The UT System Digital Library (UTSDL) complements
the strengths of our traditional collections, expands existing
services and programs, and at the same time creates entirely
new options for access to scholarly information for the UT
System community, including distance learners. The UTSDL works
collaboratively with all UT System component libraries, the
UT System Office of Telecommunications Services, the UT TeleCampus,
the UTSDL Council of Directors and related organizations to
carry out these activities.
Access to commercial information
resources Leverages group purchasing power to
access, either by mounting locally or via remote host, those
information resources selected by UT System component libraries;
stays abreast of new product offerings and opportunities for
UT System libraries; serves as primary contact with information
providers, proposes cost allocation models for UT System libraries,
manages negotiation and licensing process.
Access to local information
resources Further develops UT System libraries
web site to showcase the depth of digital information available
from our libraries; assists UT System component libraries
to digitize unique materials within local collections and
make them available.
Library services for distance
learners Drawing on the well-established programs
of UT System libraries, the UTSDL works collaboratively with
the distance education initiative and the component libraries
to provide electronic and traditional library services in
support of distance learners; serves as the central coordinating
point for UT System libraries distance learning services.
Along with UT System Office of Telecommunications Services,
maintains hardware, telecommunications, software, and security
services, as appropriate, for UT System information resources
and distance learning services; serves as primary technical
contact with information providers; stays abreast of new technologies
and makes recommendations for inclusion into UTSDL services.
Training, Consulting, Planning
Determines training needs of UT System libraries in
regard to UTSDL; arranges training programs as appropriate;
consults with and assists in planning for library projects
with UT System libraries when called upon to do so.