Ariana Santiago recently joined the University of Houston Libraries as an instruction librarian in the department of Liaison Services.
In this role, Santiago works with UH instructors of high-impact undergraduate courses, such as English, psychology, engineering, biology and public speaking, to deliver point-of-need library instruction in research skills and information literacy.
Santiago is part of the Libraries instruction team, a group of librarians who support student success initiatives at the University by collaborating with faculty to strengthen students’ analytical skills and effectively use the library’s many resources.
Applying active learning methods, the instruction team takes students through library basics and beyond to transferable, concept-based knowledge, such as ethically using scholarly resources or strategic searches for information. These are the skills students need while in college and after graduation.
Santiago’s professional interests include learning theory, pedagogy and instructional design. Previously, she was a residency librarian at the University of Iowa, focusing on library outreach to undergraduate students.
Her venture into instruction began when she taught several marching band drum lines and competitive drum corps. As a drummer herself, this teaching role influenced her interests in the different ways that people prefer to learn, and eventually, nudged her onto the path of librarianship.
A native of Florida, Santiago says that Houston reminds her of home, and the University is an exciting place to be. “There’s a great sense of pride here,” she says. “I love that people are really striving for excellence in everything they do.”
A big part of the journey is the Libraries’ collective focus on student success. “We want students to be successful academically, but also in their personal lives,” Santiago says. “We want them to excel and achieve their career goals, and we contribute by helping them make use of the resources that we have here, and think critically about information.”
The University of Houston Libraries now offers access to a collection of streaming videos through Kanopy. Students, scholars and faculty can search and view over 4,500 educational videos in business, the arts, training, health sciences, media and communication, natural sciences, social sciences, and teacher education.
New videos will be added as they become available.
Browse the collection of videos by searching for “Kanopy” in the library catalog or by using a keyword search.
The University of Houston Libraries provides access to four million volumes of books and e-books, manuscripts, journals and other resources that support the teaching, learning and research activities of our students and scholars.
The care and maintenance of the catalog’s records fall under the purview of the Libraries’ resource management unit, led by Melody Condron.
Condron recently joined the UH Libraries as the new resource management coordinator. In this role, Condron and her team are responsible for quality control of the four million records in the Libraries’ database that represent a range of scholarly resources. Quality control involves activities that ensure records of catalogued materials are properly identified, described and linked for ease of discoverability.
Along with providing practical expertise in bibliographic resources management, Condron’s professional interests include libraries’ management of physical materials in a digital age. While students and scholars are using more and more digital resources, the conservation of print or physical collections in the stacks remains a priority to ensure users can access the best of both worlds.
Condron also studies personal archiving, the capture and preservation of an individual’s digital content, such as social media posts, photos and other ephemera. “We have a lot of data in our personal lives, and most people don’t think about what will happen to that if they pass away,” Condron said. “There’s been a big push in librarianship on how to make that data accessible in a meaningful way.”
Prior to arriving in Houston, Condron helped manage a consortium of 171 libraries in Montana that included K-12 school, law, public, and college and university libraries. Before that, she managed the collection for three public libraries, also in Montana. These experiences helped her gain broad knowledge of the larger issues in librarianship, and a strong desire to make connections with librarians across multiple areas of the profession.
Condron was excited to find a culture of collaboration and focus on innovation at UH Libraries. As a new member of the team, Condron brings fresh perspective, and has discovered that colleagues support suggestions for improvements to existing processes. “Everyone is really open to new ideas,” she said.
She has embraced the University’s focus on student success, and the Libraries’ commitment to provide enhanced services and resources in support of our students and scholars. This common goal, she says, has a positive impact on the engagement of librarians and staff as well. “Everyone seems to be excited about being at the University of Houston,” she said.
Miscellany about Melody
- An avid vegetable gardener and former resident of beautiful but chilly Montana, she is thrilled at the fact that she can now garden year-round.
- Her top nonfiction go-to is The Seven Sins of Memory: How the Mind Forgets and Remembers. “This is a fantastic book that identifies the seven different ways that your brain tricks you on purpose. Each time I read it, I learn new things, and I think ‘I forgot that,’ which is funny because it’s a book about memory.”
- Favorite fiction: “I’m a fan of anything by Terry Pratchett.”
- Favorite cuisine: Indian, Thai, Vietnamese. “Houston is a fantastic place for food.”
- Favorite films: Hot Fuzz and Tombstone.
When Pat Bozeman arrived at the University of Houston Libraries 30 years ago, Special Collections was in a state of transition, much like Bozeman herself, who was switching careers from the private sector in Boston to librarianship.
As a newly-minted graduate of the School of Library & Information Science at Indiana University, Bozeman accepted a position as special collections librarian in 1984. She felt that the job announcement was written just for her, because the department sought a person with knowledge of rare books and manuscripts, just the trade in which she had worked for 12 years prior.
Little did she know that, within less than two years, she would be appointed head of Special Collections.
“I have never, ever regretted that I came to Houston,” Bozeman says. She assumed that she would establish herself as a librarian, and eventually return to the Northeast. “Thirty years later, here I am,” she says with a smile. “I have really enjoyed being here at UH, and watching things grow.”
Bozeman was motivated to develop a new professional path for herself, while leading a small but increasingly active department. “Special Collections had been considered an add-on that nobody paid much attention to,” she says. “I was determined to change that.”
And she did. Bozeman was the first librarian to grow the Special Collections instruction program with diligent outreach to faculty and students, creating lectures for academic courses with use of the rare book collection and archival materials. Today, Special Collections hosts an average of 40 classes annually in its own classroom.
She organized and culled myriad books and archival items that had accumulated since the department’s inception in 1968, with careful attention to the needs of students and scholars. In recent years, she has overseen an increasing number of digitization projects focusing on the department’s unique materials and has worked tirelessly to enhance the visibility of the collections under her care. Bozeman strengthened existing collecting areas, such as Houston and Texas history, and established new archival units, such as Performing and Visual Arts, Hispanic Archives and Architecture and Planning. She supervised the creation of the Carey C. Shuart Women’s Archive and Research Collection, the Houston History Archives and the University Archives. Her team of librarians and archivists has flourished under her leadership, growing in number and national prominence.
The expansion of the department accelerated further when Dana Rooks became Dean of Libraries and placed more emphasis on Special Collections as an integral service point in this research library. Bozeman credits Rooks and Marilyn Myers, associate dean of Public Services, as stand-outs among those who championed the mission of the department and supported Bozeman in her vision of its relevance and growth.
In addition to leading Special Collections, Bozeman has been substantially involved in scholarship and service. She has curated or co-curated over 50 exhibits and Digital Library collections (and has supervised an even greater list), has given presentations on a wide range of topics in special collections and archives management, has organized conferences and workshops and, since 2004, has served as an adjunct faculty member in the University of North Texas’ School of Library and Information Science. She also has served in numerous professional associations at the national and regional level.
Throughout her long and impactful career, the rare and unique items of Special Collections remained a captivating reminder of why Bozeman loves this field, as she enjoys the thrill of discovery and making historical connections. She has worked with countless books, documents and objects that carry their own hidden stories, such as the collection of Revolutionary War letters in which she discovered that the person who penned many of those letters, a colonel in the 2nd New Jersey Regiment, was her first cousin eight times removed.
A few of her most treasured items include a 1692 court document, signed by Cotton Mather, convicting an Andover, Massachusetts woman as a witch in the infamous Salem trials. There is a fine press book of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven that, from its slipcase inward, evokes the somber image of that ominous black bird. Bozeman was later fortunate enough to be able to purchase Alan James Robinson’s original drawings for that book. She recalls a time early in her career when she reached for something peeking over the edge of a top shelf that turned out to be a Civil War-era document signed by President Abraham Lincoln. She also has enjoyed teaching with all manner of rare books, from medieval manuscript books of hours and the first edition of the King James bible (1611), to a wide array of children’s pop-up books.
And there is an exciting story behind an 1836 broadside playbill from New York City’s American Theatre, advertising a vaudevillian evening to benefit the “Texians” of the Texas Revolution. Although listed in Thomas Streeter’s Bibliography of Texas, 1795-1845, the notation indicated that Streeter himself had been unsuccessful in locating an original, having seen only a photostatic copy at the Texas State Library. In 2004, Bozeman discovered an original framed copy, belonging in the papers of New Deal Texas governor James V. Allred, one of the first collections to come to Special Collections in the 1960s. Bozeman’s resulting article, titled “‘For the Relief of the Texians’: A Theatrical Benefit to Aid the Texas Revolution,” appeared in the July 2012 Southwestern Historical Quarterly.
Although she is retiring from her post as head of Special Collections, Bozeman’s work continues. Her first project will be to take part in the ongoing research to create an online database of Texas artists and artisans for the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston-Bayou Bend.
In honor of her retirement, gifts may be made to the Pat Bozeman Endowment in Special Collections that provides travel stipends for researchers using the University of Houston Libraries’ archival collections. To make a gift, contact Todd Marrs at 713.743.9741.
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.
The University of Houston Libraries recently collaborated with campus partners to present highlights in UH history.
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.”
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.
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.
The Aker Architectural Photographic Records Collection comprises roughly 50,000 distinct images depicting scenes of commercial architecture over the past three decades.
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.
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.
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.