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Get the latest library news from our University Libraries blog. Find faculty bulletins, upcoming event information, research news and feature stories covering both the San Marcos and Round Rock libraries. The Keystone blog gives you a behind-the-scenes update on The Wittliff Collections.

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The Alkek Library and The Wittliff Collections host a variety of events and workshops throughout the year. Events range from fun activities, like game nights, to information literacy workshops and author readings.
Cowboy with lasso, horses in the foreground photograph by Bill Wittliff

Alkek Exhibits and Displays

Discover the various exhibits and displays throughout the library.

Current & Upcoming Events 

Bill Malone: Three Chords and the Truth
Bill Malone literally wrote the book on country music. He was the first scholar to place the genre in historical context with his classic book, Country Music U.S.A., in 1968. More than 50 years later, he remains a preeminent voice in the field — he was the only historian featured in Ken Burns’s Country Music series (2019) on PBS. Texas State University played a significant role in this career arc, as Malone taught in the Department of History while compiling his first book, and the Wittliff Collections contributed materials to Burns’s well-received documentary. Join us for a conversation with Malone at the Wittliff Collections as we talk about country music, Ken Burns, and Malone’s time in San Marcos. Catered reception at 5:30 p.m. Program begins at 6 p.m., with a book-signing to follow.

Alkek Maker Day: Coding with Micro:bits - Get creative and get coding with Dr. Sean Justice from the School of Art and Design as he demonstrates the micro:bits controller. This revolutionary device from the BBC and Microsoft opens physical computing interfaces to a wide range of learners, from complete novices to advanced UX designers. No previous coding or programming experience required. This is a hands-on, collaborative workshop. See more info and related resources on the Maker Day Guide. Register for the workshop here.

Blessings and Besos Exhibit  - Open in The Wittliff Collections Alkek 7th floor gallery through February. Celebrates the photographic legacy of our visionary founding donor, Bill Wittliff (1940-2019).

Microbit coding workshop

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