Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Spotlight on Texas

By Heather Kushnerick, Special Collections Librarian

Texan’s are just a little different than other folks. That difference is reflected in our legal history. From our roots as a Spanish colony to our time as an independent Republic, we have adopted what works and dismissed what does not. While our legal system is largely based on English Common Law, we kept pieces of the Spanish legal system and adopted part of the Civil Code of Louisiana. A selection of early Texas legal materials is on display in the library lobby until December, 2009

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Library Map Now Available through STELLA

Barbara Szalkowski, Senior Catalog Librarian

A new feature has been added to our online public access catalog, STELLA. When you do a search, some of the locations will be "hot-linked" and when you click on one, you will get a map with the appropriate section highlighted. We have not hot-linked "Main", since it is over multiple floors. All the other locations (Reference, Reserve, History, Special Collections, etc.) have been hot-linked to a map of that specific floor showing the highlighted location of the section.

If you go into STELLA directly (htttp:// or from the library webpage (, you will be able to use this new function. Access to this feature is not yet available through STANLEY, but it will be soon. -- UPDATE 8/25/09: Access is now available through STANLEY. Thanks for your patience.