UH Libraries News http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu Thu, 23 Apr 2015 12:09:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.4 Welcome to our new Library Specialist, Julia Kress http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/architecture_art/2015/04/27/welcome-to-our-new-library-specialist-julia-kress/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/architecture_art/2015/04/27/welcome-to-our-new-library-specialist-julia-kress/#comments Mon, 27 Apr 2015 13:55:22 +0000 Catherine Essinger http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/architecture_art/?p=530 For more than thirteen years Julia practiced law handling mainly corporate transactions, business litigation and environmental matters. However, seeking a more creative field of work, she received her MFA from Antioch University in Los Angeles and is currently finishing her master’s thesis for her MA in History from the University of California, Riverside. She is passionate about ancient Rome and in June 2014 she took part in the American Academy in Rome’s Summer Archaeology Program involving the documentation and analysis of ancient buildings. Her research interest focuses on rehabilitating the reputations of ancient Roman women by contextually analyzing evidence, including sculptures, inscriptions and coins. She is excited to be a Library Specialist at the Architecture and Art Library and is looking forward to assisting UH’s faculty and students with their research needs.

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UH Appoints Lisa German as Dean of Libraries http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2015/04/22/uh-appoints-lisa-german-as-dean-of-libraries/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2015/04/22/uh-appoints-lisa-german-as-dean-of-libraries/#comments Wed, 22 Apr 2015 10:12:50 +0000 Esmeralda Fisher http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/?p=2906 german

Lisa B. German was selected to serve as dean of Libraries and Elizabeth D. Rockwell chair.

For the first time in 18 years, a new leader of the University of Houston Libraries has been appointed. Lisa B. German, currently of Pennsylvania State University Libraries, was selected to serve as dean of Libraries and Elizabeth D. Rockwell chair. Her appointment will begin on August 1, 2015.

“Lisa German is a highly regarded research library administrator, and has exceptional experience and leadership skills,” said senior vice president and provost Paula Myrick Short. “She brings to the University a strategic vision that will move the Libraries’ role in teaching and research forward. I’m thrilled that she will join us.”

At Penn State Libraries, German served as associate dean for collections, information, and access services, where she was responsible for planning, organization, policy development, implementation, assessment, and direction. She has also published extensively in these areas.

German has participated in the Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians at Harvard University, and the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Research Library Leadership Fellows Program. She is the recipient of several awards from the University of Illinois, Penn State University, and the American Library Association – Association for Library Collections and Technical Services.

“I am truly honored to be selected as the next dean of Libraries and Elizabeth D. Rockwell chair at the University of Houston, one of the most outstanding and diverse universities in America,” German said. “Building upon a solid foundation, and with excellent librarians and staff, we will make valuable contributions in pursuit of the University’s strategic directions.”

German succeeds Dana Rooks, who, in May 2014, announced plans to step down from the post she held since 1997.

German earned a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in library science, both from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

A national search was conducted for the Libraries dean vacancy. Provost Short commended the search committee, chaired by Dr. Latha Ramchand, dean of the C.T. Bauer College of Business, for their valuable service in the search process.

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About the University of Houston

The University of Houston is a Carnegie-designated Tier One public research university recognized by The Princeton Review as one of the nation’s best colleges for undergraduate education. UH serves the globally competitive Houston and Gulf Coast Region by providing world-class faculty, experiential learning and strategic industry partnerships. Located in the nation’s fourth-largest city, UH serves more than 40,900 students in the most ethnically and culturally diverse region in the country. For more information about UH, visit the university’s newsroom.

About the University of Houston Libraries

The University of Houston Libraries is an academic library system serving UH students, faculty, staff and the public, and providing access to over 4 million volumes. The UH Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Greater Western Library Alliance, the Hathi Trust, the Council on Library and Information Resources, the Digital Library Federation, and the Texas Digital Library. For more information about the UH Libraries, visit News and Events.

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Mexico Documents Collection Available Online http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/2015/04/21/mexico-documents-collection-available-online/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/2015/04/21/mexico-documents-collection-available-online/#comments Tue, 21 Apr 2015 16:33:41 +0000 Gregory Yerke http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/?p=4649 Depiction of fire at Mexico City Cathedral (Mexico Documents Collection)

Depiction of fire at Mexico City Cathedral (Mexico Documents Collection)

On this San Jacinto Day, the University of Houston Special Collections is happy to share more exciting developments on the digitization front with the recent publication of the Mexico Documents Collection on the UH Digital Library.

Originally combined from several smaller collections, the Mexico Documents Collection contains government orders, announcements, decrees, pamphlets, and correspondence (both personal and official) dating as far back as 1570 (manuscript on vellum) on into the 20th century.  Many of the materials in the collection date from Mexican Independence (1821) through the end of the Mexican-American War (1849), but scholars with research interests in the Mexican Colonial Period or the Mexican Revolution are also likely to find some fertile ground in this collection.  Researchers with limited experience in the Spanish language will also be pleased to find a number of the documents accompanied by English translations.

Thanks to this new level of access, scholars around the globe and around the clock browsing through the online collection will turn up the names of Santa Anna de Lopez, Porfirio Diaz, and Jose Joaquin de Hererra.  A closer look reveals materials related to American military actions as part of the Mexican-American War, business and land transactions, as well as documents chronicling religion in Mexico.

petition from the Barefoot Monks to Philip V, King of Spain (from the Mexico Documents Collection)

petition from the Barefoot Monks to Philip V, King of Spain (1739, from the Mexico Documents Collection)

While nothing can replicate working with a physical copy of a petition from the Barefoot Monks to Philip V of Spain in the Special Collections Reading Room, the opportunity to share online these types of centuries-old documents alongside more recent materials highlighting distinct periods of Mexican history marks another exciting step for our larger Hispanic Collections.  We invite you to enjoy the Mexico Documents Collection and look forward to assisting you in your research, whether online via the Digital Library or offline next time you are able to pay us a visit.

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The Houston Saengerbund Records http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/2015/04/15/the-houston-saengerbund-records/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/2015/04/15/the-houston-saengerbund-records/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 17:15:34 +0000 Stacey Lavender http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/?p=4631 Title page from ledger in the Houston Saengerbund Records (1919)

Title page from ledger in the Houston Saengerbund Records (1919)

The University of Houston Special Collections is happy to announce both the recent publication of the Houston Saengerbund Records in the UH Digital Library and significant additions and revisions made to the finding aid for the related physical collection housed here in Special Collections!

The Houston Saengerbund is a German singing society that has been active in Houston for more than a century and continues to perform at public events throughout Houston and Texas to this day. It was founded in 1883 and was one of many all-male singing organizations which formed in the German communities of Texas during the last half of the 19th century. These local groups were united under Der Deutsch-Texanische Saengerbund (the German-Texan Singers’ League), a regional organization that held biennial meetings and Saengerfeste (Singing Festivals) in various Texas cities. Both the digital collection and physical materials provide insight not only into the activities, performances, membership, and administration of this group, but also into its responses to major events and social changes throughout the last century of American history.

The digital collection consists of five bound ledgers covering the years 1874-1937. In these ledgers you’ll find meeting minutes, financial statements, programs, clippings, and correspondence between the Houston Saengerbund and other German organizations. The materials span the time from the group’s inception, through its growth to over 1000 members in the years before World War I, and to the formation of the Ladies Auxiliary and the Damenchor (Women’s Chorus) in 1937.

Program from the 1983 Texas Saengerfest, held in Houston and also marking the Houston Saengerbund's centennial

Program from the 1983 Texas Saengerfest, held in Houston and also marking the Houston Saengerbund’s centennial

The updated finding aid describes physical materials dating from 1874 to present. Here you’ll find songbooks and event materials, administrative records, legal files, financial records, and publications from all points in the group’s history. Of particular interest is the effect of anti-German sentiment that developed during the World Wars. With the onset of World War II, the Saengerbund members changed the name of the group to “The Houston Singing Society,” quit their primary activity of singing German songs, and began keeping minutes in English due to their concern about arousing anti-German sentiment. It wasn’t until after the war ended that the club members restored both their singing and their name.

The events mentioned above are just a couple of the points of interest to be found in the rich and storied history of The Houston Saengerbund. Check out the digital collection or visit us here in Special Collections to find out more!

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Library Voted 'Best Place to Study On Campus' http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2015/04/15/library-voted-best-place-to-study-on-campus/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2015/04/15/library-voted-best-place-to-study-on-campus/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 07:08:43 +0000 Esmeralda Fisher http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/?p=2897 UH students voted MD Anderson Library as the best place to study on campus.

UH students voted MD Anderson Library as the best place to study on campus.

University of Houston students voted MD Anderson Library as the best place to study on campus according to Coogs Choose, a best-of survey from the student newspaper, The Cougar, in collaboration with the Center for Student Media.

The MD Anderson Library provides a variety of spaces to study and collaborate, services tailored for research and scholarship, and librarians whose mission is to help students and scholars find and create knowledge.

In Coogs Choose, students voted on everything they love about the campus and the city. Write-in categories included a range of people, places and services, like best professor, bike shop, and off-campus apartments.

Results for Coogs Choose were announced in a special section of The Cougar, available at campus newsstands until April 22.

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New Items for March 2015 http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/music/2015/04/13/new-items-for-march-2015/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/music/2015/04/13/new-items-for-march-2015/#comments Mon, 13 Apr 2015 15:24:42 +0000 Stephanie Lewin-Lane http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/music/?p=484 Here is a highlight of some of the new items from March that we have in the Music Library:

Title Composer/Performer/Author Call #
Manuel de Falla Manuel de Falla CD 15561
The Argentinian Album Amsterdam Sinfonietta CD 15590
Six String Quartets Bartolomeo Campagnoli CD 15594
Livre du Saint Sacrement pour orgue Oliver Messiaen CD 15604
Ponce: Complete Guitar Music Gerard Abiton CD 15607
1865 Anonymous 4 CD 15613
Chamber Works Vol. 1 Krzysztof Penderecki CD 15618
Symphonies, no. 7 Dmitriĭ Dmitrievich Shostakovich CD 15622
String quartet no. 3 Robert Schumann CD 15623
Quartets Camille Saint-Saëns CD 15626
Escualo Astor Piazzolla CD 15628
Konzerte Maria Cecilia Munoz and Sarah O’Brien CD 15631
Gramola Richard Strauss CD 15633
HMS Pinafore New D’Oyly Carte Opera CD 15634
Rameau – Ligeti Cathy Krier CD 15642
Scheherazade Zurich Ensemble CD 15647
Chant Missa Latina CD 15652
Perfect Strangers Heiner Goebbels & Frank Zappa CD 15658
Marimba Concertos Anders Koppel CD 15670
Heart & Soul Matthew Dirst CD 15675
Madama Butterfly Giacomo Puccini DVD 0611
Tupac: Resurrection Tupac DVD 0903
Performance Practices in Early 20th Century Piano Music Maurice Hinson DVD 0906
6 Fantasias for Guitar M126 .V69 2014
Jigs, Reels, & Hornpipes Edward Huws Jones M1738 .J54 2014
African Songs Abdullah Ibrahim M25 .A14 A45 2014
Piano Trio: Los Ojos Simon Holt M312 .H74 T7 2014
Choral music : a research and information guide Avery T. Sharp and James Michael Floyd. ML128.C48 S53 2011
Ethnomusicology : a research and information guide Jennifer C. Post. ML128.E8 P67 2011
The madrigal : a research and information guide Susan Lewis Hammond. ML128.M2 L49 2011
Spirituals : a multidisciplinary bibliography for research and performance by Kathleen A. Abromeit. ML128.S4 A27 2015
William Alwyn : a research and information guide John C. Dressler. ML134.A56 D54 2012
Bela Bartok : a research and information guide Elliott Antokoletz, Paolo Susanni. ML134.B18 A7 2011
Gabriel Faure : a research and information guide Edward R. Phillips. ML134.F29 P55 2011
Gustav Holst : a research and information guide Mary Christison Huismann. ML134.H75 H85 2011
Quincy Jones : a research and information guide Clarence Bernard Henry. ML134.J73 H46 2014
Bohuslav Martinu¯ : a research and information guide Robert C. Simon. ML134.M44 S56 2014
Program music Jonathan Kregor. ML3300 .K724 2015
K-pop : popular music, cultural amnesia, and economic innovation in South Korea John Lie. ML3502.K6 L54 2015
The 21st-century singer : making the leap from the university into the world Susan Mohini Kane. ML3795 .K18 2015
Organising music : theory, practice, performance edited by Nic Beech and Charlotte Gilmore. ML3853 .O74 2015
Rethinking difference in music scholarship edited by Olivia Bloechl, Melanie Lowe,and Jeffrey Kallberg ML3916 .R49 2015
Prose works. Selections. English;”Berlioz on music : selected criticism, 1824-1837 edited by Katherine Kolb ; translated by Samuel N. Rosenberg ML410.B5 A5 2014
We’ll have Manhattan : the early work of Rodgers and Hart Dominic Symonds. ML410.R6315 S96 2015
Mellencamp : American troubadour David Masciotra. ML420.M357 M37 2015
Sounds of the New Deal : the Federal Music Project in the West Peter Gough ; foreword by Peggy Seeger. ML62 .G62 2015
Including everyone : creating music classrooms where all children learn Judith A. Jellison. MT1 .J35 2015
Music direction for the stage : a view from the podium Joseph Church. MT955 .C59 2015
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Research in the Real World http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2015/04/10/research-in-the-real-world/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2015/04/10/research-in-the-real-world/#comments Fri, 10 Apr 2015 12:39:18 +0000 Esmeralda Fisher http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/?p=2893 The William R. Jenkins Architecture and Art Library presents the second panel discussion in the Research in the Real World series on Wednesday, April 15 from 4-5 pm. Architecture and Art Library_primary

The William R. Jenkins Architecture and Art Library presents the second panel discussion in the Research in the Real World series on Wednesday, April 15 from 4-5 pm. Architecture and Art Library_primary

The William R. Jenkins Architecture and Art Library presents the second panel discussion in the Research in the Real World series on Wednesday, April 15 from 4-5 pm.

Tailored for students in the UH School of Art, the talk will feature professionals discussing their on-the-job research activities, and information skills needed for a career in the arts.

Panelists include Catherine Gonzalez of the Houston Arts Alliance; Emily Link of the Lawndale Art Center; and Tracy E. Smith of the Blaffer Art Museum.

Refreshments and a reception will follow the panel discussion.

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Celebrating Excellence: UH Libraries 2015 Staff Awards http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2015/04/09/celebrating-excellence-uh-libraries-2015-staff-awards/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2015/04/09/celebrating-excellence-uh-libraries-2015-staff-awards/#comments Thu, 09 Apr 2015 09:49:02 +0000 Esmeralda Fisher http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/?p=2869 University of Houston Libraries honored outstanding librarians and staff at an awards ceremony this month, held at the Rockwell Pavilion. Dean Dana Rooks commended the entire staff of the Libraries at the annual event, stating that it is her favorite day of the year. With her retirement swiftly approaching, this is also Dean Rooks’ last Staff Awards.

Dean Dana Rooks speaks at the UH Libraries 2015 Staff Awards.

Dean Dana Rooks speaks at the UH Libraries 2015 Staff Awards.

The recipient of the Dean’s Library Advocate Award is Cathy Horn, associate professor in the College of Education. This award recognizes a University of Houston employee who has worked closely with the Libraries during the past year, and who has made a significant contribution to the success of the Libraries.

The Outstanding Group Award went to Acquisitions, a team that has demonstrated exceptional creativity, collegiality and hospitality in collaborating with other units. Team members are Mary Rico, Yesenia Umana, Kelli Getz, Gloria Robinson-Citizen, Lisa Lomas, Jeannie Pham, Dahn Bang, Mike Thompson, Judith Parsons and Erin Lew.

Christie Peters received the Trailblazer Award for Leading Organization Change, for her critical work in developing new services for data management, helping to expand the Libraries’ digital repositories, and integrating the Libraries more fully into research activities on campus.

The John P. McGovern Rookie of the Year Award winner is Mauricio Lazo. Although new to the organization, Lazo has helped strengthen the Libraries brand by providing creative and technical expertise in numerous multimedia projects.

The Student Achievement Award recipients are Kaylie Kahlich (Music Library) and Alex Segura (Metadata and Digitization Services), both demonstrating superior performance and accomplishments in the course of their duties. The McGovern Outstanding Student Award went to Sara Craig, an employee in Special Collections.

Cindy Romero was honored with the Staff Achievement Award for her consistently exemplary work and friendly demeanor while onboarding new employees. Esmeralda Fisher received the Staff Achievement Award for establishing new communications strategies and revitalizing existing channels. The McGovern Outstanding Staff Award recipient is Marcus Elizondo, whose expertise in systems and excellent customer service have strengthened the performance of his department and the Libraries.

The Librarian Achievement Award recipients are Alex Simons and Lee Hilyer. Simons is known for building strong relationships with her colleagues throughout the Libraries, and has made significant contributions to a number of public services projects. Hilyer’s service-oriented professionalism and practical insights make him a valued asset to the Libraries. Jackie Bronicki received the McGovern Outstanding Librarian Award for providing expertise in statistics and analysis, and for managing ambitious, large-scale projects in collections assessment.

The 2015 Staff Awards event was brought to fruition through the efforts of Marissa Aiello, Gillian Bautista, Kelsey Brett, Esmeralda Fisher, Kristine Greive, Stacey Lavender, Stephanie Lewin-Lane, Hayley Moreno, Andy Nguyen, Santi Thompson and Carolyn Meanley.

View photos from the 2015 Libraries Staff Awards.

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UH Artist Blends Reality With Fantasy http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2015/04/09/uh-artist-blends-reality-with-fantasy/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2015/04/09/uh-artist-blends-reality-with-fantasy/#comments Thu, 09 Apr 2015 09:29:26 +0000 Esmeralda Fisher http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/?p=2883 Trevon Latin, a mixed media artist, will graduate from the University of Houston this semester. He plans to move to New York City and pursue his craft in an environment wholly different from his native Houston, a place he holds close to his heart.

"Orders from the Dead One" in a series by UH artist Trevon Latin.

“Orders from the Dead One” in a series by UH artist Trevon Latin.

Latin’s artwork was recently on display in the William R. Jenkins Architecture and Art Library A2 Alcove, a venue that is part gallery and part lounge. The library supports UH student artists by hosting exhibitions of their work throughout the year. All pieces are digitally documented and included in the UH Digital Library.

As a student in the UH School of Art, Latin says that his academic journey has allowed him to find what he values the most, and what to focus on in his life as an artist.

“When I put my work into motion, I really consider what it means to me to be from the South,” said Latin, whose niche is narrative art. He is inspired by those known as outsider, or naïve, artists, the untaught creatives with natural talent who didn’t pursue academic studies in the visual arts.

Latin’s work is influenced by outsider artists who nourished their craft in unconventional ways, like Aminah Lynn Robinson, who used a number of materials woven into a continuous narrative to tell her life story; and Henry Darger, a reclusive writer and artist whose epic fantasy manuscript and illustrations were discovered only after his death.

"Orders from the Dead Two" in a series by UH artist Trevon Latin.

“Orders from the Dead Two” in a series by UH artist Trevon Latin.

Themes blending personal experience with fantasy are very compelling, says Latin. “I try to incorporate that into my work. If I passed, what would people find? What would I want to show them about my life?”

Latin has created a character by the name of S. Relentless, a protagonist in a fantastical body of work whose story begins in antebellum South. The narrative of S. Relentless is driven by Latin’s own modern-day experiences.

Latin’s education over the past decade has been defined by lessons in patience and keeping true to oneself. He has learned that, if the work has strong meaning to the artist, it will resonate powerfully with others.

“I want to maintain a personality in my work and do it on a level where it’s known and it has a presence,” he said. His advice to burgeoning artists: remain honest and follow your heart. “It sounds like a Disney cartoon,” he says with a laugh, “but I’m being serious. It’s the only way I can create work. People tend to take notice and connect with art on a human level, and when you really put your heart into it, that’s where the connection is the strongest.”

Student artists interested in displaying work at the Architecture and Art Library are encouraged to contact Chris Conway with digital samples.

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Paws and Relax at UH Libraries http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2015/04/07/paws-and-relax-at-uh-libraries/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2015/04/07/paws-and-relax-at-uh-libraries/#comments Tue, 07 Apr 2015 07:58:02 +0000 Esmeralda Fisher http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/?p=2864 Paws and Relax at UH Libraries

Paws and Relax at UH Libraries

The end of the semester is near. While you’re studying for finals, stop by the MD Anderson Library to Paws and Relax!

Local organization Faithful Paws will bring certified therapy dogs to the MD Anderson Library for four days of stress relief in May, just in time for finals! Drop in for petting, snuggling and treat-feeding with these gentle and friendly canines.

  • Monday May 4: 7-9pm
  • Tuesday May 5: 8-10pm (concurrent with Finals Mania!)
  • Wednesday May 6: 7-9pm
  • Thursday May 7: 3-5pm
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Unique Holdings: The Human Side of Science http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2015/04/07/unique-holdings-the-human-side-of-science/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2015/04/07/unique-holdings-the-human-side-of-science/#comments Tue, 07 Apr 2015 07:13:07 +0000 Esmeralda Fisher http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/?p=2860 University of Houston Libraries invites faculty and staff, students, researchers, and anyone interested in discovering rare books to attend a brown bag presentation on Wednesday, April 22 in the Elizabeth D. Rockwell Pavilion at the MD Anderson Library.

Biology and biochemistry librarian Porcia Vaughn, library specialist Kristine Greive, and English librarian Dr. Jesse Sharpe will present “The Human Side of Science,” a discussion of rare books on life sciences housed in UH Special Collections.

Biology and biochemistry librarian Porcia Vaughn, library specialist Kristine Greive, and English librarian Dr. Jesse Sharpe will present “The Human Side of Science,” a discussion of rare books on life sciences housed in UH Special Collections.

Biology and biochemistry librarian Porcia Vaughn, library specialist Kristine Greive, and English librarian Dr. Jesse Sharpe will present “The Human Side of Science,” a discussion of rare books on life sciences housed in UH Special Collections.

The April 22 talk is part 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 Human Side of Science” brown bag presentation
When: Wednesday, April 22 at noon
Where: Elizabeth D. Rockwell Pavilion, MD Anderson Library

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Arts professionals to speak at the Jenkins Library on 4/15/15 http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/architecture_art/2015/04/06/arts-professionals-to-speak-at-the-jenkins-library-on-41515/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/architecture_art/2015/04/06/arts-professionals-to-speak-at-the-jenkins-library-on-41515/#comments Mon, 06 Apr 2015 16:15:22 +0000 Catherine Essinger http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/architecture_art/?p=527 The Architecture and Art Library is pleased to present a second installment of its Research in the Real World series with a panel discussion tailored especially for our School of Art students.

 

On Wednesday, April 15th, from 4-5 pm, please come to the William R. Jenkins Architecture and Art Library to hear our panel:

Catherine Gonzalez, Communications + Outreach Coordinator, Houston Arts Alliance

Emily Link, Community Relations Coordinator, Lawndale Arts Center

Tracy E. Smith, Director of Development and Membership, Blaffer Art Museum

 

These communications and outreach professionals will discuss their on-the-job research activities and the information skills needed for a career in their field.

 

Refreshments and a casual reception will follow the panel discussion.

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Re-Discovering Maria Cristina Mena http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2015/04/06/re-discovering-maria-cristina-mena/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2015/04/06/re-discovering-maria-cristina-mena/#comments Mon, 06 Apr 2015 14:44:02 +0000 Esmeralda Fisher http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/?p=2851 Born in Mexico City, María Cristina Mena (1893-1965) was the author of eleven short stories, five children’s books, and a nonfiction article. She is best known for her short stories, published mainly in The Century Magazine and American Magazine from 1913 to 1916. With renewed interest in the history of Chicano literature and the publication of all her short fiction in The Collected Stories of María Cristina Mena, her work is now receiving greater consideration.

Arte Público Press and University of Houston Special Collections present "Re-Discovering María Cristina Mena," an event honoring the works of Mena and celebrating the gift of the María Cristina Mena Papers to UH Special Collections.

Arte Público Press and University of Houston Special Collections present “Re-Discovering María Cristina Mena,” an event honoring the works of Mena and celebrating the gift of the María Cristina Mena Papers to UH Special Collections.

Arte Público Press and University of Houston Special Collections present “Re-Discovering María Cristina Mena,” an event honoring the works of Mena and celebrating the gift of the María Cristina Mena Papers to UH Special Collections.

What: Re-Discovering Maria Cristina Mena panel discussion
When: Wednesday, April 22, 2:00 – 3:30 pm (reception at 4:00 pm) 
Where: University of Houston MD Anderson Library, Special Collections, Evans Classroom

Panelists:

  • Amy Doherty Mohr, PhD
    Amerika-Institut at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat Munich
  • Carolina A. Villarroel, PhD 
    Arte Público Press and the Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Project
  • José Aranda, PhD 
    Rice University, Department of English
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Favorite Things: Fiesta City Charter http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/2015/03/27/favorite-things-fiesta-city-charter/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/2015/03/27/favorite-things-fiesta-city-charter/#comments Fri, 27 Mar 2015 17:21:45 +0000 Gregory Yerke http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/?p=4605 Governor Allan Shivers signs the Fiesta City charter (1952)

Governor Allan Shivers signs the Fiesta City charter (1952)

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.

University Archivist Mary Manning recommends a very timely item from our collections for our latest favorite–the Fiesta City charter.

It is that time of year, as spring has ushered in a veritable city-within-a-city on the campus of the University of Houston in one of our oldest traditions.  Along Scott Street, in the shadow of TDECU Stadium, the student body has built, once again, our fine Fiesta City, home of Frontier Fiesta.  A combination of variety shows, cook-offs, and concerts, Frontier Fiesta officially opened last night and runs through this weekend featuring entertainment for everyone.

The Fiesta City charter on display in the University of Houston Special Collections Reading Room

The Fiesta City charter on display in the University of Houston Special Collections Reading Room

Our University Archives preserve and make available for study the history of this tradition via the UH Frontier Fiesta Collection.  Containing newspaper clippings, photographs, correspondence, show scripts, and event programs dating all the way back to 1941, the UH Frontier Fiesta Collection is open for research to anyone interested in tracing the event’s history (including the students who lead and run this massive undertaking each year).

But still, it’s not really a city, right?

Well, sometimes there is more to a name than just a cute, simple moniker.

Honorary Mayor Johnny Goya III presents Humphrey Bogart with the key to Fiesta City (1952, UH Frontier Fiesta Collection)

Honorary Mayor Johnny Goya III presents Humphrey Bogart with the key to Fiesta City (1952, UH Frontier Fiesta Collection)

Last spring, Manning curated an exhibition of some of these materials entitled “Frontier Fiesta: The Greatest College Show On Earth.”  While many items in the exhibit garnered attention from those interested in the history of this long-standing fixture on the UH calendar, Manning noted one item of particular significance.  In Houston History, reflecting on the Fiesta and what the records reveal of its history, Manning writes, “Especially noteworthy is Fiesta City’s charter drawn up by students in 1952 and branded onto a tanned cowhide by student Betty Rich and taken to Austin for Governor Allan Shivers’s signature.”

Far from any, ahem, branding ploy, this cowhide proves that a bonafide city recently sprung up on a grand swath of asphalt in the heart of the Third Ward, hosting a tradition that is uniquely Houston.  Those interested in viewing Fiesta City’s charter, complete with the still-just-visible signature of Governor Shivers proclaiming it a city “happily free of municipal corruption, yankees, and other dangerous influences,” may do so in the Special Collections Reading Room during our normal research hours.  Enjoy the Fiesta, and Fiesta City, Houston!

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Audiovisual Archivist Joins UH Special Collections http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2015/03/26/audiovisual-archivist-joins-uh-special-collections/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2015/03/26/audiovisual-archivist-joins-uh-special-collections/#comments Thu, 26 Mar 2015 13:10:59 +0000 Esmeralda Fisher http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/?p=2844 Emily Vinson joins the team as the new audiovisual archivist.

Emily Vinson joins the team as the new audiovisual archivist.

University of Houston Special Collections recently welcomed Emily Vinson, audiovisual archivist, to the team. She will shepherd the audiovisual collection on its journey through acquisition, preservation and digitization.

Vinson’s primary focus is the digitization of select materials from the KUHT Collection, including securing intellectual control and prioritizing items for accessibility.

View KUHT Highlights, a digital collection of images and video of the nation’s first public television station.

The KUHT Collection presents a unique set of opportunities. It contains, in part, nearly 1200 film reels and 600 boxes of videotapes, the specific contents of which are unknown. “As is often the case with archival audiovisual collections, labeling is minimal, if present at all, so there are going to be many mysteries in the collection,” Vinson said. “There’s no finding aid yet, so we’re going to have a lot of questions in how to move forward with those pieces of the collection.”

Vinson will cross-reference each film and videotape with available titles, and query physical records in the collection to determine which programs hold lasting value and as such, rise in priority for digitization.

Even for highly-skilled archivists like Vinson, evaluating old films is a tricky process. Many may have become too fragile, and there may be only one opportunity for a successful transfer.

The process begins with an inspection of the films and tapes to determine its condition. Cleaning may be necessary. The films are then sent to film transfer experts for digitization, with care taken to preserve the original, which is then returned to Special Collections.

Vinson notes that public broadcasting audiovisual archives offer a uniquely intimate view of a community, unmatched in other media. “I think people engage with AV materials in a way that they don’t necessarily engage with paper materials,” Vinson said. “The insights you get into a city and community via the public broadcasting world is really unique. You see aspects of the city’s history that don’t come through in other ways. It’s a really exciting way to learn about a place, and to understand what was important to people then.”

Vinson was inspired to pursue library school after a particular event. She had just graduated from Tulane University before Hurricane Katrina hit. She evacuated and when she returned to the art gallery on campus where she worked, she saw that the university library had flooded. In the midst of widespread catastrophe, water was being pumped out and library staff were planning to elevate materials to try and salvage as much as possible.

“People saw value in the collection and found the means to preserve it,” Vinson said. “I thought that was the most amazing thing I had ever heard of. I had spent so many hours in this library, so that’s when I decided I should go to library school.”

Vinson attended UT Austin and earned a Master of Science in Information Studies with advanced study in conservation of library and archival materials. She held a fellowship in preservation and administration at New York Public Library, and later, had a two-year grant-funded position at WNYC, working on digitizing public radio archives. Most recently, she was an archivist at Rice University’s Baker Institute.

Beyond audiovisual preservation, Vinson is an avid reader (Agatha Christie novels are her favorites) and viewer of Netflix. She also plays tennis and sews. And she is enjoying UH culture. “I’ve had a really fantastic impression of the University so far,” she said. “I love that it’s a diverse campus and it’s really active and thriving.”

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Pushing Back: Chicana, Latina, Hispanic Women Preserving Our Narratives http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/2015/03/24/pushing-back-chicana-latina-hispanic-women-preserving-our-narratives/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/2015/03/24/pushing-back-chicana-latina-hispanic-women-preserving-our-narratives/#comments Tue, 24 Mar 2015 15:52:58 +0000 Gregory Yerke http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/?p=4593 Dr. Maria Cotera (left) alongside panelists Lisa Cruces, Patricia Hernandez, and Dr. Carolina Villaroel

Dr. Maria Cotera (left) alongside panelists Lisa Cruces, Patricia Hernandez, and Dr. Carolina Villaroel

The University of Houston recently hosted Dr. Maria Cotera of the University of Michigan and her talk, “Decolonizing the Archive: Chicana por mi Raza and the Challenge of Digital Humanities.”  Dr. Cotera’s talk focused on her work with Chicana por mi Raza, a public humanities project centered on the collection and digital preservation of archival materials, ephemera, and oral histories that document the development of Chicana feminist thought during the civil rights era.  A panel discussion, “Pushing Back: Chicana, Latina, Hispanic Women Preserving our Narratives,” followed Cotera’s talk and featured the founder of Studio One Archive Resource, Patricia Hernandez, Director of Research for Arte Público Press, Dr. Carolina Villaroel, and the first Hispanic Collections Archivist at the University of Houston, our own Lisa Cruces.

Sponsored by a number of organizations on and off campus, Dr. Cotera’s talk was broadly attended and included students, staff, and faculty from UH as well as local universities and high schools.  The “digital turn,” Dr. Cotera argues, has allowed for a certain de-centering of authority in the work of scholarly research and the Chicana por mi Raza project establishes a collaborative venue providing broad-based public access to oral histories, correspondence, and out-of-print publications for scholarly research in and out of the classroom.  Her work with Chicana por mi Raza represents a challenge to the pedagogy and influence of archival politics, prejudices, and patriarchal legacy of the existing structure.  The result is a democratization of the archives and an engagement with communities that have been underrepresented in more traditional research models.

Lisa Cruces (center), Archivists for the Hispanic Collections, addresses a question from the audience during the panel discussion

Lisa Cruces (center), Archivist for the Hispanic Collections, addresses a question from the audience during the panel discussion

The panel that followed provided attendees an opportunity to ask questions and hear from women in the field with a variety of traditional and non-traditional archival backgrounds address the subtleties, nuance, and challenges of preserving the historical narratives in this new landscape.  As Archivist for the Hispanic Collections here at UH, Cruces certainly has faith in aspects of the traditional archival models, but pointed out that Cotera’s work necessitates the bringing together of multiple vested interests and provides a great opportunity to partner with members of the community outside of the traditional institutional walls.  In turn, this work allows a means of introduction to the archives while also allowing participants to look critically as to how historical memory is collected.

If you are interested in the collection and preservation of that historical memory, we encourage you to visit our Hispanic Collections at the University of Houston Special Collections.

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Lehner Named Recipient of Franzheim Endowed Library Professorship http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2015/03/18/lehner-named-recipient-of-franzheim-endowed-library-professorship/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2015/03/18/lehner-named-recipient-of-franzheim-endowed-library-professorship/#comments Wed, 18 Mar 2015 14:43:09 +0000 Esmeralda Fisher http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/?p=2841 John Lehner

John Lehner

John Lehner, associate dean of personnel, planning, and systems, has been selected as the inaugural recipient of the Ambassador Kenneth Franzheim II Endowed Library Professorship, effective April 1, 2015.

The Ambassador Kenneth Franzheim II Endowed Library Professorship was established to support a full time librarian in the MD Anderson Library at the University of Houston. The candidate must have exceeded the requirements to achieve the rank of full professor, or full librarian, and must be recognized as an individual who has advanced their discipline, who is regarded for leadership and whose opinions are highly respected.

“John Lehner’s appointment reflects his exceptional performance as a leader and a scholar in the field of librarianship,” said Dean of Libraries and Elizabeth D. Rockwell Chair Dana Rooks. “The majority of his library career has been focused on the critical area of human resource management and administration. He has achieved strong national recognition in this field through his leadership in the development of new practices and policies reflecting the rapid changes in employee expectations, legal requirements, and transformational organization needs which permeate today’s human resource arena.”

Lehner’s scholarship is widely noted for its careful analysis of the dynamic landscape of human resource administration. Professional library associations, such as the American Library Association/Association of College and Research Libraries, and research library consortia such as the Association of Research Libraries, frequently call upon Lehner’s knowledge in creating standards and guidelines, developing initiatives and enhancing programs in human resource endeavors. His areas of expertise range from diversity to executive leadership to workforce development.

Kenneth Franzheim II was a Houston oilman and philanthropist. He served as ambassador to New Zealand, Western Samoa, Tonga and Fiji from 1969 to 1972.

Franzheim was also a friend and supporter of the UH Libraries, with a strong belief in education and lifelong learning. His father was the prominent Houston architect whose best known building was the downtown Foley’s Department Store. Ambassador Franzheim generously donated his late father’s collection of rare architecture books to the William R. Jenkins Architecture and Art Library, and created a number of endowments for the preservation and expansion of the Architecture Library Special Collection, a fund to purchase materials in literature and the arts in honor of his daughters, and a generous gift to the building expansion and renovation.

The UH Libraries held a reception honoring Lehner this month at the MD Anderson Library Rockwell Pavilion.

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Book of the Month: The Spirit of Houston. The First National Women's Conference. An Official Report to the President, the Congress, and the People of the United States. http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/2015/03/11/book-of-the-month-the-spirit-of-houston-the-first-national-womens-conference-an-official-report-to-the-president-the-congress-and-the-people-of-the-united-states/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/2015/03/11/book-of-the-month-the-spirit-of-houston-the-first-national-womens-conference-an-official-report-to-the-president-the-congress-and-the-people-of-the-united-states/#comments Wed, 11 Mar 2015 15:21:46 +0000 Gregory Yerke http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/?p=4578 cover of The Spirit of Houston. The First National Women's Conference. An Official Report to the President, the Congress, and the People of the United States. (1972)

cover of The Spirit of Houston. The First National Women’s Conference. An Official Report to the President, the Congress, and the People of the United States. (1972)

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.

Book of the Month: The Spirit of Houston. The First National Women’s Conference. An Official Report to the President, the Congress, and the People of the United States, published by President Jimmy Carter’s National Commission on the Observance of International Women’s Year.

Why so Special? A number of reasons, really.

First, there’s the timing. Whether you’ve been celebrating Women’s History Week since 1981 or you go all the way back to 1909 and celebrated International Women’s Day last weekend, one thing is certain–March is Women’s History Month. Then, what time like the present to view this report and delve back into a history that captures a moment in time when so-called second-wave feminism was on the rise, the world was beginning to notice, and, for a moment, Houston found itself at the epicenter of the domestic debate and struggle.

cover of "American Women on the Move, National Women's Conference" (1977, Marjorie Randal National Women’s Conference Collection)

cover of “American Women on the Move, National Women’s Conference” (1977, Marjorie Randal National Women’s Conference Collection)

The timing of the events that brought about this report is also worth noting. When the United Nations declared that 1975 would be “International Women’s Year,” President Gerald Ford established the National Commission on the Observance of International Women’s Year. In the wake of 1975, the work taken on by UN partnerships, and the issues and questions raised from the World Conference of the International Women’s Year (held in Mexico City in the summer of 1975), President Carter’s Commission proposed a National Women’s Conference to take place in Houston in 1977. That November 2,000 delegates from all fifty states and six territories descended on Houston along with an estimated 20,000 observers in attendance. Included among these numbers were first ladies, activists, artists, writers, and more. The topics addressed and reported on by the Conference seemed to buoy support for the floundering Equal Rights Amendment on through 1978. President Carter expressed as much in his comments on the one-year anniversary of the Conference, including ratification of the ERA to be among the goals necessary “for all citizens to participate fully in every part of American life.”

agenda for the "Coalition of Grass Roots Women Alternate Conference" (1977, Marjorie Randal National Women’s Conference Collection)

The National Women’s Conference was not the only conference in town: agenda for the “Coalition of Grass Roots Women Alternate Conference” (1977, Marjorie Randal National Women’s Conference Collection)

Or, maybe what makes this report so special is the tip of the research iceberg it represents. The Spirit of Houston… is just one title in the larger Peggy Hall Collection. Hall was a charter member of Houston Area NOW, active member of the Harris County Women’s Political Caucus on issues related to the ERA, and witness to the events of 1977. Examples of other works comprising the collection bearing her name include Notes from the Third Year: Women’s Liberation (a collection of radical feminism that includes Judy Syfers’ biting essay “I Want a Wife,” just prior to its appearance in the premier issue of Ms. magazine) and the iconic 1972 Our Bodies, Ourselves.  But, if you had rather keep your focus on the First National Women’s Conference, maybe you would be interested in the Marjorie Randal National Women’s Conference Collection. Randal, an active supporter of women’s rights in the greater Houston-Galveston-Gulf Coast region, was also involved in the events of 1977 and played critical roles in establishing local NOW chapters.  Her collection features correspondence, newsletters, publications, and other assorted materials dating from the mid 1970s into the 1980s, with the bulk of the materials focusing on the critical year of 1977 and the National Women’s Conference.

Location: The Spirit of Houston… is available for study this and every month in the University of Houston Special Collections Reading Room (call number HQ1403.N34 U54 1977). Interested in viewing this report or any of the other resources mentioned above? Then, we look forward to your visit to Special Collections.

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EndNote Workshop http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2015/03/10/endnote-workshop/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2015/03/10/endnote-workshop/#comments Tue, 10 Mar 2015 08:03:14 +0000 Esmeralda Fisher http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/?p=2832 Do you spend countless hours gathering and organizing literature, and writing cited references in a correct format? Learn how to use EndNote to build and organize your personal collection of references and automatically format cited references with a few clicks.

EndNote Workshop
Thursday, March 12, 1:00 p.m.
MD Anderson Library, Room 10-F

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UH Libraries Web User Studies http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2015/03/10/uh-libraries-web-user-studies/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2015/03/10/uh-libraries-web-user-studies/#comments Tue, 10 Mar 2015 07:51:06 +0000 Esmeralda Fisher http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/?p=2828 The University of Houston Libraries is conducting a series of user studies for our upcoming web site redesign. We’re hoping you can help us by participating in one of the studies._MG_6263_edit

We will be interviewing UH undergraduate students, graduate students and faculty about how they do research and how they use the library. We will make arrangements to perform interviews at the location where you typically conduct research. The in-person interview will take about an hour and you will receive a $25 Amazon gift card for your time. You would also have the benefit of sharing what you like and dislike about our web site. All of this will help us improve the website and research experience for our users.

If you are interested in helping, take this brief screening survey. If you qualify, we will contact you to schedule an interview.

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New Items http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/music/2015/03/09/new-items/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/music/2015/03/09/new-items/#comments Mon, 09 Mar 2015 10:02:35 +0000 Stephanie Lewin-Lane http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/music/?p=477 Here is a list of some of our newest acquisitions in the Music Library. Make sure to stop in and check them out!

 

Neue Ausgsbe sämtlicher Werke Robert Schumann Ref M3 .S39 1991 Ser. 3 Werkgr. 1 Bd. 3
Beethoven Werke Ref M3 .B44 Abt. 13 Bd.1   T.1-3
The Polyhymnia Portfolio Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Ref M3 .B103 2005 ser. 8 v.2
Missa in g Johann Adolf Hasse Ref M3 .H34 1999 Abt. 4 Bd. 3
Siegfried III Richard Wagner Ref M3 .W23 Bd. 12 pt.3
Ideas and Styles In the Western Musical Tradition Douglas Seaton ML160 .S407 I5 1991
Latin Music Ilan Stavans Ref ML 101 .L38 L37 2014 v.1-2
The Making of West Side Story Leonard Bernstein DVD 0890
Balanchine, v.1-4 New York City Ballet DVD 0892-0895
Jay-Z in Fade to Black Jay-Z DVD 0896
Bernard Herrmann Bernard Hermann DVD 0897
Riot Acts: flaunting gender deviance in music performance Madsen Minax DVD 0898
Elvis: The Birth of Rock N’ Roll Elvis Presley DVD 0899
Studying Musical Theatre Millie Taylor and Dominic Symonds ML2054 .T393 2014
Tales, Tunes, and Tassa Drums Peter Manuel ML3565 .M373 2015
Rounding Wagner’s Mountain Bryan Gilliam ML410 .S93 G55 2014
The Lure and Legacy of Music at Versailles John Hajdu Heyer ML2927.8 .A39 H39 2014
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Rare architecture books online http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/architecture_art/2015/03/04/rare-architecture-books-online/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/architecture_art/2015/03/04/rare-architecture-books-online/#comments Wed, 04 Mar 2015 17:34:04 +0000 Catherine Essinger http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/architecture_art/?p=521 The following books from the Kenneth Franzheim II Rare Book Room have been scanned and uploaded to the UH Digital Library.  Low-res and high-res reproductions are available free of charge.

 

Antiquities of Ionia, Part the First http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/frare/item/3003

Antiquities of Ionia, Part the Second http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/frare/item/3191

Antiquities of Ionia, Part the Third http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/frare/item/2824

Four architectural etchings http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/frare/item/3200

L’art roman en Italie; l’architecture et la décoration, Première Série http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/frare/item/2563

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Problems Accessing Library Resources on Campus http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/er/2015/03/03/problems-accessing-library-resources-on-campus/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/er/2015/03/03/problems-accessing-library-resources-on-campus/#comments Tue, 03 Mar 2015 20:42:02 +0000 brettk http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/er/?p=539 The Library has recently been made aware of an overlap of IP addresses on our campus, and it is affecting several buildings here.  We are working with our colleagues to resolve the issue.

In the meantime, if you are unable to access an article from the web, please copy and paste the following string in front of the URL for the article: ezproxy.lib.uh.edu/login?url=

You will be prompted to login with your CougarNet ID and password.  As long as the library has a subscription to the journal, you will be able to access the article after logging in.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Streaming service for art and architecture videos now available http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/architecture_art/2015/03/02/steaming-service-for-art-and-architecture-videos-now-available/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/architecture_art/2015/03/02/steaming-service-for-art-and-architecture-videos-now-available/#comments Mon, 02 Mar 2015 16:57:06 +0000 Catherine Essinger http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/architecture_art/?p=518 The University of Houston Libraries now offer access to a collection of streaming videos through Kanopy. Records for over 4,500 videos have been added to the library catalog so that students and faculty can easily find and access these titles when searching the catalog for material. New videos will be added as they become available.

You can search for Kanopy in the catalog to browse or search by subject.

Click here to go directly to a list of videos on architecture, using your CougarNet login.

Click here to go directly to a list of videos on general design, using your CougarNet login.

Click here to go directly to a list of videos on experimental/alternative media, using your CougarNet login.

Click here to go directly to a list of videos on photography, using your CougarNet login.

Click here to go directly to a list of videos on visual art, using your CougarNet login.

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UH Libraries Welcomes Instruction Librarian http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2015/02/26/uh-libraries-welcomes-instruction-librarian/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2015/02/26/uh-libraries-welcomes-instruction-librarian/#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2015 07:56:03 +0000 Esmeralda Fisher http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/?p=2817 Ariana Santiago joins the team as the new instruction librarian.

Ariana Santiago joins the team as the new instruction librarian.

Ariana Santiago recently joined the University of Houston Libraries as an instruction librarian in the department of Liaison Services.

In this role, Santiago works with UH instructors of high-impact undergraduate courses, such as English, psychology, engineering, biology and public speaking, to deliver point-of-need library instruction in research skills and information literacy.

Santiago is part of the Libraries instruction team, a group of librarians who support student success initiatives at the University by collaborating with faculty to strengthen students’ analytical skills and effectively use the library’s many resources.

FACULTY: Learn more about the Libraries’ Instruction Program | Request instruction for your courses

Applying active learning methods, the instruction team takes students through library basics and beyond to transferable, concept-based knowledge, such as ethically using scholarly resources or strategic searches for information. These are the skills students need while in college and after graduation.

Santiago’s professional interests include learning theory, pedagogy and instructional design. Previously, she was a residency librarian at the University of Iowa, focusing on library outreach to undergraduate students.

Her venture into instruction began when she taught several marching band drum lines and competitive drum corps. As a drummer herself, this teaching role influenced her interests in the different ways that people prefer to learn, and eventually, nudged her onto the path of librarianship.

A native of Florida, Santiago says that Houston reminds her of home, and the University is an exciting place to be. “There’s a great sense of pride here,” she says. “I love that people are really striving for excellence in everything they do.”

A big part of the journey is the Libraries’ collective focus on student success. “We want students to be successful academically, but also in their personal lives,” Santiago says. “We want them to excel and achieve their career goals, and we contribute by helping them make use of the resources that we have here, and think critically about information.”

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UH Libraries News

UH Libraries News

UH Appoints Lisa German as Dean of Libraries
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Lisa B. German was selected to serve as dean of Libraries and Elizabeth D. Rockwell chair.

For the first time in 18 years, a new leader of the University of Houston Libraries has been appointed. Lisa B. German, currently of Pennsylvania State University Libraries, was selected to serve as dean of Libraries and Elizabeth D. Rockwell chair. Her appointment will begin on August 1, 2015.

“Lisa German is a highly regarded research library administrator, and has exceptional experience and leadership skills,” said senior vice president and provost Paula Myrick Short. “She brings to the University a strategic vision that will move the Libraries’ role in teaching and research forward. I’m thrilled that she will join us.”

At Penn State Libraries, German served as associate dean for collections, information, and access services, where she was responsible for planning, organization, policy development, implementation, assessment, and direction. She has also published extensively in these areas.

German has participated in the Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians at Harvard University, and the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Research Library Leadership Fellows Program. She is the recipient of several awards from the University of Illinois, Penn State University, and the American Library Association – Association for Library Collections and Technical Services.

“I am truly honored to be selected as the next dean of Libraries and Elizabeth D. Rockwell chair at the University of Houston, one of the most outstanding and diverse universities in America,” German said. “Building upon a solid foundation, and with excellent librarians and staff, we will make valuable contributions in pursuit of the University’s strategic directions.”

German succeeds Dana Rooks, who, in May 2014, announced plans to step down from the post she held since 1997.

German earned a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in library science, both from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

A national search was conducted for the Libraries dean vacancy. Provost Short commended the search committee, chaired by Dr. Latha Ramchand, dean of the C.T. Bauer College of Business, for their valuable service in the search process.

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About the University of Houston

The University of Houston is a Carnegie-designated Tier One public research university recognized by The Princeton Review as one of the nation’s best colleges for undergraduate education. UH serves the globally competitive Houston and Gulf Coast Region by providing world-class faculty, experiential learning and strategic industry partnerships. Located in the nation’s fourth-largest city, UH serves more than 40,900 students in the most ethnically and culturally diverse region in the country. For more information about UH, visit the university’s newsroom.

About the University of Houston Libraries

The University of Houston Libraries is an academic library system serving UH students, faculty, staff and the public, and providing access to over 4 million volumes. The UH Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Greater Western Library Alliance, the Hathi Trust, the Council on Library and Information Resources, the Digital Library Federation, and the Texas Digital Library. For more information about the UH Libraries, visit News and Events.

Posted on April 22nd, 2015 by Esmeralda Fisher and filed under Announcements | No Comments »
Library Voted ‘Best Place to Study On Campus’
UH students voted MD Anderson Library as the best place to study on campus.

UH students voted MD Anderson Library as the best place to study on campus.

University of Houston students voted MD Anderson Library as the best place to study on campus according to Coogs Choose, a best-of survey from the student newspaper, The Cougar, in collaboration with the Center for Student Media.

The MD Anderson Library provides a variety of spaces to study and collaborate, services tailored for research and scholarship, and librarians whose mission is to help students and scholars find and create knowledge.

In Coogs Choose, students voted on everything they love about the campus and the city. Write-in categories included a range of people, places and services, like best professor, bike shop, and off-campus apartments.

Results for Coogs Choose were announced in a special section of The Cougar, available at campus newsstands until April 22.

Posted on April 15th, 2015 by Esmeralda Fisher and filed under Announcements | Comments Off
Research in the Real World
The William R. Jenkins Architecture and Art Library presents the second panel discussion in the Research in the Real World series on Wednesday, April 15 from 4-5 pm. Architecture and Art Library_primary

The William R. Jenkins Architecture and Art Library presents the second panel discussion in the Research in the Real World series on Wednesday, April 15 from 4-5 pm. Architecture and Art Library_primary

The William R. Jenkins Architecture and Art Library presents the second panel discussion in the Research in the Real World series on Wednesday, April 15 from 4-5 pm.

Tailored for students in the UH School of Art, the talk will feature professionals discussing their on-the-job research activities, and information skills needed for a career in the arts.

Panelists include Catherine Gonzalez of the Houston Arts Alliance; Emily Link of the Lawndale Art Center; and Tracy E. Smith of the Blaffer Art Museum.

Refreshments and a reception will follow the panel discussion.

Posted on April 10th, 2015 by Esmeralda Fisher and filed under Announcements | Comments Off
Celebrating Excellence: UH Libraries 2015 Staff Awards

University of Houston Libraries honored outstanding librarians and staff at an awards ceremony this month, held at the Rockwell Pavilion. Dean Dana Rooks commended the entire staff of the Libraries at the annual event, stating that it is her favorite day of the year. With her retirement swiftly approaching, this is also Dean Rooks’ last Staff Awards.

Dean Dana Rooks speaks at the UH Libraries 2015 Staff Awards.

Dean Dana Rooks speaks at the UH Libraries 2015 Staff Awards.

The recipient of the Dean’s Library Advocate Award is Cathy Horn, associate professor in the College of Education. This award recognizes a University of Houston employee who has worked closely with the Libraries during the past year, and who has made a significant contribution to the success of the Libraries.

The Outstanding Group Award went to Acquisitions, a team that has demonstrated exceptional creativity, collegiality and hospitality in collaborating with other units. Team members are Mary Rico, Yesenia Umana, Kelli Getz, Gloria Robinson-Citizen, Lisa Lomas, Jeannie Pham, Dahn Bang, Mike Thompson, Judith Parsons and Erin Lew.

Christie Peters received the Trailblazer Award for Leading Organization Change, for her critical work in developing new services for data management, helping to expand the Libraries’ digital repositories, and integrating the Libraries more fully into research activities on campus.

The John P. McGovern Rookie of the Year Award winner is Mauricio Lazo. Although new to the organization, Lazo has helped strengthen the Libraries brand by providing creative and technical expertise in numerous multimedia projects.

The Student Achievement Award recipients are Kaylie Kahlich (Music Library) and Alex Segura (Metadata and Digitization Services), both demonstrating superior performance and accomplishments in the course of their duties. The McGovern Outstanding Student Award went to Sara Craig, an employee in Special Collections.

Cindy Romero was honored with the Staff Achievement Award for her consistently exemplary work and friendly demeanor while onboarding new employees. Esmeralda Fisher received the Staff Achievement Award for establishing new communications strategies and revitalizing existing channels. The McGovern Outstanding Staff Award recipient is Marcus Elizondo, whose expertise in systems and excellent customer service have strengthened the performance of his department and the Libraries.

The Librarian Achievement Award recipients are Alex Simons and Lee Hilyer. Simons is known for building strong relationships with her colleagues throughout the Libraries, and has made significant contributions to a number of public services projects. Hilyer’s service-oriented professionalism and practical insights make him a valued asset to the Libraries. Jackie Bronicki received the McGovern Outstanding Librarian Award for providing expertise in statistics and analysis, and for managing ambitious, large-scale projects in collections assessment.

The 2015 Staff Awards event was brought to fruition through the efforts of Marissa Aiello, Gillian Bautista, Kelsey Brett, Esmeralda Fisher, Kristine Greive, Stacey Lavender, Stephanie Lewin-Lane, Hayley Moreno, Andy Nguyen, Santi Thompson and Carolyn Meanley.

View photos from the 2015 Libraries Staff Awards.

Posted on April 9th, 2015 by Esmeralda Fisher and filed under Announcements | Comments Off
UH Artist Blends Reality With Fantasy

Trevon Latin, a mixed media artist, will graduate from the University of Houston this semester. He plans to move to New York City and pursue his craft in an environment wholly different from his native Houston, a place he holds close to his heart.

"Orders from the Dead One" in a series by UH artist Trevon Latin.

“Orders from the Dead One” in a series by UH artist Trevon Latin.

Latin’s artwork was recently on display in the William R. Jenkins Architecture and Art Library A2 Alcove, a venue that is part gallery and part lounge. The library supports UH student artists by hosting exhibitions of their work throughout the year. All pieces are digitally documented and included in the UH Digital Library.

As a student in the UH School of Art, Latin says that his academic journey has allowed him to find what he values the most, and what to focus on in his life as an artist.

“When I put my work into motion, I really consider what it means to me to be from the South,” said Latin, whose niche is narrative art. He is inspired by those known as outsider, or naïve, artists, the untaught creatives with natural talent who didn’t pursue academic studies in the visual arts.

Latin’s work is influenced by outsider artists who nourished their craft in unconventional ways, like Aminah Lynn Robinson, who used a number of materials woven into a continuous narrative to tell her life story; and Henry Darger, a reclusive writer and artist whose epic fantasy manuscript and illustrations were discovered only after his death.

"Orders from the Dead Two" in a series by UH artist Trevon Latin.

“Orders from the Dead Two” in a series by UH artist Trevon Latin.

Themes blending personal experience with fantasy are very compelling, says Latin. “I try to incorporate that into my work. If I passed, what would people find? What would I want to show them about my life?”

Latin has created a character by the name of S. Relentless, a protagonist in a fantastical body of work whose story begins in antebellum South. The narrative of S. Relentless is driven by Latin’s own modern-day experiences.

Latin’s education over the past decade has been defined by lessons in patience and keeping true to oneself. He has learned that, if the work has strong meaning to the artist, it will resonate powerfully with others.

“I want to maintain a personality in my work and do it on a level where it’s known and it has a presence,” he said. His advice to burgeoning artists: remain honest and follow your heart. “It sounds like a Disney cartoon,” he says with a laugh, “but I’m being serious. It’s the only way I can create work. People tend to take notice and connect with art on a human level, and when you really put your heart into it, that’s where the connection is the strongest.”

Student artists interested in displaying work at the Architecture and Art Library are encouraged to contact Chris Conway with digital samples.

Posted on April 9th, 2015 by Esmeralda Fisher and filed under Announcements | Comments Off
Paws and Relax at UH Libraries
Paws and Relax at UH Libraries

Paws and Relax at UH Libraries

The end of the semester is near. While you’re studying for finals, stop by the MD Anderson Library to Paws and Relax!

Local organization Faithful Paws will bring certified therapy dogs to the MD Anderson Library for four days of stress relief in May, just in time for finals! Drop in for petting, snuggling and treat-feeding with these gentle and friendly canines.

  • Monday May 4: 7-9pm
  • Tuesday May 5: 8-10pm (concurrent with Finals Mania!)
  • Wednesday May 6: 7-9pm
  • Thursday May 7: 3-5pm
Posted on April 7th, 2015 by Esmeralda Fisher and filed under Announcements | Comments Off
Unique Holdings: The Human Side of Science

University of Houston Libraries invites faculty and staff, students, researchers, and anyone interested in discovering rare books to attend a brown bag presentation on Wednesday, April 22 in the Elizabeth D. Rockwell Pavilion at the MD Anderson Library.

Biology and biochemistry librarian Porcia Vaughn, library specialist Kristine Greive, and English librarian Dr. Jesse Sharpe will present “The Human Side of Science,” a discussion of rare books on life sciences housed in UH Special Collections.

Biology and biochemistry librarian Porcia Vaughn, library specialist Kristine Greive, and English librarian Dr. Jesse Sharpe will present “The Human Side of Science,” a discussion of rare books on life sciences housed in UH Special Collections.

Biology and biochemistry librarian Porcia Vaughn, library specialist Kristine Greive, and English librarian Dr. Jesse Sharpe will present “The Human Side of Science,” a discussion of rare books on life sciences housed in UH Special Collections.

The April 22 talk is part 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 Human Side of Science” brown bag presentation
When: Wednesday, April 22 at noon
Where: Elizabeth D. Rockwell Pavilion, MD Anderson Library

Posted on April 7th, 2015 by Esmeralda Fisher and filed under Announcements | Comments Off
Re-Discovering Maria Cristina Mena

Born in Mexico City, María Cristina Mena (1893-1965) was the author of eleven short stories, five children’s books, and a nonfiction article. She is best known for her short stories, published mainly in The Century Magazine and American Magazine from 1913 to 1916. With renewed interest in the history of Chicano literature and the publication of all her short fiction in The Collected Stories of María Cristina Mena, her work is now receiving greater consideration.

Arte Público Press and University of Houston Special Collections present "Re-Discovering María Cristina Mena," an event honoring the works of Mena and celebrating the gift of the María Cristina Mena Papers to UH Special Collections.

Arte Público Press and University of Houston Special Collections present “Re-Discovering María Cristina Mena,” an event honoring the works of Mena and celebrating the gift of the María Cristina Mena Papers to UH Special Collections.

Arte Público Press and University of Houston Special Collections present “Re-Discovering María Cristina Mena,” an event honoring the works of Mena and celebrating the gift of the María Cristina Mena Papers to UH Special Collections.

What: Re-Discovering Maria Cristina Mena panel discussion
When: Wednesday, April 22, 2:00 – 3:30 pm (reception at 4:00 pm) 
Where: University of Houston MD Anderson Library, Special Collections, Evans Classroom

Panelists:

  • Amy Doherty Mohr, PhD
    Amerika-Institut at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat Munich
  • Carolina A. Villarroel, PhD 
    Arte Público Press and the Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Project
  • José Aranda, PhD 
    Rice University, Department of English
Posted on April 6th, 2015 by Esmeralda Fisher and filed under Announcements | Comments Off
Audiovisual Archivist Joins UH Special Collections
Emily Vinson joins the team as the new audiovisual archivist.

Emily Vinson joins the team as the new audiovisual archivist.

University of Houston Special Collections recently welcomed Emily Vinson, audiovisual archivist, to the team. She will shepherd the audiovisual collection on its journey through acquisition, preservation and digitization.

Vinson’s primary focus is the digitization of select materials from the KUHT Collection, including securing intellectual control and prioritizing items for accessibility.

View KUHT Highlights, a digital collection of images and video of the nation’s first public television station.

The KUHT Collection presents a unique set of opportunities. It contains, in part, nearly 1200 film reels and 600 boxes of videotapes, the specific contents of which are unknown. “As is often the case with archival audiovisual collections, labeling is minimal, if present at all, so there are going to be many mysteries in the collection,” Vinson said. “There’s no finding aid yet, so we’re going to have a lot of questions in how to move forward with those pieces of the collection.”

Vinson will cross-reference each film and videotape with available titles, and query physical records in the collection to determine which programs hold lasting value and as such, rise in priority for digitization.

Even for highly-skilled archivists like Vinson, evaluating old films is a tricky process. Many may have become too fragile, and there may be only one opportunity for a successful transfer.

The process begins with an inspection of the films and tapes to determine its condition. Cleaning may be necessary. The films are then sent to film transfer experts for digitization, with care taken to preserve the original, which is then returned to Special Collections.

Vinson notes that public broadcasting audiovisual archives offer a uniquely intimate view of a community, unmatched in other media. “I think people engage with AV materials in a way that they don’t necessarily engage with paper materials,” Vinson said. “The insights you get into a city and community via the public broadcasting world is really unique. You see aspects of the city’s history that don’t come through in other ways. It’s a really exciting way to learn about a place, and to understand what was important to people then.”

Vinson was inspired to pursue library school after a particular event. She had just graduated from Tulane University before Hurricane Katrina hit. She evacuated and when she returned to the art gallery on campus where she worked, she saw that the university library had flooded. In the midst of widespread catastrophe, water was being pumped out and library staff were planning to elevate materials to try and salvage as much as possible.

“People saw value in the collection and found the means to preserve it,” Vinson said. “I thought that was the most amazing thing I had ever heard of. I had spent so many hours in this library, so that’s when I decided I should go to library school.”

Vinson attended UT Austin and earned a Master of Science in Information Studies with advanced study in conservation of library and archival materials. She held a fellowship in preservation and administration at New York Public Library, and later, had a two-year grant-funded position at WNYC, working on digitizing public radio archives. Most recently, she was an archivist at Rice University’s Baker Institute.

Beyond audiovisual preservation, Vinson is an avid reader (Agatha Christie novels are her favorites) and viewer of Netflix. She also plays tennis and sews. And she is enjoying UH culture. “I’ve had a really fantastic impression of the University so far,” she said. “I love that it’s a diverse campus and it’s really active and thriving.”

Posted on March 26th, 2015 by Esmeralda Fisher and filed under Announcements | Comments Off
Lehner Named Recipient of Franzheim Endowed Library Professorship
John Lehner

John Lehner

John Lehner, associate dean of personnel, planning, and systems, has been selected as the inaugural recipient of the Ambassador Kenneth Franzheim II Endowed Library Professorship, effective April 1, 2015.

The Ambassador Kenneth Franzheim II Endowed Library Professorship was established to support a full time librarian in the MD Anderson Library at the University of Houston. The candidate must have exceeded the requirements to achieve the rank of full professor, or full librarian, and must be recognized as an individual who has advanced their discipline, who is regarded for leadership and whose opinions are highly respected.

“John Lehner’s appointment reflects his exceptional performance as a leader and a scholar in the field of librarianship,” said Dean of Libraries and Elizabeth D. Rockwell Chair Dana Rooks. “The majority of his library career has been focused on the critical area of human resource management and administration. He has achieved strong national recognition in this field through his leadership in the development of new practices and policies reflecting the rapid changes in employee expectations, legal requirements, and transformational organization needs which permeate today’s human resource arena.”

Lehner’s scholarship is widely noted for its careful analysis of the dynamic landscape of human resource administration. Professional library associations, such as the American Library Association/Association of College and Research Libraries, and research library consortia such as the Association of Research Libraries, frequently call upon Lehner’s knowledge in creating standards and guidelines, developing initiatives and enhancing programs in human resource endeavors. His areas of expertise range from diversity to executive leadership to workforce development.

Kenneth Franzheim II was a Houston oilman and philanthropist. He served as ambassador to New Zealand, Western Samoa, Tonga and Fiji from 1969 to 1972.

Franzheim was also a friend and supporter of the UH Libraries, with a strong belief in education and lifelong learning. His father was the prominent Houston architect whose best known building was the downtown Foley’s Department Store. Ambassador Franzheim generously donated his late father’s collection of rare architecture books to the William R. Jenkins Architecture and Art Library, and created a number of endowments for the preservation and expansion of the Architecture Library Special Collection, a fund to purchase materials in literature and the arts in honor of his daughters, and a generous gift to the building expansion and renovation.

The UH Libraries held a reception honoring Lehner this month at the MD Anderson Library Rockwell Pavilion.

Posted on March 18th, 2015 by Esmeralda Fisher and filed under Announcements | Comments Off