UH Libraries News http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu Tue, 25 Nov 2014 15:07:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.3 Welcome Sara Craig http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/2014/11/25/welcome-sara-craig/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/2014/11/25/welcome-sara-craig/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 12:11:39 +0000 Gregory Yerke http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/?p=4396 At work in the stacks.  We welcome Sara Craig to the University of Houston Special Collections, University Archives team.

At work in the stacks.
We welcome Sara Craig to the University of Houston Special Collections, University Archives team.

This fall semester the University of Houston Special Collections added a new member, Sara Craig, to our team.

In the role of University Archives Student Assistant, Sara works part-time supporting the needs of the University Archives as well as other archival collections, assisting with reference questions, updating finding aids, assisting with collection management and shelving, accessioning materials, and helping to arrange and describe new collections.

Originally from South Carolina, Sara has studied engineering at the University of Southern California, and holds an Associate Degree in Library Information Technology.  An art major here at the University of Houston, Sara enjoys working with her hands and looks forward to pursuing further education that will allow her to pursue a career in book repair and conservation.  It may be in her genes.

With a horticulturist mother and a father working in cabinetry and furniture-making, Sara remembers, “I was the only four-year old girl I knew with a toolbox and a garden plot.”  With that upbringing and a hands-on-DIY ethos, Sara meets the day-to-day surprises and challenges of working in the archives with aplomb.  In her brief time here, she has already contributed to the publication of several finding aids such as the Minnie Fisher Cunningham: McArthur-Smith Research Papers, assisted with a collections shift in the archival stacks, rehoused oversized historical materials from the KUHF Collection, and co-curated the “UH Homecoming Through the Years” online exhibition.

We look forward to Sara’s continued expertise, insight, and support as the University Archives and Special Collections seek new ways to assist our patrons in their day-to-day research.

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Architecture and Art Library hours - Thanksgiving week http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/architecture_art/2014/11/21/architecture-and-art-library-hours-thanksgiving-week/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/architecture_art/2014/11/21/architecture-and-art-library-hours-thanksgiving-week/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:50:33 +0000 Catherine Essinger http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/architecture_art/?p=499
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    8:00am – 8:00pm
  • Tuesday:
    8:00am – 8:00pm
  • Wednesday:
    8:00am – 5:00pm
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    Second Annual Gaming Event Held at UH Libraries http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2014/11/21/second-annual-gaming-event-held-at-uh-libraries/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2014/11/21/second-annual-gaming-event-held-at-uh-libraries/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 14:45:35 +0000 Esmeralda Fisher http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/?p=2720 Over 160 students, faculty and staff, alumni and visitors from the Houston area attended Game On, Cougars! at the University of Houston Libraries this month.

    The event, now in its second year, offers a full day of open gaming, complete with board games, card games, miniature gaming, puzzles and video games.

    Game On, Cougars! offers a full day of open gaming, complete with board games, card games, miniature gaming, puzzles and video games.

    The second annual Game On, Cougars! was a hit with gaming enthusiasts.

    This year, UH Libraries partnered with FoodMachine Houston to hold a food drive during Game On, Cougars! benefiting the Houston Food Bank. Attendees contributed over $1600 in food items and cash donations. The group also taught board games, ran raffles, and managed Warmachine miniatures.

    Members of Houston Pathfinder Society also attended, and gave participants tutorials on role-playing games. Several organizations donated games for play at the event, and game stores were also on hand to run demos and sell games, including Ettin Games.

    Game On, Cougars! is hosted as part of International Games Day @ Your Library, an initiative of the American Library Association that encourages communities to connect with their libraries through the educational, recreational and social value of games.

    View photos from Game On, Cougars! 2014.

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    New Collection Portrays Houston’s Architectural Domain http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2014/11/21/new-collection-portrays-houstons-architectural-domain/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2014/11/21/new-collection-portrays-houstons-architectural-domain/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 14:04:36 +0000 Esmeralda Fisher http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/?p=2708
    Architectural photographer Joe Aker has given a collection of images to the University of Houston Libraries Special Collections.

    The Aker Architectural Photographic Records Collection comprises roughly 50,000 distinct images depicting scenes of commercial architecture over the past three decades.

    SOM 450 Lexington, New York City. Image courtesy of Joe Aker.

    SOM 450 Lexington, New York City. Image courtesy of Joe Aker.

    Aker, owner of Aker Imaging, has worked with leading architecture and real estate firms, such as Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, Robert A.M. Stern, César Pelli, Pickard Chilton, Kohn Pedersen Fox, Philip Johnson, HOK, Kirksey and Ziegler Cooper; as well as Gerald D. Hines Interests and Trammell Crow.

    Of particular interest are images of properties developed by Gerald D. Hines, for which the University of Houston College of Architecture is named. It is one of the largest collections of photographs of his buildings completed in the twentieth century.

    In 2011, Aker began considering the future for his vast collection of photography. He contacted UH Special Collections, whose mission is to preserve, safeguard, organize, and describe primary sources in a number of collecting areas for teaching and research activities of students and scholars.

    The Aker collection offers a rare view of the architectural landscape in Houston and other major cities, including a photographic record of original models of structures that were never built, as well as plans, renderings, models and final photography of the finished buildings. What makes this collection of images special are the many photographs showing the process of design from the first drawing of the first model to the final design model and the finished building.

    Composite of Hines Del Bosque, Mexico City, Image courtesy of Joe Aker.

    Composite of Hines Del Bosque, Mexico City, Image courtesy of Joe Aker.

    Aker was one of the first to digitally produce structural model composites before the advent of computer-generated graphics. Working with Houston digital artist Raphaele Malandain, he would photograph a site where a building was set to be constructed, photograph the building model, and drop the model image onto the site image using analog film composition, resulting in a close representation of the future finished building.

    As a whole, Aker says, the collection tells a fascinating story of Houston’s economic booms and busts. For more information on this new and growing collection, contact Vince Lee.

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    UH Libraries Hosts Bake Sale for Charity http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2014/11/20/uh-libraries-hosts-bake-sale-for-charity/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2014/11/20/uh-libraries-hosts-bake-sale-for-charity/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 14:30:31 +0000 Esmeralda Fisher http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/?p=2702 University of Houston Libraries Bundt Cakes for Charity

    Proceeds from Bundt Cakes for Charity benefited Education Foundation of Harris County.

    In honor of National Bundt Cake Day and National Philanthropy Day last week, University of Houston Libraries held a bake sale to raise funds for a local organization.

    The Education Foundation of Harris County supports innovative learning programs for the 800,000+ K-12 public education students in the greater Houston region, and provides training for teachers leading science, technology, engineering and math after-school programs.

    UH librarians and staff baked, prepped and sold a variety of sweet treats in the MD Anderson Library and University Center, and in just a few hours, raised over $500 for the Education Foundation of Harris County.

    The Bundt Cakes for Charity bake sale was made possible by the Libraries’ microgrant program, an initiative designed to foster new and innovative ideas by librarians and library staff that support the Libraries’ strategic directions.

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    Dog Days of December: Paws and Relax at UH http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2014/11/19/dog-days-of-december-paws-and-relax-at-uh/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2014/11/19/dog-days-of-december-paws-and-relax-at-uh/#comments Wed, 19 Nov 2014 13:05:24 +0000 Esmeralda Fisher http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/?p=2696 As finals approach, the University of Houston Libraries is partnering with a local organization to bring therapy dogs back to campus for a fun and stress-free study break.

    Certified therapy dogs of Faithful Paws will arrive at the MD Anderson Library for four days in December. UH students are encouraged to stop by for petting, snuggling and treat-feeding with gentle and friendly canines.

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    Location: rooms 106P and 106T in the MD Anderson Library

    December 8: 8:00 – 10:00 p.m. (concurrent with Finals Mania)

    December 9: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

    December 10: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

    December 11: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

    View photos from Spring 2014 Paws and Relax.

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    Library Ambassadors host the Asia Showcase on November 19th http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/architecture_art/2014/11/19/library-ambassadors-host-the-asia-showcase-on-november-19th/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/architecture_art/2014/11/19/library-ambassadors-host-the-asia-showcase-on-november-19th/#comments Wed, 19 Nov 2014 12:01:26 +0000 Catherine Essinger http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/architecture_art/?p=495 Asia

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    Architecture Student Mixer 4-5 today http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/architecture_art/2014/11/19/architecture-student-mixer-4-5-today/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/architecture_art/2014/11/19/architecture-student-mixer-4-5-today/#comments Wed, 19 Nov 2014 11:58:59 +0000 Catherine Essinger http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/architecture_art/?p=492
  • Are you planning to work as an architect upon graduation?
  • Would you like to find out what kind of day-to-day research is likely to be required?
  • Wish to learn from the experience of notable CoA alumni?
  • Want to network with successful architects working in practice and related fields?
  • Like free food?
  • All of these are valid reasons to come to the William R. Jenkins Architecture and Art Library on Wednesday, November 19th from 4-5 pm.

    We are launching a new series of receptions called Research in the Real World, in which we ask successful people working in our fields of study about the nature of their work and how they acquire the information they need to excel.

    For our inaugural event on the 19th we have invited three College of Architecture alumni who work in three very different environments.

    Kim L. Busch, Assoc AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Gensler

    Ross Lukeman, founder, Alternative Homes Today, and Proposal and Project Specialist, Applied Security Technologies

    Wilbert Taylor, Senior Project Manager, Office of Real Estate Services, University of Houston

    Come to the library’s upper mezzanine at 4 next Wednesday for a 20 minute Q&A with the architects, followed by a reception.

    Food and drinks provided by Mandola’s Deli.

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    Selections from the Franzheim Rare Books Room Now Available in the Digital Library http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/architecture_art/2014/11/18/selections-from-the-franzheim-rare-books-room-now-available-in-the-digital-library/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/architecture_art/2014/11/18/selections-from-the-franzheim-rare-books-room-now-available-in-the-digital-library/#comments Tue, 18 Nov 2014 14:58:37 +0000 Catherine Essinger http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/architecture_art/?p=489 We are pleased to announce the ongoing project Selections from the Franzheim Rare Books Room is now available in the UH Digital Library!  This digital collection presents examples of notable works housed in the University of Houston’s Kenneth Franzheim II Rare Books Room.  The room contains approximately 1000 rare or unique books, journals, and pamphlets on fine art and design.  Highlights of the collection include portfolios of building types, architectural product catalogs, and first editions of some of the 20th century’s greatest books on art and architecture.  The books in the collection date from the mid-16th century to artists’ books published in the 21st century.  The Kenneth Franzheim II Rare Books Room is located within the William R. Jenkins Architecture and Art Library on the first floor of the College of Architecture.

    This collection is expected to grow over the coming months and years, so please check back occasionally to discover newly added volumes!

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    Research in the Real World - a new event for architecture students http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/architecture_art/2014/11/13/research-in-the-real-world-a-new-event-for-architecture-students/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/architecture_art/2014/11/13/research-in-the-real-world-a-new-event-for-architecture-students/#comments Thu, 13 Nov 2014 18:05:09 +0000 Catherine Essinger http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/architecture_art/?p=487 Are you planning to work as an architect upon graduation?

    Would you like to find out what kind of day-to-day research is likely to be required?

    Wish to learn from the experience of notable CoA alumni?

    Want to network with successful architects working in practice and related fields?

    Like free food?

     

    All of these are valid reasons to come to the William R. Jenkins Architecture and Art Library on Wednesday, November 19th from 4-5 pm.

     

    We are launching a new series of receptions called Research in the Real World, in which we ask successful people working in our fields of study about the nature of their work and how they acquire the information they need to excel.

     

    For our inaugural event on the 19th we have invited three College of Architecture alumni who work in three very different environments.

     

    Kim L. Busch, Assoc AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Gensler

    Ross Lukeman, founder, Alternative Homes Today, and Proposal and Project Specialist, Applied Security Technologies

    Wilbert Taylor, Senior Project Manager, Office of Real Estate Services, University of Houston

     

    Come to the library’s upper mezzanine at 4 next Wednesday for a 20 minute Q&A with the architects, followed by a reception.

     

    Food and drinks provided by Mandola’s Deli.

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    Photos of the Architecture & Art Library's open house http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/architecture_art/2014/11/12/photos-of-the-architecture-art-librarys-open-house/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/architecture_art/2014/11/12/photos-of-the-architecture-art-librarys-open-house/#comments Wed, 12 Nov 2014 17:26:11 +0000 Catherine Essinger http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/architecture_art/?p=484 VV (2)

     

    On the evening of Tuesday, October 28th, the William R. Jenkins Architecture and Art Library held an open house and reception. The private mixer brought together, in convivial fashion, some forty UH art history graduate students and faculty members with representative staff from other local arts research facilities, including The Menil Library and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s Hirsch Library. The star of the evening was the Kenneth Franzheim II Rare Books Rooms; guests were treated to a brief tour and overview of the architecture and art branch’s own special collection. Students and faculty members alike expressed gratitude for the opportunity to meet other members of Houston’s arts community and to learn more about the research collections at UH’s Architecture and Art Library. Fostering strong and friendly relations with the area’s other researchers and research facilities is one more way UH Libraries helps enhance the academic experience and success of our core patrons.

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    1914-2014: Commemorating One Hundred Years -- World War I http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/2014/11/11/1914-2014-commemorating-one-hundred-years-world-war-i/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/2014/11/11/1914-2014-commemorating-one-hundred-years-world-war-i/#comments Tue, 11 Nov 2014 12:46:16 +0000 Gregory Yerke http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/?p=4384 1914 - 2014: Commemorating One Hundred Years - World War I

    “1914 – 2014: Commemorating One Hundred Years – World War I,” an exhibit from the University of Houston Libraries Special Collections

    In remembrance of a dark centennial, those opening days of the Great War, the University of Houston Special Collections is proud to offer “1914-2014: Commemorating One Hundred Years — World War I,” a small exhibition of materials held by Special Collections relating to World War I and curated by our own Pat Bozeman, Head of Special Collections.

    On November 11, 1918 Germany and the Allies of World War I met in a rail carriage in Compiègne and agreed to a cease fire to take effect on “the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month,” ending major hostilities of the world’s first, great war.  It had begun a little over four years prior, in the summer of 1914, and promised a quick and decisive shift in the fault lines of Europe.  Instead, this four year meat grinder would cast a long shadow that rewrote our maps, crumbled our empires, redefined our relationships with one another, and, far from teaching humanity a final and humbling lesson, it ushered in the great and awful maw of man that would be warfare in this new century and our next millennium.

    However, for just a brief window beginning that autumn morning in November of 1918, the world was allowed to collectively sigh and reach for rest.  Armistice Day, a day celebrating that longing for calm and peace in the aftermath of war, was born.

    As you remember those lost and celebrate the peace they helped bring, we invite you to view this exhibit of original materials produced among the storm and in its wake.  “1914-2014: Commemorating One Hundred Years — World War I” is available for viewing on the first floor of the M.D. Anderson Library at the foot of the Morrie & Rolaine Abramson Grand Staircase.  Highlights include writings from George Bernard Shaw (who saw the wasted lives of youth suffering through the death throes of empires and for capital’s immorality), Rudyard Kipling’s France at War (“They come and fill the trenches and they die… They send more and those die.”), and remarkable examples of WWI propaganda.

    If reflections on today have you interested in researching more, remember that in addition to the rare works highlighted above, UH Special Collections is also proud to offer the USS Houston & Military History Collections for study in our Reading Room during normal hours or you can review our Military History Collections via our Digital Library, 24/7, 365 days a year.

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    Book of the Month: John Dos Passos' Nineteen Nineteen http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/2014/11/04/book-of-the-month-john-dos-passos-nineteen-nineteen/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/2014/11/04/book-of-the-month-john-dos-passos-nineteen-nineteen/#comments Tue, 04 Nov 2014 10:59:39 +0000 Matt Richardson http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/?p=4332 In addition to the over 7,000 linear feet of archival collections made available for study at the University of Houston Special Collections, we are also proud to offer over 100,000 rare and antique books for use in our reading room. Each month we will highlight a text from our collections and what makes it so special.  This month, Matt Richardson shares John Dos Passos’ Nineteen Nineteen from the U.S.A. trilogy.

    The front cover of Nineteen Nineteen by John Dos Passos

    The front cover of Nineteen Nineteen by John Dos Passos

    John Dos Passos’ U.S.A. is a sprawling look at American life in the early 20th century that takes place across 3 novels, several decades, and over 1000 pages. Consisting of the novels The 42nd Parallel (1930), Nineteen Nineteen (1932), and The Big Money (1936), it was first published as single volume in 1938 by Harcourt Brace. In addition to the rather straightforward narrative passages, Dos Passos’ work incorporates collections of headlines and popular songs in “Newsreel” segments, impressionistic renderings called the “Camera Eye,” and short biographies, often satiric, of prominent Americans. Beyond the complexity and innovation of the form itself, the element that typically garners the most critical attention is the cinematic stream of consciousness Camera Eye, which often elicits comparisons to Joyce. Though the novels purport to be the epic of one nation, Dos Passos’ U.S.A. inevitably overflows those boundaries, as it is filled with characters who frequently journey abroad and are continually shaped by their imaginings of and interactions with the wider world. This perspective is especially apparent in the middle novel of the trilogy, Nineteen Nineteen, which focuses on the trying years of World War I and the unsettled peace that followed it.

    "To Adrienne Rich cordially John Dos Passos"

    “To Adrienne Rich cordially John Dos Passos”

    UH Libraries’ Special Collections has the distinct pleasure of holding a 1946 printing of Nineteen Nineteen signed by Dos Passos himself. Interestingly, the inscription reads: “To Adrienne Rich cordially John Dos Passos”. How the author might have encountered the American poet, essayist, and feminist, or for that matter how the University of Houston Libraries Special Collections later came into possession of her copy, would no doubt make for an interesting tale in its own right. (Though it’s not her only appearance in our collections). And since this 1946 printing was originally issued as a box set by Houghton Mifflin, one wonders what became of its companion copies of The 42nd Parallel and The Big Money. Bound in rather austere tan buckram with a stencil-style “U.S.A.” stamped across a small blue field, the exterior of the book almost evokes a government provision of the type Dos Passos’ enlisted men might receive. In contrast, the interior includes vivid end-sheets and illustrations by Reginald Marsh.

    Nineteen Nineteen by John Dos Passos

    The end sheets of Nineteen Nineteen by John Dos Passos

    And should the 1000+ page epic constitute more time than you can devote to our reading room, fear not! After you’ve taken a look at our signed copy here in Special Collections, you’ll be pleased to find circulating copies of the U.S.A. trilogy in the general collections stacks of the M.D. Anderson Library.

     

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    UH Homecoming Through the Years http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/2014/11/03/uh-homecoming-through-the-years/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/2014/11/03/uh-homecoming-through-the-years/#comments Mon, 03 Nov 2014 15:53:15 +0000 Gregory Yerke http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/?p=4351 First Homecoming in the Astrodome, 1965 (from the online exhibit, "UH Homecoming Through the Years")

    First Homecoming in the Astrodome, 1965 (from the online exhibit, “UH Homecoming Through the Years”)

    It’s Homecoming Week, Cougars!

    A week’s worth of activities and festivities will be capped off this weekend with Saturday’s football game against the Tulane University Green Wave.  In honor of this special week, the University of Houston Special Collections is proud to present “UH Homecoming Through the Years,” an online exhibition curated by our own Matt Richardson and Sara Craig that traces the history of the tradition back to its origins in 1946.

    Featuring visual histories of the Homecoming Court, Homecoming Game, and festivities that have traditionally centered around Homecoming Week down on Cullen Boulevard, “UH Homecoming Through the Years” pulls from a number of collections in our University Archives and related items.  Daily Cougars and Houstonian yearbooks showcase some significant Homecoming Queen history, the UH Photographs Collection provides remarkable views of our traditions over time, and the Athletic Department Records remind us of some great homecoming victories that signified UH’s rise as an athletic as well as academic power.

    As the celebrations of the week call all Cougars back home, be sure to spend some time with a virtual stroll through college days gone by with our newest online exhibit and be sure to visit Special Collections for a closer look at the University Archives.

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    Jenkins Library closed 5-7 on October 28th for a private function http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/architecture_art/2014/10/28/jenkins-library-closed-5-7-on-october-28th-for-a-private-function/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/architecture_art/2014/10/28/jenkins-library-closed-5-7-on-october-28th-for-a-private-function/#comments Tue, 28 Oct 2014 16:45:01 +0000 Catherine Essinger http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/architecture_art/?p=478 We will resume normal hours at 7 pm.

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    UH Students Produce Game On, Cougars! Radio Ad http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2014/10/22/uh-students-produce-game-on-cougars-radio-ad/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2014/10/22/uh-students-produce-game-on-cougars-radio-ad/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 07:35:12 +0000 Esmeralda Fisher http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/?p=2682 Game On, Cougars! 2014 is just a few weeks away, and to help promote the event, a group of University of Houston students produced a radio ad that will run on the student-led CoogRadio through November 15.

    The students, Will Hedgecock, Bonnie Langthorn, and Jacob Mangum provided creative talent with scriptwriting and voice acting for the spot. Music Library coordinator Stephanie Lewin-Lane directed and mixed the recording, and provided voiceover.

    Hamill Foundation Multimedia Studio, MD Anderson Library Learning Commons

    Hamill Foundation Multimedia Studio, MD Anderson Library Learning Commons

    The radio ad was recorded at the Hamill Foundation Multimedia Studio, located in the MD Anderson Library and open for use by all UH students.

    Listen to the Game On, Cougars! 2014 radio ad:

    Music titled Monkeys Spinning Monkeys provided by Kevin MacLeod at incompetech.com

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    Unique Holdings at University of Houston Libraries http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2014/10/14/unique-holdings-at-university-of-houston-libraries/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2014/10/14/unique-holdings-at-university-of-houston-libraries/#comments Tue, 14 Oct 2014 06:57:48 +0000 Esmeralda Fisher http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/?p=2672 University of Houston Libraries invites faculty, students, researchers and anyone interested in discovering rare literary treasures to attend a brown bag lecture on Wednesday, October 29 in the Elizabeth D. Rockwell Pavilion at the MD Anderson Library.

    Fables in Slang | George Ade | from UH Special Collections

    Fables in Slang | George Ade | from UH Special Collections. Part of The Last Untapped Resource in Houston brown bag lecture.

    English librarian Dr. Jesse Sharpe and library specialist Kristine Greive will present “The Last Untapped Resource in Houston,” a discussion of unique works of literature housed in UH Special Collections.

    The October 29 lecture is the first installment of Unique Holdings, a new series that highlights the rare archival items held by Special Collections and available for use by faculty, students and researchers.

    Future Unique Holdings talks will feature liaison librarians discussing other books and manuscripts of Special Collections that can inform and shape scholarly endeavors in any discipline.

    Bring your lunch and enjoy an enlightening discussion!

    What: “The Last Untapped Resource in Houston” brown bag lecture
    When: Wednesday, October 29 at noon
    Where: Elizabeth D. Rockwell Pavilion, MD Anderson Library

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    Lynn Randolph, Living Lines http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/2014/10/08/lynn-randolph-living-lines/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/2014/10/08/lynn-randolph-living-lines/#comments Wed, 08 Oct 2014 15:51:50 +0000 Gregory Yerke http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/?p=4179 Lynn Randolph at work, from the Lynn Randolph Papers

    Lynn Randolph at work, photograph from the Lynn Randolph Papers

    This week marks the final days of the installation and exhibition, Living Lines by Lynn Randolph, a piece commissioned by Arts Brookfield and on view through October 9th at Total Plaza.  The 16-foot long oil pastel mural pulls from the sketchbooks of Randolph, providing a window into the creative process of not only the individual artist, but artists as a whole.  Curated by Sally Reynolds, the exhibition is held in cooperation with the artist and also features a number of Randolph’s individual paintings.

    Lynn Randolph is probably best known as an artist.  Or, is it writer?  Or, maybe activist.  Labels can be tricky.  Throughout her life she has seen her art and/or her writing intermingled with her passion for women’s rights and human rights.  Originally from Port Arthur, TX, Randolph attended the University of Texas where she received her BFA before returning to Houston and establishing an impressive artistic legacy.  Her works have been reproduced in a number of books, academic papers, and journals (including Coronation of St. George, which was reproduced for The Nation) as well as widely exhibited throughout the United States and are part of permanent collections at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Menil Collection, and The National Museum of Women in the Arts, among others.

    photograph of Ilusas, The Women’s Drum Corps

    photograph of Ilusas, The Women’s Drum Corps, from the Lynn Randolph Papers

    Her work with women’s rights and human rights was far reaching and art became a natural conduit for her work in these areas as well.  In 1984 she and her friend Suzanne Bloom organized in Houston for the Artist Call Against U.S. intervention in Central America, a broad umbrella of artists, activists, and others seeking to bring attention to the crimes being committed as part of U.S. foreign policy in the Western Hemisphere.  In 1992 Randolph joined the Women’s Action Coalition and helped the New York based group organize protests of the Republican National Convention held in Houston.  Prominent in the protests were the use of drum corps.  Born from this experience were the Ilusas (or “deluded women”), a Houston-based drum corps that continued to perform until they disbanded in 1997.  In 1993 Randolph and Marilyn Zeitlin traveled to El Salvador and helped organize an exhibition of Salvadorian artists entitled, Art Under Duress, El Salvador from 1980 to Present, which was mounted at the Arizona State University Art Museum and also traveled to Houston with an exhibition at the Lawndale Art Center.

    For those interested in the artist’s process, the University of Houston Special Collections is pleased to offer the Lynn Randolph Papers for study.  Included in this collection are documents and materials related to her artistic and literary career, as well as her activism and public service, and research and personal papers.  In addition, a number of items and works by the author have been individually cataloged to facilitate discovery.  The Lynn Randolph Papers are available for study, along with the other collections comprising our Carey C. Shuart Women’s Archive and Research Collection, during our normal research hours.  We encourage you to catch Living Lines in these final days and be sure to visit Special Collections for further study with the artist’s papers.

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    Varied Views by Shivendra Singh http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/architecture_art/2014/09/30/varied-views-by-shivendra-singh/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/architecture_art/2014/09/30/varied-views-by-shivendra-singh/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:47:18 +0000 Catherine Essinger http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/architecture_art/?p=473 Have you seen the A2Alcove, a gallery and lounge space upstairs at The William R. Jenkins Architecture and Art Library? Currently featured are works by UH Digital Media sophomore, Shivendra Singh. Varied Views offers a sampling of his photographic work, including nature and architectural subjects. The Architecture and Art Library is pleased to present Mr. Singh’s work and encourages you to enjoy it in our comfortable A2Alcove.  Varied Views will be on display through January 2, 2015.a

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Banned Books: The Kanellos Connection http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/2014/09/25/banned-books-the-kanellos-connection/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/2014/09/25/banned-books-the-kanellos-connection/#comments Thu, 25 Sep 2014 13:34:32 +0000 Gregory Yerke http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/?p=4299 In addition to the over 7,000 linear feet of archival collections made available for study at the University of Houston Special Collections, we are also proud to offer over 100,000 rare and antique books for use in our reading room. Each month we will highlight a text from our collections and what makes it so special.

    This week, as we observe Banned Books Week along with the American Library Association and other members of the book community, we shift our formula a bit and focus on works in our collection which have historically been challenged, banned, or otherwise removed from public consumption.  The chance overlap of National Hispanic Heritage Month makes for a unique opportunity to highlight our Kanellos Latino Literary Movement Collection.

    cover of Negocios by Junot Díaz (1997)

    cover of Negocios by Junot Díaz (1997)

    Banned “Confiscated” Books of the Month Moment:  Unfortunately, there are a few.  Negocios by Junot Díaz (his Spanish translation of the English language Drown), Zoot Suit and Other Plays by Luis Valdez, and The Magic of Blood by Dagoberto Gilb were all challenged by the Tucson Unified School District in 2012 and, also, all part of a generous donation of works from Dr. Nicolás Kanellos (founder and director of Arte Público Press and the driving force behind the Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage project).  Thanks to his work, foresight, and longstanding connections in the community, the Kanellos Latino Literary Movement Collection, consisting of over 1,000 books, covering a broad scope and time range of works printed in limited runs, unpublished works, and other writings critical to scholars studying Latino literature, is available for study at the University of Houston Special Collections.

    Why so Special Scary?  Warning!  According to the Tucson Unified School District’s decision in the wake of the passage of Arizona House Bill 2281, these books may “promote the overthrow of the United States Government… promote resentment toward a race or class of people,” or “advocate ethnic solidarity instead of the treatment of pupils as individuals.”

    cover of Zoot Suit by Luis Valdez (2010)

    cover of Zoot Suit by Luis Valdez (2010)

    In 2012, rather than fight 2281, Tucson USD officials chose a path of compliance that suspended the district’s Mexican American Studies program.  This process included a public show of collecting, boxing, and carrying off a number of books that were part of the Mexican American Studies teaching materials, sometimes in the presence of students.  District officials insisted that they were not “banning” books, simply “confiscating” a handful of the more egregious outliers.  And, in the spirit of Banned Books Week, who are we to quibble?  A closer look at the MAS reading list, however, will raise some eyebrows.  In addition to the aforementioned “dangerous” works, other pieces on the reading list include revered Latina authors like Sandra Cisneros, as well as canonical and mainstream “Western” or Eurocentric works, like Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” and Henry David Thoreau’s “Civil Disobedience.”

    In 2013, a federal court order mandated reinstatement of the program as part of federal desegregation laws aimed at providing equal eduation.  While the issue remains a contentious one in Arizona politics, it is hoped and assumed that this school year, Shakespeare, Thoreau, and all the rest have found a home in the Tucson USD curriculum.

    Location:  Those interested (and brave enough) to study these works can access them in the Special Collections Reading Room during our normal hours.  With Banned Books Week and National Hispanic Heritage Month in full swing, why wouldn’t you visit us?

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    UH Libraries + Games = Student Success http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2014/09/25/uh-libraries-games-student-success/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2014/09/25/uh-libraries-games-student-success/#comments Thu, 25 Sep 2014 07:14:04 +0000 Esmeralda Fisher http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/?p=2648 Last year, over 130 gaming enthusiasts gathered at the University of Houston Libraries for the first-ever Game On, Cougars!, a day of open gaming for the UH community. This year, the event levels up with a legendary alliance for an even more epic experience.

    UH students are invited to Game On, Cougars! 2014

    UH students are invited to Game On, Cougars! 2014

    FoodMachine Houston, a non-profit organization comprising gamers whose mission is to make a positive impact on the community through charitable acts of gaming, will be volunteering alongside UH Libraries staff at this year’s event on Saturday, November 15 at the MD Anderson Library Rockwell Pavilion. The group will teach board games, run raffles, and manage Warmachine miniatures and video game tournaments for UH attendees, and accept donations for the Houston Food Bank as well.

    FoodMachine Houston

    FoodMachine Houston

    “We are thrilled to be working collaboratively with FoodMachine Houston on the planning and running of Game On, Cougars!, and we expect that it will be at least twice as big as last year’s event,” said Rachel Vacek, head of Web Services and co-chair of the event.

    Houston Pathfinder Society will also be attending to give participants a crash course on role-playing games. Game developers will also showcase prototypes in need of play-testers, and vendors will display merchandise. Attendees will have plenty of chances to win prizes, too.

    Beyond a fun day of gaming at the UH Libraries, Game On, Cougars! is also designed to promote student success, which “is about helping students acquire the skills they need to become lifelong learners and be successful both in college and on the path they have chosen after graduation,” Vacek, an avid gamer herself, said. “I believe that playing games – whether board games, video games, or role-playing games – strengthens social bonds and builds trust between people. Games also encourage players to find innovative solutions, teach them how to persevere through challenges, and collaborate effectively to reach shared goals. Many games require critical thinking and problem solving skills. All these benefits of gaming translate into having better study skills and more effective interactions within the classroom and beyond.”

    Game On, Cougars! is hosted in conjunction with hundreds of libraries around the globe in celebration of International Games Day @ Your Library, an initiative of the American Library Association. Sponsorship opportunities are available for Houston-based developers, publishers and sellers.

    Who: You! All UH students, staff and faculty are invited to attend.
    What: A FREE day of board games, card games, war games, miniatures, role-playing games, and video games; prizes, refreshments and more!
    When: Saturday, November 15, 2014
    Where: MD Anderson Library Rockwell Pavilion

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    Social Media Week at UH Libraries http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2014/09/23/social-media-week-at-uh-libraries/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2014/09/23/social-media-week-at-uh-libraries/#comments Tue, 23 Sep 2014 15:04:27 +0000 Esmeralda Fisher http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/?p=2640 University of Houston Libraries will host a special week of social media training in October for UH students, staff and faculty.

    Sign up for workshops on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and more during Social Media Week at UH Libraries.

    Sign up for workshops on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and more during Social Media Week at UH Libraries.

    Jessica Brand, UH social media manager, will teach workshops on various social media platforms in the MD Anderson Library Learning Commons from October 6 – 10.

    As with the UH Libraries technology training workshops, Social Media Week workshops are free and are recommended for anyone who uses social media.

    Topics include:

    Facebook 101

    • Understand the differences between a Facebook profile, page, and group
    • Review personal profile privacy settings and options
    • Learn how to make and maintain a Facebook page

    Facebook Analytics: Advanced 102

    • Understanding Facebook Insights
    • How to make a Facebook page monthly report

    Twitter 101

    • How to grow your Twitter presence
    • How to make and use Twitter lists
    • Understanding hashtags

    Twitter and Hootsuite: Advanced 102

    • Introduction to Hootsuite
    • Monitoring topics and keywords on Twitter
    • Introduction to Twitter analytics

    LinkedIn 101

    • How to create an awesome profile
    • How to use LinkedIn Groups

    Instagram and Snapchat 101 *This class requires all attendees to bring their own smart phone or other device with app store and built-in camera.*

    • Get to know Instagram
    • Get to know Snapchat

    View the full schedule for Social Media Week and register online.

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    Challenged Comic Books and Graphic Novels http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2014/09/23/challenged-comic-books-and-graphic-novels/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2014/09/23/challenged-comic-books-and-graphic-novels/#comments Tue, 23 Sep 2014 07:16:52 +0000 Esmeralda Fisher http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/?p=2626 This week marks the annual Banned Books Week, a national campaign that highlights the importance of free and open access to information, and calls attention to literary works that are frequently challenged in bookstores, libraries and schools. This year’s Banned Books Week theme focuses on challenged comic books and graphic novels.

    Dan Johnson, senior library specialist at the University of Houston Libraries and Association of Research Libraries/Society of American Archivists Mosaic Program fellow, has incorporated his longtime interest in comic books and graphic novels into his scholarly endeavors, having researched and written on a range of topics, from Neil Gaiman’s Sandman to the works of Robert Crumb.

    Below, Johnson discusses issues of banned and challenged comic books and graphic novels, and implications for public libraries and the community.


    Comic Book Legal Defense Fund
    The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF) is a non-profit organization comprised of comic book creators, publishers and readers who come to the defense of comic book shops or libraries that have problems with materials being challenged. Some of them end up having issues where a challenged book is accused of violating community standards.

    CBLDF compiled a list of comic books and graphic novels that are constantly in the news, or are known for having challenge or ban issues. In almost all cases they weren’t actively banned, but there were challenge cases for them, usually about age appropriateness. Within public libraries, most make a distinction between graphic novels for adults in one section, graphic novels for teens in another, and graphic novels for younger children in a third section. Often a challenge comes up when a teen or younger child comes home with a book that they got from the adult fiction section.

    Addressing the Challenge
    In public libraries, there’s a formal review process documented by that library so that the public has access to it and they know what’s going to happen. It requires the person making the challenge to have read the book in toto. That does away with a lot of the challenges because many people haven’t read the whole book.

    When they have read the book completely, the challenge goes through an internal review process that involves librarians of that particular institution. The review panel reads the book from beginning to end, where the issue is to determine whether there is some artistic merit or value to this book as literature. These are stories that reflect different community standards, different people’s lives, and different people’s experiences.

    As a result of the challenge, the book in question can be pulled completely. That doesn’t happen very often, but it can happen. Second, the book could be re-categorized; they move it from the young adult fiction section to the adult fiction section, for example. The third possible ruling is that the review board determines that the book is appropriate for the library and falls within the scope of their collection development policy. The last step in the review process, after the board comes to an agreement, is that they write a defense letter, stating what they have determined to do and why.

    Comic Books and Graphic Novels as Bibliotherapy
    I am a parent, and there are all sorts of comic books that I read, but I won’t let my daughter read. I think parents should assess what they’re willing to talk to their children about. Literature can be used as a way to explore things that are challenging or scary for children. One of the ways to work through things that they don’t understand is to read about them in a safe environment. An idea that has been brought up in my classes in graphic novels and library science is that, if you think that it could happen to someone, it has happened to someone. There are readers out there who are looking for books that speak to their experiences. If you can imagine that anyone has gone through it, you should have materials for them to read. That’s the case for literature, and one of the things that comic books and graphic novels are good for. There’s a term for it – bibliotherapy – the idea that a book as a fictional piece is a safe environment in which to explore traumatic things that have happened.

    Selected Challenged Works

    Sandman by Neil Gaiman and various artists

    Sandman by Neil Gaiman and various artists

    Sandman by Neil Gaiman and various artists
    Following the events that occur when Morpheus, the Sandman and Lord of Dreams, is captured and imprisoned by mistake by a dark magician, this series of graphic novels blends characters from world religions, mythology, and literature in an epic tale. Ambitious in scope, Gaiman’s creation is a high watermark for the comics format, having won various awards including a Hugo and numerous Eisners.

    Maus by Art Spiegelman
    Spiegelman’s autobiographical tale interweaves the story of his father, Vladek, a Jewish Holocaust survivor from occupied Poland, and Artie’s challenges in making sense of his father’s tale. In Spiegelman’s Pulitzer-winning narrative, Jews are depicted as mice, Germans as cats, and U.S. GIs as dogs in a very emotional story of survival during World War II.

    Fun Home: a family tragicomic by Alison Bechdel

    Fun Home: a family tragicomic by Alison Bechdel

    Fun Home: a family tragicomic by Alison Bechdel 
    This graphic novel memoir explores the complexities of family life of lesbian author Bechdel and her distant relationship with her father, a man who spent most of his life in the closet. Ever an enigma full of contradictions, even in his death his intentions are unclear; what might have been an accident could easily have been suicide. Bechdel was recently named as a 2014 MacArthur Foundation fellowship recipient.


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    UH Special Collections Contributes WWI Images http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2014/09/23/uh-special-collections-contributes-wwi-images/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2014/09/23/uh-special-collections-contributes-wwi-images/#comments Tue, 23 Sep 2014 06:25:12 +0000 Esmeralda Fisher http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/?p=2620 University of Houston Libraries Special Collections has collaborated with Gulf Coast Reads on its Remembering Through Archives initiative.

    Food supply efforts letter from Minnie Fisher Cunningham to fellow members of the Texas Equal Suffrage Association. From University of Houston Special Collections.

    Food supply efforts letter from Minnie Fisher Cunningham to fellow members of the Texas Equal Suffrage Association. From University of Houston Special Collections.

    The curated online World War I exhibit features images shared by member area repositories of the Archivists of the Houston Area (AHA), including original materials housed in UH Special Collections and available for online access in the UH Digital Library.

    Each year, Gulf Coast Reads chooses a title to promote for its regional reading and listening initiative. This year’s selection is Remember Ben Clayton by Stephen Harrigan, winner of the James Fenimore Cooper Prize for Best American Historical Fiction. World War I is a central subject in the story, which inspired the online exhibit.

    Images from UH Special Collections include Camp Logan maps and suffrage letters of Minnie Fisher Cunningham. Visitors to the online exhibit may browse by collection.

    October is American Archives Month, in which archival repositories aim to increase public awareness of the importance of preserving historical items and making them accessible.

    “The significance of Archives Month has always been about collaboration and the power of archives when they work together in bringing awareness to collections and services,” said Vince Lee, UH Special Collections archivist and vice president of AHA. “This online exhibit on WWI, which we are proud to be a part of, shows the power that each archive brings in documenting an historic event. We each have strengths and collecting areas which, leveraged together, tell a complete story.”

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    Banned Book: Der Sumpf by Upton Sinclair http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/2014/09/22/banned-book-of-the-moment-der-sumpf-by-upton-sinclair/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/2014/09/22/banned-book-of-the-moment-der-sumpf-by-upton-sinclair/#comments Mon, 22 Sep 2014 17:24:33 +0000 Gregory Yerke http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/?p=4288 In addition to the over 7,000 linear feet of archival collections made available for study at the University of Houston Special Collections, we are also proud to offer over 100,000 rare and antique books for use in our reading room. Each month we will highlight a text from our collections and what makes it so special.

    This week, as we observe Banned Books Week along with the American Library Association and other members of the book community, we shift our formula a bit and focus on works in our collection which have historically been challenged, banned, or otherwise removed from public consumption.

    BANNED Book of the Month Moment:  Der Sumpf (or The Jungle) by Upton Sinclair.

    Why So Special Scary?  Sinclair’s 1906 muckraking masterwork, depicting the bleak struggle of immigrants in the indifferent meat-grinder of U.S. industrialization, left us more with queasy stomachs than ready to pick up the hue and cry of the downtrodden masses. Having dedicated the work to “The Workingmen of America,” the irony of the book’s lasting impact was not lost on Sinclair who famously quipped, “I aimed for the public’s heart, and by accident I hit it in the stomach.” Sinclair’s political affiliations made the book an easy target for the pseudo-censorship of those fearing the insidious nature of his ideas. (President Theodore Roosevelt, who reportedly called Sinclair a “crackpot,” wrote to the author to advise that after reading a “good deal” of The Jungle he did “not think very much of [Sinclair's] ecclesiastical correspondent,” that he had come to “distrust men of hysterical temperament,” but “this has nothing to do with the fact that the specific evils… shall, if their existence be proved… be eradicated.”)

    Originally published as a serial in Appeal to Reason, major publishers politely passed on the work leaving Sinclair to pay for the first printing himself (see our copy published by “The Jungle Publishing Co., New York” and inscribed “To Rev. Washington Gladden with the compliments of the Author”), before Doubleday, Page & Co. agreed to publish a shorter version in 1906. In light of this particular week, though, our German translation caught my eye not for reasons of tacit disapproval from on high, but a more macabre spectacle that it would involve.

    First translated into German in the early 1920s, Der Sumpf may raise some eyebrows from those more well-versed in Deutsch. Literally translated into English as, The Swamp, the peculiarity of the title speaks to the challenges of accurately translating literature across cultures, but perhaps more pointedly calls to mind the muck and mire in which the struggling laborers like Jurgis, young Ona, and their family find themselves. A rose by any other name, however, was certain to burn in the mania of German Nationalsozialismus. Judged contrary to the ideals of Nazism, the works of Ernest Hemingway, Jack London, Jon Dos Passos, and countless others burned on the pyres lit by students and educators in the early 1930s alongside Der Sumpf.

    But, the Nazis’ cleansing fires did not burn them all, and we have a copy to prove it.

    Location:  Our 1926 German edition of Der Sumpf can be viewed and studied in the Special Collections Reading Room during normal research hours. We invite interested parties to visit us and request call number PS3537.I85 J8515 1926 as we look forward to assisting you in your research during Banned Books Week.

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    Second Annual Gaming Event Held at UH Libraries

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    Over 160 students, faculty and staff, alumni and visitors from the Houston area attended Game On, Cougars! at the University of Houston Libraries this month.

    The event, now in its second year, offers a full day of open gaming, complete with board games, card games, miniature gaming, puzzles and video games.

    Game On, Cougars! offers a full day of open gaming, complete with board games, card games, miniature gaming, puzzles and video games.

    The second annual Game On, Cougars! was a hit with gaming enthusiasts.

    This year, UH Libraries partnered with FoodMachine Houston to hold a food drive during Game On, Cougars! benefiting the Houston Food Bank. Attendees contributed over $1600 in food items and cash donations. The group also taught board games, ran raffles, and managed Warmachine miniatures.

    Members of Houston Pathfinder Society also attended, and gave participants tutorials on role-playing games. Several organizations donated games for play at the event, and game stores were also on hand to run demos and sell games, including Ettin Games.

    Game On, Cougars! is hosted as part of International Games Day @ Your Library, an initiative of the American Library Association that encourages communities to connect with their libraries through the educational, recreational and social value of games.

    View photos from Game On, Cougars! 2014.

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    New Collection Portrays Houston’s Architectural Domain

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    Architectural photographer Joe Aker has given a collection of images to the University of Houston Libraries Special Collections.

    The Aker Architectural Photographic Records Collection comprises roughly 50,000 distinct images depicting scenes of commercial architecture over the past three decades.

    SOM 450 Lexington, New York City. Image courtesy of Joe Aker.

    SOM 450 Lexington, New York City. Image courtesy of Joe Aker.

    Aker, owner of Aker Imaging, has worked with leading architecture and real estate firms, such as Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, Robert A.M. Stern, César Pelli, Pickard Chilton, Kohn Pedersen Fox, Philip Johnson, HOK, Kirksey and Ziegler Cooper; as well as Gerald D. Hines Interests and Trammell Crow.

    Of particular interest are images of properties developed by Gerald D. Hines, for which the University of Houston College of Architecture is named. It is one of the largest collections of photographs of his buildings completed in the twentieth century.

    In 2011, Aker began considering the future for his vast collection of photography. He contacted UH Special Collections, whose mission is to preserve, safeguard, organize, and describe primary sources in a number of collecting areas for teaching and research activities of students and scholars.

    The Aker collection offers a rare view of the architectural landscape in Houston and other major cities, including a photographic record of original models of structures that were never built, as well as plans, renderings, models and final photography of the finished buildings. What makes this collection of images special are the many photographs showing the process of design from the first drawing of the first model to the final design model and the finished building.

    Composite of Hines Del Bosque, Mexico City, Image courtesy of Joe Aker.

    Composite of Hines Del Bosque, Mexico City, Image courtesy of Joe Aker.

    Aker was one of the first to digitally produce structural model composites before the advent of computer-generated graphics. Working with Houston digital artist Raphaele Malandain, he would photograph a site where a building was set to be constructed, photograph the building model, and drop the model image onto the site image using analog film composition, resulting in a close representation of the future finished building.

    As a whole, Aker says, the collection tells a fascinating story of Houston’s economic booms and busts. For more information on this new and growing collection, contact Vince Lee.

    UH Libraries Hosts Bake Sale for Charity

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    University of Houston Libraries Bundt Cakes for Charity

    Proceeds from Bundt Cakes for Charity benefited Education Foundation of Harris County.

    In honor of National Bundt Cake Day and National Philanthropy Day last week, University of Houston Libraries held a bake sale to raise funds for a local organization.

    The Education Foundation of Harris County supports innovative learning programs for the 800,000+ K-12 public education students in the greater Houston region, and provides training for teachers leading science, technology, engineering and math after-school programs.

    UH librarians and staff baked, prepped and sold a variety of sweet treats in the MD Anderson Library and University Center, and in just a few hours, raised over $500 for the Education Foundation of Harris County.

    The Bundt Cakes for Charity bake sale was made possible by the Libraries’ microgrant program, an initiative designed to foster new and innovative ideas by librarians and library staff that support the Libraries’ strategic directions.

    Dog Days of December: Paws and Relax at UH

    categories: Student Success

    As finals approach, the University of Houston Libraries is partnering with a local organization to bring therapy dogs back to campus for a fun and stress-free study break.

    Certified therapy dogs of Faithful Paws will arrive at the MD Anderson Library for four days in December. UH students are encouraged to stop by for petting, snuggling and treat-feeding with gentle and friendly canines.

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    Location: rooms 106P and 106T in the MD Anderson Library

    December 8: 8:00 – 10:00 p.m. (concurrent with Finals Mania)

    December 9: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

    December 10: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

    December 11: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

    View photos from Spring 2014 Paws and Relax.

    UH Students Produce Game On, Cougars! Radio Ad

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    Game On, Cougars! 2014 is just a few weeks away, and to help promote the event, a group of University of Houston students produced a radio ad that will run on the student-led CoogRadio through November 15.

    The students, Will Hedgecock, Bonnie Langthorn, and Jacob Mangum provided creative talent with scriptwriting and voice acting for the spot. Music Library coordinator Stephanie Lewin-Lane directed and mixed the recording, and provided voiceover.

    Hamill Foundation Multimedia Studio, MD Anderson Library Learning Commons

    Hamill Foundation Multimedia Studio, MD Anderson Library Learning Commons

    The radio ad was recorded at the Hamill Foundation Multimedia Studio, located in the MD Anderson Library and open for use by all UH students.

    Listen to the Game On, Cougars! 2014 radio ad:

    Music titled Monkeys Spinning Monkeys provided by Kevin MacLeod at incompetech.com

    Unique Holdings at University of Houston Libraries

    categories: Announcements

    University of Houston Libraries invites faculty, students, researchers and anyone interested in discovering rare literary treasures to attend a brown bag lecture on Wednesday, October 29 in the Elizabeth D. Rockwell Pavilion at the MD Anderson Library.

    Fables in Slang | George Ade | from UH Special Collections

    Fables in Slang | George Ade | from UH Special Collections. Part of The Last Untapped Resource in Houston brown bag lecture.

    English librarian Dr. Jesse Sharpe and library specialist Kristine Greive will present “The Last Untapped Resource in Houston,” a discussion of unique works of literature housed in UH Special Collections.

    The October 29 lecture is the first installment of Unique Holdings, a new series that highlights the rare archival items held by Special Collections and available for use by faculty, students and researchers.

    Future Unique Holdings talks will feature liaison librarians discussing other books and manuscripts of Special Collections that can inform and shape scholarly endeavors in any discipline.

    Bring your lunch and enjoy an enlightening discussion!

    What: “The Last Untapped Resource in Houston” brown bag lecture
    When: Wednesday, October 29 at noon
    Where: Elizabeth D. Rockwell Pavilion, MD Anderson Library

    UH Libraries + Games = Student Success

    categories: Announcements, Special Event or Display, Student Success

    Last year, over 130 gaming enthusiasts gathered at the University of Houston Libraries for the first-ever Game On, Cougars!, a day of open gaming for the UH community. This year, the event levels up with a legendary alliance for an even more epic experience.

    UH students are invited to Game On, Cougars! 2014

    UH students are invited to Game On, Cougars! 2014

    FoodMachine Houston, a non-profit organization comprising gamers whose mission is to make a positive impact on the community through charitable acts of gaming, will be volunteering alongside UH Libraries staff at this year’s event on Saturday, November 15 at the MD Anderson Library Rockwell Pavilion. The group will teach board games, run raffles, and manage Warmachine miniatures and video game tournaments for UH attendees, and accept donations for the Houston Food Bank as well.

    FoodMachine Houston

    FoodMachine Houston

    “We are thrilled to be working collaboratively with FoodMachine Houston on the planning and running of Game On, Cougars!, and we expect that it will be at least twice as big as last year’s event,” said Rachel Vacek, head of Web Services and co-chair of the event.

    Houston Pathfinder Society will also be attending to give participants a crash course on role-playing games. Game developers will also showcase prototypes in need of play-testers, and vendors will display merchandise. Attendees will have plenty of chances to win prizes, too.

    Beyond a fun day of gaming at the UH Libraries, Game On, Cougars! is also designed to promote student success, which “is about helping students acquire the skills they need to become lifelong learners and be successful both in college and on the path they have chosen after graduation,” Vacek, an avid gamer herself, said. “I believe that playing games – whether board games, video games, or role-playing games – strengthens social bonds and builds trust between people. Games also encourage players to find innovative solutions, teach them how to persevere through challenges, and collaborate effectively to reach shared goals. Many games require critical thinking and problem solving skills. All these benefits of gaming translate into having better study skills and more effective interactions within the classroom and beyond.”

    Game On, Cougars! is hosted in conjunction with hundreds of libraries around the globe in celebration of International Games Day @ Your Library, an initiative of the American Library Association. Sponsorship opportunities are available for Houston-based developers, publishers and sellers.

    Who: You! All UH students, staff and faculty are invited to attend.
    What: A FREE day of board games, card games, war games, miniatures, role-playing games, and video games; prizes, refreshments and more!
    When: Saturday, November 15, 2014
    Where: MD Anderson Library Rockwell Pavilion

    Social Media Week at UH Libraries

    categories: Announcements

    University of Houston Libraries will host a special week of social media training in October for UH students, staff and faculty.

    Sign up for workshops on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and more during Social Media Week at UH Libraries.

    Sign up for workshops on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and more during Social Media Week at UH Libraries.

    Jessica Brand, UH social media manager, will teach workshops on various social media platforms in the MD Anderson Library Learning Commons from October 6 – 10.

    As with the UH Libraries technology training workshops, Social Media Week workshops are free and are recommended for anyone who uses social media.

    Topics include:

    Facebook 101

    • Understand the differences between a Facebook profile, page, and group
    • Review personal profile privacy settings and options
    • Learn how to make and maintain a Facebook page

    Facebook Analytics: Advanced 102

    • Understanding Facebook Insights
    • How to make a Facebook page monthly report

    Twitter 101

    • How to grow your Twitter presence
    • How to make and use Twitter lists
    • Understanding hashtags

    Twitter and Hootsuite: Advanced 102

    • Introduction to Hootsuite
    • Monitoring topics and keywords on Twitter
    • Introduction to Twitter analytics

    LinkedIn 101

    • How to create an awesome profile
    • How to use LinkedIn Groups

    Instagram and Snapchat 101 *This class requires all attendees to bring their own smart phone or other device with app store and built-in camera.*

    • Get to know Instagram
    • Get to know Snapchat

    View the full schedule for Social Media Week and register online.

    Challenged Comic Books and Graphic Novels

    categories: Announcements

    This week marks the annual Banned Books Week, a national campaign that highlights the importance of free and open access to information, and calls attention to literary works that are frequently challenged in bookstores, libraries and schools. This year’s Banned Books Week theme focuses on challenged comic books and graphic novels.

    Dan Johnson, senior library specialist at the University of Houston Libraries and Association of Research Libraries/Society of American Archivists Mosaic Program fellow, has incorporated his longtime interest in comic books and graphic novels into his scholarly endeavors, having researched and written on a range of topics, from Neil Gaiman’s Sandman to the works of Robert Crumb.

    Below, Johnson discusses issues of banned and challenged comic books and graphic novels, and implications for public libraries and the community.


    Comic Book Legal Defense Fund
    The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF) is a non-profit organization comprised of comic book creators, publishers and readers who come to the defense of comic book shops or libraries that have problems with materials being challenged. Some of them end up having issues where a challenged book is accused of violating community standards.

    CBLDF compiled a list of comic books and graphic novels that are constantly in the news, or are known for having challenge or ban issues. In almost all cases they weren’t actively banned, but there were challenge cases for them, usually about age appropriateness. Within public libraries, most make a distinction between graphic novels for adults in one section, graphic novels for teens in another, and graphic novels for younger children in a third section. Often a challenge comes up when a teen or younger child comes home with a book that they got from the adult fiction section.

    Addressing the Challenge
    In public libraries, there’s a formal review process documented by that library so that the public has access to it and they know what’s going to happen. It requires the person making the challenge to have read the book in toto. That does away with a lot of the challenges because many people haven’t read the whole book.

    When they have read the book completely, the challenge goes through an internal review process that involves librarians of that particular institution. The review panel reads the book from beginning to end, where the issue is to determine whether there is some artistic merit or value to this book as literature. These are stories that reflect different community standards, different people’s lives, and different people’s experiences.

    As a result of the challenge, the book in question can be pulled completely. That doesn’t happen very often, but it can happen. Second, the book could be re-categorized; they move it from the young adult fiction section to the adult fiction section, for example. The third possible ruling is that the review board determines that the book is appropriate for the library and falls within the scope of their collection development policy. The last step in the review process, after the board comes to an agreement, is that they write a defense letter, stating what they have determined to do and why.

    Comic Books and Graphic Novels as Bibliotherapy
    I am a parent, and there are all sorts of comic books that I read, but I won’t let my daughter read. I think parents should assess what they’re willing to talk to their children about. Literature can be used as a way to explore things that are challenging or scary for children. One of the ways to work through things that they don’t understand is to read about them in a safe environment. An idea that has been brought up in my classes in graphic novels and library science is that, if you think that it could happen to someone, it has happened to someone. There are readers out there who are looking for books that speak to their experiences. If you can imagine that anyone has gone through it, you should have materials for them to read. That’s the case for literature, and one of the things that comic books and graphic novels are good for. There’s a term for it – bibliotherapy – the idea that a book as a fictional piece is a safe environment in which to explore traumatic things that have happened.

    Selected Challenged Works

    Sandman by Neil Gaiman and various artists

    Sandman by Neil Gaiman and various artists

    Sandman by Neil Gaiman and various artists
    Following the events that occur when Morpheus, the Sandman and Lord of Dreams, is captured and imprisoned by mistake by a dark magician, this series of graphic novels blends characters from world religions, mythology, and literature in an epic tale. Ambitious in scope, Gaiman’s creation is a high watermark for the comics format, having won various awards including a Hugo and numerous Eisners.

    Maus by Art Spiegelman
    Spiegelman’s autobiographical tale interweaves the story of his father, Vladek, a Jewish Holocaust survivor from occupied Poland, and Artie’s challenges in making sense of his father’s tale. In Spiegelman’s Pulitzer-winning narrative, Jews are depicted as mice, Germans as cats, and U.S. GIs as dogs in a very emotional story of survival during World War II.

    Fun Home: a family tragicomic by Alison Bechdel

    Fun Home: a family tragicomic by Alison Bechdel

    Fun Home: a family tragicomic by Alison Bechdel 
    This graphic novel memoir explores the complexities of family life of lesbian author Bechdel and her distant relationship with her father, a man who spent most of his life in the closet. Ever an enigma full of contradictions, even in his death his intentions are unclear; what might have been an accident could easily have been suicide. Bechdel was recently named as a 2014 MacArthur Foundation fellowship recipient.


    UH Special Collections Contributes WWI Images

    categories: Announcements

    University of Houston Libraries Special Collections has collaborated with Gulf Coast Reads on its Remembering Through Archives initiative.

    Food supply efforts letter from Minnie Fisher Cunningham to fellow members of the Texas Equal Suffrage Association. From University of Houston Special Collections.

    Food supply efforts letter from Minnie Fisher Cunningham to fellow members of the Texas Equal Suffrage Association. From University of Houston Special Collections.

    The curated online World War I exhibit features images shared by member area repositories of the Archivists of the Houston Area (AHA), including original materials housed in UH Special Collections and available for online access in the UH Digital Library.

    Each year, Gulf Coast Reads chooses a title to promote for its regional reading and listening initiative. This year’s selection is Remember Ben Clayton by Stephen Harrigan, winner of the James Fenimore Cooper Prize for Best American Historical Fiction. World War I is a central subject in the story, which inspired the online exhibit.

    Images from UH Special Collections include Camp Logan maps and suffrage letters of Minnie Fisher Cunningham. Visitors to the online exhibit may browse by collection.

    October is American Archives Month, in which archival repositories aim to increase public awareness of the importance of preserving historical items and making them accessible.

    “The significance of Archives Month has always been about collaboration and the power of archives when they work together in bringing awareness to collections and services,” said Vince Lee, UH Special Collections archivist and vice president of AHA. “This online exhibit on WWI, which we are proud to be a part of, shows the power that each archive brings in documenting an historic event. We each have strengths and collecting areas which, leveraged together, tell a complete story.”

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