September 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:

SimplyAnalytics
Country and geography information

Nexis Uni (recently migrated from LexisNexis academic)
Biographies and people

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LinkedIn at the Library This Week

UH students are invited to this free event at the MD Anderson Library.

UH students are invited to this free event at the MD Anderson Library.

The University of Houston Libraries, in partnership with University Career Services, have brought back an event to help students gain a competitive edge using LinkedIn. The event will provide students with the tools and knowledge to maximize their use of the powerful career and networking platform.

The free event is open to all UH students. Staff from the UH Libraries and Career Services will be on hand to provide friendly critiques of students’ LinkedIn profiles (similar to a résumé critique) and offer best practices for networking on LinkedIn. Professional portraits will be offered to students to use in their LinkedIn profiles.

No registration is required to attend. Drop-ins are encouraged. Light snacks will be available.

What: LinkedIn at the Library
When: Wednesday, September 13 from 12 noon to 2 p.m.
Where: MD Anderson Library Elizabeth D. Rockwell Pavilion

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Constitution Day 2017

Constitution Day is Sunday, September 17, 2017. Get your free pocket Constitution at the MD Anderson Library Service Desk.

Constitution Day

Constitution Day

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UH Special Collections Winter Book Club

University of Houston students, staff, faculty, and alumni are invited to join UH Libraries for a discussion of The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson.

Join us on Thursday, December 7 for a discussion of "The Warmth of Other Suns."

Join us on Thursday, December 7 for a discussion of “The Warmth of Other Suns.”

Readers will gather on Thursday, December 7 from 12 noon – 1 p.m. in the Special Collections Evans Room at the MD Anderson Library. Lunch will be provided but registration is required.

For more information, contact Lisa Cruces.

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IMLS Grant Awarded for Content Migration Toolkit

A multi-institutional project team has been awarded a 2017 Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) National Leadership Grants for Libraries award.

Institute of Museum and Library Services

Institute of Museum and Library Services

The University of Houston Libraries, in collaboration with Stanford University, DuraSpace, Indiana University and the Digital Public Library of America, received the grant LG-70-17-0217-17 to develop a toolkit that will help institutions accomplish complex system migrations. Focusing primarily on migrations from CONTENTdm to Hyku, the toolkit will allow institutions to better understand their digital library ecosystems and how they can prepare for migration. The toolkit will include content such as documentation on the theoretical approaches to migration, instructions on how to conduct a needs assessment based on analyzing metadata structures and understanding system requirements, best practices for preparing repository data for migration, and specialized tools to assist users with migration to Hyku.

This project was made possible in part by the IMLS, which is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and approximately 35,000 museums. The mission of IMLS is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning­­­­­, and cultural and civic engagement.

National Leadership Grants for Libraries support projects that address challenges faced by the library and archive fields and that have the potential to advance library and archival practice with new tools, research findings, models, services, or alliances that can be widely replicated.

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New Digital Collection: Montrose Voice

The Montrose Voice digital collection preserves and presents issues of one of Houston’s most notable LGBT publications. Over 250 issues from throughout the publication’s history are preserved in this collection, ranging from May 1981 to July 2006.

The Montrose Voice digital collection is now available in the UH Digital Library.

The Montrose Voice digital collection is now available in the UH Digital Library.

Known at various points in its run as the New Voice and the Houston Voice, this local paper was one of many started by Houston publisher Henry McClurg. As with some of McClurg’s earlier publications, the Voice had a Houston focus but national interest. Its contents included syndicated columns and cartoons, editorials, letters from readers, news items, classified and graphical ads, and community calendars. While later issues focused more on gay-friendly entertainment and nightlife options in the Houston area, during its early decades, the Voice was a significant source of information on current political and social events. A number of gay-owned and gay-friendly business and civic organizations advertised in the Voice‘s pages, letting readers know where they could find welcome both in and out of Montrose, Houston’s gayborhood.

Issues presented in this collection contain pieces dealing with a number of issues of Texan and national LGBT interest, including: the emergence of HIV/AIDS as a major health threat, including government and medical responses; political activism and campaigns of notable LGBT Houstonians, including Annise Parker, Glen Maxey, Larry Bagneris, Phyllis Frye, and Ray Hill; legal cases surrounding Texas Penal Code Section 21.06, including Baker v. Wade and Lawrence v. Texas; the development of and controversies surrounding Houston’s Pride Week celebrations; local and national LGBT-related crimes, including the murders of Paul Broussard, Marion Pantzer, and Matthew Shepard; and the spread of civil unions and marriage equality throughout the United States and Canada before the Obergefell v. Hodges decision.

The original materials are owned by the Gulf Coast Archive and Museum of LGBT History.

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Harvey Help: Textbooks for Students

A letter to all UH faculty:

Dear Colleagues,

As you know, many of our students have been deeply affected by hurricane Harvey.

Textbooks can be a heavy financial burden at the best of times and may prove to be an insurmountable obstacle to affected students returning to UH. In an effort to assist these students and lessen their financial burdens, UH Libraries encourages faculty to consider the following options:

  1. Submit a list of your assigned textbooks to the UH Libraries’ Course Reserves service. The Libraries will obtain as many textbooks and course materials as possible and place them on reserve at the service desks at either M.D. Anderson Library, the Jenkins Art & Architecture Library, or the Music Library or in Blackboard through ARES Course Reserves system.
  2. Please send your textbook title(s) and as much additional information (i.e., author/editor, publisher, edition, etc.) as possible to libreserves@uh.edu so that these materials can be made available to students. You may also send a copy of your course syllabus.
  3. Find electronic books and journal content through UH Libraries
  4. Supplement your curriculum with free, online textbooks from the Open Textbook Library or OpenStax that can be downloaded for no cost, or printed at low cost and cover a wide variety of topics/subject areas. These open textbooks have been faculty-reviewed and are used at multiple higher education institutions. Learn more by visiting the Open Textbook Library or OpenStax.

Thank you for helping us help students at this difficult time!

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Nora Dethloff, Head of Research Materials Procurement at ndethloff@uh.edu

 
Best,

Lisa German
Dean of University Libraries
And Elizabeth D. Rockwell Chair
University of Houston
4333 University Dr.
Houston TX 77204-2000
713-743-9795
Lagerman@uh.edu
  

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UH MD Anderson Library Now Open Earlier

University of Houston MD Anderson Library is now open at 6:00 am Monday through Friday.

University of Houston MD Anderson Library is now open at 6:00 am Monday through Friday.

University of Houston MD Anderson Library has extended regular operating hours, now open at 10:00 am on Sunday and 6:00 am Monday through Friday.

Sunday 10:00 am – 1:45 am
Monday 6:00 am – 1:45 am
Tuesday 6:00 am – 1:45 am
Wednesday 6:00 am – 1:45 am
Thursday 6:00 am – 1:45 am
Friday 6:00 am – 9:45 pm
Saturday 8:00 am – 7:45 pm

Find hours for all UH Libraries branches.

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In Memoriam: Richard “Dick” Dickerson

Richard “Dick” Dickerson, previous University of Houston archivist, passed away this month.

Mr. Dickerson spent many years at UH Libraries as the university archivist and curator for the Carey Shuart Women’s Research Collection and the Houston and Texas History Collection. He retired from his position at UH in 2011, and is remembered by many here, like Special Collections’ Julie Grob, who worked with him.

“Dick was deeply committed to the archival profession, charming in his interactions with donors, and extremely knowledgeable about Texas history,” Grob said. “He was a founding member of the Archivists of the Houston Area and encouraged networking among area institutions. Dick liked to spin tales from his small town upbringing in Cleburne, Texas, while also appreciating the culture and variety to be found in Houston. He will be missed by many at the university, in the community, and in the profession.”

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Oral History in Research

Lisa Cruces, Hispanic Collections archivist at the University of Houston Libraries Special Collections, recently attended the University of Texas at Austin Voces Oral History Research Summer Institute. Held in Austin, the week-long institute was designed for faculty and graduate students working with oral history.

Attendees of the Voces Oral History Research Summer InstituteAttendees of the Voces Oral History Research Summer Institute. Photo courtesy of Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez, PhD.

Attendees of the Voces Oral History Research Summer Institute. Photo courtesy of Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez, PhD.

Scholars from across the country attended the institute, which was co-taught by Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez, PhD, UT Austin, and Todd Moye, PhD, University of North Texas. Participants examined a range of topics related to creating, teaching, and researching with oral histories. Composed of lectures, site visits to archives, and guest speakers, including Monica Perales, PhD, UH Center for Public History and Department of History, the institute aimed to empower scholars to create oral histories and to thoughtfully make them accessible through collaboration with repositories and publication.

“My chief reason for attending the institute was to learn more about oral histories and how they can help expand the documentation and history of Latinx communities in Houston,” Cruces said. “We have rich histories in Houston to preserve, but not all of them are textual. Secondly, I’m eager to support the work of UH faculty, Mark Goldberg for example, who is working on documenting the Jewish Latina/o community. Now, we’re one step closer.”

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