Talha Kabasakal, a second-year student in industrial design at the University of Houston, is pursuing his goal of becoming a car designer. Long obsessed with cars, he has been sketching them since childhood. “I believe that if one puts an effort into what they are passionate about, they will eventually achieve it no matter what it takes,” Kabasakal said. “I believe that challenges train me better for my future.”
Kabasakal’s artwork is currently on display in the William R. Jenkins Architecture and Art Library A2 Alcove, a venue that is part gallery and part lounge. The library supports UH student artists by hosting exhibitions of their work throughout the year. All displayed works are digitally documented and included in the UH Digital Library.
Kabasakal’s exhibition, The Shortest Distance, is a series of ink-on-paper works that depict the artist’s life and expectations, referencing his love of cars, his preferred color red, and his native Turkey. In one particular piece, Kabasakal has played upon the notion of a personal geographic dichotomy by juxtaposing two places, two different countries – the familiar and the foreign, the old and the new, the past and the future. Though each occupies discrete areas, isolated at opposite sides of the composition, the two are connected by a bridge. Kabasakal believes that there should always be a bridge, a connection, representing hope, remembrance, love.
The UH community is invited to visit the Architecture and Art Library for a look at The Shortest Distance, now on display.
Student artists interested in displaying work at the Architecture and Art Library are encouraged to contact Chris Conway with digital samples.
Andrea Malone, librarian of modern and classical languages, and ethnic studies at the University of Houston Libraries, has been selected for an International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) 2016 National Committee Fellowship Grant.
The fellowship grant supports expenses to attend the 82nd IFLA World Library and Information Congress, to be held in Columbus, Ohio from August 13 – 19, 2016.
The IFLA is the leading international body representing the interests of library and information services and their users. It is the global voice of the library and information profession.
Josh Been, social science data librarian, realizing the value of using data visualizations to concisely and powerfully communicate ideas and the growing interest in this topic and related matters on the University of Houston campus, decided to form a group to explore these areas.
“A research university of our size makes it difficult to collaborate, discuss, and plan across disciplines,” Been said. “I saw a tremendous duplication of efforts and resources, as well as shared research interests around digital scholarship. Creating this interest group is one way the Libraries can take a leadership role in this area.”
During the spring semester of 2015, Been formed the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Data Visualization Interest Group. Topics addressed thus far have covered data management, potential research collaborations, secondary data sources, and instructional support. Activities of the group include planning mini courses for the fall 2016 semester on GIS, data visualization, and digital humanities; creation of interdisciplinary research partnerships; formation of a new collaboration between the UH Libraries and the School of Art; and identifying secondary data resources for possible acquisition by the Libraries.
The group is composed of faculty, librarians, and additional campus support units such as Faculty and Departmental Instructional Support. Since the focus of the group is UH research and instruction, any interested faculty or staff are welcome to participate. Anyone interested may contact Been to be included in mailings. The group meets once per semester in the MD Anderson Library.
University of Houston graduate students are invited to the Spring 2016 Graduate Student Mixer, hosted by UH Libraries.
The event serves as an opportunity for graduate students to network and allows them to meet subject librarians in a fun and relaxed setting.
What: Grad Student Mixer
When: Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 5:00 pm
Where: Elizabeth D. Rockwell Pavilion, MD Anderson Library
Workshops in Access, Word, Illustrator, HTML, EndNote, Excel, Google Docs, SPSS, MATLAB, PowerPoint, Prezi and Acrobat are being held in February at the University of Houston Libraries.
The Technology Training program at UH Libraries offers free technology courses to current UH students, faculty and staff. Classes are held in the Learning Commons Training Labs on the first floor of the MD Anderson Library.
The following databases are now available from the University of Houston Libraries:
Includes the complete electronic editions of more than 1,500 U.S. news sources and news video clips, covering local and regional news, including community events, schools, politics, government policies, cultural activities, local companies, state industries, and people in the community.
Food Studies Online
Provides researchers rich archival content, visual ephemera, monographs, and videos that explore how food shapes the world around us.
One of Texas’ largest news organizations, the Houston Chronicle provides in-depth coverage on local issues in Houston. It also covers state, national and international news.
Texas News Sources
Searchable collection of 56 newspapers from the state of Texas.
Enter the world of Carlos “DJ Styles” Garza, who has in turn been a high school b-boy and aspiring graffiti artist, an up and coming club DJ, producer for the highly creative hip hop artists Odd Squad and Devin the Dude, and an independent producer and audio engineer. This digital collection contains approximately 50 artworks, sketches, fliers, and promotional items from the eighties to the 2000s, related to Garza’s life in hip hop.
Carlos Garza was born in Reynosa, Mexico in 1968, and settled in Houston with his family in the 1970s. As a teenager in Bellaire, he fell in love with hip hop through the music of the original pioneers, and films like Wild Style. In the mid-1980s Carlos began break dancing under the name DJ Pace Master. He and a few friends formed the Dynamic Crew, a break dancing group which performed at parties and participated in contests. They and other friends also sketched hip hop style artwork and practiced making potential graffiti tags. After a year of break dancing, Garza decided to switch to DJing and began performing at house parties and school events under the name DJ Styles.
Garza got a job at Soundwaves Records on South Main in 1987, where he worked until 1992 as the store’s buyer for hip hop (at a time when many music stores in Houston were not stocking hip hop). During that period, he launched the career of the legendary producer DJ Premier by recommending his friend to a New York label owner who was looking for a member to join the group Gang Starr.
In the early 1990s, Garza began working with the group Odd Squad (Rob Quest, Devin, and Jugg Mugg) as a producer, contributing to their classic Rap-A-Lot album Fadanuf Fa Erybody. He has also done production for Devin the Dude and the Coughee Brothaz, and these artists are represented in the digital collection.
Catherine Essinger, coordinator of the Architecture and Art Library and librarian for Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University of Houston Libraries, recently received one of the H.W. Wilson Foundation Research Awards for 2016. Essinger’s research project, “She-Gods, Gangsters and Gunslingers: Subversive Images of ‘The New Woman’ in the Early Films of Roger Corman,” will provide a critical discussion and record of an underrepresented, multidisciplinary topic, according to the awards committee.
This research will explore the concept of the “New Woman” in the visual arts from 1894 – when the term first appeared in an article – to 1960. The project is of interest to the field of librarianship generally as it involves the examination of archived film that is not available in any other format and the work of libraries in preserving these unique items.
Essinger will be honored at the 2016 joint conference of the Art Libraries Society of North America and the Visual Resources Association (ARLIS/NA + VRA) to be held in Seattle this March.
The H.W. Wilson Foundation Research Award supports research activities by ARLIS/NA individual members in the fields of librarianship, visual resources curatorship, and the arts. The award encourages the professional development of the membership in their capacities as information intermediaries and as subject specialists in the arts.
The new version of Research Guides is now available on the University of Houston Libraries’ website, with a much cleaner and more modern look and feel. Its layout has been restructured to include features that have been shown to improve usability, such as left-hand side navigation, increased whitespace, and vertically scrolling information.
On the editing side, the new system has a centralized content repository that makes it much easier for librarians to reuse and edit frequently-needed information, and gives far greater flexibility in content placement. It also provides more robust statistics reporting that demonstrate how our users interact with guides, and how we might be able to improve them.
“Research Guides facilitate student success by providing 24/7, point-of-need online research support, tailored to individual courses and programs by their subject liaisons,” said Ashley Lierman, instructional design librarian. “The upgrade has not only made these resources more attractive and easier for students to use, it’s made guides easier for librarians to design, update, and monitor, which will help guides stay current with the latest resources and provide the most value to library users.”
The University of Houston Libraries will host the African American Read-In, the first event of its kind held on the UH campus.
The UH African American Read-In will take place on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm. UH faculty, staff and students are invited to read their favorite poems, passages of fiction or nonfiction, lyrics, plays, or speeches written by African Americans to an audience in the Elizabeth D. Rockwell Pavilion at the MD Anderson Library. Guests, classes, and organizations are encouraged to attend. Sign up to be a reader.
The UH Libraries joins schools, churches, bookstores, libraries and professional organizations across the country in participating in the National African American Read-In, now in its 26th year. The African American Read-In celebrates diversity in literature and is a new addition to the University’s Black History Month activities. Through the support of the Libraries, the University, and the Houston community, the event is destined to become a campus tradition.
The African American Read-In is made possible through campus partnership with the UH Libraries, the UH Center for Diversity and Inclusion, the UH African American Studies program, and the UH Department of English.
What: UH African American Read-In
When: Tuesday, February 9, 2016 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Where: Elizabeth D. Rockwell Pavilion, MD Anderson Library
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