Project Explores Interlibrary Loan of 3-D Objects

Nora Dethloff, assistant head of Information and Access Services at the University of Houston Libraries, is a co-investigator on a Texas Tech University Libraries project team that is reimagining resource sharing.

3-D depiction of mathematical models created at Texas Tech

3-D depiction of mathematical models created at Texas Tech

The project, Sharing and Helping Academics Prepare for Educational Success (SHAPES), is made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act. As users’ demands for new types of resources increase, librarians from Texas Tech and UH are working to fulfill the need for sharing of 3-D objects by creating a database of plans that can be rendered through a networked printing service.

Video: Texas Tech librarians discuss an interlibrary loan program for 3-D objects.

“We’re envisioning the program as the interlibrary loan of three-dimensional objects,” Dethloff said. “For instance, someone at Texas Tech could discover a plan that was created here at UH for a replica of a human retina, and they could then request to have that object created on a 3-D printer at Tech through a transmittal of the plan.”

The new service can also provide a means of “loaning” unique or rare items that are currently only available in-person. Through shared plans and replication, students of one institution would be able to see, touch, and interact with an exact replica of a rare item held at another.

Learn how a Texas Tech education professor is using 3-D models in the classroom.

The project team is building the repository and testing the mechanism that will transmit data in order for patrons from either institution to discover available 3-D object plans, which heretofore were limited to those with access to an engineering lab or high-end software for 3-D object modeling.

Posted on March 24th, 2017 by Esmeralda Fisher and filed under Announcements |  No Comments »

New Exhibit: Barthelme’s Snow White Between the Covers

A new exhibit featuring the works of literary luminary and former UH Creative Writing Program professor Donald Barthelme (1931–1989) will open at the University of Houston Libraries on April 1.

Snow White by Donald Barthelme. Presented by the Catastrophic Theatre.

Snow White by Donald Barthelme. Presented by the Catastrophic Theatre.

Barthelme’s Snow White Between the Covers celebrates the Catastrophic Theatre April 7 world premiere of Snow White, a theatrical adaptation of Barthelme’s 1967 novel, a satiric collage based on the story of Snow White. Curated by Julie Grob of UH Special Collections, the exhibit follows Snow White from typescript to translation as it appears in different forms over the years.

Special Collections is proud to be the future home for Catastrophic Theatre records.

Grob will participate in a panel discussion at Catastrophic Theatre’s Snow White kick-off party on Sunday, March 26 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Grand Prize Bar.

UH Libraries is a proud partner of the Catastrophic Theatre production of Snow White.

Posted on March 24th, 2017 by Esmeralda Fisher and filed under Announcements |  No Comments »

New Exhibit: Russian Propaganda Art, 1917-1930

Fight of the Red Knights: Russian Propaganda Art, 1917-1930 (exhibit) March 30-July 31

Fight of the Red Knights: Russian Propaganda Art, 1917 – 1930 (exhibit) March 30 – July 31

As part of Enchanting World: Centennial of the 1917 Russian Revolution, the University of Houston Libraries will house a public exhibit of Soviet and anti-Soviet propaganda posters from the revolution and early years of the Soviet Union. The exhibit consists of 33 posters (reproductions) selected from the Poster Collection housed at the Hoover Institution Archive at Stanford University.

Curated by UH students, the exhibit opens Thursday, March 30 at 6:00 p.m. on the third floor of the MD Anderson Library, with a gallery talk by Katya Kudryavtseva, PhD, a Stetson University professor of art history and specialist on Russia. The event is free and open to the public. The exhibit will be open through July 31.

Enchanting World is a series of public events in 2017, including musical concerts, theatrical performances, visual arts exhibitions, public lectures, and symposia related to the centennial of the 1917 Russian Revolution.

Posted on March 22nd, 2017 by Esmeralda Fisher and filed under Announcements |  No Comments »

Electronics Kits Now Available

Electronics kits are now available for checkout at the MD Anderson Library Learning Commons.

Microcontroller board

Microcontroller board

Ten each of the following are available for a one-week checkout:

  • Arduino Base and Supply Kits
  • Raspberry Pi 2 Kits
  • TI LaunchPad (MSP430 version)

Arduinos are intended for beginners, with a focus on hands-on circuit/electronics making along with some programming. Raspberry Pi computers share characteristics with the Arduinos, and are focused on programming. TI LaunchPads, used in many of UH Electronic and Computer Engineering courses, are best for intermediate/advanced users.

In addition to the kits, three sets of testing and measurement equipment are available, including an oscilloscope, power supply and multimeter, in the Learning Commons for testing of projects and designs.

Accessories, including sensors and motors for the kits, additional starter kits, and dedicated space within the Learning Commons for “maker” activities will be added through the remainder of the semester and into the summer.

Learn more with the makerspace research guide.

Posted on March 21st, 2017 by Esmeralda Fisher and filed under Announcements |  No Comments »

Cronk Recognized as Library Journal ‘Mover & Shaker’

Lindsay Cron. Photo by Patrick Heagney.

Lindsay Cronk. Photo by Patrick Heagney.

Lindsay Cronk, collections and online resources coordinator at the University of Houston Libraries, has been named a 2017 Mover & Shaker by Library Journal.

Cronk is one of 52 outstanding professionals in the library field who were recognized for their innovative work in shaping the future of libraries.

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Spring 2017 Newsletter Now Available

UH Libraries Spring 2017 Newsletter

UH Libraries Spring 2017 Newsletter

The University of Houston Libraries spring 2017 newsletter is now available online.

Inside: UH Special Collections, New Digital Collections, and Librarian News.

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Library Assessment Conference 2018 to Convene in Houston, Texas

The following is a news release from the Association of Research Libraries (ARL).


image CC-BY by Katie Haugland Bowen

image CC-BY by Katie Haugland Bowen

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the University of Washington (UW) Libraries announce the next Library Assessment Conference will be held in Houston, Texas, in the fall of 2018. The University of Houston (UH) Libraries and Texas A&M University Libraries will serve as hosts for the event, working with the conference sponsors on local arrangements and meeting planning.

Since 2006, the Library Assessment Conference has convened every two years. The conference goal is to build and support the wide-reaching community of library assessment practitioners and researchers who have responsibility or interest in this broad field. The multi-day event is a mix of invited speakers, workshops, and contributed papers and posters that stimulate discussion and provide feasible ideas for effective, practical, and sustainable library assessment. Previous conferences have been held in Charlottesville, Virginia (2006, 2012); Seattle, Washington (2008, 2014); Baltimore, Maryland (2010); and Arlington, Virginia (2016).

Planning for the 2018 conference will begin immediately and details about the event will be posted on the Library Assessment Conference website. The exact dates of the conference will be announced this spring.


About the Association of Research Libraries

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 124 research libraries in the US and Canada. ARL’s mission is to influence the changing environment of scholarly communication and the public policies that affect research libraries and the diverse communities they serve. ARL pursues this mission by advancing the goals of its member research libraries, providing leadership in public and information policy to the scholarly and higher education communities, fostering the exchange of ideas and expertise, facilitating the emergence of new roles for research libraries, and shaping a future environment that leverages its interests with those of allied organizations. ARL is on the web at ARL.org.

About the University of Washington Libraries

The University of Washington (UW) Libraries, located in Seattle, is the largest library in the Pacific Northwest. The UW Libraries is well-known for its innovative programs and services in assessment, organizational development, user spaces, and institutional collaboration. Its print and digital collections support world-class research and scholarship in such areas as health sciences, environmental sciences, area and language studies, and the Pacific Northwest. UW Libraries is on the web at http://www.lib.washington.edu/.

About the University of Houston Libraries

The University of Houston Libraries advances student success, knowledge creation and preservation, and globally competitive research. UH Libraries comprises the MD Anderson Library, the William R. Jenkins Architecture and Art Library, the Weston A. Pettey Optometry Library, and the Music Library, providing high-impact collections, spaces, and tools that spark opportunities for transformational learning, discovery, and scholarship.

About the Texas A&M University Libraries

The Texas A&M University Libraries, located in College Station, serve 67,000 students, 3,700 instructional faculty, and 19 colleges and schools. The Libraries are driven by: information literacy programs to support University strategic missions, digitization and conservation efforts to protect collections, scholarly communications programs to enhance scholarly visibility, open access projects to reduce student costs, and re-imagining of library spaces to invite collaboration.

Posted on March 8th, 2017 by Esmeralda Fisher and filed under Announcements |  Comments Off on Library Assessment Conference 2018 to Convene in Houston, Texas

March 2017 Technology Training

Technology training at UH Libraries is open to all students, faculty and staff.

Technology training at UH Libraries is open to all students, faculty and staff.

Free workshops in Access 2013, Adobe Acrobat Pro XI, EndNote X7, Excel 2013, HTML and CSS, Photoshop CS6, Project 2010, SPSS, and Word 2013 are being held in March.

The Technology Training program at UH Libraries offers technology courses to current UH students, faculty and staff. View the full calendar and reserve your seat.

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New Exhibition Features Drawings of Burdette Keeland Jr

A new exhibition, The Art of Architecture: Drawings by Burdette Keeland, Jr., has opened in the first floor display cases of the MD Anderson Library. The exhibition by UH Special Collections celebrates the artistic talent of architect Burdette Keeland, Jr. (1926 – 2000), a longtime member of the UH architecture faculty.

Burdette Keeland, Jr., Barkdull Townhouses, Houston TX (1975).

Burdette Keeland, Jr., Barkdull Townhouses, Houston TX (1975).

Before the advent of computer technology, architects helped clients visualize proposed designs through hand-drawn sketches and architectural renderings. Today, these presentation drawings are valued as much for their artistic merit as for the architectural designs they represent.

The exhibition, which contains selected images from the Burdette Keeland Architectural Papers, was curated by Stephen James with important production assistance from Greg Yerke and J Fisher. Visitors are invited to view The Art of Architecture: Drawings by Burdette Keeland, Jr. now through August 2017.

Posted on February 27th, 2017 by Esmeralda Fisher and filed under Announcements |  Comments Off on New Exhibition Features Drawings of Burdette Keeland Jr

Newly Revamped Group Study Rooms Now Open

The University of Houston Libraries has updated twelve group study rooms, thanks to a generous donation.

Newly revamped group study rooms are now open in the MD Anderson Library.

Newly revamped group study rooms are now open in the MD Anderson Library.

The rooms, located within the MD Anderson Library on the second and third floors in the Red Wing, offer 60-inch monitors with wireless keyboards, wall-mounted AV panels allowing students to connect personal devices, tempered glass whiteboards, and bold accent walls. Colorful new furniture, including soft seating (couches and ottomans), has been added. Most of the tables are movable and can be reconfigured into various layouts.

Students can reserve the group study rooms online.

View photos of the revamped group study rooms.

Posted on February 22nd, 2017 by Esmeralda Fisher and filed under Announcements |  Comments Off on Newly Revamped Group Study Rooms Now Open