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Banned Books Week #RebelReader

Your words have the power to fight censorship! Tweet any of the action items listed in the image using the hashtag #RebelReader during Banned Books Week (September 24-30) for a chance to win an array of literary prizes.

Join UTA Libraries in our support of intellectual freedom. Include #utalibraries so we can all join the conversation together!

For more information, Contact:
C.D. Walter
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How to help Hurricane Harvey evacuees

UTA Libraries coordinate efforts to distribute books and blankets to Hurricane Harvey evacuees

The Texas library family is strong, so when UTA Libraries heard that hundreds of Hurricane Harvey evacuees were coming to Dallas, caring colleagues initiated a library community effort to collect books and make blankets for those in need.

“We want to use our strengths as a library to provide ways for the campus and the DFW community to help our neighbors,” Dean of Libraries Rebecca Bichel said. “By coordinating with other area libraries, we can make a much greater impact.” 

The Libraries’ FabLab will host drop-in learning workshops where the UTA community can make no-sew blankets for pets or people. September workshop times are Tuesdays and Fridays at 1 p.m., and Thursdays at noon. 

“Students are seeing this devastation in an area they may be familiar with, may even be from,” Gretchen Trkay, department head of Experiential Learning & Undergraduate Research, said. “We want to give students the opportunity to contribute.”

Materials and assembly assistance are provided at the FabLab. The Bedford and Kennedale public libraries are also planning blanket-making sessions, and we hope others will follow. Finished blankets will be distributed to local shelters housing evacuees. 

Entertainment options are limited for evacuees, so UTA Libraries is also collecting gently used books and board games for the shelters. All three libraries on campus will have collection boxes.
Public libraries participating in this book and game collection effort include Bedford and Mansfield. Several other local public library systems have donated books and pledged their support. A complete list of book donation boxes and blanket-making opportunities can be seen at Texas Strong: DFW Libraries for Harvey Relief (

For more information, Contact:
Dean of Libraries Rebecca Bichel
"Central Library now open around the clock. 24 hours a day 7 days a week"
UTA Libraries now open around the clock

UTA Libraries now open around the clock

The Central Library began staying open 24/7 on the first day of the Fall semester. Previously, it was open 24/5.
Various user studies conducted by the Libraries indicated that many students desire 24/7 accessibility to the Central Library. Many months of planning and preparation later, it is finally here. You talked; we listened.

This does not apply to holidays, such as the upcoming Labor Day holiday on Monday, September 4. The Central Library will close Sunday night at midnight, then reopen at 9 a.m. Monday morning and will remain open 24 hours the rest of the week. 

See Library Hours for more information about special hours during holidays and semester breaks.

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Related Image from Fort Worth Star-Telegram Collection, "Fort Bliss cavalrymen."

UTA Libraries awarded $25,000 TexTreasures grant to digitize World War II photo negatives.

10 August 2017 PRESS RELEASE

UTA Libraries will scan 15,000 negatives from its Fort Worth Star-Telegram Photographic Collection thanks to a $25,000 TexTreasures grant awarded by the Texas State Library & Archives Commission.

The project continues an effort started last year to digitize negatives documenting the transformation of Fort Worth during World War II. The images, most of which were never published, show young men crowding military recruiting stations, women selling war bonds, and the construction of Liberator Village which housed workers building B-24 “Liberator” bomber planes. Approximately 500 newly scanned images are added to the UTA Libraries Digital Gallery weekly. (

“These images are a valuable aid to understanding how Texans responded to World War II,” said Dean of Libraries Rebecca Bichel. “We appreciate the Texas State Library and Archives Commission’s support in helping us provide access to this unique collection.”

This project is made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act. TSLAC awards competitive grants annually, as funding allows. The TexTreasures grant provides assistance and encouragement to libraries to provide access to their special or unique collections and to make information about those collections available to library users across the state.

UTA Libraries Special Collections focuses on the history of Texas, Mexico, and the Southwest, and owns one of the world’s finest collection of cartography relating to Texas and the Gulf of Mexico. The Libraries recently completed an NEH-funded $800,000 cold storage vault to help preserve approximately 5 million photographic negatives.


The University of Texas at Arlington is a Carnegie Research-1 “highest research activity” institution. With a projected global enrollment of close to 57,000 in AY 2016-17, UTA is the largest institution in The University of Texas System. Guided by its Strategic Plan Bold Solutions | Global Impact, UTA fosters interdisciplinary research within four broad themes: health and the human condition, sustainable urban communities, global environmental impact, and data-driven discovery. UTA was recently cited by U.S. News & World Report as having the second lowest average student debt among U.S. universities. U.S. News & World Report also ranks UTA fifth in the nation for undergraduate diversity. The University is a Hispanic-Serving Institution and is ranked as the top four-year college in Texas for veterans on Military Times’ 2017 Best for Vets list.


Formed in 1909, TSLAC is committed to giving Texans access to information and programs they can use to improve their lives and communities. It provides historical and genealogical search assistance, federal and state government documents, electronic research and library services to all Texans, including those who are unable to read standard print material because of physical or reading disabilities. For more information, visit

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UTA Libraries awarded grant to test maker literacies program

UTA Libraries awarded grant to test maker literacies program

Martin Wallace, Maker Literacies and Engineering Librarian at the University of Texas at Arlington Libraries, was awarded a $49,800 National Leadership Grant for Libraries from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Partners in the award are Gretchen Trkay and Katie Musick Peery of UTA Libraries, Tara Radniecky of University of Nevada-Reno, and Kathryn Pole, UTA. Wallace and his team will use the one-year grant to identify and collaborate with three pilot sites to test the effectiveness of early-stage maker-based competencies, previously developed by a UTA task force, on undergraduate learning.

Makerspaces are defined as a community-operated work space where people with common interests in computers, machines, technology, science, digital art and other areas, meet, socialize and collaborate on projects. By offering makerspaces and maker activities, academic libraries provide students with experiential learning opportunities that cut across subject areas and encourage collaboration, adaptability, and creativity; however, few practical tools exist for educators to measure student learning that results from making. Creating a set of maker-based competencies will help librarians and educators understand and assess the relevance of maker activities to academic learning goals.
“The goals for this planning grant are to identify three additional partners who will agree to integrate and pilot test our maker literacies program at their institutions and to conduct a pilot run of the program over the 2017-2018 academic year,” Wallace said. “Accomplishing these goals will allow us to refine our early-stage set of maker competencies and apply for an IMLS Project Grant that will further expand the Maker Literacies Program.”

National Leadership Grants for Libraries support projects that address challenges faced by the library and archive fields and that have the potential to advance library and archival practice with new tools, research findings, models, services, or alliances that can be widely replicated. More than $23 million was requested, and $5,479,503 was awarded for 25 projects. 

“This grant will support the development of competencies that can influence relationships between academic libraries and departments across the country,” Rebecca Bichel, dean of UTA Libraries, said. “We are pleased that IMLS supports UTA’s efforts and we look forward to working with the University of Nevada-Reno and our other partners on this significant and far-reaching project.”

“As centers of learning and catalysts of community change, libraries and museums connect people with programs, services, collections, information, and new ideas in the arts, sciences, and humanities. They serve as vital spaces where people can connect with each other,” said IMLS Director Kathryn K. Matthew. “IMLS is proud to support their work through our grant making as they inform and inspire all in their communities.”

UTA Libraries’ makerspace, the UTA FabLab, opened in 2014 and has been a leader in connecting maker services to campus needs. UTA was the first school in the University of Texas System to offer students open access to 3-D printing. In 2016, the UTA FabLab expanded from 825 square feet to 8,000 square feet to accommodate larger classes and more equipment. Today, the UTA FabLab is a robust learning laboratory offering a combination of manual and digital fabrication technologies such as laser cutters, screen printing, 3-D printing, and woodworking equipment.

About IMLS

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is celebrating its 20th Anniversary. IMLS is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. Its mission has been to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. For the past 20 years, its grant making, policy development, and research has helped libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible

For more information, Contact:
Martin Wallace