Friday, February 16, 2018

Your Voice

"Alkek has outstanding classical and contemporary poetry: Ovid, Rita Dove, Gwendolyn Brooks, Langston Hughes, Allen Ginsberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Larry Levis, and Gregory Pardlo. I enjoy coming to the 6th floor and browsing the PA, PR, and PS call number areas for hours. I usually walk away with a stack of books as large as my torso. As a graduate student of poetry, being able to check books out for six months gives me the luxury of taking home material that I can peruse at later date. I also host the Lunch Poems series with Liz King, the English Subject Librarian."
- Wade Martin,  Masters of Fine Arts, Poetry

Friday, February 9, 2018

Film Talks: Get Out

What is it about art and films that helps make conversations flow a little easier?
"I love horror and the imagery is firmly rooted in what I know and love about horror," [Jordan Peele] told NBCBLK. "But it is a social thriller. It is like a psychological thriller. It's about the mind. Allegory is the best way to get people to talk. If we can have a shared experience in a movie theatre, it gives us more of a basis for conversation." - Jordan Peele, Director of "Get Out"
We are so thrilled (pun intended) to be showing "Get Out" as our first Film Talks title this semester. There is so much packed into this movie, we could probably talk about it for days, weeks, months... let's face it - we could talk about it forever.

And we should. Did you have the opportunity to see Bryan Stevenson speak this week, as our LBJ Distinguished Speaker? He encouraged us to "have uncomfortable conversations" as a way to make the world better. I think "Get Out" is a great movie to start some uncomfortable conversations.

Why is it so difficult to talk about race? Why do we usually shy away from these conversations at the very moment we should be having them most?

The Film Talks crew has been hard at work preparing discussion questions in advance to help spark a conversation after the screening. We're fortunate to have the university community surrounding us to help us in starting, and continuing, these uncomfortable conversations. 
"If something unsettles you, you're left to deal with why it unsettled you." - Jordan Peele
We may not have any of the answers, but a good place to start is by asking the right questions, and being open to discussion. I hope you can join us on Tuesday, February 13, from 2-5pm, at Alkek Library for the "Get Out" screening and discussion. Entry is limited to the first 100 to arrive (due to room capacity). The film is available streaming on our SWANK database, so you can watch it in your own time if you're not able to attend.


Tuesday, January 23, 2018

How to stream Oscar winners and nominated films

The full list of 2018 Oscar nominations was announced today!

"Get Out" was nominated for Best Picture, Director, and Lead Actor.

Did you know you can watch "Get Out" on our SWANK streaming database?

If you're interested in watching award-winning films, Alkek Library has a film screening and discussion series called Film Talks. Don't miss out on the chance to attend our screenings and participate in the conversation after with faculty, research librarians, and other university community members.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Snow in San Marcos!

Taken earlier today in San Marcos!

JK... It's from the 1930s! But it may as well have been taken today!

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Celebrate Open Access Week!

Open Access Week is being celebrated from October 23 - 29 this year!
Learn more here:

Alkek Library has an Open Educational Resources (OER) Guide to help you learn more about and navigate OER in your subject area. Your Subject Librarians can help you learn more.

Related (and exciting) news about Open Access Week: Stephen Hawking's thesis has been made available on Cambridge University's website (and so many people wanted to download it, they crashed the site!)

Open Access is pretty awesome. Take some time to learn more about it!


Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Free Movies, Expert-Led Discussion, and PRIZES!

Have you heard about 'Film Talks' at Alkek?

Watching a blank screen by Kenneth Lu
Watching a blank screen by Kenneth Lu, used under CC BY 2.0 / Text added to original and image cropped

Our new series, Film Talks, starts this month, with our kick-off event:
The Great Dictator showing on Sept 20th from 2-5pm in Alkek 105/106.
Join the Film Talks Facebook group to RSVP, share, and follow future events.

Event Details:

  • Film starts at 2pm, with an introduction by Dr. Louie Valencia from the History Department.
  • Dr. Valencia will lead a discussion following the film
  • PRIZES will be given away in a social media contest, thanks to Kanopy Streaming database! Details to enter giveaway will be given out at the event.

Prizes include:

Roku Streaming Stick
Cnet editors' choice 2016

Kanopy lined notebook, with elastic closure and ribbon bookmark

For more information about Film Talks please visit the library guide:

Fall 2017 Film Talks Line-up