New READ Posters Feature UH Faculty

Mimi Lee, Professor, UH College of Education

Mimi Lee, Professor, UH College of Education

Newly promoted and tenured faculty and librarians at the University of Houston recently posed with their favorite books for the UH READ campaign. Launched in 2016 by dean of Libraries Lisa German, the campaign celebrates reading and supports the Libraries’ vision of a community nurtured by curiosity and creativity that drives lifelong learning and scholarship.

This year’s group builds upon an impressive photo display of faculty and librarians whose book selections represent a source of inspiration along their professional journey. These books are now available for check-out, and the photos appear on the first and second floors of the MD Anderson Library.

The latest batch of photos will soon be added alongside the existing READ collection. In the meantime, they are available online.

View a gallery of honorees and their book selections in the Promotion and Tenure Recognition Program online exhibit.


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

Free Streaming Video for UH Community

University of Houston students, faculty, and staff can watch free streaming video through Kanopy, a platform for libraries offering over 30,000 documentaries and movies. The collection includes classic, indie, and foreign language films, with hundreds of new titles added each month.

Kanopy is proudly brought to you by University of Houston Libraries.

Kanopy is proudly brought to you by University of Houston Libraries.

Viewers can enjoy Kanopy on multiple devices. Apps are available for iOS and Android.

WATCH NOW


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Posted on November 20th, 2017 by Esmeralda Fisher and filed under Featured |  No Comments »

Paws and Relax Fall 2017

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.

Paws and Relax Fall 2017

Paws and Relax Fall 2017

  • Monday, December 4: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. (concurrent with Finals Mania)
    106-T and Liaison Services, behind Red Elevators
  • Tuesday, December 5: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
    106-T and 2nd Floor Reading Area
  • Wednesday, December 6: 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
    106-T and 2nd Floor Reading Area
  • Thursday, December 7: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
    106-T and 2nd Floor Reading Area
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New Exhibition: The Art of Valentin Gertsman

Image and Imagination: The Art of Valentin Gertsman

Image and Imagination: The Art of Valentin Gertsman

A new exhibition will open at the University of Houston Libraries in November.

Image and Imagination: The Art of Valentin Gertsman honors the life and work of Dr. Valentin Gertsman (1925 – 2013). Gertsman was a Russian-American surgeon who enjoyed a distinguished second career as a fine arts photographer. With an abstract and poetic vision, he explored a number of important themes, especially the architecture of Houston, his adopted home.

Often exhibited in galleries, Gertsman’s work appears in the collections of art museums in Europe and the United States. UH Libraries recently acquired his photographic archives, and to celebrate this occasion, UH Special Collections presents this exhibition of selected photographs from the art of Valentin Gertsman. The acquisition of his archives and the production of this exhibition were made possible by a generous anonymous gift.

The public is invited to attend the opening reception for the exhibition Image and Imagination: The Art of Valentin Gertsman. Please join UH Libraries and Mrs. Joyce Durfee Gertsman to celebrate this permanent acquisition to the Performing & Visual Arts Research Collection. The reception will be held on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 from 5 – 7 p.m. with the program beginning at 6 p.m. at the MD Anderson Library, Special Collections (second floor). Parking is available at the Welcome Center Garage or the Hilton. For special arrangements and to RSVP, contact Free Lane at 713.743.9650.

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New Exhibit: Anarcha-Feminist Zines and Alternative Press of the 1970s

A new exhibit will open at the University of Houston Libraries in November.

Anarcha-Feminist Zines and Alternative Press of the 1970s

Anarcha-Feminist Zines and Alternative Press of the 1970s

Anarcha-Feminist Zines and Alternative Press of the 1970s, curated by Nancy Agin Dunnahoe of Wild Dog Archives, celebrates a collection of 1970s second-wave feminist and anarcha-feminist works collected or created by Henry Weissborn and generously donated by Wild Dog Archives to UH Special Collections.

In the late 1970s, a sociology student and Yippie named Henry Weissborn organized the University of Houston (UH) Direct Action Committee. His underground D.I.Y. zines, Ultra and Wild Dog, explored sociopolitical issues such as civil disobedience, LGBTQ rights, feminism, and a new counterculture called punk. Weissborn also contributed to other independent activist publications, including the inaugural issue of Bread & Roses (1978), the UH Feminists Newsletter. “Patriarchy is a destructive, culturally embedded force, and a revolution in consciousness is a prerequisite for its elimination,” he wrote in Bread & Roses.

This collection of zines and alternative press periodicals represents a movement toward equality, which has yet to be fully realized in 2017. Selected works from the collection will be on display during the 40th anniversary of the 1977 National Women’s Conference as a tribute to the writers, reviewers, theorists, activists, organizers, and consciousness-raising groups of the second wave who strove for equal representation and a revolution of human rights.

The exhibit will be on display from November 5 through November 12 near Special Collections on the second floor of MD Anderson Library. For more information, contact Mary Manning at 713.743.5893.

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Boost the Impact of Your Research with Cougar ROAR

Cougar Research Open Access Repositories (ROAR)

Cougar Research Open Access Repositories (ROAR)

October 23 – 29, 2017 marks the 10th Annual International Open Access Week, organized by the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC). The initiative highlights the power of Open Access to broaden the impact of research and scholarship.

University of Houston Libraries offers Cougar Research Open Access Repositories (ROAR), home of the University’s Institutional Repository and UH Dataverse. ROAR provides safe, long-term storage for data and scholarship produced by the UH community and makes these materials widely available to researchers around the world.

UH Libraries makes it easy for you to post your work in Cougar ROAR. Contact the Cougar ROAR team for more information.

Open Access FAQ

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2017 Promotion and Tenure Recognition

The University of Houston Libraries and the UH Office of the Provost celebrated the accomplishments of newly promoted and tenured faculty and librarians at a reception held in the MD Anderson Library Elizabeth D. Rockwell Pavilion this month.

Honorees' book selections are in the Libraries catalog and on display in a digital exhibit.

Honorees’ book selections are in the Libraries catalog and on display in a digital exhibit.

The UH Promotion and Tenure Recognition Program was created to honor faculty and librarians who have recently been promoted or achieved tenure. Now in its third year, the program invited 68 honorees to select a book that has offered inspiration or encouragement in their professional journey. Book selections were added to the Libraries catalog and book-plated, serving as an enduring tribute to the pursuit of excellence in service, scholarship and learning.

View a list of honorees and their book selections in the Promotion and Tenure Recognition Program online exhibit.

View photos from the reception.

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New Audio Story on ’77 National Women’s Conference

A new exhibit at the University of Houston Libraries will open on November 5.

The Spirit of Houston: A Retrospective 40 Years in the Making celebrates the 40th anniversary of the 1977 National Women’s Conference, the historic event held in Houston, Texas at which over two thousand delegates from 50 states and 6 territories, as well as 32,000 observers, gathered to create a National Plan of Action with 26 resolutions on women’s rights.

The exhibit, hosted by UH Special Collections, will feature materials comprising documents and ephemera from the Marjorie Randal National Women’s Conference Collection in the Carey Shuart Women’s Research Collection.

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Evocative Video Collection of Houston History Now Available Online

Thanks to a TexTreasures grant funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS), over 500 unique archival KUHT Collection videos have been digitized and are now available online.

Betty Ann Bowser and JD Houston, hosts of Almanac

Betty Ann Bowser and JD Houston, hosts of Almanac

Emily Vinson, audiovisual archivist in University of Houston Libraries Special Collections, collaborated with colleagues* to realize the project goal of preserving and making accessible a large scope of fragile video from the 1980s and 90s, and to accomplish this within one year.

The KUHT Collection is home to roughly 2,000 films and over 12,000 video assets, preserving the broadcast and production history of the nation’s first educational, non-profit television station. Notable and newly-digitized series from the collection include Almanac, The Capitol Report, J.D.’s Journal, and Ryan’s Roundtable. Scholars from a wide range of disciplines, as well as Houston history enthusiasts, will find high research value and interest in the collection, which provides an insightful and colorful snapshot of Houston and Texas in the late 20th century. Much of the content addresses critical issues in society and politics, such as race relations, the AIDS crisis, zoning and voter laws, crime, education, consumerism, prison reform, and immigration, many of which hold relevance today. Alongside the fast-paced news magazine formats, a number of human interest stories and documentaries are also accessible.

Viewers can find the video collection on the newly-released UH Libraries Audio/Video Repository, which is searchable and provides high-quality desktop and mobile playback. Powered by Avalon Media System, the repository was developed to accommodate the Libraries’ ever-growing audio and moving image collections.

Related: University of Houston Magazine | “Preserving the Past: Archivists are using today’s technology to ensure our history isn’t forgotten”

The TexTreasures grant provided funds for the digitization of the open-reel videotapes, a high-risk format with a lack of accessibility due to obsolete playback options; as well as compensation for the student assistants whose work on the project was integral to a successful outcome.

Vinson noted that the KUHT archive has been taken in by UH Special Collections over the past 15 years, and preservation efforts are ongoing. While previous projects include the digitization of early films from KUHT’s educational era, this is the first time that video from the collection has been translated and made widely accessible.

Visit the KUHT TexTreasures online exhibit.

TexTreasures is a yearly competitive grant program of TexShare, a consortium of Texas libraries joining together to share print and electronic materials, purchase online resources, and combine staff expertise. TexShare is administered by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC).

The TexTreasures awards are made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to TSLAC under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act.

IMLS is celebrating its 20th Anniversary. IMLS is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s approximately 123,000 libraries (link is external) and 35,000 museums. Our mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Our grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit www.imls.gov and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

*The KUHT TexTreasures project could not have been completed without the expertise of a group of individuals comprising UH students and Libraries staff. Special thanks goes to Carolann Madden, Victoria Moreno, Jess Nowak, Anne Washington, Diana Dulek, Christin Zepeda, Bethany Scott, Marcus Elizondo, Sean Watkins, Andy Weidner, Matt Richardson, Drew Krewer, Christian Kelleher, Mary Manning, and Mark Cooper.

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Digital Research Commons Call for Projects

The University of Houston Libraries Digital Research Commons invites members of the UH community to submit proposals for sponsored projects to run for the remainder of the academic year 17-18. The DRC is a new physical and intellectual space within the UH Libraries committed to collaborating with researchers on projects involving digital techniques across the humanities, social sciences, and experimental sciences.

UH Libraries Digital Research Commons

UH Libraries Digital Research Commons

We are looking for teams or individuals, experts and novices alike, who have a project that they would like to pursue but don’t know quite how to get started, how best to organize their efforts, or who need tools or expertise not available elsewhere on campus. Prior knowledge of digital tools and techniques is welcome, but not a necessity. The DRC team will help you craft your proposal and, if your project is accepted, will help find training for team members who need it.

We welcome submissions from faculty, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows. Accepted applicants will work with the DRC to build their projects into working prototypes.

Please email Claude Willan with any inquiries, or to apply, by November 3.


What to submit?

Projects may include:

  • research that uses digital tools to bring new approaches or best practices to scholarly disciplines;
  • planning and developing prototypes of new digital tools;
  • innovative uses of technology for public programming and education that incorporates both traditional and new media;
  • building rich source-based projects.

Projects should result in plans, prototypes, or proofs of concept for long-term digital research projects. In addition to early planning towards a prototype, proposals should identify a problem or research question, explore a research agenda, or discover appropriate methodologies or technologies. We especially welcome projects that draw on UH Special Collections, which involve collaboration with other area institutions, and which cross traditional disciplinary boundaries.

We will provide logistical, intellectual, and modest financial support. This can be put towards hiring student assistants or purchasing needed equipment. If you are requesting money to buy equipment, please include a list of the other UH bodies you have also applied to for this purpose.

How to submit?

A project application, emailed to Claude Willan by November 3, should include:

  1. A 1-2 sentence abstract of the proposed project.
  2. A list of your project team members and brief descriptions of roles.
  3. A budget for the AY 17-18 not to exceed $3,000.
  4. A project narrative (no more than 1,000 words). The narrative should answer the following questions:
  • What is the primary research question driving this project?
  • What is the main contribution your project will make to scholarship?
  • Who is your intended audience?
  • What do you intend to be the final product completed under this grant?

In addition, if this is a source-based project, please address:

  • What type of source materials will be used in the project (book, map, handwritten manuscript, pottery fragment, etc.) and how many of these sources do you want to include in the project?
  • Are your sources already available in digital form? Are they under copyright? Do you anticipate any challenges to making them publicly available on the web?
  • Which specific methods/tools/technologies will you use in this project? Briefly state your team’s level of comfort with these methods/tools/technologies – do any members of your team require specific training?
  • Environmental scan: cite other projects with similar capabilities that you would like to emulate, or the domain your project will improve upon.

If this is a tool-building project (includes substantive contribution to pre-existing open source software), please address:

  • What languages/frameworks/pre-existing software/etc. do you plan to use in building this tool?
  • Which members of your team have experience building software projects? Do any members of your team require specific training?
  • Environmental scan: If applicable, please cite any similar tools already in existence, and explain why they are inadequate for your research needs or intended user base.

If you are a graduate student, please include a statement about how this project aligns with your dissertation topic and research/writing schedule.

Posted on October 18th, 2017 by Esmeralda Fisher and filed under Announcements |  Comments Off on Digital Research Commons Call for Projects