Arlene Salazar named 2020 Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion Award recipient

Congratulations to Arlene Salazar, one of our amazing Research, Instruction, and Outreach Librarians, for being chosen as the staff recipient of the 2020 Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion Award. This award was established to honor Texas State University community members for exceptional commitment to diversity and inclusion. These awards recognize and reward faculty and staff members for activities that promote the university’s diversity and inclusion goals and the impact of those activities. Ms. Salazar was congratulated on the breadth and the depth of her work to make the University Libraries a more diverse and inclusive space through her long-standing work.

Alkek Library welcomes new head of Information and Undergraduate Services

Hi! I’m Jess Williams (she/her/hers), the new Head of Information & Undergraduate Services. Before coming to Alkek, I was the Library & Learning Commons Director at Texas Tech University — Costa Rica. I’m thrilled to be at Texas State, where I can still practice my Spanish and I have the privilege of working with the incredible team of library staff who you see every day at the Ask Alkek Desk and at events throughout the semester.  In my role, I empower my team to create and deliver services and events that make every undergraduate Bobcat feel like they belong at the Alkek Library.   The library is so big and full of resources that it can be overwhelming to learn how to take advantage

Moving to online teaching creates copyright issues

Online teaching creates new obstacles for faculty when navigating copyright restrictions. The main copyright issue when moving a face-to-face course online is that you no longer can rely on an exception in the Copyright Act that allows you to display and perform material without permission or license in face-to-face classrooms. That means if you want to upload a digital version of the same material, you will need to either fit it into another exception (fair use or TEACH act) or get a license for the material. As the university’s copyright officer, I can help you work through this analysis and

University Libraries adjusts services due to COVID-19 campus response

Changes to library hours The Alkek Library and the Round Rock Campus Library will be open during both spring break weeks (March 14-29) and on a modified schedule the following online class weeks (March 30-April 12). Check our website for updated information about open hours during these weeks. Patrons should consult the FAQs about the Coronavirus on the university website when deciding whether to come to campus and are advised to use hand sanitizer provided when using workstations or handling library materials. It is also a good idea to consider social distancing when selecting a work space on campus. The

ID cards required to access Alkek Library after 11 p.m.

Beginning Monday, February 17, late-night library patrons will be required to have their ID card in order to enter the Alkek Library after 11 p.m. We are committed to protecting the safety and security of library patrons. For this reason, late-night access will be limited to those with a valid university-issued identification card. All doors will lock at 11 p.m. and patrons must swipe their ID on the card reader located between the doors on the right side of the main entrance to gain entry to the library. This initiative is in response to a student government resolution which asked

Library grants are available for faculty needs

University Libraries offer three grant programs to help Texas State faculty purchase library materials need to support research.

The deadline for the spring 2020 Online Resources Grants is 5 p.m. Friday, February 14. These grants can be used to purchase larger one-time online resources that one department cannot afford through the standard library allocation. A total of $180,000 is available for these grants during the 2019-20 academic year. These funds are often used to purchase primary source databases, journal backfile collections, e-book collections and audio or streaming media collections. Some ideas for use of these funds are found on our One-Time Resources web page. Priority will be given to proposals for resources that enhance the library’s collection and that benefit many departments or greatly benefit one area.

Library research grants helps faculty pay for research and creative activity resources through the acquisition of library materials. Applications for this grant program are due in early November. Eligible materials include things like back issues of journals, electronic resources, DVDs, CDs and microform. Priority is given to materials that can be permanently added to the library collection.

New tenure-track faculty can apply for up to $1,000 in New Faculty Start-Up Grants needed to enhance the library’s collections. These applications are reviewed and funded between September and June. During the 2019-20 academic year, $15,000 was available for funding.

Questions about online resources grants and library research grants should be directed to Head Acquisitions Librarian Ginger Williams at New Faculty Startup Grant questions should be directed to Monographic Acquisitions Librarian Amanda Price at



SIX BIG THINGS for 2020!!! NUMBER TWO – New Alkek Room Reservation System

The latest BIG THINGS news for the Alkek Library is the launch of our new room reservation system. Beginning in February 2020 all group study rooms, collaboration rooms and the Comm Lab (practice presentation room) are reservable using the new campus EMS reservation system. To make an online reservation, go to From this page you can either go directly to the EMS system or go to the library’s spaces page to see what rooms are available and how to reserve them. The new web application can be used to reserve rooms from a desktop or mobile device and offers

SIX BIG THINGS for 2020!!! NUMBER ONE- Redesigned University Libraries Website

The Alkek 2020 Vision is coming into focus and there are some BIG THINGS happening at the library to start the new year off in a wonderful fashion. BIG THING #1 is the launch of our website. Following on the heels of the Texas State University redesigned home page launch, University Libraries has published its redesigned website to better serve all library patrons. The new site brings together resources for Texas State library patrons including students, faculty, and staff at both the Round Rock and San Marcos campuses, as well as distance learning students and other remote library users.

Round Rock Campus Library expands to meet growing campus needs

Extensive renovations to the Round Rock Campus (RRC) Library were recently completed.  The expansion includes increased seating area allowing for approximately 20 more capacity and a new room for Quiet Study.  Now students can enjoy the benefits of uninterrupted study in carrels equipped with individual lighting. The library also added a new Information Desk which will serve as an intersection of all library services. This centralized service point is where patrons can receive assistance and perform circulation functions such as return materials, pick up requested items and check out items placed on reserve. Other changes include the relocation of the

Hathitrust membership makes copyright materials available for those with visual impairment

Do you have a print disability or work with someone who does who needs a resource not available at a Texas State University Library? Check HathiTrust! Texas State’s University Libraries can download full-text of HathiTrust works, even the works that are still in copyright, as an accommodation for a person with a print disability.   Designated library staff can download eligible titles from among the 10 million works that are still in copyright after verifying that the person requesting the work is eligible for an accommodation. If you have a disability, you can have a HathiTrust book downloaded by filling in the HathiTrust Eligibility Verification and Request Form or emailing