UH Libraries News

Planned Service Outage on Friday January 30

The University of Houston Libraries’ campus network connection will undergo an improvement to its router on Friday, January 30 at 5:30 a.m. This change will result in significantly faster speeds for traffic entering and leaving the Libraries’ network.

The work will take approximately 30 minutes to complete, during which time connection to the campus network will be interrupted.

Posted on January 28th, 2015 by Esmeralda Fisher and filed under Announcements, Planned Down Time | No Comments »
Illustrated Timeline on Display in TDECU Stadium

The University of Houston Libraries recently collaborated with campus partners to present highlights in UH history.

A pictorial timeline of storied UH people and events is now on display in the Coach Bill Yeoman Hall, located in the northeast corner of the new TDECU Stadium. The 2200 square-foot special event space serves as a game day club for the north loge boxes and Section 129 on the north side of the stadium.

University of Houston History timeline in the Coach Bill Yeoman Hall, located in the northeast corner of the new TDECU stadium.

University of Houston History timeline in the Coach Bill Yeoman Hall, located in the northeast corner of the new TDECU stadium.

The project came to fruition through the efforts of Katina Jackson and Jeff Conrad from Athletics, Oscar Gutierrez from the Office of the UH President, Debbie Harwell from the Wilson Center for Public History, Nancy Clark from the University of Houston Alumni Association, Eric Gerber from the Office of University Communication and Mary Manning and Matt Richardson from the University Archives in Special Collections, which contributed a majority of images that celebrate the story of UH.

“As part of his gift to the stadium, Corby Robertson requested there be an area that recognizes all the highlights and milestone events of the University of Houston, not just athletics,” said Katina Jackson. “The committee that helped make this vision a reality did an outstanding job. The finished product is not only informative but should give everyone a great sense of pride in all that has been accomplished at UH since 1927.”

View photos of the timeline.

Posted on January 8th, 2015 by Esmeralda Fisher and filed under Special Event or Display | Comments Off
Second Annual Gaming Event Held at UH Libraries

Over 160 students, faculty and staff, alumni and visitors from the Houston area attended Game On, Cougars! at the University of Houston Libraries this month.

The event, now in its second year, offers a full day of open gaming, complete with board games, card games, miniature gaming, puzzles and video games.

Game On, Cougars! offers a full day of open gaming, complete with board games, card games, miniature gaming, puzzles and video games.

The second annual Game On, Cougars! was a hit with gaming enthusiasts.

This year, UH Libraries partnered with FoodMachine Houston to hold a food drive during Game On, Cougars! benefiting the Houston Food Bank. Attendees contributed over $1600 in food items and cash donations. The group also taught board games, ran raffles, and managed Warmachine miniatures.

Members of Houston Pathfinder Society also attended, and gave participants tutorials on role-playing games. Several organizations donated games for play at the event, and game stores were also on hand to run demos and sell games, including Ettin Games.

Game On, Cougars! is hosted as part of International Games Day @ Your Library, an initiative of the American Library Association that encourages communities to connect with their libraries through the educational, recreational and social value of games.

View photos from Game On, Cougars! 2014.

Posted on November 21st, 2014 by Esmeralda Fisher and filed under Announcements | Comments Off
New Collection Portrays Houston’s Architectural Domain

Architectural photographer Joe Aker has given a collection of images to the University of Houston Libraries Special Collections.

The Aker Architectural Photographic Records Collection comprises roughly 50,000 distinct images depicting scenes of commercial architecture over the past three decades.

SOM 450 Lexington, New York City. Image courtesy of Joe Aker.

SOM 450 Lexington, New York City. Image courtesy of Joe Aker.

Aker, owner of Aker Imaging, has worked with leading architecture and real estate firms, such as Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, Robert A.M. Stern, César Pelli, Pickard Chilton, Kohn Pedersen Fox, Philip Johnson, HOK, Kirksey and Ziegler Cooper; as well as Gerald D. Hines Interests and Trammell Crow.

Of particular interest are images of properties developed by Gerald D. Hines, for which the University of Houston College of Architecture is named. It is one of the largest collections of photographs of his buildings completed in the twentieth century.

In 2011, Aker began considering the future for his vast collection of photography. He contacted UH Special Collections, whose mission is to preserve, safeguard, organize, and describe primary sources in a number of collecting areas for teaching and research activities of students and scholars.

The Aker collection offers a rare view of the architectural landscape in Houston and other major cities, including a photographic record of original models of structures that were never built, as well as plans, renderings, models and final photography of the finished buildings. What makes this collection of images special are the many photographs showing the process of design from the first drawing of the first model to the final design model and the finished building.

Composite of Hines Del Bosque, Mexico City. Image courtesy of Joe Aker.

Composite of Hines Del Bosque, Mexico City. Image courtesy of Joe Aker.

Aker was one of the first to digitally produce structural model composites before the advent of computer-generated graphics. Working with Houston digital artist Raphaele Malandain, he would photograph a site where a building was set to be constructed, photograph the building model, and drop the model image onto the site image using analog film composition, resulting in a close representation of the future finished building.

As a whole, Aker says, the collection tells a fascinating story of Houston’s economic booms and busts. For more information on this new and growing collection, contact Vince Lee.

Posted on November 21st, 2014 by Esmeralda Fisher and filed under Announcements | 1 Comment »
UH Libraries Hosts Bake Sale for Charity
University of Houston Libraries Bundt Cakes for Charity

Proceeds from Bundt Cakes for Charity benefited Education Foundation of Harris County.

In honor of National Bundt Cake Day and National Philanthropy Day last week, University of Houston Libraries held a bake sale to raise funds for a local organization.

The Education Foundation of Harris County supports innovative learning programs for the 800,000+ K-12 public education students in the greater Houston region, and provides training for teachers leading science, technology, engineering and math after-school programs.

UH librarians and staff baked, prepped and sold a variety of sweet treats in the MD Anderson Library and University Center, and in just a few hours, raised over $500 for the Education Foundation of Harris County.

The Bundt Cakes for Charity bake sale was made possible by the Libraries’ microgrant program, an initiative designed to foster new and innovative ideas by librarians and library staff that support the Libraries’ strategic directions.

Posted on November 20th, 2014 by Esmeralda Fisher and filed under Announcements | Comments Off
Dog Days of December: Paws and Relax at UH

As finals approach, the University of Houston Libraries is partnering with a local organization to bring therapy dogs back to campus for a fun and stress-free study break.

Certified therapy dogs of Faithful Paws will arrive at the MD Anderson Library for four days in December. UH students are encouraged to stop by for petting, snuggling and treat-feeding with gentle and friendly canines.

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Location: rooms 106P and 106T in the MD Anderson Library

December 8: 8:00 – 10:00 p.m. (concurrent with Finals Mania)

December 9: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

December 10: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

December 11: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

View photos from Spring 2014 Paws and Relax.

Posted on November 19th, 2014 by Esmeralda Fisher and filed under Student Success | Comments Off
UH Students Produce Game On, Cougars! Radio Ad

Game On, Cougars! 2014 is just a few weeks away, and to help promote the event, a group of University of Houston students produced a radio ad that will run on the student-led CoogRadio through November 15.

The students, Will Hedgecock, Bonnie Langthorn, and Jacob Mangum provided creative talent with scriptwriting and voice acting for the spot. Music Library coordinator Stephanie Lewin-Lane directed and mixed the recording, and provided voiceover.

Hamill Foundation Multimedia Studio, MD Anderson Library Learning Commons

Hamill Foundation Multimedia Studio, MD Anderson Library Learning Commons

The radio ad was recorded at the Hamill Foundation Multimedia Studio, located in the MD Anderson Library and open for use by all UH students.

Listen to the Game On, Cougars! 2014 radio ad:

Music titled Monkeys Spinning Monkeys provided by Kevin MacLeod at incompetech.com

Posted on October 22nd, 2014 by Esmeralda Fisher and filed under Announcements | Comments Off
Unique Holdings at University of Houston Libraries

University of Houston Libraries invites faculty, students, researchers and anyone interested in discovering rare literary treasures to attend a brown bag lecture on Wednesday, October 29 in the Elizabeth D. Rockwell Pavilion at the MD Anderson Library.

Fables in Slang | George Ade | from UH Special Collections

Fables in Slang | George Ade | from UH Special Collections. Part of The Last Untapped Resource in Houston brown bag lecture.

English librarian Dr. Jesse Sharpe and library specialist Kristine Greive will present “The Last Untapped Resource in Houston,” a discussion of unique works of literature housed in UH Special Collections.

The October 29 lecture is the first installment of Unique Holdings, a new series that highlights the rare archival items held by Special Collections and available for use by faculty, students and researchers.

Future Unique Holdings talks will feature liaison librarians discussing other books and manuscripts of Special Collections that can inform and shape scholarly endeavors in any discipline.

Bring your lunch and enjoy an enlightening discussion!

What: “The Last Untapped Resource in Houston” brown bag lecture
When: Wednesday, October 29 at noon
Where: Elizabeth D. Rockwell Pavilion, MD Anderson Library

Posted on October 14th, 2014 by Esmeralda Fisher and filed under Announcements | Comments Off
UH Libraries + Games = Student Success

Last year, over 130 gaming enthusiasts gathered at the University of Houston Libraries for the first-ever Game On, Cougars!, a day of open gaming for the UH community. This year, the event levels up with a legendary alliance for an even more epic experience.

UH students are invited to Game On, Cougars! 2014

UH students are invited to Game On, Cougars! 2014

FoodMachine Houston, a non-profit organization comprising gamers whose mission is to make a positive impact on the community through charitable acts of gaming, will be volunteering alongside UH Libraries staff at this year’s event on Saturday, November 15 at the MD Anderson Library Rockwell Pavilion. The group will teach board games, run raffles, and manage Warmachine miniatures and video game tournaments for UH attendees, and accept donations for the Houston Food Bank as well.

FoodMachine Houston

FoodMachine Houston

“We are thrilled to be working collaboratively with FoodMachine Houston on the planning and running of Game On, Cougars!, and we expect that it will be at least twice as big as last year’s event,” said Rachel Vacek, head of Web Services and co-chair of the event.

Houston Pathfinder Society will also be attending to give participants a crash course on role-playing games. Game developers will also showcase prototypes in need of play-testers, and vendors will display merchandise. Attendees will have plenty of chances to win prizes, too.

Beyond a fun day of gaming at the UH Libraries, Game On, Cougars! is also designed to promote student success, which “is about helping students acquire the skills they need to become lifelong learners and be successful both in college and on the path they have chosen after graduation,” Vacek, an avid gamer herself, said. “I believe that playing games – whether board games, video games, or role-playing games – strengthens social bonds and builds trust between people. Games also encourage players to find innovative solutions, teach them how to persevere through challenges, and collaborate effectively to reach shared goals. Many games require critical thinking and problem solving skills. All these benefits of gaming translate into having better study skills and more effective interactions within the classroom and beyond.”

Game On, Cougars! is hosted in conjunction with hundreds of libraries around the globe in celebration of International Games Day @ Your Library, an initiative of the American Library Association. Sponsorship opportunities are available for Houston-based developers, publishers and sellers.

Who: You! All UH students, staff and faculty are invited to attend.
What: A FREE day of board games, card games, war games, miniatures, role-playing games, and video games; prizes, refreshments and more!
When: Saturday, November 15, 2014
Where: MD Anderson Library Rockwell Pavilion

Posted on September 25th, 2014 by Esmeralda Fisher and filed under Announcements, Special Event or Display, Student Success | Comments Off
Social Media Week at UH Libraries

University of Houston Libraries will host a special week of social media training in October for UH students, staff and faculty.

Sign up for workshops on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and more during Social Media Week at UH Libraries.

Sign up for workshops on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and more during Social Media Week at UH Libraries.

Jessica Brand, UH social media manager, will teach workshops on various social media platforms in the MD Anderson Library Learning Commons from October 6 – 10.

As with the UH Libraries technology training workshops, Social Media Week workshops are free and are recommended for anyone who uses social media.

Topics include:

Facebook 101

  • Understand the differences between a Facebook profile, page, and group
  • Review personal profile privacy settings and options
  • Learn how to make and maintain a Facebook page

Facebook Analytics: Advanced 102

  • Understanding Facebook Insights
  • How to make a Facebook page monthly report

Twitter 101

  • How to grow your Twitter presence
  • How to make and use Twitter lists
  • Understanding hashtags

Twitter and Hootsuite: Advanced 102

  • Introduction to Hootsuite
  • Monitoring topics and keywords on Twitter
  • Introduction to Twitter analytics

LinkedIn 101

  • How to create an awesome profile
  • How to use LinkedIn Groups

Instagram and Snapchat 101 *This class requires all attendees to bring their own smart phone or other device with app store and built-in camera.*

  • Get to know Instagram
  • Get to know Snapchat

View the full schedule for Social Media Week and register online.

Posted on September 23rd, 2014 by Esmeralda Fisher and filed under Announcements | Comments Off