Texas Tech University

Transformative Giving

Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library

hoblitzelle scannerThanks to the generosity of Hoblitzelle Foundation, the Texas Tech Libraries have been able to purchase a Mekel Mach IIIQ Scanner. This scanner allows microfilm collections that are non-restricted to be digitized. The information will be accessible via the Internet and the Texas Tech Libraries website.
In the short time the Libraries have had the scanner, we have begun scanning the Castro County newspaper from 1928 to 1964. We obtained permission from the publisher to make this newspaper openly available to all researchers. After scanning with the Mekel Mach IIIQ scanner, a student then enters those issues into the SWC Special Collections Library to be cataloged and added to the newspaper collection. Our mission is to digitize this important information in order to preserve history for years to come.
We appreciate the support and vision that Hoblitzelle Foundation shares with TTU in order to make our mission a reality.

3D Animation Lab in the Dynamic Media Services

3D animation labAdvanced animation technology furthers the Library's mission of connecting users with resources that advance intellectual inquiry and discovery. The lab is designed for independent and collaborative research, study and exploration.

3D modeling and animation can be applied to practically any field and discipline - from engineering and fashion design, to law enforcement, physics, interior design and dentistry. The possibilities are seemingly endless. Visit the 3D Animation Lab Home Page: 3D Animation Lab


Digital Library Initiative

The Texas Tech University Libraries has announced the purchase of a state-of-the-art book scanner that will drastically change the way personnel archive the world's information.

The BookScan APT 2400, manufactured by Kirtas Technologies Inc., a leading provider of digital scanning solutions, was funded in part with a $130,000 grant from the Lubbock-based Helen Jones Foundation.
It is the first of its kind to be purchased by a university in the United States. 

Book Scanner
The $200,000 piece of equipment allows personnel to scan case-bound books in minutes instead of hours, speeding up the digitization process – one of the library's objectives in its push to provide access to scholarly works via the Internet.

As a founding member of the Texas Digital Library (TDL), which includes Texas, Texas A&M, and the University of Houston libraries; Texas Tech's library system is making its institutional archives available electronically through the consortium. As TDL membership grows, the state's public and private universities are ensuring that the unique collections of member schools are widely available to anyone with a web browser