During Spring Break 2008, March 17th – 21st, the Libraries’ Chat Reference service will be unavailable. For assistance, please use our Ask-A-Librarian service (http://info.lib.uh.edu/services/aska.html).
Chat Reference will resume at 3pm on Monday, March 24th. Have a great Spring Break!
Two new databases are now available from the University of Houston Libraries:
Abstracts in Social Gerontology: This is an online index that covers essential areas related to social gerontology, such as the psychology of aging, elder abuse, society and the elderly, and other areas of key relevance to the discipline. The coverage starts from 1990.
The South Carolina Gazette: This newspaper collection offers a wealth of information on Colonial/Early American History and Genealogy, and provides an accurate glimpse of life in South Carolina and America during the early days of this country. Its coverage is 1732 to 1741.
If you have any questions about these databases, feel free to contact your subject librarian.
Printing will be unavailable Sunday, March 16th, to install needed upgrades to the Libraries’ print server and release station software. Printing will be available again on Monday, March 17th.
Visitors to the Libraries on Sunday should bring a USB flash drive with them to save any created documents or located research articles. UH students and faculty can save documents to their CougarNet "H" drive.
We apologize for the inconvenience.
If you are a UH Main Campus student and would like to share your thoughts and experience of using e-books, you are welcome to take an online survey created by an e-book vendor (ebrary). All respondents will be entered into a drawing. The survey will remain open through April 11, 2008. More information about it is available from its FAQ page.
Due to technical upgrade, IEEE Xplore will be unavailable from 9 am to 1 pm on Saturday, March 15th. We apologize for the inconvenience.
With new shelving available on the 7th & 8th floors of the Blue Wing, and a very healthy start on the high-density shelving system in the basement, we are ready for The Big Shift. Beginning Monday, March 17th, we will start realigning the collections of the M.D. Anderson Library.
The project is easy to explain, but difficult to achieve. We will be arranging the entire general collection into call number order, starting with the “A”s. We will move the “A”s and “B”s to the 8th floor Blue Wing, winding our way down through the floors and wings of the entire building, finishing with the “Z”s on the 2nd floor. No more call number runs jumping from floor to floor.
At the same time, we will relocate all of the library’s bound journals to the compact shelving in the basement, again starting with the “A”s. The bound journals will begin in the far southeast corner of the basement. As this takes place, we will be affixing new labels to all bound journals, clearly identifying them now, and for ease of re-shelving. The collection will wind throughout the basement, eventually ending just to the left of the stairs.
This is a process that will take a year or more. Things will be in a constant state of motion. Once finished, we will have a library with a layout that is easy to understand and with room for growth.
Updates will be posted regularly to keep all informed of our progress. If you have any further questions about The Big Shift, feel free to contact Paul Sharpe at (713) 743-9714 or by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org