So many things have happened in the Alkek Library since last spring. Here are the top six: Alkek One is open! The long awaited renovations to the first floor have been completed and new spaces have opened. There is a GeoSpace, DesignSpace, MakerSpace, Immersion Studio and all new YouStar Studios including two video recording studios, two audio recording studios and a production studio complete with sound boards and musical equipment. The staff for these new spaces will be offering a variety of online workshops this fall to help you become acquainted with the technologies and skills you can learn in
To help library patrons make informed decisions when choosing where they want to work in the Alkek Library, staff will be monitoring each floor of the building and posting a risk level using stoplight colors. Staff will be counting the total number of people on each floor, as well as the number of patrons who are not properly wearing masks, every hour and using this data to assign a risk level. Signs displaying each floor’s most current risk level and an explanation of what that means is located at each floor’s central entrance point. Risk levels for all seven floors
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.
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