January 2017 New Databases

New databases in a variety of subjects are now available from UH Libraries.

New databases in a variety of subjects are now available from UH Libraries.

The following databases are now available from the University of Houston Libraries:

Elibro Colección Premium
eLibro is an electronic Spanish-language platform devoted to research, with a focus on academic institutions. This database allows users to search, browse, and preview all of the e-books and other authoritative material from leading publishers that eLibro offers. eLibro currently includes nearly 80,000 Spanish language titles in the natural and applied sciences, the social sciences, the humanities as well as the fine arts and music.

CEPR Discussion Papers
Research by CEPR Research Fellows and Affiliates appears initially in the CEPR Discussion Paper series. These Discussion Papers are circulated widely to other specialists in the research and policy community so that the results of the research receive prompt and thorough professional scrutiny. The Centre produces more than 700 Discussion Papers each year. Discussion Papers are listed by Programme Area and by year of publication. Subscribers have online access to all CEPR Discussion Papers published since the series’ inception in 1984 {u2013} an archive of more than 10,000 papers.

Posted on January 26th, 2017 by Esmeralda Fisher and filed under Announcements | Comments Off on January 2017 New Databases

Sustainability Meetup at Music Library

The UH Music Library and the UH Office of Sustainability will co-host a meetup on Tuesday, February 28 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for upcycle crafting.

Upcycle crafting

Upcycle crafting

Students are encouraged to create their own repurposed book bag using recycled plastic bags, unusable music scores and recycled clothing. Vegan and gluten-free snacks and drinks will be provided. Registration is required before February 24.

The event is part of RecycleMania 2017, a friendly competition and benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities to their campus communities.

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Lippincott to Speak on Digital Humanities at UH Libraries

Joan K. Lippincott will speak at UH Libraries on February 15.

Joan K. Lippincott will speak at UH Libraries on February 15.

The University of Houston Libraries is pleased to announce an upcoming talk on February 15 featuring Joan K. Lippincott, PhD, associate executive director of the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI).

CNI is a joint program of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and EDUCAUSE. The Washington, DC-based organization advances the transformative promise of networked information technology for the advancement of scholarly communication and the enrichment of intellectual productivity.

Lippincott will discuss supporting digital humanities and digital scholarship. At CNI, Lippincott has provided leadership for programs in teaching and learning, assessment, learning spaces, and collaboration among professional groups. She is a widely published author and frequent conference speaker. She is chair of the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) New Publications committee, past chair of the editorial board of College & Research Libraries News and is on the boards of portal and the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD). She serves on the Advisory Board of the Horizon Report, the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) Seeking Evidence of Impact project, and the Academic Commons. She has served as a consultant to many academic libraries for their information/learning commons projects.

The talk is part of Libraries Rising: Enriching Conversations, a series of thought leaders from diverse disciplines discussing bold ideas in teaching, learning, and discovery. The event will be held on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. in the MD Anderson Library Elizabeth D. Rockwell Pavilion, and is free and open to all members of the campus and scholarly community.

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Free Tax Prep for UH Students, Staff, and Faculty

Free in-person tax prep for UH students, staff, and faculty

Free in-person tax prep for UH students, staff, and faculty

UH Libraries will host two days of free tax prep service by representatives from AARP Foundation Tax-Aide. UH students, staff, and faculty can visit the MD Anderson Library on Wednesday, February 22 or Tuesday, February 28 between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. to have their 2016 taxes prepared by an IRS-certified volunteer. View list of what Tax-Aide volunteers can and cannot prepare.

All consultations will take place in MD Anderson Library Room 106T. Walk-ins are welcome; appointments are encouraged. Reserve your appointment online at tinyurl.com/uhlibrarytaxday.

Contact Gillian Bautista for more information.

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New Event on Scholarly Journal Publishing for Grad Students, Post Docs

The University of Houston Libraries will host a new, free event on publishing in scholarly journals.

Get Ready to Publish!

Get Ready to Publish!

Get Ready to Publish! on February 21 will feature speakers representing Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), American Chemical Society (ACS), American Institute of Physics (AIP), Clarivate Analytics, and UH. Morning session attendees will learn best practices for publishing research in STEM journals. Afternoon topics will be relevant to all disciplines. Graduate students, early career researchers, and post docs are highly encouraged to attend.


Get Ready to Publish! Schedule

Both sessions will take place in the Elizabeth D. Rockwell Pavilion, MD Anderson Library.

8:30 – 9:00 am
Registration

9:00 – 9:15
Welcome from Lisa German, Dean of Libraries

9:15 – 10:15
How to Write a Technical Paper for Publication for IEEE

Jalyn Kelley, IEEE Client Services Manager

10:15 – 10:30
Break

10:30 – 11:30
Early Career Researchers: Put Your Publishing Knowledge To the Test!
Benedetta Camarota, AIP Publishing Journal Manager

11:30 – 12:30 pm
Peer Review: How, Why and What Not To Do
T. Randall Lee, UH College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics Associate Dean for Research and Associate Editor for ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces

12:30 – 1:15
Lunch

1:30 – 2:30
Workflow Tools for Discovery, Citation, and Publication
Tracy Matthews, Clarivate Analytics Customer Education Specialist

2:30 – 3:00
It’s Your Work: Protect Your Right to It!
Adam Townes, UH Libraries Research Support Coordinator

3:00 – 4:00
5 Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me about Getting Published
Richard Willson, UH Department of Biology and Biochemistry Professor

Guests may register for morning, afternoon, or both sessions. Lunch will be provided for early registrants.

Get Ready to Publish! was coordinated by UH Libraries, UH Graduate School, and UH Division of Research. Support for the event was generously provided by IEEE, ACS, and AIP.

As of February 1, our registration limit of 200 has been reached. If you would like to join a wait list to attend this event, please enter your email.

Posted on January 19th, 2017 by Esmeralda Fisher and filed under Announcements | Comments Off on New Event on Scholarly Journal Publishing for Grad Students, Post Docs

New Resource Description Librarian at UH Libraries

Xiping Liu is the new resource description librarian at UH Libraries.

Xiping Liu is the new resource description librarian at UH Libraries.

The University of Houston Libraries congratulates Xiping Liu on her new role as resource description librarian.

Please describe your new role and talk about some of your professional goals and/or research areas.

As the new resource description librarian in Metadata and Digitization Services, my main responsibility is to create original MARC records for library materials in all different formats, including print/electronic books, serials, online databases, audio/visual products and also special collections materials. I will also create authority records for personal/corporate names down the road. Getting familiar with cataloging all the above-mentioned formats and helping my fellow catalogers to resolve complicated issues will be my goal.

As changes are coming in the field of traditional cataloging, people are debating/experimenting on moving away from traditional MARC into a linked data environment. I am interested in learning more about the linked data projects such as the Library of Congress BIBFRAME project and would like to experiment on transferring our own bibliographic records into linked formats.

Please share a bit about your background and interests. How do these inspire and shape your approach as a librarian?

I had my undergraduate major in English from Beijing Foreign Studies University in Beijing, China and received my MLIS from Rutgers University in New Jersey. I studied the principles of cataloging and classifications at library school but didn’t really have a chance to work with MARC until my first job as mainly a copy cataloger at Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. in New Jersey. My mentor at that time hands-on trained me on MARC and showed me step by step on how to use OCLC and the library integrated system. Both my library school professor and my mentor had passions in cataloging/MARC and you could easily tell from the way they taught and trained me. I think my respect for them made me want to become someone like them initially.

Cataloging/metadata is a job that requires lots of attention to detail and there is a world of rules to follow when you catalog an item. They may be complicated and difficult to learn but just like lots of other things in life, you need to have some patience and really get down to the bottom in order to achieve the best results. I think I can better appreciate this work now.

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January 2017 Technology Training

Technology Training classes and workshops are now held in room 106-P in the MD Anderson Library.

Technology Training has moved to 106-P in the MD Anderson Library.

Technology Training has moved to 106-P in the MD Anderson Library.

Free workshops in Access 2013, Adobe Acrobat, After Effects CS6, EndNote X7, Excel 2013, Illustrator CS6, Photoshop CS6, PowerPoint 2013, Premiere Pro CS6, Project 2010, SPSS, and Word 2013 are being held in January.

The Technology Training program at UH Libraries offers technology courses to current UH students, faculty and staff. View the full calendar and reserve your seat.

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