The Medieval Manuscript Leaves and Fragments collection contains individual leaves and partial fragments from handwritten books which date from the 13th to the 16th centuries. The original books were all created in Western Europe. They were intended for religious study or liturgical use, and all but one were written during the Middle Ages. Although the original books are no longer complete, these leaves and fragments still convey the rich history and artistry of the Middle Ages.
The collection includes four leaves from 13th century Bibles, one from Cambridge and three most likely from Paris. The most ornate leaf in the digital collection is a hymnal page from a 14th century book (probably a psalter) which bears historiated initials, one featuring a youth carrying the True Cross and the other featuring John the Baptist with his symbolic lamb. The collection contains several other psalters and breviaries, including a “pseudo-Gregory” incorrectly attributed to Pope Gregory the Great. Written music is represented in this collection by two simple antiphonary leaves, one from the 15th century and one from the 16th century.
DiverseWorks has recently donated a collection of items representing its history to the University of Houston Libraries Special Collections. DiverseWorks commissions, produces, and presents new and daring art in all its forms through innovative collaborations that honor each artist’s vision without constraint.
The DiverseWorks Archives includes materials from projects, exhibitions, and events from 1982 to the present. It is currently being cataloged and is available for research by students, faculty, and the public.
Selections from the first decade of the innovative art space will be on display at the MD Anderson Library from October 3 – 25, curated by DiverseWorks intern Micaela Cadungog.
In celebration of the donation of the DiverseWorks Archives to Special Collections, a reception will be held at the Elizabeth D. Rockwell Pavilion in the MD Anderson Library on Wednesday, October 5 from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. It is open to the public.
Published by photographer Julia Beverly, the magazine profiled Southern rappers such as Lil’ Wayne, T.I., David Banner, and Pitbull. Over the years, OZONE featured several Houston-area artists, including Devin the Dude, UGK, Lil’ Flip, Slim Thug, Paul Wall, Mike Jones, and Chamillionaire.
OZONE, Beverly noted, was well positioned to document the rise of Southern hip hop. “It all happened very organically, and that’s why it was so beautiful,” she said. “Every era in music and culture deserves a historian to preserve it for future generations, and I’m glad we could fill that role for Southern hip hop.” The magazine’s contributors became known for being in the right place at the right time, and the magazine’s content, particularly its photo galleries, offered a fresh and timely take on the people and culture of Southern hip hop.
OZONE began as a local publication in Orlando, FL, highlighting the city’s biggest DJs, artists, promoters, and events. Circulation of the underground magazine grew a core readership, fueled by promotional rounds in dozens of cities from Miami to Atlanta to Houston. “A lot of Southern rap fans had been feeling overlooked, so they were really excited to become a part of something to call their own,” Beverly said.
A highlight in the life of the magazine was the 2006 OZONE Awards, a success owing to the publisher’s perseverance in overcoming event-planning obstacles. The sell-out show received incredible support from established talent such as Lil Wayne, who headlined the show, and Ludacris, who arrived with MTV cameras recording footage for his Diary episode. The show also introduced breakthrough acts like T-Pain, Plies, Rick Ross, DJ Khaled, and Pitbull very early in their careers.
The collection is available for use by scholars, students, and the general public in the Special Collections reading room. Until it has been cataloged, interested researchers may contact the curator for the Houston Hip Hop collections, Julie Grob.
In celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, University of Houston Libraries Special Collections is honored to present the Mexican American Studies at UH exhibit.
On view throughout Hispanic Heritage Month, the exhibit highlights the founding of the Center for Mexican American Studies and the contributions of Mexican Americans to campus life throughout the years. Included in the exhibit are photographs, documents, and books spanning over four decades.
Materials will be on view on the 2nd floor of MD Anderson Library from September 15 – October 15, 2016. For more information, contact Lisa Cruces.
University of Houston graduate students are invited to the Fall 2016 Graduate Student Open House on September 28 at the Elizabeth D. Rockwell Pavilion in the MD Anderson Library. The event will be held from 4 to 6 p.m.
Join us for an afternoon of food, conversation, and activities with your fellow grad students. Learn more about how the UH Libraries’ resources and services can help you.
Free workshops in Access 2013, Adobe Acrobat, EndNote, Excel 2013, HTML and CSS, Illustrator CS6, Photoshop CS6, and Word 2013 are being held in September at the University of Houston Libraries.
The Technology Training program at UH Libraries offers 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 Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA) membership recently elected Lisa German, dean of the University of Houston Libraries and Elizabeth D. Rockwell chair, to the Board of Directors. Beginning January 1, 2017, German will serve as a member at large.
GWLA is a consortium of 36 research libraries located in the central and western United States. GWLA is a dynamic, effective, project-oriented consortium, nationally recognized as a leader in the transformation of scholarly communication, and a facilitator in the application of new information technologies.
The University of Houston Music Library has created a new, multipurpose space to serve the unique research and study needs of students in the creative and performing arts.
The Beta-space Study Room, located within the Music Library on the second floor of the Moores School of Music building, is an inviting and functional area featuring multimedia, recording and music software, visual tools, and other resources for creativity and inspiration. Students are encouraged to adapt the flexible learning space to suit their needs and interests.
Created as a “one-stop shop,” the Beta-space Study Room is the ideal environment for group work, reflection, and imagination. Students are often overwhelmed with studies, practice, and performances, all while searching for the resources and space on campus to carry out their work. The Beta-space Study Room addresses this need by housing creative tools and services in one spot, so that students can focus their time and energy on the things they need to accomplish.
All UH students, regardless of major, are invited to use the Beta-space Study Room.
University of Houston Libraries welcomes visitors to the new exhibit, Storied: The First Ten Years of the Creative Writing Program.
From the exhibit:
In 1979, the University of Houston founded its Creative Writing Program under the co-directorship of poets Cynthia Macdonald and Stanley Plumly. Within a short time, it would become a leading program for teaching the craft of writing, and one of the few to offer a PhD in literature and creative writing.
Macdonald, who would remain at UH until her retirement, was joined on the faculty by famed short story writer Donald Barthelme, poets Edward Hirsch and Richard Howard, essayist Phillip Lopate, novelists Robert Cohen and Rosellen Brown, and playwright Ntozake Shange. During the mid 1980s, Inprint formed as a fundraising group for the program, providing fellowships for graduate students and backing for the student-run magazine Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts. The UH Creative Writing Program founded other successful programs, including the Houston Reading Series and Writers in the Schools (WITS), which contributed to the development of a strong literary community in Houston.
Using UH Libraries Special Collections materials, this exhibition details the founding and first decade of the program, spotlights the lives and careers of faculty members Cynthia Macdonald and Donald Barthelme, and showcases works by alumni who graduated between 1979 and 1989.
Visitors are invited to view Storied: The First Ten Years of the Creative Writing Program on the first floor of the MD Anderson Library starting August 22, 2016 through January 2, 2017. For more information, contact Julie Grob, 713-743-9744, or Mary Manning, 713-743-5893.
The University of Houston Libraries has awarded funds to several teams through the 2016-2017 Microgrant Program.
Now in its 8th year, the Microgrant Program fosters new and innovative ideas in support of the Libraries’ Strategic Plan and the University’s Strategic Initiatives.
Librarians and staff submitted proposals for new services and programs which would benefit teaching, learning and research objectives of the UH community, and will work in cross-departmental teams to implement their ideas.
The UH Libraries Microgrant Program winners for 2016-2017 are:
Project title: Cougar Cub Day
Nora Dethloff (project lead), Xiping Liu, Wenli Gao, Jackie Bronicki
A fun-filled day for eligible school-aged children of university employees from selected colleges, departments, and the library.
Project title: Fair Use Week 2017
Nora Dethloff (project lead), Jeannie Castro, Julie Grob, Stephanie Lewin-Lane, Ashley Lierman, Adam Townes
In celebration of Fair Use Week 2017, the members of the Copyright Team will hold an event which will include the screening of the film Freedom of Expression: Resistance and Repression in the Age of Intellectual Property and a panel discussion about copyright and fair use in the creative arts.
Project title: Crafty Coogs: Recycled Plastic Book Bag
Stephanie Lewin-Lane (project lead), Tim McGittigan, Kaylie Kahlich
As part of the UH Office of Sustainability‘s “Crafty Coogs” series, the Music Library and the Office of Sustainability will partner to host a recycled book bag creation event utilizing recycled plastic bags, damaged/unusable music scores, and recycled clothing.
Project title: Free Tax Preparation
Gillian Bautista (project lead), Susan Ryan, J. Michael Thompson
Free federal income tax preparation for our students/staff/faculty who are US residents.
Project title: More User-Friendly Distance Education Interlibrary Loan
Margaret Dunn (project lead), Nora Dethloff, Selina Khan, Gillian Bautista, Lakeshia Clark, Alma Gallo, Susan Ryan
A pilot project to provide a trackable and user-friendly way for patrons to return items to ILL by including a return-shipping label with a shipment.
Project title: Women on Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon
Mary Manning (project lead), Bethany Scott (project lead), Melody Condron, Vince Lee, Catherine Essinger
A day of events focused on creating and improving Wikipedia pages related to women and feminism.
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