Kelli Getz, assistant head of Acquisitions at the University of Houston Libraries, has been selected to participate in the UH Cougar Chairs Leadership Academy (CCLA).
Provost Paula Myrick Short launched the CCLA to address the need for leadership and professional development in UH academic departments. The year-long program prepares individuals for departmental leadership roles, with a curriculum that is based on UH Board of Regents strategic principles, and is carried out in support of UH strategic goals.
“The Cougar Chairs Leadership Academy provides a unique opportunity to develop leadership skills alongside selected faculty members from across the UH campus,” Getz said. “In addition to developing better leadership skills, I will be cultivating relationships with campus colleagues. Ideally, this will serve as a vehicle for discovering new ways that the library can assist UH faculty members in their research, as well as identifying opportunities for intra-campus collaborations.”
“I am so pleased that Kelli Getz was selected for the Cougar Chairs Leadership Academy, and I’d like to thank Provost Short for establishing this program to strengthen and support our UH leaders,” dean Lisa German said.
Getz has served as assistant head of Acquisitions at UH Libraries since 2007. She actively contributes to the advancement of the profession through presentations and publications, and has held several appointments to committees at campus, regional and national levels, including extensive work with the American Library Association (ALA). She currently serves as secretary of the North American Serials Interest Group (NASIG) Executive Board, and was selected as a participant in the 2015 Texas Library Association (TLA) TALL Texans Leadership Development Institute.
Annie Wu, head of Metadata and Digitization Services at the University of Houston Libraries, was selected as a 2016-2017 fellow of the Association of Research Libraries Leadership Fellows program.
The ARL Leadership Fellows program is designed and sponsored by ARL member libraries to facilitate the development of future senior-level leaders in large research libraries and archives. The program engages library staff who have the desire and potential for leadership at ARL libraries.
“I believe that the ARL Leadership Fellows program will further enrich my knowledge and skills in leadership and career development, and will allow me to achieve my ultimate goal of contributing to the success of research libraries,” Wu said. “Twenty-first century librarianship is dynamic and changing. We are facing challenges with the impact of cultural and technological transformation. The ARL Leadership Fellows program will give me exposure to current issues affecting research libraries, increase my awareness and understanding of the challenges, and prepare me to respond to these challenges with strategic vision.”
“The Association of Research Libraries’ program is highly competitive, and Annie Wu’s selection as an ARL Leadership fellow is a reflection of her terrific executive leadership potential,” dean Lisa German said. “I am so pleased that she was chosen. I look forward to her continued advancement as a leader and as a merited representative of the University of Houston.”
Wu has worked in both academic and corporate environments since graduating from the MLIS program at the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1998. She has held supervisory and management roles for over 15 years. Prior to UH, Wu was the operations manager at the Technical Information Center of Corning Incorporated. Before joining Corning Inc., she was the cataloging supervisor at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington Randall Library.
Wu actively contributes to the advancement of librarianship through scholarly publications and presentations. She holds a record of service in national and state level committees and interest groups, as well as in local libraries and communities.
Wu was previously selected as a fellow of the ARL Leadership and Career Development Program (LCDP), an 18-month program designed to prepare mid-career librarians from traditionally underrepresented racial and ethnic minority groups to take on increasingly demanding leadership roles in ARL libraries.
The University of Houston Libraries will host end-of-semester recreational activities for students as a break from the stress of finals.
Illuminate Your Own Manuscript (new)
Unwind with a bit of coloring to make your own illuminated manuscript. As a part of our traditional fall Finals Mania, UH Libraries Special Collections will be sponsoring a coloring stress-relief activity designed to give students a study break and to highlight the interesting and unique material found in Special Collections.
Monday, December 7
7:00 – 9:30 pm
Special Collections, second floor MD Anderson Library
Enjoy a late night breakfast in the MD Anderson Library, including pancakes, turkey sausage, snacks, beverages, and more! Free with your UH ID.
Monday, December 7
8:30 – 10:30 pm
Rockwell Pavilion, second floor MD Anderson Library
Paws and Relax
Local organization Faithful Paws will bring certified therapy dogs to the MD Anderson Library for four days of stress relief. Drop in for petting, snuggling and treat-feeding with these gentle and friendly canines.
Monday, December 7: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Tuesday, December 8: 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Wednesday, December 9: 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Thursday, December 10: 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Rooms 106P and 106T in the MD Anderson Library
Annie Wu, head of metadata and digitization services at the University of Houston Libraries, was recently featured in the “Figures in the Chinese Community” column of the Southern Chinese Daily News.
Wu provides the following translation:
Ms. Anping Wu has been in the States for over 20 years. She was an assistant professor in China University of Political Science and Law before she came over to United States. She is currently the Head of Metadata and Digitization Services at the University of Houston Libraries. Ms. Wu is very dedicated to community services. She is currently the President of Hunan Club of Houston and co-chair of American Hunan Association.
You asked, we listened! The University of Houston MD Anderson Library will be open 24 hours starting the week before finals.
Students who have final projects instead of exams can now take advantage of 24-hour access to the MD Anderson Library beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Monday, November 30th and continuing through Wednesday, December 16th, closing at 5:45 p.m.
Also new this year will be 24-hour access on Friday and Saturday nights. The library will be continuously open 24 hours a day for over two weeks, giving students additional space and resources to complete their semester projects or to study for exams.
Students must bring their university ID for entry between midnight and 7:00 a.m. during the extended hours period. View complete library hours.
Material housed in University of Houston Libraries Special Collections was featured on a Fox Channel 26 news story, The History of UH, during the November 6 broadcast. Reporter John Donnelly visited the campus and spoke with Mary Manning, university archivist and curator of Performing and Visual Arts. View story
University archivist and curator of Performing and Visual Arts Mary Manning discussed Special Collections on the November 2 episode of KPFT Houston Open Journal. Listen
Check out recorded readings from the October Poetry and Prose.
The University of Houston Libraries will host Game On, Cougars! on Saturday, November 21 at the MD Anderson Library.
The event, now in its third year, draws gaming enthusiasts of all kinds. Everyone is invited to Game On, Cougars! for a day of board games, card games, and video games, all in a centrally located venue on the UH campus. The event will also feature tournaments for Super Smash Bros. and League of Legends.
Last year, over 160 attendees from the campus community and the Houston area gathered for the event, featuring free play, tournaments, prizes and snacks. View highlights from the 2014 Game On, Cougars!
This year, the Libraries is partnering with student organizations to offer more gaming options. The Cougar Urban Gaming Society will host an outdoor pickup game along with table top indoor games, while UH Smash will run a 32-player video game tournament, along with demoing games.
Who: All interested gamers
What: A FREE day of board games, card games, and video games; prizes, snacks
When: Saturday, November 21, 2015
Where: University of Houston MD Anderson Library
Rachel Vacek, head of Web Services at the University of Houston Libraries, will deliver the keynote address at the Oklahoma chapter of the Association of College and Research Libraries 2015 conference.
Vacek will discuss “Re-imagining the Library Website.” Her research interests focus on open source technologies, user experience design, agile development methodologies, digital libraries, innovation, and library leadership.
Vacek has been a part of Web Services at UH Libraries since 2007, and became head of the department in 2010. She served as the 2014-2015 president of the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) and was named a 2014 Library Journal Mover and Shaker. She is also a 2007 American Library Association (ALA) Emerging Leader.
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