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February 2014 Newsletter

  1. Recent iSchool NewsTanya Clement Awarded A Second NEH Grant, Digital Archive Holds Untold History of African American Mental Health; & more

  2. Alumni ProfilesHannah Norton (MSIS 2009) Reference & Liason Librarian, Health Science Center Libraries, University of Florida

  3. Giving ProfilesDavid Arctur, Jane Garner, and Phil Metzger

Profiles in Giving

1. Recent iSchool News   Top ↑

Tanya Clement Hipstas Second NEH Grant

Tanya Clement Awarded Second NEH Grant

Even digitized, unprocessed sound collections, which hold important cultural artifacts such as poetry readings, story telling, speeches, oral histories, and other performances of the spoken word remain largely inaccessible.

In order to increase access to recordings of significance to the humanities, Tanya Clement at the University of Texas School of Information in collaboration with David Tcheng and Loretta Auvil at the Illinois Informatics Institute at the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign have received $250,000 of funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities for the HiPSTAS Research and Development with Repositories (HRDR) project. Support for the HRDR project will further the work of HiPSTAS, which is currently being funded by an NEH Institute for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities grant to develop and evaluate a computational system for librarians and archivists for discovering and cataloging sound collections.

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Pat Galloway, Unmil Karadkar, and Lorrie Dong Work to Preserve Historic African American Hospital Records

Central State Hospital

When King Davis, professor of African and African American Studies at The University of Texas at Austin, found out about the impending demolition, he immediately flew to Virginia to negotiate a means to salvage the treasure trove of African American mental health history. Davis, who is a former commissioner of the Virginia Department of Mental Health, was granted a certain amount of time to copy and digitize the archives.

Established in 1868, Central State Hospital – formerly Central State Lunatic Asylum for Colored Insane – was created in response to the newly freed slaves after the Civil War. The mounds of forgotten materials offer a rare glimpse into what life was like for African Americans following the Civil War to the post-civil rights era.
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Visiting Professor Discusses Progression of Online Social Networks

In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings, when most Americans were checking Twitter for updates on the manhunt, Boston College professor Jerry Kane was checking Twitter to analyze the network itself.

At a research colloquium hosted by the School of Information on Tuesday, Kane spoke about what social media technology has done to modern human relationships.
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social network talk

2. Alumni Profiles   Top ↑

Hannah Norton (MSIS 2009)

Reference & Liason Librarian, Health Science Center Libraries, University of Florida

Hannah Norton is the Reference and Liaison Librarian at the University of Florida Health Science Center Libraries, her first professional position, besides a brief stint at UT’s Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences. Their library serves the six health science colleges at UF and she is involved in reference services, instruction, course integration, and collection development. In particular, she is the liaison for the College of Veterinary Medicine and the Department of Medicine and is a consultant to their Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee. Her fellow librarians are great and as a team they tackle departmental projects like evaluating patrons’ smart phone use, expanding the library’s social media presence, hosting traveling exhibits and speaker series, as well as advising faculty in connection with the NIH Public Access Policy. She also works as a member of the outreach team for “VIVO: Enabling National Networking of Scientists,” an NIH grant-funded initiative.
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Tiffany Shropshire

3. Giving Profiles   Top ↑

David Arctur Makes Major Gift

David Arctur

David Arctur has worked as an electrical engineer, a software architect and an urban planner among other things. His career has taken him from Austin to Africa to Silicon Valley and back to Austin. His academic titles include research fellow in the Jackson School of Geosciences and the Cockrell School of Engineering and instructor at the iSchool.

He jokes that he should be retired by now.

But now is not the time to bow out. The scientific community is facing a crisis: how to preserve records, fossils, and data. Too much has already been lost. And Arctur knows the iSchool will play a critical role in tackling the problem.
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Giving Profile - Jane Garner

Jane Garner

For Jane Garner, a crushing disappointment could not have come at a better time.

It was the summer of 1964, and the recent University of Texas graduate was in Washington training to become a Peace Corps librarian in Chile. At the end of the summer, Garner was told her perfectionist nature would 'cause too much trouble.' She was effectively kicked out of the Peace Corps.

The young Garner was devastated. But the timing was perfect for another opportunity: UT's School of Library and Information Science was launching a new program to train librarians to manage Latin American collections.

"I walked in and was presented on the spot with a fellowship," she says.

That fellowship launched a 35-year career at UT, the majority of which Garner spent overseeing the rare books and manuscripts of the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection.
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Phil Metzger Pays It Forward by Funding a Student Scholarship

Phil Metzger

Just as the new school year began, the iSchool received a generous gift to directly support a student studying in the area of rare books and conservation. Dr. Metzger decided the best way to ensure the continuing scholarly focus in the area most meaningful to him was to designate his annual gift as a student scholarship in rare books and conservation.

Director of Development and Alumni Relations, Cassie Alvarado, had this to say about. Dr. Metzger's gift, "I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to get to know Dr. Metzger pretty well over the past few years. As we discussed opportunities within the school he might consider supporting, the opportunity to directly support a student with his annual gift was one that really seemed to resonate with him."

Metzger, the Curator of Special Collections at Lehigh University until his retirement in 2005, originally intended to become an academic librarian. Phil credits his shift toward a conservation focus to his visits with then-dean Glenn Sparks and to the Rare Books class taught by Ann Bowden, first librarian of the Harry Ransom Center. Metzger, who received the MLS in 1975 and PhD in 1984 from the School of Information, noted that he contributed the gift "because this School changed the way my life would go."
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