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Closed on January 31st

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The Architecture and Art Library will be closed on January 31st, so that repainting and revarnishing can be completed.  We will resume normal hours on Monday.

Library re-opening

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Facility

On January 20th, we will re-open half of the William R. Jenkins Architecture and Art Library and return to our normal hours of operation. Repairs to the north side of the library should be complete by that date. The south wing and our service desk are still being repaired. A barrier, therefore, will separate those areas from the north wing. We will use our staff office upstairs for circulation, reference, and reserves.

There will be some noise, so students may find it difficult to study in the library until repairs are completed.

Collection

We have returned our books to the shelves in our closed collection and the stacks downstairs. Most of the general collection, call numbers NB-Z, and most of the closed collection resources will be found in north wing. Our current journals will return to the mezzanine level, but painting may prevent our having them back up on the 20th.

About half our print resources are still housed on the 4th floor of the M.D. Anderson Library. For the most part, those books are from our general collection with call numbers A-NA.

We plan to set up a paging system, so that books and bound journals may be retrieved from the Anderson Library by our student workers.

Most of our oversized books are still in storage, but we’re hoping to have those back this week.

The rare book collection will remain unavailable until later in the semester. The Franzheim Rare Books Room is still undergoing reconstruction.

The online catalog has been updated, but will not direct patrons to the exact location of a book. With more than 110,000, there’s no way we can inventory the 4th floor to determine which books went to which location while being evacuated post-Ike.

Equipment

All of our staff and public computers downstairs were under water after the hurricane. At the moment, we’ve no computers for patrons to use and no place for them. We do have six laptops we may loan to students, but they will not be able to print.

Reserves

All course reserves will be housed in the staff office on the mezzanine level.

Student Art Exhibit

We are helping to mount an exhibit of student art work at the M.D. Anderson Library this semester, as we did last year. If you are interested in entering your work, please follow the instructions here: http://info.lib.uh.edu/links/images/25/callforartists2.jpg

Communication

We are still having trouble establishing phone service. I have high hopes that phone access will return to normal by next week. For now it is best to visit the library in person or email archlib@mail.uh.edu.

And finally…

Thanks to everyone for your patience and flexibility during this challenging semester. You were the best group of students we could ever hope to serve.

Locating building plans

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When searching for architectural graphics on specific buildings in books:

Search for plans and other building graphics in books on the architect. Locate books on a specific architect using the UH Libraries’ online catalog: library.uh.edu.

To refine your search:

  • Click on Advanced Keyword in the Other Searches box.
  • Enter the name of the architect in one of the empty fields. If the building is sufficiently notable, you may search for it by name. Farnsworth House, for example.
  • Change the Location to –UH Architecture and Art.
  • Change the Sorted by menu to Relevance and Date.
  • When searching through hits, make sure you identify whether a book was published before or after your building was completed.

When searching for architectural graphics on specific buildings in articles:
Architectural journals are typically the best place to find plans, sections, elevations, etc.

Visit the Jenkins Architecture and Art Library’s website at info.lib.uh.edu/aa/.

  • Click on Architecture Databases under Key Research Tools.
  • Click on the Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals under Core Databases.
  • (If accessing from outside the library, you will be asked for your last name and PeopleSoft number to identify you as a legitimate user.)
  • Enter the last name of your architect in the first line.
  • Enter variations on the name of your building in the three fields of the second line. (For example: Vals Platz OR Thermal Bath Vals OR Hotel Theme)
  • The database will return a list of article titles using your search terms
  • Click on any title and look for the field titled “Physical Description.” Each type of graphic included in that article will be listed. For example, “details, elevations, models, photos., plans, sections, site plans, sketches.”
  • To determine whether the UH Libraries owns the journal that contains that article, click on the Find This Item black box near the top of the record.
  • This will open up another screen. If UH owns an electronic copy of the journal, the screen is named Article Linker. If not, it will open a screen named a Citation Linker.
  • The Article Linker will either take you directly to the online version of the journal or list multiple databases that contain that journal. Select any that include the publication date of the article.
  • The Citation Linker translates between two software programs. In this case it takes information from the Avery Index and gives it to the UH Libraries online catalog.
  • Click on Search the Library’s catalog for the print version. The UH Libraries’ online catalog will open to the journal’s record. If you are not directed to the record for your journal, double-check its availability by searching for the journal by title.

Finding books and journals owned by the University of Houston Libraries:
Damage to the College of Architecture during Hurricane Ike necessitated moving half of the Jenkins Library books and journals to the M.D. Anderson Library located a five minute walk away from the Architecture Building. Please read the following carefully, in order to locate library materials efficiently.

  • We have returned our books to the shelves in our closed collection and the stacks downstairs. Most of the general collection, call numbers NB-Z, and most of the closed collection resources will be found in north wing. Our current journals will return to the mezzanine level, but painting may prevent our having them back up on the 20th.
  • About half our print resources are still housed on the 4th floor of the M.D. Anderson Library’s Blue Wing. For the most part, those books are from our general collection with call numbers A-NA.
  • Most oversized books are in the Jenkins Library. Some, however, are on carts on the 4th floor of M.D. Anderson’s Blue Wing.
  • The rare book collection will remain unavailable until later in the semester. The Franzheim Rare Books Room is still undergoing reconstruction.
  • The online catalog has been updated, but will not direct patrons to the exact location of a book. With more than 110,000, there’s no way we can inventory the 4th floor to determine which books went to which location while being evacuated post-Ike.

Locating plans for new buildings:

If your building was completed within the past three years, it may be difficult to locate published plans. For recent buildings, contact the architecture firm that designed the building and ask them to email any plans to you.

Call for artists

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Call for Artists!

For a juried exhibit February 12-April 15, 2009, sponsored by the UH Libraries. This exhibit is open to all current UH students.

What can you submit?

2D – in any medium, ready to hang with wires/brackets, not to exceed 5’x5,’ 10 pounds, or extend more than 4” from wall.

Sculpture – with pedestals, no more than 50 pounds, must fit inside a library elevator

Where do you submit your art?

Bring your artwork to room 220 in the M.D. Anderson Library by January 31 (10am – 5pm weekdays). Contact Nancy Linden with questions.

When is the Opening Reception?

The Student Art Exhibit’s Opening Reception will be on February 12, 2009, at 5:30 pm on the 3rd Floor, Gold Wing, of the M.D. Anderson Library.

Library re-opening

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Facility

On January 20th, we will re-open half of the William R. Jenkins Architecture and Art Library and return to our normal hours of operation. Repairs to the north side of the library should be complete by that date. The south wing and our service desk are still being repaired. A barrier, therefore, will separate those areas from the north wing. We will use our staff office upstairs for circulation, reference, and reserves.

There will be some noise, so students may find it difficult to study in the library until repairs are completed.

Collection

We have returned our books to the shelves in our closed collection and the stacks downstairs. Most of the general collection, call numbers NB-Z, and most of the closed collection resources will be found in north wing. Our current journals will return to the mezzanine level, but painting may prevent our having them back up on the 20th.

About half our print resources are still housed on the 4th floor of the M.D. Anderson Library. For the most part, those books are from our general collection with call numbers A-NA.

We plan to set up a paging system, so that books and bound journals may be retrieved from the Anderson Library by our student workers.

Most of our oversized books are still in storage, but we’re hoping to have those back this week.

The rare book collection will remain unavailable until later in the semester. The Franzheim Rare Books Room is still undergoing reconstruction.

The online catalog has been updated, but will not direct patrons to the exact location of a book. With more than 110,000, there’s no way we can inventory the 4th floor to determine which books went to which location while being evacuated post-Ike.

Equipment

All of our staff and public computers downstairs were under water after the hurricane. At the moment, we’ve no computers for patrons to use and no place for them. We do have six laptops we may loan to students, but they will not be able to print.

Reserves

All course reserves will be housed in the staff office on the mezzanine level.

Student Art Exhibit

We are helping to mount an exhibit of student art work at the M.D. Anderson Library this semester, as we did last year. If you are interested in entering your work, please follow the instructions here: http://info.lib.uh.edu/links/images/25/callforartists2.jpg

Communication

We are still having trouble establishing phone service. I have high hopes that phone access will return to normal by next week. For now it is best to visit the library in person or email archlib@mail.uh.edu.

And finally…

Thanks to everyone for your patience and flexibility during this challenging semester. You were the best group of students we could ever hope to serve.