UTD’s McDermott Library Lands $203,882 State Grant
Funds Will Be Used to Upgrade Technology

The McDermott Library at The University of Texas at Dallas has been awarded a $203,882 Telecommunications Infrastructure Fund (TIF) grant from the state for the 2002-2003 academic year. The money will be used to upgrade the library’s computerized operating system, Voyager.

“Our investment in library resources will pay greater dividends to our students, faculty, and staff thanks to the improvements made possible by our TIF grant,” said Dr. Larry Sall, director of UTD Libraries. “Expanded and improved bibliographic instruction is vital to the information literacy of our university community.”

Among the upgrades planned are the purchase of the Citation Server and Interlibrary Loan package, a web-authoring software package to be used to improve the library’s web page and online catalog, a network printing solution for the Electronic Reference Center and the equipment and software needed to turn the Bibliographic Instruction classroom into a hands-on wireless training center.

TIF is dedicated to connecting the people of Texas by facilitating the implementation of a viable and sustainable telecommunications infrastructure for schools, libraries, public and non-profit health care facilities and higher education institutions. The TIF Board views technology as a tool that has value only if it benefits the lives of its users.

About UTD

The University of Texas at Dallas, located at the convergence of Richardson, Plano and Dallas in the heart of the complex of major multinational technology corporations known as the Telecom Corridor, enrolls more than 7,000 undergraduate and 5,000 graduate students. The school’s freshman class traditionally stands at the forefront of Texas state universities in terms of average SAT scores. The university offers a broad assortment of bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs. For additional information about UTD, please visit the university’s web site at

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