Dean's Welcome

UTA Libraries is a hub for collaboration and innovation serving a model 21st century urban research university. Our Libraries offers impactful resources, spaces, services, and technologies for our students, faculty and guests.

If you want to understand how the Libraries collections, services and spaces impact our users, consider these impressive statistics for academic year 2018-2019:

  • 1.2 million visits to one of our three campus libraries
  • Over 2.4 million digital journal articles read
  • More than 7.4 million searches in our research databases
  • More than 31,000 questions answered at service points
  • 1,700 librarian in-depth research consultations with faculty and students

We are not only committed to the academic and professional success of our students, but strive to increase global awareness and use of the world-class research of UTA scholars. Last year, visitors from around the world downloaded research from UTA scholars in our digital repository millions of times.

We welcome visitors from many institutions to share our successes and showcase the impact of our commitment to innovation and student success. UTA is the only research library in the UT system open 24/7 and one of only two research libraries in Texas offering around-the-clock spaces, collections, and services.

Our reputation for innovation is anchored in ambitious projects such as: the launch of an augmented and virtual reality studio to enable UTA students to apply class learning in app and gaming development; the continued growth of a Digital Gallery showcasing over 53,000 unique images from UTA Libraries’ Special Collections; a one-of-a-kind makerspace enabling students across disciplines to demonstrate their creative and problem-solving skills; unique entrepreneurial and experiential programming to equip our students for the careers of tomorrow; grant-funded research to understand the role of making in literacy skills for university and K-12 students; partnership in the launch of an annual campus Black Heritage Celebration; featuring unique digital images through Wikipedia; distribution of faculty grants to save UTA students dollars through creation and adoption of Open Educational Resources (OER); and a new faculty and K-12 grant program to incentivize development of curriculum showcasing Special Collections African and African-American primary source materials.

If you have not visited our libraries recently, please accept this invitation to join us in 2019-20 and see in person the impact of our bold vision here at UTA Libraries.

 

Rebecca Bichel
Dean of Libraries

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