April 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:

Gallup Analytics
Gallup Analytics provides access to data from countries that are home to more than 98% of the world’s population through a state-of-the-art Web-based portal. Through Gallup’s best global intelligence users can better understand the strengths and challenges of the world’s countries and regions. Users can also access Gallup’s U.S. Daily tracking and World Poll data to compare residents’ responses region by region and nation by nation to questions on topics such as economic conditions, government and business, health and wellbeing, infrastructure, and education.

Cochrane Library (recently updated its content)
Consists chiefly of 5 databases: Cochrane database of systematic reviews; Cochrane central register of controlled trials (CENTRAL); Cochrane methodology register; Cochrane clinical answers (CCA); and About the Cochrane collaboration (ABOUT).

Centre for Reviews and Dissemination
The Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects (DARE) and the NHS Economic Evaluation Database (NHS EED) provide access to: over 35,000 quality assessed systematic reviews of health and social care interventions, summaries of all Cochrane systematic reviews and protocols up to March 2015, and over 17,000 economic evaluations of health and social care interventions. The HTA database currently provides access to over 15,000 summaries of completed and ongoing health technology assessments.

Open Textbook Library
Open textbooks are textbooks that have been funded, published, and licensed to be freely used, adapted, and distributed. These books cover a wide range of subjects and have been reviewed by faculty from a variety of colleges and universities to assess their quality. These books can be downloaded for no cost, or printed at low cost. All textbooks are either used at multiple higher education institutions; or affiliated with an institution, scholarly society, or professional organization.

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New Article By DAMS Implementation Team

Code4Lib Journal

Code4Lib Journal

The Digital Asset Management System (DAMS) Implementation Team at the University of Houston Libraries has recently had an article published in issue 36 of the Code4Lib Journal.

“Outside The Box: Building a Digital Asset Management Ecosystem for Preservation and Access” outlines the workflows and tools that UH Libraries developed to facilitate digital curation activities for Hydra-in-a-Box (Hyku), Archivematica, and ArchivesSpace, collectively known as the Bayou City Digital Asset Management System (BCDAMS).

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MD Anderson Library Extended Hours Spring 2017

MD Anderson Library will be open 24 hours starting April 25 through May 12.

MD Anderson Library will be open 24 hours starting April 24 through May 10.

The University of Houston MD Anderson Library will be open 24 hours starting the week before finals.

Students who have final projects instead of exams can now take advantage of 24-hour access to the MD Anderson Library beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Monday, April 24 and continuing through Wednesday, May 10, closing at 7:45 p.m.

A university ID is required for entry between 9:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. during the extended hours period. View complete library hours.

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UH Librarians Win ALA Elections

The University of Houston Libraries congratulates three colleagues who have won positions in the 2017 American Library Association (ALA) division and round table elections.


Kerry Creelman
Lindsay Cronk Kelli Getz

Kerry Creelman, coordinator of undergraduate instruction and outreach, was elected as the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) University Libraries Section vice-chair/chair-elect for a three-year term.

Lindsay Cronk, coordinator of online resources and collections (previous), was elected as a Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) director-at-large for a three-year term.

Kelli Getz, interim head of Acquisitions, was elected as the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) Division Acquisitions Section vice-chair/chair-elect.

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Paws and Relax Spring 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 Spring 2017

Paws and Relax Spring 2017

  • Monday, May 1: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. (concurrent with Finals Mania)
    106-T and behind the Red Elevators
  • Tuesday, May 2: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
    106-T and behind the Red Elevators
  • Wednesday, May 3: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
    106-T and behind the Red Elevators
  • Thursday, May 4: 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
    106-T and 2nd Floor Reading Area
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More Electronics Kits Added

BeagleBone Black

BeagleBone Black

Several new electronics kits (10 of each) have been added to the maker resources available for one-week checkout from the MD Anderson Library Learning Commons.

  • BeagleBone Black: an open-hardware, open-software computer that runs Android and/or Linux. It comes with a circuit board and materials for exploration.
  • TI LaunchPad: MSP430-F5529 (previously available), CC3200, MSP432-P401R, CC2650, Tiva-C Series (TM4C123G)

In addition, students can now check out the National Instruments’ Analog Discovery 2 tool, which is a portable testing and measurement device for electronics projects.

Learn more with the makerspace research guide.

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National Library Week

National Library Week is an annual celebration of libraries and their critical importance to our society. This year, National Library Week will be held April 9-15, and the University of Houston Libraries is inviting UH students to participate in the campaign.

National Library Week

National Library Week

What do you love about your library? Tell us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using #LibrariesTransform. One social media entry will be randomly chosen to win a Starbucks gift card.

While in the library, students can also show their love of libraries by writing messages on a traveling easel pad. Photos of the best responses will be shared on social media.

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Dean’s Campaign Committee Celebrates Reading

Carey Shuart, representing the UH Special Collections Shuart Women's Research Collection

Carey Shuart, representing the UH Special Collections Shuart Women’s Research Collection

Members of Dean Lisa German’s University of Houston Libraries Campaign Committee & Cabinet, part of the University’s Here, We Go! Campaign, posed with their favorite books at a recent visit to the MD Anderson Library. Their photos will be displayed in the library as part of the READ Campaign.

The Campaign Committee comprises members of the Houston community who have graciously stepped forward to vanguard the Libraries’ Special Collections, help transform library spaces, and build scholarship support.

View UH READ campaign photos.

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April 2017 Technology Training

Technology training at UH Libraries is open to all students, faculty and staff.

Technology training at UH Libraries is open to all students, faculty and staff.

Free workshops in Access 2013, Adobe Acrobat Pro, After Effects CS6, EndNote, Excel 2013, HTML and CSS, Illustrator CS6, InDesign CS6, Photoshop CS6, Premiere Pro CS6, RefWorks, and SPSS are being held in April.

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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UH Libraries 2017 Staff Awards

The University of Houston Libraries recognized its top-performing librarians and staff at an awards reception on March 29 at the Elizabeth D. Rockwell Pavilion. Dean Lisa German addressed the gathering with a message of appreciation for excellence in service, innovation and dedication shown by the Libraries’ exceptional group of professionals.

Dean Lisa German with the Outstanding Group Award recipients.

Dean Lisa German with the Outstanding Group Award recipients.

The Dean’s Library Advocate Award was presented to Augustina H. Reyes, professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, UH College of Education. This award recognizes a University of Houston employee who has worked closely with the Libraries during the past year, and who has made a significant contribution to the success of the Libraries.

The Outstanding Group Award recognizes a team that has made a meaningful contribution to the Libraries’ success. Dolores Carmona, Mildred Clark, Crystal Cooper, Melody Condron, Diana Dulek, Albert Duran, Dee Dee Edwards, Manny Gil, Jack Hall, Drew Krewer, Allison Lam, Xiping Liu, Renee Fiorini-McManus, Jyoti Vyas, Anne Washington, Annie Wu, Andy Weidner, and Christin Zepeda of Metadata and Digitization Services (MDS) received this award, demonstrating a commitment to innovation by leading projects like the adoption of the RDA in the Libraries’ catalog, the administration of the UH Digital Library, and the development of a new, open-source digital asset management system (DAMS).

The DAMS Implementation team, Annie Wu, Santi Thompson, Andy Weidner, Sean Watkins, Bethany Scott, Drew Krewer, Anne Washington, and Matt Richardson, received the Trailblazer Award for Leading Organization Change. Receiving their project from the evaluation work done by the DAMS Task Force, the group has designed and developed a new data model and ecosystem of software tools, creating an end-to-end digital preservation and access workflow for the Libraries’ digital collections.

The John P. McGovern Rookie of the Year Award winner is Emily Vinson, who, in a short time frame, has made significant contributions to improving conditions for the Libraries’ fragile, unique, and at-risk audiovisual collections while building strong relationships with colleagues and encouraging them to get involved in the community.

The Student Achievement Award recipients are Ty Nguyen (Music Library) and Romaen Saleh (MDS), both demonstrating superior performance and accomplishments. The McGovern Outstanding Student Award went to Tola Oyeleke (Architecture and Art Library), who has demonstrated responsibility, autonomy, and attention to detail in her work.

Christin Zepeda was honored with the Staff Achievement Award for her exemplary job performance in MDS and for demonstrating important Libraries values. Free Lane, known as an admirable and inspirational colleague, also received the Staff Achievement Award. The McGovern Outstanding Staff Award recipient is J Fisher, who goes above and beyond to provide a quick response to a request, creative solutions, and overall excellent customer service.

The Librarian Achievement Award recipients are Drew Krewer, who has displayed superior performance, substantial contributions to research and scholarship in the profession, an excellent leadership; and Stephanie Lewin-Lane, who has been recognized for advancing the Music Library’s efficiency, service orientation, and integration with the academic departments it supports. Andy Weidner received the McGovern Outstanding Librarian Award for providing outstanding leadership and significant contributions for the success of professional organizations, development of the DAMS Implementation project, and contributions to scholarship and research in the digital library field.

Microgrant recipients were also recognized at the event. The 2016-2017 teams included Cougar Cub Day, Fair Use Week 2017, Crafty Coogs, Free Tax Preparation, More User-Friendly Distance Education Interlibrary Loan, and Houston + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon.

The 2017 Staff Awards committee members are Bethany Scott (chair), Orolando Duffus (vice chair), Mark Cooper, Lindsay Cronk, Diana Dulek, Matthew Moore, Daniel Pshock, Mary Rico, Emily Vinson, and Anne Washington.

View photos from the 2017 Libraries Staff Awards.

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