Surviving Finals: Tips from Librarians

It’s finals time at the University of Houston! Multiple exams and projects due all at once can be overwhelming, so your friendly UH librarians have offered some tips to help you survive the end of the semester. Happy studying!

  1. Plan your study sessions wisely. If your final is a few days away, take time each day to study and review so that you’re not cramming the night before. Studying for a later final can also be a break between intensive studying for a final that is happening sooner.
  2. Get rest and don’t ignore your health. If you need to set reminders to eat healthy or sleep, do so! Stay hydrated, and go easy on the caffeine, which can zap your energy and focus at high levels.
  3. Take time for self-care. Work out, color, nap, take a walk, see friends, listen to music or podcasts, and take breaks in order to combat stress and fatigue.
  4. Surround yourself with positivity. Study with motivated classmates, post sticky notes with affirmations in your study space, and reward yourself. If you’ve gone to class regularly, studied hard, and did well throughout the semester, you’ve got the final down!
  5. Temporarily turn off notifications from your social media accounts or give yourself an internet curfew. The goal is to minimize unnecessary distraction.
  6. Relax and take deep breaths. It is not the end of the world. The end of finals and winter break is just beyond the horizon; no matter what happens in the next week, you will be done with the semester when you reach the other side of it!
  7. The library is here to help. Whether you need a place to study, take a break with our therapy dogs or Finals Mania, or if you need assistance finding those last few sources for your paper, we can help in a variety of ways for you to finish strong.

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Posted on December 1st, 2017 by Esmeralda Fisher and filed under Announcements | Comments Off on Surviving Finals: Tips from Librarians

December 2017 New Student Art

The William R. Jenkins Architecture & Art Library is pleased to present art by UH student Angel Castelán.

Castelán is a second-year graduate painter. He is interested in the influences of culture and society and how they impact the perception and interactions of people with others and their environments. His exhibit, Drawn Superstition, draws upon his Mexican ancestry and its animal mythology.

Angel Castelán's art is on display in the William R. Jenkins Architecture & Art Library.

Angel Castelán’s art is on display in the William R. Jenkins Architecture & Art Library.

Artist’s statement:

Drawn Superstition

Being of Mexican heritage, I grew up listening to all sorts of superstitions, and naturally, the majority of these were about animals. Brujas turn into lechuzas to carry you off at night. Don’t let the cara de niño bite you, or you’ll die. The urutau and black witch moths are harbingers of death; don’t let them get you. Thus, it is no surprise that certain animals are rejected or even feared to the point that they are killed when encountered. However, when these animals, who are either endemic or have ties that date back to the Aztecs, are pushed into being endangered or even extinct in the wild, it becomes a major issue. Through this series of drawings, I aim to capture these animals as they would normally be encountered; without the corruption of superstitious lens.


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Posted on November 27th, 2017 by Esmeralda Fisher and filed under Announcements | Comments Off on December 2017 New Student Art

January 2018 Book Club at UH

University of Houston Libraries and the UH Women and Gender Resource Center will co-sponsor the January 2018 book club, which is open to all UH students, faculty and staff, and alumni.

January 2018 Book Club at UH

January 2018 Book Club at UH

Readers are invited to gather at the Resource Center, located in the Student Center North Room 201, on January 12 at noon, to discuss Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant.


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Posted on November 22nd, 2017 by Esmeralda Fisher and filed under Announcements | Comments Off on January 2018 Book Club at UH

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 | Comments Off on New READ Posters Feature UH Faculty

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.

Posted on November 8th, 2017 by Esmeralda Fisher and filed under Announcements | Comments Off on New Exhibition: The Art of Valentin Gertsman

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.

Posted on October 31st, 2017 by Esmeralda Fisher and filed under Announcements | Comments Off on New Exhibit: Anarcha-Feminist Zines and Alternative Press of the 1970s

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.

Posted on October 25th, 2017 by Esmeralda Fisher and filed under Announcements | Comments Off on 2017 Promotion and Tenure Recognition

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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