UNT’s Willis Library opens The Factory, a creative technology space

Fri, Oct 24, 2014 - 2:01pm

Visitors to the University of North Texas’ Willis Library can now create three dimensional objects from computer aided design software — everything from figurines and textured plastic clothing material to board game pieces —when they visit The Factory on the library’s first floor.

The Factory is the library’s first makerspace — a place for library patrons to have access to equipment and software that promotes innovative learning and cooperative and creative use of technology. Makerspaces began appearing in public and academic libraries after the founding of MakerBot Industries in January 2009, when MakerBot became the...

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Mon, Sep 29, 2014 - 9:42am

Pieces of Brownsville’s history will live on through shared stories and antique photographs —which were digitized Saturday.

Community members gathered at the Brownsville Public Library’s Main Branch to offer old photos, newspaper articles, legal documents and even film negatives to be scanned and preserved in a project called “History Harvest.”

The items were scanned and retuned to the owners, who also received digital copies delivered on USB flash drives. All scanned items will be archived

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The Dallas Way

Wed, Sep 24, 2014 - 8:58am

Volunteers who organized Dallas’ gay community were influential across the countryThis hour, we’ll talk about the struggles and triumphs of the GLBT community in Dallas – and the University of North Texas archives that document it – with pioneers of the early ‘80s, who share their stories as part of “The Dallas Way” project.  Watch KERA’s ‘Finding Our Voices’ documentary from 2000, which chronicles the development of the gay community.

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Library gets Tocker grant to digitize newspapers

Thu, Sep 11, 2014 - 12:04pm

REFUGIO COUNTY – Newspapers are in essence “time capsules” of valuable information, allowing us to relive history through the eyes of people in past times. Newspapers are also “the first draft of history” constituting a prime resource for students, historians and others telling the stories of the shared past.As of Aug. 14, the Dennis M. O’Connor Public Library has been awarded a $32,725 grant from the Tocker Foundation for the digitization of newspapers, dating as far back as 1902: Refugio Timely Remarks, Refugio County Record, Refugio County Press, The Refugio Register, The Refugio Review, The Vaquero, Woodsboro News, and...

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One size fits all at Little Free Libraries

Thu, Jul 17, 2014 - 12:35pm

DUNCAN — Two additional Little Free Libraries have been added to the Duncan landscape.The libraries, which look a bit like bird houses,  are free repositories for books where the public is encouraged either to contribute or borrow something worth reading.The first two were built at the Stephens County Genealogy Library and Hillcrest Park in November.Two more were added at St. Stephens Methodist Church and at a Chickasaw Tribe housing area on 27th Street, Duncan Public Library Director Jan Cole said.“People use them and enjoy them,” she  said.A $1,000 grant for materials and labor from the University of North Texas were...

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