Brock joined UT Arlington in 1975, people could smoke in the library, student congress wanted more typewriters available, and books ruled. Since that time, Brock has witnessed the expansion of the UTA Libraries, the growth of UTA, and the implementation of new technologies that changed how libraries operate.