UH Libraries News http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu Wed, 02 Sep 2015 18:06:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.3 Digital Humanities and Data Storytelling http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2015/09/01/digital-humanities-and-data-storytelling/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2015/09/01/digital-humanities-and-data-storytelling/#comments Tue, 01 Sep 2015 07:49:18 +0000 Esmeralda Fisher http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/?p=3073 At the University of Houston Libraries, digital humanities and data storytelling projects are gaining momentum. Researchers take information from traditional humanities disciplines and use computing tools to derive data. Data storytelling involves the exploration and application of data in graphical or illustrative forms that make it meaningful for student and faculty research.

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Joshua Been, social science data librarian, discusses some of the data storytelling collaborations happening at the University of Houston.

Joshua Been, social science data librarian, and Jesse Sharpe, English and linguistics librarian, discuss some of the digital humanities and data storytelling projects on which they are collaborating with University of Houston faculty and researchers in the following video collection.

Digital Humanities

Digital Humanities Collaboration – John Donne Society

Digital Humanities Projects – This Week in Texas

Data Research Services

Data Storytelling

Mobile Data Mapping and 3D Visualization

Data Visualization – Analysis of Latino Population in Houston

Data Visualization – Bilalian Newsletter Distribution

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An Inspiring First Month http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/dean/2015/08/31/an-inspiring-first-month/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/dean/2015/08/31/an-inspiring-first-month/#comments Mon, 31 Aug 2015 16:29:35 +0000 Lisa German http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/innovation/?p=37 This first month as the Dean of Libraries at UH has been a month filled with many new experiences. My welcome breakfast was terrific and the excitement carried through for the entire month. My first goals are to meet my new colleagues and to start building foundations for new relationships. Toward that end, I have met with Provost Short, many of the deans across the colleges, our award winning Vice President of Student Affairs, Dr. Richard Walker and Associate Vice President Dan Maxwell, as well as several members of the staff of University Advancement. All value the partnership of the University Libraries as we build on the success of the past in order to forge a bright future.

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My second week here, I co-hosted a thank you reception with Dean of the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture Patricia Oliver for Sir Mark Fehrs Haukohl, who donated a large gift of art and architecture books, and surprised me at the reception with a promise of more. Director of Advancement Todd Marrs and I will be working very hard in the next several weeks and months to call on current and future supporters whose passion for our Libraries is only surpassed by our own.

Inside the Libraries, I have been working very closely with the associate deans to learn about the budget and the services we offer. I have met with almost all of the department heads and will continue meeting with more people and with departments. Already, I was fortunate enough to meet with Liaison Services during their retreat and more departmental meetings will follow. I’ve received several reports from task forces who have been working hard on reports on a wide variety of topics, such as digital asset management, digital preservation, digital initiatives policies and guidelines, and digital scholarship services. The directions that many of our colleagues are suggesting are exactly where a university library of our caliber should be heading. In the next week or so, the Provost will be sending out guidelines for a strategic planning process that will commence this fall and conclude next spring. We will create a strategic plan together that will carry us to 2020. What a terrific time to be joining the Libraries!

During the next month, I will be meeting new colleagues at the Texas Digital Library and the Greater Western Library Alliance, organizations in which the UH Libraries plays a very important role.

Thank you so much for this hearty Texas welcome and I look forward to the months and years ahead with you.

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HAHA Fellow Bids Farewell http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/2015/08/31/haha-fellow-bids-farewell/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/2015/08/31/haha-fellow-bids-farewell/#comments Mon, 31 Aug 2015 11:32:47 +0000 Stacey Lavender http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/?p=4828 In August 2013 I was extremely excited to begin my position as the Houston Arts and History Archives Fellow at the University of Houston Libraries Special Collections. I was straight out of my graduate program at the University of Michigan and ready to dive into the field as a professional archivist. I was also thrilled to return to Houston, my hometown and favorite city, and to work with materials that reflected the community where I grew up. Over the following two years, I worked on some amazing projects, developed inspiring working relationships, and gained knowledge and skills that I’ll use throughout my career.

Houston Arts and History Archives Fellow, Stacey Lavender (far right), showcases items from the Main Street Theater Papers at last week's Brown Bag event

Houston Arts and History Archives Fellow, Stacey Lavender (far right), showcases items from the Main Street Theater Records.

The two largest portions of my time here at UH have been dedicated to arranging and describing archival collections and to assisting with the curation of digital projects. I have worked with a wide variety of materials in our Houston Hip Hop, Houston and Texas History, Performing and Visual Arts, and Contemporary Literature collections. I’ll admit that when I started, I was most excited to work with Houston hip hop materials. I felt that hip hop materials were in particularly great need of collecting and that they would resonate particularly strongly with students. I was right! But at the same time, I discovered that each of the collections I worked with, whether they included materials from a German singing club with over 100 years of history, one of the largest regional theatres in the nation, or 1970s and 1980s science fiction and fantasy conventions, documented an important part of our history and held direction connections to the Houston community. I’m proud to have contributed to making so many new materials accessible to our students and researchers, and working with such a diverse array of materials certainly kept me on my toes and made coming to work every day exciting!

I’m grateful that this position also provided many opportunities to work directly with our patrons. Throughout my time at UH I spent about eight hours a week manning the reference desk, and this January I also began serving as contact point for Performing and Visual Arts reference. It’s always my pleasure to help students and researchers find the materials they need. One of the most exciting (and unexpected!) outreach projects I worked on was co-curating the “Nina Vance and the Alley Theatre: A Life’s Work” exhibit with our Architecture & Art Library Coordinator Catherine Essinger. Designing and implementing the exhibit, which ran from October, 2014 to May, 2015, gave me the opportunity to work with people all over the library, across campus, and with former and current Alley Theatre actors and staff. I’ll always remember it as one of my favorite accomplishments here.

UH has also been very supportive of my professional development, which I think is essential for any early-career librarian or archivist. I have attended several conferences and workshops during my time here, and completed my first professional presentation at the Society of Southwest Archivists convention in 2014.

But perhaps my favorite thing about working at the University of Houston Special Collections was the opportunity to work with such an amazing group of colleagues, both in our department and across the library. I’ll miss coming to work with them every day, but I look forward to our paths crossing in the future as I continue my archives career.

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First Week Welcome http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/music/2015/08/28/2015welcome/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/music/2015/08/28/2015welcome/#comments Fri, 28 Aug 2015 19:27:15 +0000 Stephanie Lewin-Lane http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/music/?p=505 ML_logo

Whether you are new to UH or are a returning student, the first few weeks of school are exciting (and maybe a little overwhelming)! Here are some helpful links that will get you started with your music research and make sure you have the tools to make the 2015-16 academic year the best one yet!

Visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/uhmusiclibrary to get weekly highlights on new collection items, events, and music news.

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Looking for course reserves? http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/architecture_art/2015/08/28/looking-for-course-reserves/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/architecture_art/2015/08/28/looking-for-course-reserves/#comments Fri, 28 Aug 2015 15:40:11 +0000 Catherine Essinger http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/architecture_art/?p=544 They are now in Blackboard under “Course Tools.”  Click here to access them directly.

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Flashback 1997! http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/2015/08/27/flashback-1997/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/2015/08/27/flashback-1997/#comments Thu, 27 Aug 2015 20:42:42 +0000 Gregory Yerke http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/?p=4789 The Beloit College Mindset List, a must-read for anyone who wants to feel time quickly slipping away, was recently published for the incoming collegiate freshman class, the majority of which were born in that magical year of 1997 (?!). While it might make some of us feel just a little bit older, the list is worth a read and always provides some eye-opening perspective.

Ron Nief, Tom McBride, and Charles Westerberg (the creators of the list) provide some real marvels, reminding us that, “Among those who have never been alive in their lifetimes are Princess Diana, Notorious B.I.G., Jacques Cousteau, and Mother Teresa.” They came into the world around the same time as Dolly the sheep and Michael “Prince” Jackson, Jr. In addition, these young’uns have never licked a postage stamp (#3) and, frankly, it can get a little confusing when old people say, “around the turn of the century” (#17). The one that makes these old bones ache a little more this evening? “The eyes of Texas have never looked upon The Houston Oilers.” (#26)

In a salute to the University of Houston Cougars Class of 2019, we have gone digging through the archives and share with you a few highlights from the year 1997 housed here at your University of Houston Special Collections.

And, no, we’re not trying just to make you feel old.

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Dedication of the Haukohl Art and Architectural Collection http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2015/08/25/dedication-of-the-haukohl-art-and-architectural-collection/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2015/08/25/dedication-of-the-haukohl-art-and-architectural-collection/#comments Tue, 25 Aug 2015 10:23:09 +0000 Esmeralda Fisher http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/?p=3066 Dean of Libraries Lisa German, with Sir Mark Fehrs Haukohl of The Vero Group, and Dr. Patricia Oliver, Dean of the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture.

Dean of Libraries Lisa German, with Sir Mark Fehrs Haukohl of The Vero Group, and Dr. Patricia Oliver, Dean of the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture.

On August 18, 2015, Dean of Libraries Lisa German and Dr. Patricia Oliver, Dean of the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture, formally received a distinguished art and architectural book collection gifted by Sir Mark Fehrs Haukohl, at a ceremony held at the College of Architecture.

Read news release | View event photos

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UH Libraries Welcomes Math and Science Librarian http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2015/08/25/uh-libraries-welcomes-math-and-science-librarian/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2015/08/25/uh-libraries-welcomes-math-and-science-librarian/#comments Tue, 25 Aug 2015 07:07:03 +0000 Esmeralda Fisher http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/?p=3061 Mea Warren serves as the liaison to a number of academic departments, including math, physics, computer science, and earth and atmospheric sciences.

Mea Warren serves as the liaison to a number of academic departments, including math, physics, computer science, and earth and atmospheric sciences.

A new librarian for natural sciences and mathematics has joined the University of Houston Libraries.

Mea Warren serves as the liaison to a number of academic departments, including math, physics, computer science, and earth and atmospheric sciences. She will provide research support and collection development for faculty members, as well as instruction sessions for courses common to majors in the sciences.

Warren has worked in a variety of libraries, including at the Environmental Protection Agency, before arriving at the University of Houston. She is inspired to offer new perspectives on outreach and instruction initiatives, adding to an already highly service-oriented culture at the Libraries.

The Libraries is the central institution on campus for learning and research endeavors, and Warren is excited about the direction in which it will go. “UH is constantly evolving, and the Libraries are, too,” she said. “It’s becoming a space that is more tech-focused, and we’re concentrating on new services we can offer to increase knowledge bases across not just what you can read in a book, but what you can do on a computer. From learning new software to creating better search strategies, it’s all about creating and utilizing knowledge.”

Miscellany about Mea

  • Her first impressions of the Libraries and the University: “Everyone in the Libraries is really open and friendly and willing to help. The campus is very diverse, with many research opportunities and room for growth.”
  • Favorite author: “I’m a huge fan of Sharon Draper.
  • Top TV picks: Scandal, House of Cards, How to Get Away With Murder
  • Favorite cuisine: Texas barbecue, Thai
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2015-2016 Poetry and Prose Series http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2015/08/24/2015-2016-poetry-and-prose-series/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2015/08/24/2015-2016-poetry-and-prose-series/#comments Mon, 24 Aug 2015 10:26:59 +0000 Esmeralda Fisher http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/?p=3059 The 2015-2016 season of Poetry and Prose: Creative Writers at the University of Houston kicks off on September 16.

The 2015-2016 season of Poetry and Prose: Creative Writers at the University of Houston kicks off on September 16.

The 2015-2016 season of Poetry and Prose: Creative Writers at the University of Houston kicks off on September 16.

Now in its 16th year, Poetry and Prose provides a venue for the talented authors and poets of the Creative Writing Program at UH in the Honors College Commons in the MD Anderson Library.

The 2015-2016 series line-up includes:

  • September 16 – new Creative Writing Program graduate students Lauren Espinoza, Daniel Chu, Aza Pace, Chris Liek, Joshua Foster, Mandi Casolo, Corey Campbell, Lani Yu
  • October 14 – Faculty Alex Parsons and Mat Johnson
  • November 18 – Ecopoetics – Faculty Martha Serpas
  • February 24 – Faculty Tony Hoagland and Nick Flynn
  • April 13 – featuring undergraduate Creative Writing Program students with work appearing in Glass Mountain

Each reading is held on Wednesday evening at 5:30 p.m. All readings are free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided.

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Creelman Selected for TRLN Management Academy http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2015/08/24/creelman-selected-for-trln-management-academy/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2015/08/24/creelman-selected-for-trln-management-academy/#comments Mon, 24 Aug 2015 08:51:50 +0000 Esmeralda Fisher http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/?p=3055 Kerry Creelman has been chosen for the TRLN Management Academy: The Business of Libraries.

Kerry Creelman has been chosen for the TRLN Management Academy: The Business of Libraries.

Kerry Creelman, coordinator of undergraduate instruction and outreach, and liaison to athletics, has been chosen for the Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN) Management Academy: The Business of Libraries.

The TRLN Management Academy is an experiential learning program that prepares mid-level library managers to administer complex and diverse resources, including staff, budgets and technology. Participants were selected through a competitive process, possessing management experience and a statement of interest most closely aligned with the program’s design.

Creelman joined the University of Houston Libraries in 2009 as the English librarian and was promoted in 2012. Her research interests include assessment of the student learning cycle, learner-centered instruction pedagogy, and leadership and management in libraries.

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Favorite Things: N.W.A. Performance Contract (1988) http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/2015/08/19/favorite-things-n-w-a-performance-contract-1988/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/2015/08/19/favorite-things-n-w-a-performance-contract-1988/#comments Wed, 19 Aug 2015 20:11:56 +0000 Gregory Yerke http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/?p=4770 Whether it’s a rare book printing found at long last or piece of ephemera found in an archival collection by chance, those who visit the University of Houston Special Collections almost always find something they cannot wait to share with others.  Here we celebrate what makes the University of Houston Special Collections so special–our Favorite Things.

This past weekend’s opening of the N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton has me feeling nostalgic and fawning over an artist engagement contract from the DJ Steve Fournier Papers.

Performance contract for Eazy-E and N.W.A., from the DJ Steve Fournier Papers

Performance contract for Eazy-E and N.W.A., from the DJ Steve Fournier Papers

DJ Steve Fournier was partly responsible for hip hop’s popular emergence in the Houston club scene during the 1980s, hosting rap contests and peppering his sets with more and more rap at Struts Disco, the Boneshaker, and the Rhinestone Wrangler.  His papers include photographs, memorabilia, as well as performance contracts from emerging acts like Public Enemy, Big Daddy Kane, and Ice-T.  In this particular instance, I’m fascinated by a contract drafted for a performance by “EAZY E/NWA” that maps out the terms for payment ($1,900 now, $1,900 at the show), equipment to be provided by Fournier (“2 1200 turntables, mixer and mics”), locale (“ULTIMATE RHINESTONE WRANGLER… 478 Parker,” Houston’s Northside?!), and the hour and date of the engagement (“12Midnight” on “Thursday – June 16, 1988,” over two months prior to the release of N.W.A.’s first studio album).

The incendiary Straight Outta Compton was released August 9, 1988 on Eazy-E’s Ruthless Records.  It enjoyed the commercial appeal of the recently-instituted “Parental Advisory” stickers, along with the unfiltered imagery of glorified criminal violence and hedonistic misogyny that more than delivered on the promise of something truly illicit.  Against a backdrop of moral conservatism and prosperity gospel of the Reagan-Bush presidential arc, that forbidden nature translated into surprising and enduring commercial success.  It was a party record for our victory in the Cold War, echoing from the edge of Manifest Destiny–Compton, California.  A thunderous shot from the ghetto, it was brash, boisterous, aggressive, and is now universally acknowledged as one of the most important records in the history of hip hop (see #144).

But, in 1988, I’d yet to hear those three little letters and be jolted awake by their meaning and music.  So, I still can’t help but wonder if the show ever came to pass.  The old Ultimate Rhinestone Wrangler (a cavernous venue for a club that easily held over 1,000, it has since been converted into a storage facility) was just a stone’s throw from where I grew up and the idea that N.W.A. might have slipped in and out without me even knowing, makes them feel both so close and yet out of reach–the one that got away, the shows one never sees.  Fitting I suppose, for a group that frightened and thrilled us, both then and now.  With no signature at the bottom representing “EAZY-E/NWA,” I’ll remain curious to hear from anyone who attended and got a rare, early look at “The World’s Most Dangerous Group.”

Whether you have just been introduced via F. Gary Gray’s film or you are an O.G., who has always down for the C.P.T., you’ll enjoy seeing this contract in person along with all the other trips down memory lane waiting in the DJ Steve Fournier Papers.

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UH Special Collections and English Department Partner for New Internship Opportunity http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/2015/08/12/uh-special-collections-and-english-department-partner-for-new-internship-opportunity/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/2015/08/12/uh-special-collections-and-english-department-partner-for-new-internship-opportunity/#comments Wed, 12 Aug 2015 14:04:48 +0000 Gregory Yerke http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/?p=4683 In the spring of 2015 UH Special Collections and the English Department’s Professional Internship Program partnered to launch the Special Collections Social Media Internship.

Shelby Love, UH Special Collections Social Media Internship (Spring 2015)

Shelby Love, UH Special Collections Social Media Internship (Spring 2015)

The Professional Internship Program provides some of the University’s most academically outstanding English majors the opportunity to learn about professional careers that interest them while gaining valuable work experience as an undergraduate.  As part of this program during the past spring semester, Shelby Love staffed our first-ever Special Collections Social Media Internship, working with the University of Houston Special Collections to assist in the week-to-week operations of producing and publishing communications highlighting our holdings.

Duties of the internship included researching, writing, editing, photographing, and scheduling content for our blog and Facebook page, and provided hands-on opportunities to work with a variety of software platforms and content management systems in the process.  Love’s previous study of literature naturally drew her to our Contemporary Literature collections as well as our collections of rare books, where she curated a series of titles we continue to feature as part of our Book of the Month series.  In addition, Love was able to build upon her previous undergraduate research in the area of sociolinguistics and social media, drafting a study of current social media use by archives and special collections as well as a proposal for future development.

We thank Shelby Love for her work and contributions during the evolution of this internship’s inaugural run and we look forward to collaborating with the English Department’s Professional Internship Program in the future.

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New Items for July 2015 http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/music/2015/08/11/new-items-for-july-2015/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/music/2015/08/11/new-items-for-july-2015/#comments Tue, 11 Aug 2015 13:53:30 +0000 Stephanie Lewin-Lane http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/music/?p=502 Here is a selection of items that we received in July:

Title Author/Composer/Perfomer Call Number
La Musica en el Peru Ed. Patronato Popular y Porvenir Pro Musica Clasica Ref ML 236.M87 1988
Recercate for Viol and Harpsichord Ortiz, Diego M 3.1.078 R4 2014
A Charles Ives Omnibus Burk, James M. ML 134.I9 B87 2008
Charles Ives: Discography Warren, Richard Jr. ML 156.5.I9 W3
Ohne Worte: Vocality and Instrumentality in 19th Century Music Ed. William Brooks ML 196. T67 2014
Nuestros otros ritmos y sonidos: la musica clasica en el Peru Malaga, Armando Sanchez ML 236.S26 2012
Chilean New Song: The Political Power of Music, 1960s-1973 McSherry, J. Patrice ML 3487.C55 M37 2015
The Pop Festival Ed. George McKay ML 35.P66 2015
Fiesta de diez pesos Morad, Moshe ML 3917.C9 M68 2014
Experiencing Tchaikovsky: A Listener’s Companion Schroeder, David ML 410. C4 S37 2015
Tears into Wine Chafe, Eric ML 410.B13 C46 2015
Wagner, Schuman, and the Lessons of Beethoven’s Ninth Reynolds, Christopher A. ML 410.B42 R49 2015
The Other Wolrds of Hector Berlioz Van Rij, Inge ML 410.B5 V36 2015
Music Apps for Musicians and Music Teachers Axford, Elizabeth C. ML 74.3A96 2015
Musical Childhoods: Explorations in the pre-school years Ed. Nyland, Berenice et. al. MT 1.M987363 2015
Engaging Musical Practices: A Sourcebook for Instrumental Music Ed. Burton, Suzanne L; Alden H. Snell MT 170.E54 2015
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LinkedIn at the Library http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2015/08/05/linkedin-at-the-library/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2015/08/05/linkedin-at-the-library/#comments Wed, 05 Aug 2015 09:53:22 +0000 Esmeralda Fisher http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/?p=3044

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

There are over 39 million students and recent college graduates using LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional network. Students can find numerous opportunities through LinkedIn, including jobs, internships, graduate schools, and volunteer positions. Additionally, employers are increasingly using web search to learn more about potential job candidates, making it essential for every college student to establish a professional online presence.

The University of Houston Libraries, in partnership with University Career Services and UH Social Media, will host an event to help students gain a competitive edge using LinkedIn. LinkedIn at the Library will provide students with the tools and knowledge to maximize their use of the powerful career and networking platform. The September 23 event will be held at the MD Anderson Library Rockwell Pavilion.

The free event is open to all UH students. Staff from the UH Libraries, Career Services, and Social Media 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. Representatives from Career Services will conduct a LinkedIn and personal branding presentation, followed by a Q&A. Professional portraits will be offered to students to use in their LinkedIn profiles.

Lunch will be provided for those who register online through Cougar Pathway. For more information, contact efisher@uh.edu.

What: LinkedIn at the Library
When: Wednesday, September 23 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: MD Anderson Library Rockwell Pavilion

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Book of the Month: Dante Alighieri's The Vision of Hell http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/2015/08/04/book-of-the-month-dante-alighieris-the-vision-of-hell/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/2015/08/04/book-of-the-month-dante-alighieris-the-vision-of-hell/#comments Tue, 04 Aug 2015 12:53:02 +0000 Gregory Yerke http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/?p=4754 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 (some more dutifully than others) we will highlight a text from our collections and what makes it so special.

In the spring 2015 semester we had the good fortune to host our first-ever UH Special Collections Social Media Intern, Shelby Love.  As part of her duties, Love curated a number of selections for our Book of the Month series here on the blog.  For this month (and many to come, no doubt) we share a Book of the Month selection from Shelby Love.

Book of the Month: The Vision of Hell by Dante Alighieri, translated by Henry Francis Cary, and illustrated with the designs of M. Gustave Doré.

"Abandon all hope, ye who enter here." The Vision of Hell by Dante Alighieri

“Abandon all hope, ye who enter here.” The Vision of Hell by Dante Alighieri

Why so Special? In this 1866 edition, Dante Alighieri’s literary masterpiece is skillfully presented through the two archetypal interpretations of Henry Francis Cary and M. Gustave Doré. Cary, a graduate of Christ Church College, Oxford and assistant librarian in the British Museum, translated the Divine Comedy from Italian to English in the early 1800s. Despite the availability of numerous alternative translations, Cary’s version remained the standard into the twentieth century. That would be over 100 years of beating his competitors.  In fact, his poetic translation was admired by other literary giants such as Wordsworth, Keats, Lamb, Coleridge, Macaulay, and Ruskin. Cary dedicated countless hours and even his own funds to complete the project for public consumption, truly a meritorious example of just how important our librarians are to society.

The second distinguished interpretation is through Doré’s vivid illustrations of the otherworldly adventure. Doré was an incredibly successful and productive French illustrator and printmaker in the 19th century known for his imaginative and fantastical artwork. His work was mainly centered around themes like the (pessimistic) fate of mankind and meditations on life and death, making him and Dante such a compatible ideological pair, the likes of which even match.com couldn’t hope to recreate. In fact, one contemporary critic found the illustrations to be so conscientious that he suggested Doré and the long deceased Dante were communicating through the occult. Dante enthusiasts and scholars still consider Doré a determiner for how the Divine Comedy is visualized by readers today, ranking his hypnotic renderings along with those of Sandro Botticelli, William Blake, Eugène Delacroix, and even Michael Angelo.

"There Minos stands."  Illustration by M. Gustave Doré

“There Minos stands.” Illustration by M. Gustave Doré

With a detailed red and gold hardcover, this edition is one of the most eye-catching items among our larger-format books. The sheer size of it can strike the modern day book lover as both whimsical and puzzling, eliciting the question, why would such a serious classic need to be so colossal? A rewarding perusal in the reading room will reveal a uniquely intimate way to engage with Dante’s beloved classic as Cary’s poetic translation of the writer’s imaginative vision is presented side by side with Doré’s exquisite renditions of the literary masterpiece. This incredible edition contains the crowning achievements of three fruitful lifetimes, brought together by one vision.

Location: Those interested in consulting with this edition of Dante’s classic may request call number PQ4315.2 .C4 1866 in the Special Collections Reading Room.

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Mosaic Fellowship Benefits Behind the Scenes http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/2015/07/30/mosaic-fellowship-benefits-behind-the-scenes/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/2015/07/30/mosaic-fellowship-benefits-behind-the-scenes/#comments Thu, 30 Jul 2015 10:56:31 +0000 Gregory Yerke http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/?p=4742 The following piece appears courtesy of Dan Johnson, 2013 Mosaic Fellow, wherein he provides a look at a sampling of projects benefiting from his internship with the University of Houston Special Collections.

I was selected as a Mosaic Fellow in the Fall of 2013 by the Association of Research Libraries and the Society of American Archivists.  I’m presently a MSLS student at the University of North Texas, studying Archival Studies and Digital Image Management. The Mosaic Fellowship included an internship component, pairing up fellows with host ARL institutions; I was glad to have the opportunity to intern here at UH Special Collections since September 2014.  I’ve since had the pleasure of working on a variety of special projects, working hands on with archival materials.

I first started a digital audit of the Ewing Family Papers, comparing the physical archival collection to its finding aid and existing digital collection.  In that review of the Ewing family scrapbooks, I worked with Valerie Prilop, Digital Collections Librarian, and we discovered that the finding aid for one of the scrapbooks provided descriptions for only the front side of each scrapbook page, but did not describe the reverse side, while the digital collection had page-level descriptions for both front and back sides of the pages.  Ultimately, we were able to identify places where the finding aid could be improved, and we made some recommendations to combine two digital collections, one per scrapbook, into a single consolidated digital collection, a project for a later date.

I then started a project under the guidance of University Archivist Mary Manning, processing and describing additions to the William C. Moffit Papers.  The collection was originally donated by Dr. Moffit himself, but several additions were later donated by his wife and family after he passed away.  I was able to process and describe some additional manuscript parts, published musical arrangements, and Patterns of Motion training materials, among other things. Working with a member of the faculty from the School of Music who was intimately familiar with Dr. Moffit’s work helped me better describe and arrange the materials in a way that will make the most sense to researchers using this collection.

I started work on a third project with Hispanic Collections Archivist Lisa Cruces, auditing the physical material of the Alonso S. Perales Papers and comparing the physical archival collection to the finding aid.  There were a handful of items in the physical collection that were not reflected in the finding aid, and I have been correcting the finding aid to more faithfully represent the collection.

Most recently, I’ve been given the opportunity to work with Librarian Emerita Pat Bozeman on a project transcribing and contextualizing some handwritten letters.  Two of these items were taken from the Early Texas Documents collection. One item is a letter from Sam Houston written after he was wounded in the Battle of Horseshoe Bend. It documents his request to be transferred from New Orleans to a more northern location upon the advice of several physicians.  Another item is a letter that highlights Stephen F. Austin’s efforts to gather support from the United States government and people for Texas Independence and was written in Nashville, Tennessee days before Texas declared independence from Mexico.  Working intimately with historical documents such as these has been a very exciting and rewarding experience.

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Astrodome Memories Project to Host Scanning Event http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2015/07/30/astrodome-memories-project-to-host-scanning-event/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2015/07/30/astrodome-memories-project-to-host-scanning-event/#comments Thu, 30 Jul 2015 07:26:14 +0000 Esmeralda Fisher http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/?p=3028 The Houston Public Library’s Astrodome Memories project will host an oral history and scanning event on Saturday, August 8, 2015, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to preserve and share experiences of the 8th Wonder of the World.

The Houston Public Library's Astrodome Memories project will host an oral history and scanning event on Saturday, August 8, 2015, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to preserve and share experiences of the 8th Wonder of the World.

The Houston Public Library’s Astrodome Memories project will host an oral history and scanning event on Saturday, August 8, 2015, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to preserve and share experiences of the 8th Wonder of the World.

Members of the public can bring in their Astrodome-related items, including photos, posters, game programs, souvenirs, and other memorabilia, to be added to the materials already available online. Oral histories will be recorded, and Texas Archive of the Moving Image will be available to collect Astrodome films and videos for free digitization.

Project partners, including the University of Houston Libraries Special Collections, have contributed materials to provide access to a broad collection of archives related to the construction of the Astrodome, as well as memorabilia documenting the use of the Astrodome for the last fifty years.

Oral History and Scanning Event
August 8, 2015
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Julia Ideson Building Auditorium
Houston Public Library
550 McKinney Street
Houston, TX 77008
For appointments, call: 832-393-1522

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Libraries to Host Open House for Students http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2015/07/29/libraries-to-host-open-house-for-students/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2015/07/29/libraries-to-host-open-house-for-students/#comments Wed, 29 Jul 2015 12:50:40 +0000 Esmeralda Fisher http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/?p=3027 OpenHouse_DigitalSideBar2As part of the University of Houston Weeks of Welcome, the UH Libraries will welcome students back to campus during its Just Ask! Libraries Open House.

Students are encouraged to drop by the MD Anderson Library on Monday, August 24, or Tuesday, August 25, between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. to learn more about the Libraries’ services and programs.

Staff will be stationed at a table in the library atrium, providing informational handouts, answering general questions, and giving away snacks.

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First-Ever Artist Health and Wellness Event Slated for Fall 2015 http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2015/07/29/first-ever-artist-health-and-wellness-event-slated-for-fall-2015/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2015/07/29/first-ever-artist-health-and-wellness-event-slated-for-fall-2015/#comments Wed, 29 Jul 2015 11:15:10 +0000 Esmeralda Fisher http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/?p=3024 The University of Houston Libraries will host the Artists’ Health and Wellness Colloquium and Resource Fair on October 3, 2015, the first of its kind at the University.

The University of Houston Libraries will host the Artists’ Health and Wellness Colloquium and Resource Fair on October 3, 2015, the first of its kind at the University.

The University of Houston Libraries will host the Artist Health and Wellness Colloquium and Resource Fair on October 3, 2015, the first of its kind at the University.

This free, day-long event is open to students, faculty and staff, and the general public, and will be held at the MD Anderson Library. The event is designed to increase access to information and resources on safe and healthy practices for artists and performers through a unique learning experience, by bringing together community artists, health professionals and arts organizations.

“Artists in all genres have specific issues in wellness that are unique to their profession,” said Stephanie Lewin-Lane, coordinator of the UH Music Library and one of the event organizers. “A solid understanding of safe and healthy practices within their field will ensure that they are able to create within their art form for many, many years.”

Aspiring and working artists will learn techniques for maintaining good health and ways to avoid overstressing the body as they practice their art. Scholars will also present both historical and trending perspectives on the intersection of art and health science. Topics of particular interest to performing artists include repetitive motion, nutrition, voice scoping, stress management, performance anxiety, and body alignment. The event will culminate with a resource fair.

C. Richard Stasney, deputy chief of otolaryngology at The Methodist Hospital, will deliver the keynote address, with an introduction by Jefferson Todd Frazier, director of the Center for Performing Arts Medicine at The Methodist Hospital. Breakout session speakers include Stacey Gorniak, assistant professor of health and human performance at UH; John Harvey, director of the Center for Creative Work, Honors College, UH; and Teresa Chapman, associate professor of dance, UH.

The full agenda with breakout session topics and registration will be released in the coming weeks.

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Scheduled Interruption for Elsevier products on 8/1/2015 http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/er/2015/07/27/scheduled-interruption-for-elsevier-products-on-812015/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/er/2015/07/27/scheduled-interruption-for-elsevier-products-on-812015/#comments Mon, 27 Jul 2015 14:39:08 +0000 Jeannie Castro http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/er/?p=551 On Saturday, August 1, access to Elsevier platforms will be unavailable due to a scheduled maintenance for approximately 4.5 hours starting at 5 PM.

 

The platforms and solutions involved are:

  • Elsevier Research Platforms: ScienceDirect (both journals and eBooks), Scopus (including Author Feedback Wizard), Engineering Village
  • Reaxys

Each platform will be displaying a warning to users of this scheduled downtime, and during downtime, there will be a message informing users of the temporary unavailability of service.

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UH Librarian Conducts Workshop in Colombia http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2015/07/17/uh-librarian-conducts-workshop-in-colombia/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2015/07/17/uh-librarian-conducts-workshop-in-colombia/#comments Fri, 17 Jul 2015 07:06:02 +0000 Esmeralda Fisher http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/?p=3006 A University of Houston librarian recently traveled internationally to provide instruction on resource description and access (RDA) cataloging.

Heylicken “Hayley” Moreno, resource description coordinator in the department of Metadata and Digitization Services, developed and instructed a two-day workshop on RDA cataloging in Spanish for the conference “Present and Future of Cataloging Standards,” held in Bogotá and Cartagena, Colombia.

Hayley Moreno (far right) in Colombia. Photo courtesy of Hayley Moreno.

The conference provided participants with practical experience in cataloging with RDA, and presented new developments that are occurring in the US with BIBFRAME, a bibliographic model that uses linked data. Moreno’s workshop focused on the current practices that have been put in place with RDA, and guided catalogers in the application of these new changes with various formats including audiovisual and electronic resources.

Four universities helped sponsored this event: Universidad de Bogotá Jorge Tadeo Lozano, Universidad de Cartagena, Universidad Tecnológica de Bolívar, and Fundación Universitaria Tecnológico Comfenalco with the support of Referencistas S.A.S.

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New Accession - The Peter Beste and Lance Scott Walker Houston Rap Collection http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/2015/07/16/new-accession-the-peter-beste-and-lance-scott-walker-houston-rap-collection/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/2015/07/16/new-accession-the-peter-beste-and-lance-scott-walker-houston-rap-collection/#comments Thu, 16 Jul 2015 14:27:33 +0000 Stacey Lavender http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/?p=4720 Cover of Houston Rap by Peter Beste and Lance Scott Walker

Cover of Houston Rap by Peter Beste and Lance Scott Walker

The newest accession to the Hip Hop collections is the Peter Beste and Lance Scott Walker Houston Rap Collection, and it is one that we here in Special Collections are very excited about! Houston Rap is the joint creation of documentary photographer Peter Beste and writer Lance Scott Walker. The book provides a vivid glimpse into Houston’s hip hop community through a thoughtful combination of photographs taken by Beste and excerpts of interviews conducted by Walker. Beste and Walker’s collection will provide insight into both the creation of the book and the relationships Beste and Walker developed with members of the community they were documenting.

The majority of the collection documents the book’s production and promotion and will provide behind-the-scenes insight into the authors’ work process. Items found in this part of the collection include a hard drive containing thousands of Beste’s photographs, nearly one hundred interviews conducted by Walker, hundreds of photo prints which were used in the editing process, and materials, like stickers and T-shirts, used to promote the book.

Paul Wall bobblehead doll

Paul Wall bobblehead doll, Peter Beste and Lance Scott Walker Houston Rap Collection

The collection also contains a wide variety of hip hop memorabilia and promotional material. Houston Rap and its companion book Houston Rap Tapes took nearly a decade to complete, and during that time Beste and Walker developed strong working relationships with, and collected materials from, a wide variety of players in Houston’s hip hop scene. Visitors will find T-shirts, posters, promo cards, signed photographs, and other collectibles (bobbleheads and grills!) featuring artists and groups like DJ Screw, UGK, Paul Wall and many others. There are also a handful of letters and song lyrics written by artists and given to the authors.

After processing, all of these items, and many more, will be available in the Special Collections reading room. We hope that hip-hop scholars, researchers, and any interested members of the public visit us and take a closer look!

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Samplified Digital Recording Studios http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/2015/07/16/samplified-digital-recording-studios-records-finding-aid-published/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/2015/07/16/samplified-digital-recording-studios-records-finding-aid-published/#comments Thu, 16 Jul 2015 12:14:36 +0000 Gregory Yerke http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/?p=4713 promotional card from the Samplified Digital Recording Studios Records

promotional card from the Samplified Digital Recording Studios Records

The growth of the Houston Hip Hop collections at the University of Houston continues as Special Collections is happy to announce the completion of a preservation project linked to the Samplified Digital Recording Studios Records.

Founded in 1990 by Philadelphia native Keenan “Maestro” Mosely (also known as Keenan Lyles, professionally), Samplified Digital Recording Studios hosted some of the biggest names in local and national hip hop.  While artists like Run-DMC, Ice T, and Master P were known to record at Samplified in their visits to Houston, the archive itself documents local artists like DJ Screw, 20-2-Life, and Point Blank who recorded there.

As the finding aid illustrates, the Samplified Records contain photographs, posters, invoices, and multi-track Alesis Digital Audio Tapes (or ADATs) spanning the brief, high-impact period of the late 1990s Houston hip hop scene.  Complementing the recent announcement regarding the publication of the vinyl catalog DJ Screw used to shape the genre of chopped and screwed, the Samplified Digital Recording Studios Records hold several sets of tapes containing master recordings of DJ Screw.  Julie Grob, curator for our Houston Hip Hop collections, has overseen the preservation of these highly fragile and at-risk ADATs, and in the future will be able to provide scholars and fans an opportunity to hear the individual tracks via listening copies in the Special Collections Reading Room.

We invite you to explore the rest of the Samplified Digital Recording Studios Records and all of our Houston Hip Hop collections during our normal research hours.  Those interested in consulting with the listening copies from the recent ADAT preservation project should contact the curator of our Houston Hip Hop collections.

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Expansion of Houston Hip Hop Collections http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2015/07/15/expansion-of-houston-hip-hop-collections/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2015/07/15/expansion-of-houston-hip-hop-collections/#comments Wed, 15 Jul 2015 07:42:09 +0000 Esmeralda Fisher http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/?p=2994 University of Houston Libraries Special Collections announces three major enhancements to the Houston Hip Hop Collections, the region’s definitive archive of hip hop music and culture.

Photographer Peter Beste and journalist Lance Scott Walker have entrusted UH Special Collections with materials related to the production of their 2013 book, Houston Rap, nine years in the making. The book documents the lives of Houston hip hop musicians, both renowned and underground, as well as the changing urban neighborhoods from which the sound developed. The Peter Beste and Lance Scott Walker Houston Rap Collection contains photographic prints, digital images, audio interviews, correspondence, posters, T-shirts, artifacts and more, providing an in-depth look at Houston’s home-grown rap scene.

Preservation work on a prominent audio component of the Houston Hip Hop Collections has recently been completed, expanding access to one-of-a-kind recordings of Houston hip hop artists. Students and scholars now have the option to come to the Special Collections reading room and hear mp3 files of the separate tracks of master recordings from Keenan “Maestro” Mosley’s Samplified Digital Recording Studios, including several sets by DJ Screw. The original recordings were captured on the now obsolete Alesis digital audio tape (ADAT) format.

Cataloging of the DJ Screw Sound Recordings, the original vinyl records from which the DJ made his influential mixtapes, has been completed.

DJ Screw at Samplified Digital Recording Studio during the recording of 3 N tha Mornin’ in 1996. Available in the UH Digital Library. Original material from UH Special Collections.

Cataloging of the DJ Screw Sound Recordings, the original vinyl records from which the DJ made his influential mixtapes, has been completed, increasing the materials’ online discoverability. More information about the DJ Screw sound recordings use policy can be found here.

For more information on Houston hip hop research, contact Julie Grob.

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New Addresses for MD Anderson Library and Branches http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2015/07/14/new-address-for-md-anderson-library/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2015/07/14/new-address-for-md-anderson-library/#comments Tue, 14 Jul 2015 14:33:24 +0000 Esmeralda Fisher http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/?p=2992 Effective August 1, 2015, the University will be implementing new addresses to all campus locations. This action will align emergency services and GPS coordinates more efficiently for the campus.

The new address for the MD Anderson Library and branches will be:

MD Anderson Library
4333 University Drive
Houston, TX 77204-2000

William R. Jenkins Art and Architecture Library
4200 Elgin Street
Houston, TX 77204-4000

Weston A. Pettey Optometry Library
4901 Calhoun Road
Houston, TX 77204-2020

Moores School Of Music Library
3333 Cullen Boulevard
Houston, TX 77204-4017

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UH Libraries News

UH Libraries News

Digital Humanities and Data Storytelling

At the University of Houston Libraries, digital humanities and data storytelling projects are gaining momentum. Researchers take information from traditional humanities disciplines and use computing tools to derive data. Data storytelling involves the exploration and application of data in graphical or illustrative forms that make it meaningful for student and faculty research.

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Joshua Been, social science data librarian, discusses some of the data storytelling collaborations happening at the University of Houston.

Joshua Been, social science data librarian, and Jesse Sharpe, English and linguistics librarian, discuss some of the digital humanities and data storytelling projects on which they are collaborating with University of Houston faculty and researchers in the following video collection.

Digital Humanities

Digital Humanities Collaboration – John Donne Society

Digital Humanities Projects – This Week in Texas

Data Research Services

Data Storytelling

Mobile Data Mapping and 3D Visualization

Data Visualization – Analysis of Latino Population in Houston

Data Visualization – Bilalian Newsletter Distribution

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Dedication of the Haukohl Art and Architectural Collection
Dean of Libraries Lisa German, with Sir Mark Fehrs Haukohl of The Vero Group, and Dr. Patricia Oliver, Dean of the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture.

Dean of Libraries Lisa German, with Sir Mark Fehrs Haukohl of The Vero Group, and Dr. Patricia Oliver, Dean of the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture.

On August 18, 2015, Dean of Libraries Lisa German and Dr. Patricia Oliver, Dean of the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture, formally received a distinguished art and architectural book collection gifted by Sir Mark Fehrs Haukohl, at a ceremony held at the College of Architecture.

Read news release | View event photos

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UH Libraries Welcomes Math and Science Librarian
Mea Warren serves as the liaison to a number of academic departments, including math, physics, computer science, and earth and atmospheric sciences.

Mea Warren serves as the liaison to a number of academic departments, including math, physics, computer science, and earth and atmospheric sciences.

A new librarian for natural sciences and mathematics has joined the University of Houston Libraries.

Mea Warren serves as the liaison to a number of academic departments, including math, physics, computer science, and earth and atmospheric sciences. She will provide research support and collection development for faculty members, as well as instruction sessions for courses common to majors in the sciences.

Warren has worked in a variety of libraries, including at the Environmental Protection Agency, before arriving at the University of Houston. She is inspired to offer new perspectives on outreach and instruction initiatives, adding to an already highly service-oriented culture at the Libraries.

The Libraries is the central institution on campus for learning and research endeavors, and Warren is excited about the direction in which it will go. “UH is constantly evolving, and the Libraries are, too,” she said. “It’s becoming a space that is more tech-focused, and we’re concentrating on new services we can offer to increase knowledge bases across not just what you can read in a book, but what you can do on a computer. From learning new software to creating better search strategies, it’s all about creating and utilizing knowledge.”

Miscellany about Mea

  • Her first impressions of the Libraries and the University: “Everyone in the Libraries is really open and friendly and willing to help. The campus is very diverse, with many research opportunities and room for growth.”
  • Favorite author: “I’m a huge fan of Sharon Draper.
  • Top TV picks: Scandal, House of Cards, How to Get Away With Murder
  • Favorite cuisine: Texas barbecue, Thai
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2015-2016 Poetry and Prose Series
The 2015-2016 season of Poetry and Prose: Creative Writers at the University of Houston kicks off on September 16.

The 2015-2016 season of Poetry and Prose: Creative Writers at the University of Houston kicks off on September 16.

The 2015-2016 season of Poetry and Prose: Creative Writers at the University of Houston kicks off on September 16.

Now in its 16th year, Poetry and Prose provides a venue for the talented authors and poets of the Creative Writing Program at UH in the Honors College Commons in the MD Anderson Library.

The 2015-2016 series line-up includes:

  • September 16 – new Creative Writing Program graduate students Lauren Espinoza, Daniel Chu, Aza Pace, Chris Liek, Joshua Foster, Mandi Casolo, Corey Campbell, Lani Yu
  • October 14 – Faculty Alex Parsons and Mat Johnson
  • November 18 – Ecopoetics – Faculty Martha Serpas
  • February 24 – Faculty Tony Hoagland and Nick Flynn
  • April 13 – featuring undergraduate Creative Writing Program students with work appearing in Glass Mountain

Each reading is held on Wednesday evening at 5:30 p.m. All readings are free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided.

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Creelman Selected for TRLN Management Academy
Kerry Creelman has been chosen for the TRLN Management Academy: The Business of Libraries.

Kerry Creelman has been chosen for the TRLN Management Academy: The Business of Libraries.

Kerry Creelman, coordinator of undergraduate instruction and outreach, and liaison to athletics, has been chosen for the Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN) Management Academy: The Business of Libraries.

The TRLN Management Academy is an experiential learning program that prepares mid-level library managers to administer complex and diverse resources, including staff, budgets and technology. Participants were selected through a competitive process, possessing management experience and a statement of interest most closely aligned with the program’s design.

Creelman joined the University of Houston Libraries in 2009 as the English librarian and was promoted in 2012. Her research interests include assessment of the student learning cycle, learner-centered instruction pedagogy, and leadership and management in libraries.

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LinkedIn at the Library

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

There are over 39 million students and recent college graduates using LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional network. Students can find numerous opportunities through LinkedIn, including jobs, internships, graduate schools, and volunteer positions. Additionally, employers are increasingly using web search to learn more about potential job candidates, making it essential for every college student to establish a professional online presence.

The University of Houston Libraries, in partnership with University Career Services and UH Social Media, will host an event to help students gain a competitive edge using LinkedIn. LinkedIn at the Library will provide students with the tools and knowledge to maximize their use of the powerful career and networking platform. The September 23 event will be held at the MD Anderson Library Rockwell Pavilion.

The free event is open to all UH students. Staff from the UH Libraries, Career Services, and Social Media 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. Representatives from Career Services will conduct a LinkedIn and personal branding presentation, followed by a Q&A. Professional portraits will be offered to students to use in their LinkedIn profiles.

Lunch will be provided for those who register online through Cougar Pathway. For more information, contact efisher@uh.edu.

What: LinkedIn at the Library
When: Wednesday, September 23 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: MD Anderson Library Rockwell Pavilion

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Astrodome Memories Project to Host Scanning Event

The Houston Public Library’s Astrodome Memories project will host an oral history and scanning event on Saturday, August 8, 2015, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to preserve and share experiences of the 8th Wonder of the World.

The Houston Public Library's Astrodome Memories project will host an oral history and scanning event on Saturday, August 8, 2015, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to preserve and share experiences of the 8th Wonder of the World.

The Houston Public Library’s Astrodome Memories project will host an oral history and scanning event on Saturday, August 8, 2015, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to preserve and share experiences of the 8th Wonder of the World.

Members of the public can bring in their Astrodome-related items, including photos, posters, game programs, souvenirs, and other memorabilia, to be added to the materials already available online. Oral histories will be recorded, and Texas Archive of the Moving Image will be available to collect Astrodome films and videos for free digitization.

Project partners, including the University of Houston Libraries Special Collections, have contributed materials to provide access to a broad collection of archives related to the construction of the Astrodome, as well as memorabilia documenting the use of the Astrodome for the last fifty years.

Oral History and Scanning Event
August 8, 2015
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Julia Ideson Building Auditorium
Houston Public Library
550 McKinney Street
Houston, TX 77008
For appointments, call: 832-393-1522

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Libraries to Host Open House for Students

OpenHouse_DigitalSideBar2As part of the University of Houston Weeks of Welcome, the UH Libraries will welcome students back to campus during its Just Ask! Libraries Open House.

Students are encouraged to drop by the MD Anderson Library on Monday, August 24, or Tuesday, August 25, between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. to learn more about the Libraries’ services and programs.

Staff will be stationed at a table in the library atrium, providing informational handouts, answering general questions, and giving away snacks.

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First-Ever Artist Health and Wellness Event Slated for Fall 2015
The University of Houston Libraries will host the Artists’ Health and Wellness Colloquium and Resource Fair on October 3, 2015, the first of its kind at the University.

The University of Houston Libraries will host the Artists’ Health and Wellness Colloquium and Resource Fair on October 3, 2015, the first of its kind at the University.

The University of Houston Libraries will host the Artist Health and Wellness Colloquium and Resource Fair on October 3, 2015, the first of its kind at the University.

This free, day-long event is open to students, faculty and staff, and the general public, and will be held at the MD Anderson Library. The event is designed to increase access to information and resources on safe and healthy practices for artists and performers through a unique learning experience, by bringing together community artists, health professionals and arts organizations.

“Artists in all genres have specific issues in wellness that are unique to their profession,” said Stephanie Lewin-Lane, coordinator of the UH Music Library and one of the event organizers. “A solid understanding of safe and healthy practices within their field will ensure that they are able to create within their art form for many, many years.”

Aspiring and working artists will learn techniques for maintaining good health and ways to avoid overstressing the body as they practice their art. Scholars will also present both historical and trending perspectives on the intersection of art and health science. Topics of particular interest to performing artists include repetitive motion, nutrition, voice scoping, stress management, performance anxiety, and body alignment. The event will culminate with a resource fair.

C. Richard Stasney, deputy chief of otolaryngology at The Methodist Hospital, will deliver the keynote address, with an introduction by Jefferson Todd Frazier, director of the Center for Performing Arts Medicine at The Methodist Hospital. Breakout session speakers include Stacey Gorniak, assistant professor of health and human performance at UH; John Harvey, director of the Center for Creative Work, Honors College, UH; and Teresa Chapman, associate professor of dance, UH.

The full agenda with breakout session topics and registration will be released in the coming weeks.

Posted on July 29th, 2015 by Esmeralda Fisher and filed under Announcements | Comments Off on First-Ever Artist Health and Wellness Event Slated for Fall 2015
UH Librarian Conducts Workshop in Colombia

A University of Houston librarian recently traveled internationally to provide instruction on resource description and access (RDA) cataloging.

Heylicken “Hayley” Moreno, resource description coordinator in the department of Metadata and Digitization Services, developed and instructed a two-day workshop on RDA cataloging in Spanish for the conference “Present and Future of Cataloging Standards,” held in Bogotá and Cartagena, Colombia.

Hayley Moreno (far right) in Colombia. Photo courtesy of Hayley Moreno.

The conference provided participants with practical experience in cataloging with RDA, and presented new developments that are occurring in the US with BIBFRAME, a bibliographic model that uses linked data. Moreno’s workshop focused on the current practices that have been put in place with RDA, and guided catalogers in the application of these new changes with various formats including audiovisual and electronic resources.

Four universities helped sponsored this event: Universidad de Bogotá Jorge Tadeo Lozano, Universidad de Cartagena, Universidad Tecnológica de Bolívar, and Fundación Universitaria Tecnológico Comfenalco with the support of Referencistas S.A.S.

Posted on July 17th, 2015 by Esmeralda Fisher and filed under Announcements | Comments Off on UH Librarian Conducts Workshop in Colombia

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