UH Libraries News http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu Wed, 09 Apr 2014 18:33:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.7.3 HAWK Digital Collection Now Live http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/2014/04/23/hawk-digital-collection-now-live/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/2014/04/23/hawk-digital-collection-now-live/#comments Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:31:16 +0000 Gregory Yerke http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/?p=3478 HAWK on the mic at Texas Southern University

HAWK on the mic at Texas Southern University

The breadth and depth of resources in the the Houston Hip Hop collections continues to grow with today’s announcement that the HAWK Photographs and Memorabilia are now available for patrons’ virtual perusal at the University of Houston Digital Library.

HAWK, or John Edward Hawkins, was born and raised in Houston and, along with his older brother Patrick Lamark Hawkins (Fat Pat), was an integral component of the Screwed Up Click (a group of Houston area rappers centered around the pioneering production work of DJ Screw).  HAWK, Fat Pat, DJ Screw, and others would go on to create the collaboration Dead End Alliance (D.E.A.) as well as Dead End Records.  Before Fat Pat could realize the success of his debut album Ghetto Dreams, he was shot to death in 1998 at the age of 27 and the album was released posthumously.

HAWK's brother, Fat Pat, pictured in a "Ghetto Dreams" promotional photograph

HAWK’s brother, Fat Pat, pictured in a “Ghetto Dreams” promotional photograph

Fat Pat’s single “Tops Drop” (sporting an infectious sample from “Don’t Stop the Music” by Yarbrough and Peoples) put the Hawkins name on the map in ’98 and HAWK’s solo debut, Under H.A.W.K.’s Wings, was released by Dead End in 2000.  Sophomore release HAWK and then Wreckin’ 2004 (with Lil’ Keke) saw the younger Hawkins brother positioned to claim the mantle prematurely snatched from Patrick.  However, after marrying longtime girlfriend Meshah Henderson in April 2006, John Edward Hawkins’ life was also tragically cut short when he was shot to death on May 1, 2006 at the age of 36.  Albums released following his death would help continue the musical legacy of the S.U.C., D.E.A., and the Hawkins brothers.

page from HAWK's notebook

page from HAWK’s notebook

Here at the University of Houston Special Collections we are proud to preserve that legacy and make the HAWK Papers available for study to scholars interested in Houston hip hop.  The addition of these materials to the Digital Library, combined with the previous DJ Screw Photographs and Memorabilia and Pen & Pixel highlights, has us excited about the increased online access to a burgeoning field of research.  Among the highlights in this new Digital Library collection are publicity photographs, candid snapshots, as well as a personal favorite of mine, a notebook belonging to HAWK replete with his lyrics handwritten in gold ink on black pages.

Please enjoy these new items available for study in the Digital Library and come see us when you are ready to study all of these, and more, in the Special Collections Reading Room.

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New image collections available to students http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/architecture_art/2014/04/23/new-image-collections-available-to-students/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/architecture_art/2014/04/23/new-image-collections-available-to-students/#comments Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:30:30 +0000 Catherine Essinger http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/architecture_art/?p=442 Bridgeman Education has recently added the Royal Asiatic Society’s collection of historical images, as well as 100,000 other diverse images, to its database.  Click here to search this database or search by the title “Bridgeman Education” in the library’s catalog at library.uh.edu.

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University Archives at Bauer Alumni Luncheon http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/2014/04/17/university-archives-at-bauer-alumni-luncheon/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/2014/04/17/university-archives-at-bauer-alumni-luncheon/#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 07:43:29 +0000 Gregory Yerke http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/?p=3465 Matt Richardson showcases a College of Business enrollment brochure from the early 1940s

Matt Richardson showcases a College of Business enrollment brochure from the early 1940s

Last week the C. T. Bauer College of Business hosted their third annual Gold & Silver Cougar Alumni Luncheon, where current Bauer students mixed and mingled with graduates from 25 and 50 years ago.

The University of Houston Special Collections contributed to the festivities as University Archivist Mary Manning and Program Manager Matt Richardson attended the reunion, showcasing a veritable mobile museum of artifacts documenting the history of the C. T. Bauer College of Business as well as the storied history of the university.  Pulled from a number of collections in the University Archives, the tabletop displays prominently featured the Bauer College of Business Records and UH Photographs Collection, including old College of Business brochures advertising various focuses of study (including Air Stewardess training!), photographs and documents chronicling the construction and dedication of Melcher Hall, commencement programs from the 1964 and 1989 classes being honored, as well as yearbooks and various items showcasing UH Traditions (like Frontier Fiesta) and athletics milestones (like the Game of the Century).

A rare treat indeed to see these gems away from their cloistered confines in the Special Collections Reading Room and those in attendance seemed most appreciative as they strolled down memory lane.

Bauer alumni and guests enjoying artifacts from the University Archives

Bauer alumni and guests enjoying artifacts from the University Archives

When asked about their involvement in reunion events like these, Mary Manning replied, “University Archives loves to be involved in alumni events. We love to show off all the great documents, photographs, and artifacts we have in our collections. Our materials remind alumni of their time at UH, and University Archives staff always learn something new about the history of UH from alumni—sometimes it even leads to alumni donating their memorabilia to the archives. It is a win-win situation. And a lot of fun!”

More pictures of the Bauer Gold and Silver Cougar Luncheon can be viewed here.  All of the artifacts mentioned above, and more, are available for study with a simple trip to Special Collections.

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Literary Market Place-Access Problems http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/er/2014/04/15/literary-market-place-access-problems/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/er/2014/04/15/literary-market-place-access-problems/#comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:14:36 +0000 brettk http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/er/?p=525 We are currently experiencing access problems to Literary Market Place, a database that provides publishing industry information.  We have contacted to publisher, and they are working to resolve the issue.  We will update this blog post when the resource is working again.  We apologize for the inconvenience.

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College Ice Hockey... in Texas? http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/2014/04/14/college-ice-hockey-in-texas/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/2014/04/14/college-ice-hockey-in-texas/#comments Mon, 14 Apr 2014 16:55:26 +0000 Gregory Yerke http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/?p=3457 UH Men's Ice Hockey Team, 1936, from the UH Photographs Collection, available in the Digital Library

UH Men’s Ice Hockey Team, 1936, from the UH Photographs Collection, available for high resolution download in the Digital Library

Our congratulations to the Union College Dutchmen who upset the top-seeded Minnesota Golden Gophers in Philadelphia over the weekend to claim their first ever NCAA men’s collegiate hockey national championship.  Union College triumphed in a bit of a Cinderella story, emerging as champions of the Frozen Four by defeating the the likes of Vermont, Providence, and traditional collegiate hockey power Boston College before skating past the Gophers with a 7-4 victory.

And here at the University of Houston, we know a thing or two about traditional collegiate hockey powers.

Oh what’s that, you say?  They don’t play real hockey in Texas and the University of Houston, of all places, certainly does not have a rich hockey tradition.

Oh ye of little sporting history.

Patrick J. Nicholson’s In Time reminds us that an upstart Cougar hockey team forged a cross-town rivalry with Rice University over at the Polar Wave Ice Palace on McGowen Avenue four decades before these two schools would ever square off on the football field.  Out of the blocks the Houston Cougar ice hockey team barnstormed through their season’s schedule, thrashed their competition, and went undefeated, outscoring their opponents on average three to one.  As one might imagine, however, finding opponents for a brand new hockey program representing a very young Houston Junior College was not easy and counted among the victories that year was a besting of Rettig’s Ice Cream Parlor among others.  The Houston hockey establishment was less than impressed with the Cougars’ competition and, as the 1934 Houstonian informs us, “Because of an incomplete schedule, the city championship was forfeited.”

For a few years the hockey program lay dormant until 1939 saw a new hockey team become the first sport to be sponsored by the newly chartered University of Houston.  The high water mark for Cougar hockey may have been the 1940 season as they attempted to reclaim a city title stripped from them just a few years prior.  This time there were no questions about incomplete schedules when a would-be dream season saw a regular season split with “Rice Institute” deal the Cougars their only loss and the Owls would go on to win a unique tie-breaking scenario, claiming the city championship for themselves.

From there, it would seem, enthusiasm for a University of Houston hockey team melted under the heat and humidity of Houston.  A war was waging half a world away and the nation’s youth turned their attention away from diversions like collegiate athletics.  Once the war was over and the veterans returned home, the diversions returned as well.  UH ice hockey, however, would not make a comeback and, to this day it persists in its slumber.

But, who knows.  In a 21st century where everything old is new again, perhaps that sleeping giant will wake up soon.

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The Dogs are Back: Paws and Relax at UH http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2014/04/09/the-dogs-are-back-paws-and-relax-at-uh/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2014/04/09/the-dogs-are-back-paws-and-relax-at-uh/#comments Wed, 09 Apr 2014 12:33:25 +0000 Esmeralda Fisher http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/?p=2391 pawsandrelax-spring2014

Paws and Relax at UH Libraries April 28 – May 1

The University of Houston is abuzz with end-of-semester prep. Students are gearing up to finish strong, and the pressure to ace those finals can be overwhelming. A nuzzle from a furry friend can help.

Local organization Faithful Paws will bring certified therapy dogs to the MD Anderson Library for four days of stress relief this month. Students are encouraged to drop in for petting, snuggling and treat-feeding with these gentle and friendly canines, which can have a direct positive impact on well-being.

Research has shown that interaction with a dog has numerous physiological and mental health benefits, including the release of endorphins (oxytocin) which produces a calming effect, and increased feelings of comfort, motivation and socialization.

UH students have enjoyed Paws and Relax since its inception in ­­­­­Spring 2013, when librarians Kirsten Feist and Kelsey Brett proposed the plan that would help boost academic success through stress reduction.

“We had read about the astounding success of therapy dog programs at other college and university libraries, and wanted to provide a similar experience for the students at UH,” Feist said. “We were easily able to find partners and volunteers, with enthusiasm for the event growing each semester.”

Student engagement in the event has increased. In Spring 2013, over 1700 students visited with furry friends in the MD Anderson Library. In Fall 2013, that number grew to more than 2100.

Faithful Paws therapy dogs will be at MD Anderson Library, rooms 106T and 106P on the following dates:

April 28: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

April 29: 8:00 – 10:00 p.m. (concurrent with Finals Mania)

April 30: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

May 1: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

 

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UH Librarian Elected to Research and Scholarship Committee http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2014/04/07/uh-librarian-elected-to-research-and-scholarship-committee/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2014/04/07/uh-librarian-elected-to-research-and-scholarship-committee/#comments Mon, 07 Apr 2014 07:25:24 +0000 Esmeralda Fisher http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/?p=2389 Christie Peters, Science Research Support Librarian at the University of Houston Libraries, was recently elected to the Research and Scholarship Committee (RSC), a committee of the Faculty Senate.

The RSC serves as the advisory board for Rathindra Bose, Vice Chancellor/Vice President for research and technology transfer. The group formulates recommendations and policies that impact the UH research community.

Peters is the first UH librarian to serve on the committee in an official capacity. Having attended RSC meetings since 2010, Peters is well-positioned to represent the UH Libraries’ commitment and voice in research, a high-priority area of the University’s strategic principles.

“This important appointment will help the Libraries better respond to evolving needs of research faculty and students for collection resources, technical support, and data management associated with their research,” said Dana Rooks, Dean of Libraries and Elizabeth D. Rockwell Endowed Chair.

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Phi Slama Jama at the Final Four http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/2014/04/04/phi-slama-jama-at-the-final-four/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/2014/04/04/phi-slama-jama-at-the-final-four/#comments Fri, 04 Apr 2014 17:06:18 +0000 Gregory Yerke http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/?p=3449 Phi Slama JamaHeads up Cougars!  It’s Final Four time!

No, we haven’t stepped into a time warp.

And, no, our Cougars sadly will not be amongst the likes of the Gators, Huskies, Badgers, and Wildcats this weekend as they square off to determine college basketball’s national champion.

However, fans of the Red and White may notice a little Cougar hue to the TBS coverage prior to the Final Four on Saturday.  As part of their pregame analysis and with the help of resources from the University Archives here in Special Collections, the TBS team will take a look back to those glorious years in the early 1980s, when the Coogs’ dunking and dominant style of play struck fear in the hearts of basketball teams across the nation, but ultimately claimed a dubious distinction–becoming arguably the best team in history to never win a national title and being on the wrong end of one of college basketball’s most monumental upsets.

We understand if the diehard Cougars out there don’t want to relive the pain, again.  But, for those of us who can’t get enough of those glory days, coverage begins at 3PM EST, 2PM Central with “The Road to the Final Four.”  Be on the lookout for some old Houstonian yearbooks, chock-full of “Akeem the Dream” (sans the “H”), “Clyde the Glide,” and the rest of Texas’ Tallest Fraternity, to make an appearance during “The Final Four Show” airing at 4pm EST, 3pm Central.

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Rare Georges Braque books on display http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/architecture_art/2014/04/03/rare-georges-braque-books-on-display/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/architecture_art/2014/04/03/rare-georges-braque-books-on-display/#comments Thu, 03 Apr 2014 11:58:13 +0000 Catherine Essinger http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/architecture_art/?p=439 In connection with the retrospective on exhibition through May 11 at the MFAH, the Architecture and Art library display case is featuring the oeuvre of Georges Braque with monographs from the collection as well as limited edition prints from the Kenneth Franzheim Rare Books Room.  These resources at the library highlight opportunities for personal inspiration and scholarly analysis of the Braque exhibit at the MFAH, which presents more than 75 works and is the show’s only U.S. venue.  Library Assistant and School of Art alumnus Chelby King conceived and created the small exhibit after noting how many resources on Braque are available in the Franzheim collection.

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Meet Our New Shuart Women's Archive Graduate Assistant http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/2014/04/01/meet-our-new-shuart-womens-archive-graduate-assistant/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/2014/04/01/meet-our-new-shuart-womens-archive-graduate-assistant/#comments Tue, 01 Apr 2014 04:52:45 +0000 Gregory Yerke http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/?p=3421 Archivist Vince Lee (left) and Chinwendu Rose Ejezie discuss the Toni Beauchamp Papers

Archivist Vince Lee (left) and Chinwendu Rose Ejezie discuss the Toni Beauchamp Papers

Chinwendu Rose Ejezie recently joined our team here in Special Collections as our new Shuart Women’s Archive Graduate Assistant.  Earning her Bachelor of Arts in English and Literary Studies from the University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria, Ms. Ejezie began her graduate study in the fall of 2013, pursuing her Master of Science in Human Resource Development through the College of Technology here at the University of Houston.

Thanks in large part to the generous support of Mr. Jeff Beauchamp and the Friends of Women’s Studies, the Shuart Women’s Archive is able to apply the talents of Ms. Ejezie to the surveying, arrangement, and description of new and unprocessed collections with particular regional and national research potential.  Ms. Ejezie began her work here in Special Collections in mid-February 2014 and has hit the ground running, working with the recently acquired Toni Beauchamp Papers.

By her own account, Ms. Ejezie has been impressed with the depth and content of the character of the late Toni Beauchamp as she reviews her papers.  At first tentative and fighting back the feelings of invading one’s privacy that come with the territory of the archives, Rose has quickly discovered the passion Ms. Beauchamp had for the altruistic work being done and the people that made the work possible, noting that this dedication shines through in the collection, even as it is being processed.

Previous work in the Architecture and Art Library gave Ms. Ejezie an understanding of the amount of work going on behind the scenes to make research available to the general public, but now she has taken on a role in the vanguard as she prepares collections for future research.  Settling into this new role in Special Collections, Ms. Ejezie has been quick to point out the supportive environment provided by Vince Lee, Archivist for the Carey C. Shuart Women’s Archive & Research Collection, and others as she immerses herself in this new world of the archives.  She hopes the insight gleaned from working in this capacity will help translate to future work in human resources, the handling of sensitive documents, confidential information and the like.

Ms. Ejezie is slated to graduate in December 2015.  However, hailing from a family that embraces and values education, she is weighing her options of pursuing further studies or beginning a career track in human resources.  Until then, Special Collections is thrilled to have her talents and insights as we continue to grow our collections.

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UH Libraries Welcome World War II Veterans http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/2014/03/26/uh-libraries-welcome-world-war-ii-veterans/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/2014/03/26/uh-libraries-welcome-world-war-ii-veterans/#comments Wed, 26 Mar 2014 10:56:31 +0000 Julie Grob http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/?p=3428 Members of USS Houston Survivors Association and Next Generations view exhibit

Members of USS Houston Survivors Association and Next Generations view exhibit

On Friday, March 14th, the UH Libraries hosted a reception for members of the USS Houston Survivors Association and the Next Generations, who were visiting Houston for their annual reunion. The organization was established in 1946 to bring together surviving crew members of the heavy cruiser USS Houston (CA-30), who had fought together in the Battle of the Java Sea, and spent 3 1/2 years together as prisoners of war. In 1981, the Survivors Association donated to the Libraries a set of historic documents, letters, photographs, and memorabilia which became known as the Cruiser Houston Collection.

Bill Ingram, former crew member of the USS Houston (CA-30)

Bill Ingram, former crew member of the USS Houston (CA-30)

 

 

In attendance this year were survivors Bill Ingram and Howard Brooks. Ingram was the second youngest crew member on the ship, having enlisted in the Navy at seventeen. Many family members of other Houston crew members were also present, as well as historian Don Kehn, author of A Blue Sea of Blood: Deciphering the Mysterious Fate of the USS Edsall. The group enjoyed the opportunity to view the USS Houston Exhibition, have some cake and lemonade, and relax in the camaraderie of longtime friends.

Teresa Reilly, widow of John D. Reilly, with Howard Brooks, former crew member of the USS Houston (CA-30)

Teresa Reilly, widow of John D. Reilly, with Howard Brooks, former crew member of the USS Houston (CA-30)

 

UH Special Collections wishes Howard Brooks a speedy recovery after his recent fall.

USS Houston Survivors Association and the Next Generations historian Don Kehn

USS Houston Survivors Association and the Next Generations historian Don Kehn

Fred Hekking, Special Collections student worker Bryan Bishop, Jerry Ranger, and Bill Ingram

Fred Hekking, Special Collections student worker Bryan Bishop, Jerry Ranger, and Bill Ingram

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Main Street Theater Records - New Finding Aid Published http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/2014/03/21/main-street-theater-records-new-finding-aid-published/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/2014/03/21/main-street-theater-records-new-finding-aid-published/#comments Fri, 21 Mar 2014 13:47:49 +0000 Stacey Lavender http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/?p=3407 poster from Beyond the Fringe, one of Main Street Theater's earliest productions

poster from Beyond the Fringe, one of Main Street Theater’s earliest productions

The University of Houston Special Collections is excited to announce that the finding aid for the Main Street Theater Records has been published and is now available online!

Main Street Theater has been an important part of Houston’s vibrant performing arts community for almost forty years. Led by founding director Rebecca Greene Udden, the company staged their first production in the summer of 1975. As the name suggests, their first home was located on Main Street at Autry House, a community center belonging to the Episcopalian Diocese. The theater has grown steadily since then, first moving into a larger 92-seat space on Times Boulevard in Rice Village in 1981, and later adding a second, even larger, Chelsea Market location. The Main Street Theater is currently in its 39th MainStage season and its 34th Theater for Youth Season.

poster from the world premiere production of What a Night!

poster from the world premiere production of What a Night!

The Main Street Theater Records provide insight into the company’s activities both on stage and behind the scenes. The first 12 boxes of the collection consist of materials like playbills, scripts, posters, flyers, and photographs, documenting the theater’s MainStage productions as well as productions that are part of its Theater for Youth program. The collection also contains substantial amounts of  financial records, meeting minutes from the Board of Directors and various other committees, donor correspondence, and materials related to the planning of benefits and fundraisers.

Take some time and peruse the finding aid, or better yet come visit us at Special Collections and see the history of this Houston theater for yourself!

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Focus on the Fiesta http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/2014/03/19/focus-on-the-fiesta/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/2014/03/19/focus-on-the-fiesta/#comments Wed, 19 Mar 2014 15:59:41 +0000 Gregory Yerke http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/?p=3393 From the exhibit:  Shellac-coated metal record (sent to radio stations as promotional materials for Frontier Fiesta in its heyday) and "Tombstone" jacket

From the exhibit: Shellac-coated metal record (sent to radio stations as promotional materials for Frontier Fiesta in its heyday) and “Tombstone” jacket

A new exhibition of the University of Houston’s history is now on display with last night’s grand opening of “Frontier Fiesta: The Greatest College Show on Earth” at the MD Anderson Library.

A University of Houston tradition, Frontier Fiesta began in 1940 as a mishmash of musical and theatrical performances, cook-offs, carnival booths, and concessions. Held in the spring, Fiesta volunteers transform a piece of land on campus into a western frontier-style town called Fiesta City.  This year’s Fiesta will include variety shows, carnival booths, the always popular cook-off, and musical performances from a number of national acts, highlighted by the appearance of B.O.B. (see a full schedule of events here).

Last night’s opening festivities reinforced the theme of an event that unifies, as Cougars of all ages flocked to hear comments from a number of speakers including Frontier Fiesta Chairman Hunter Lewis and distinguished alumnus Welcome Wilson Sr. on the importance of the history of Frontier Fiesta to the narrative of the University of Houston.

The exhibit includes programs, jackets, photographs, and other ephemera documenting the three runs of what once known as the greatest college show on earth.  Some artifacts for the exhibit have been loaned by generous individuals and organizations with ties to Frontier Fiesta while others come from our impressive University Archives and, specifically, the Frontier Fiesta Records available for study in the Special Collections Reading Room.

From the exhibit:  Costume and Photograph from “Devil’s Dance,” Beta Chi Sorority, Silver Moon Saloon. 1954

From the exhibit: Costume and Photograph from “Devil’s Dance,” Beta Chi Sorority, Silver Moon Saloon. 1954

At last night’s opening, exhibit curator Mary Manning provided guided tours of the exhibit which traces the Fiesta’s history from the humble origins in 1940, through its heyday of the post-World War II years, and on into its revival in the 1990s and beyond.  The timeline weaves together what Richard “Racehorse” Haynes (UH Law, 1956) saw as an ambitious endeavor, “a lot of kids trying to make tradition, trying to make something that would bring the city into the university and the university into the city,” in the absence of any other long-established history and tradition for such a young university.

We encourage you to visit Fiesta City this weekend on the lovely University of Houston campus and invite you to indulge in the history of the exhibit, “Frontier Fiesta:  The Greatest College Show on Earth,” on display now through June 6, 2014 on the first floor of the MD Anderson Library.

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Introducing the A2Alcove http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/architecture_art/2014/03/11/introducing-the-a2alcove/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/architecture_art/2014/03/11/introducing-the-a2alcove/#comments Tue, 11 Mar 2014 11:33:43 +0000 Catherine Essinger http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/architecture_art/?p=435 The William R. Jenkins Architecture and Art Library invites you to stop in and venture upstairs to the newly inaugurated A2Alcove, a gallery and lounge space. Currently featuring the (appropriately themed) Library Series by Nabila Dadhaboy, this cozy nook affords a complement of Barcelona Chairs on which to relax, contemplate the vision of UH student artists and/or peruse a current issue of one the library’s architecture or art periodicals. We hope to provide visitors with an on-going, rotating display of exciting, new student work, and our student artists with an ongoing opportunity to have their work hung and exhibited. Interested in exhibiting your work? Artist inquiries can be directed to Chris Conway at ccconway@uh.edu

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Head of Web Services Creates an Engaging User Experience http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2014/03/11/head-of-web-services-creates-an-engaging-user-experience/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2014/03/11/head-of-web-services-creates-an-engaging-user-experience/#comments Tue, 11 Mar 2014 10:21:17 +0000 Esmeralda Fisher http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/?p=2379 vacek

Rachel Vacek, head of UH Libraries Web Services, has been selected as a 2014 Library Journal Mover and Shaker.

Rachel Vacek, head of UH Libraries Web Services, has been selected as a 2014 Library Journal Mover and Shaker. Each year, Library Journal honors forward-thinking library professionals who are actively shaping the future of libraries. Vacek was recognized as an Innovator whose focus on applying novel approaches to web-based tools and services for the UH community reflects a transformation in the academic research library space.

Vacek’s team leads an integrative web presence that optimizes the ways in which users access and discover knowledge. “My job is to help make our library’s web site easier to use,” Vacek said. “The web site is the virtual front door to the library, and it’s important that it’s welcoming and inviting.”

Vacek, who is the vice president/president-elect of the Library Information Technology Association (LITA), envisions the UH Libraries as a reimagined space that not only facilitates the ways in which students, faculty, staff and the public find information, but also one that cultivates creating and sharing knowledge.

Much of Vacek’s work in Web Services is behind-the-scenes, but as a self-described extrovert, she enjoys planning events and programs that bring students to UH Libraries. Through the Libraries’ microgrant program, Vacek has spearheaded a number of interactive events that allow users to explore the Libraries’ programs and services in unconventional ways, fostering collaboration and engaging new users. “I like doing events because it allows me to interact with our users to get a better sense of how they’re using the library,” Vacek noted. Past successful initiatives include the Cougar Social Media Showcase, the Mobile Walking Tour, and Game On, Cougars!

Vacek’s focus on the connections between technology and collaboration will continue to enhance the user’s experience for learning and research. “The ‘library of the future’ will definitely have more services online, but also more opportunities to interact with people,” Vacek said. “I see libraries as social places where web services can really add value and enrich the user experience. I’m excited to be a part of that.”

Read Vacek’s Library Journal Innovator profile.

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New Liaison Librarian for Communication, Sociology and Anthropology http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2014/03/10/new-liaison-librarian-for-communication-sociology-and-anthropology/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2014/03/10/new-liaison-librarian-for-communication-sociology-and-anthropology/#comments Mon, 10 Mar 2014 08:37:55 +0000 Esmeralda Fisher http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/?p=2375 University of Houston students and faculty of communication, sociology and anthropology have a new liaison librarian for learning and research excellence.

Wenli Gao recently joined UH Libraries Liaison Services to provide guidance and service in collection development, instruction, research support and outreach.

To meet the information resource needs of students and faculty, Gao will assess current collections and facilitate the acquisition of new materials. Gao will also provide specialized instructional sessions that introduce students to a wide array of information and reference resources available at UH Libraries, with an emphasis on upper-level undergraduate and graduate instruction.

Gao will also provide substantial support to researchers in the communication, sociology and anthropology fields, and will form partnerships with members of the UH community to facilitate new and ongoing initiatives in teaching and research success.

View Gao’s in-depth research guides for University of Houston communication, sociology and anthropology courses

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Art History Students Survey Newly Acquired Posters and Prints http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/2014/03/05/art-history-students-survey-newly-acquired-posters-and-prints/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/2014/03/05/art-history-students-survey-newly-acquired-posters-and-prints/#comments Wed, 05 Mar 2014 19:18:27 +0000 Gregory Yerke http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/?p=3382 Dr. Castillo (left) and his students survey the new additions to our Hispanic Collections

Dr. Castillo (left) and his students survey the new additions to our Hispanic Collections

On Monday afternoon, students from Dr. Eric Castillo’s “Mexican American Art and Social Change” course visited Special Collections and were the first patrons to view two newly acquired collections of art prints and posters now residing in our Hispanic Collections.

Hispanic Collections Archivist Lisa Cruces and Coordinator for Digital Projects and Instruction Julie Grob facilitated Dr. Castillo’s students in a survey of Migration Now, a limited-edition portfolio of 37 handmade prints addressing migrant issues created by Justseeds and CultureStrike as well as Con papeles o sin papeles todos tenemos derechos (With papers or without papers we all have rights), 15 posters designed to remind immigrants of their legal rights and protections by La Escuela de Cultura Popular Revolucionaria Martires del 68.  Students completed an analysis of the use of specific images and text in the posters as they related to viewpoints expressed therein.

To assist in their study, Cruces compiled a list of Primary Resources for Mexican American Art and Humanities Research.  In addition, in her role as the Hispanic Collections Archivist, Ms. Cruces completed a brief Q&A with the class regarding the status of the Hispanic Collections here at UH, the research potential they represent, and plans for growing the archives in the future.

a sampling from the new collections

a sampling from the new collections

We thank Dr. Castillo and his students for visiting Special Collections and look forward to their continued research in our Hispanic Collections and beyond.

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Frontier Fiesta Exhibit Captures History of UH Student Spirit http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2014/03/03/frontier-fiesta-exhibit-captures-history-of-uh-student-spirit/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2014/03/03/frontier-fiesta-exhibit-captures-history-of-uh-student-spirit/#comments Mon, 03 Mar 2014 12:55:18 +0000 Esmeralda Fisher http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/?p=2370 lineup

UH students in western garb, sitting on a wall at a 1950s Frontier Fiesta. From the UH Digital Library.

A new exhibit at the University of Houston Libraries highlights the revelry and renown of Frontier Fiesta, a campus tradition that began in 1940.

The festival holds a vibrant history all its own. Interrupted by World War II, reestablished in 1946 through 1959, revived in 1992 and continuing today, the event takes place each spring on the UH campus.

Fueled by student talent and leadership, Frontier Fiesta is a testament to the rich traditions passed down from one generation of Cougars to the next. It continues to be a major fundraising vehicle for scholarships and programs.

“The event celebrates UH student life, and shows the philanthropic work of students,” said Mary Manning ’98, university archivist and curator of the Frontier Fiesta exhibit. “It says that we are a culture that appreciates its traditions.”

The exhibit evokes the spirit of the festival, drawn from the University Archives collection of ephemera from “the greatest college show on earth,” as it was once dubbed by Life magazine in the early 1950s.

The public is invited to an opening reception for the Frontier Fiesta: “The Greatest College Show on Earth” exhibit on Tuesday, March 18 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. in the MD Anderson Library near Special Collections (second floor). The program will feature a talk by distinguished alumnus Welcome Wilson Sr., as well as guided tours led by exhibit curator, Mary Manning.

The exhibit runs from March 18 – June 6, 2014 in the MD Anderson Library.

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A Curtain Call for "Collective HER-Story" http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/2014/02/28/a-curtain-call-for-collective-her-story/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/2014/02/28/a-curtain-call-for-collective-her-story/#comments Fri, 28 Feb 2014 11:22:45 +0000 Gregory Yerke http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/?p=3337 exhibit, Collective HER-story, A Mosaic Masterpiece: Exploring the Carey C. Shuart Women's Archives

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The exhibit, “Collective HER-story, A Mosaic Masterpiece: Exploring the Carey C. Shuart Women’s Archives” comes to a close this week.

This ambitious exhibit, featuring a broad and eclectic range of history representative of the Shuart Archives, opened on October 14, 2013 and enjoys its final weekend at the M.D. Anderson Library, running through Sunday March 2nd.  From Mayor Annise Parker to the Gorilla Girls, from former Mayor Kathy Whitmire to the WNBA’s first dynasty, the Houston Comets, the “Collective HER-story” exhibit has a little something for everyone.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1mHZaS_TJ1U&feature=youtu.be

UH Moment: HER-story Celebrates Accomplishments of Women in Houston

The M.D. Anderson Library and exhibit are open to the public over the weekend.  The “Collective HER-story” exhibit can be viewed on the first and second floors of UH’s M.D. Anderson Library (Exit 1 off Calhoun Road).  Come catch it (one last time) before it closes.  The exhibit may close, but the legacy of these women and study of their history will endure.

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The Toni Beauchamp Papers and Table Talk 2014 http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/2014/02/26/the-toni-beauchamp-papers-and-table-talk-2014/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/2014/02/26/the-toni-beauchamp-papers-and-table-talk-2014/#comments Wed, 26 Feb 2014 18:20:46 +0000 Gregory Yerke http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/?p=3347 Toni at home in Houston, with a carpet of fallen ginkgo leaves

Toni at home in Houston, with a carpet of fallen ginkgo leaves

Archivist Vince Lee of the Carey C. Shuart Women’s Archive and Research Collection will showcase artifacts from the recently acquired Toni Beauchamp Papers at Table Talk 2014, presented by the University of Houston Friends of Women’s Studies on Thursday, February 27th.

Defining Toni Beauchamp’s legacy in Houston is an exciting challenge.  The term “patron” was often applied to her during her lifetime and certainly remains today.  However, her involvement with art went beyond mere patronage, and we may find that word to be too narrow, now.  The role of art was exemplified into two spheres in her life, civic duty and personal advocacy.  Her involvement and leadership on such public projects involving the renovation of Buffalo Bayou and Market Square Park fulfilled a vision that art, thoughtfully integrated with urban design, results in beautification, preservation, and forging an identity for the community.  Art was also very personal for Toni.  Art provided her a means to shape and influence the community, forge friendships, and most importantly it was an opportunity for her to educate and share information with others.

Toni and Jeff Beauchamp at their first apartment

Toni and Jeff Beauchamp at their first apartment

Her connection to the University of Houston dates back to 1973, when she earned her BA in Art and where she would later serve as assistant director of the Blaffer Gallery.  The acquisition of her papers, thanks to the generosity of her husband Jeff Beauchamp, has us very excited to begin the work of processing, arranging, and making these materials available for study to scholars both local and abroad.  These papers complement other offerings in Special Collections like her collection of essays, Good, and “Remembrances of Toni” (a collection of reflections on Toni’s life) compiled by her husband Jeff.  The spirit and legacy of Beauchamp make her papers a natural fit amongst the other bold women at the vanguard, whose collections grace the stacks of the Shuart Women’s Archive.

Archivist Vince Lee, Jeff Beauchamp, and personal assistant Kim Pence, overseeing the transfer of the Toni Beauchamp Papers

Archivist Vince Lee, Jeff Beauchamp, and personal assistant Kim Pence, overseeing the transfer of the Toni Beauchamp Papers

At Table Talk 2014 Vince Lee will have artifacts from Toni Beauchamp’s work on Good, as well as her involvement with the “Buffalo Bayou Master Plan” and “Market Square Park Project.”  Friends of Women Studies hosts the annual Table Talk series, “a fascinating combination of conversations over lunch, led by dynamic women of various cultures, professions and experience at each table,” benefiting Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies at the University of Houston.  A list of Conversationalists attending this 17th annual Table Talk can be found here.

Time permitting, be sure to attend Table Talk 2014 and visit with Vince Lee for more information regarding the legacy of Toni Beauchamp, the research potential her papers will offer, and their new home in the Carey C. Shuart Women’s Archive and Research Collection.

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BioOne will be down for Schedule Maintenance http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/er/2014/02/25/bioone-will-be-down-for-schedule-maintenance/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/er/2014/02/25/bioone-will-be-down-for-schedule-maintenance/#comments Tue, 25 Feb 2014 15:49:07 +0000 brettk http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/er/?p=514 The BioOne database will be down for scheduled maintenance beginning Saturday March 14, 2014.  Maintenance will begin at 11am and is scheduled to be completed by early Sunday morning.

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Hip Hop History and Culture http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/2014/02/24/hip-hop-history-and-culture/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/2014/02/24/hip-hop-history-and-culture/#comments Mon, 24 Feb 2014 18:21:00 +0000 Gregory Yerke http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/?p=3340 AAS 3301 students peruse items from the Houston Hip Hop Collection

AAS 3301 students peruse items from the Houston Hip Hop Collection

The following comes to us via Julie Grob, Coordinator for Digital Projects & Instruction here at the University of Houston Special Collections.

Undergraduate students from the course African American Studies 3301, Hip Hop History and Culture taught by Professor John Chiles, visited Special Collections Thursday night. Students viewed materials from the DJ Screw Papers and the newly acquired Carlos “DJ Styles” Papers, as well as items related to Houston artists such as Geto Boys, K-Rino, and UGK. Students teamed up in pairs to analyze individual items, and reconvened to discuss as a group how these items shed light on issues such as identity, gender, entrepreneurship, and Afrocentrism. The students enjoyed the chance to see original hip hop artifacts in person.

Items from the newly acquired Carlos “DJ Styles” Papers

Items from the newly acquired Carlos “DJ Styles” Papers

A reminder to faculty that you may make arrangements to bring a class to use Special Collections materials on a variety of topics by contacting Julie Grob.

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A Farewell from Ryder Kouba http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/2014/02/21/a-farewell-from-ryder-kouba/ http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/2014/02/21/a-farewell-from-ryder-kouba/#comments Fri, 21 Feb 2014 12:32:54 +0000 Gregory Yerke http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/speccol/?p=3330 The following comes to us courtesy of Ryder Kouba, exiting University Archives Fellow here at the University of Houston Special Collections. After a year and a half of service to the University, Ryder has accepted the position of Digital Collections Archivist in the University Archives at the American University in Cairo. We wish Ryder all of our best!

In August 2012 I joined the staff of Special Collections as the University Archives Fellow. Fresh out of the University of Texas’ School of Information, I was excited to return to my hometown of Houston to help preserve and make accessible the unique history of UH. Working at UH for the past 18 months has been a very rewarding experience, both professionally and personally.

My tenure began with a fun project documenting the history of the venerable Robertson Stadium before it was torn down in the fall of 2012. To create an exhibit covering the multiple uses of Robertson over the years required background research into notable events, what materials we had in our collections, and reaching out to departments around campus and individuals in the community.

A focus of my time was creating policies and procedures for the University Archives and Special Collections with Mary Manning, the University Archivist. An important aspect of documenting the university’s history is acquiring the appropriate materials; to that end Mary and I created transfer policies and guidelines for departments on campus as well as for private individuals, such as alumni. Standardizing these processes will allow Mary to acquire materials more efficiently from a wide variety of organizations and people.

Establishing guidelines for accessioning born-digital materials was the largest project I worked on, and I feel like the most valuable. When I arrived the University Archives had over 600 CDs, which as anyone who has scratched one can attest, are not the most durable of media. Creating policies and procedures from scratch was an intensive process of researching the fundamentals of preserving born digital materials (which UT had given me a solid foundation in) and seeing what other institutions were doing. After much work fine tuning our procedures, experimenting with software, and sharing it with fellow staff members, I’m happy to report that most of the 600+ CDs have been moved to storage on our servers.

I have been lucky that UH has been very supportive in my professional development; I’ve been able to attend conferences and workshops, particularly regarding digital practices, and bring my newfound knowledge back to UH. I was also able to present a case study of our development of policies and procedures at the Society of Southwest Archivists conference in 2013.

The end of my time at UH began as it started; working on an exhibit that Mary is putting together showcasing the history of Frontier Fiesta, one of UH’s most notable traditions. Overall, it’s been a wonderful year and a half for me, and Special Collections as well. I’ve provided professional level staffing to process university records, create policies and procedures, and showcase university archives holdings through exhibits. I have also been able to serve the entire library through committee work and serve both the university and community through providing reference services and outreach.

I will miss my colleagues in both Special Collections and M. D. Anderson Library and look forward to hearing about the exciting growth of the library and university in the coming years.

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The Dogs are Back: Paws and Relax at UH

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Paws and Relax at UH Libraries April 28 – May 1

The University of Houston is abuzz with end-of-semester prep. Students are gearing up to finish strong, and the pressure to ace those finals can be overwhelming. A nuzzle from a furry friend can help.

Local organization Faithful Paws will bring certified therapy dogs to the MD Anderson Library for four days of stress relief this month. Students are encouraged to drop in for petting, snuggling and treat-feeding with these gentle and friendly canines, which can have a direct positive impact on well-being.

Research has shown that interaction with a dog has numerous physiological and mental health benefits, including the release of endorphins (oxytocin) which produces a calming effect, and increased feelings of comfort, motivation and socialization.

UH students have enjoyed Paws and Relax since its inception in ­­­­­Spring 2013, when librarians Kirsten Feist and Kelsey Brett proposed the plan that would help boost academic success through stress reduction.

“We had read about the astounding success of therapy dog programs at other college and university libraries, and wanted to provide a similar experience for the students at UH,” Feist said. “We were easily able to find partners and volunteers, with enthusiasm for the event growing each semester.”

Student engagement in the event has increased. In Spring 2013, over 1700 students visited with furry friends in the MD Anderson Library. In Fall 2013, that number grew to more than 2100.

Faithful Paws therapy dogs will be at MD Anderson Library, rooms 106T and 106P on the following dates:

April 28: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

April 29: 8:00 – 10:00 p.m. (concurrent with Finals Mania)

April 30: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

May 1: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

 

UH Librarian Elected to Research and Scholarship Committee

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Christie Peters, Science Research Support Librarian at the University of Houston Libraries, was recently elected to the Research and Scholarship Committee (RSC), a committee of the Faculty Senate.

The RSC serves as the advisory board for Rathindra Bose, Vice Chancellor/Vice President for research and technology transfer. The group formulates recommendations and policies that impact the UH research community.

Peters is the first UH librarian to serve on the committee in an official capacity. Having attended RSC meetings since 2010, Peters is well-positioned to represent the UH Libraries’ commitment and voice in research, a high-priority area of the University’s strategic principles.

“This important appointment will help the Libraries better respond to evolving needs of research faculty and students for collection resources, technical support, and data management associated with their research,” said Dana Rooks, Dean of Libraries and Elizabeth D. Rockwell Endowed Chair.

Head of Web Services Creates an Engaging User Experience

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Rachel Vacek, head of UH Libraries Web Services, has been selected as a 2014 Library Journal Mover and Shaker.

Rachel Vacek, head of UH Libraries Web Services, has been selected as a 2014 Library Journal Mover and Shaker. Each year, Library Journal honors forward-thinking library professionals who are actively shaping the future of libraries. Vacek was recognized as an Innovator whose focus on applying novel approaches to web-based tools and services for the UH community reflects a transformation in the academic research library space.

Vacek’s team leads an integrative web presence that optimizes the ways in which users access and discover knowledge. “My job is to help make our library’s web site easier to use,” Vacek said. “The web site is the virtual front door to the library, and it’s important that it’s welcoming and inviting.”

Vacek, who is the vice president/president-elect of the Library Information Technology Association (LITA), envisions the UH Libraries as a reimagined space that not only facilitates the ways in which students, faculty, staff and the public find information, but also one that cultivates creating and sharing knowledge.

Much of Vacek’s work in Web Services is behind-the-scenes, but as a self-described extrovert, she enjoys planning events and programs that bring students to UH Libraries. Through the Libraries’ microgrant program, Vacek has spearheaded a number of interactive events that allow users to explore the Libraries’ programs and services in unconventional ways, fostering collaboration and engaging new users. “I like doing events because it allows me to interact with our users to get a better sense of how they’re using the library,” Vacek noted. Past successful initiatives include the Cougar Social Media Showcase, the Mobile Walking Tour, and Game On, Cougars!

Vacek’s focus on the connections between technology and collaboration will continue to enhance the user’s experience for learning and research. “The ‘library of the future’ will definitely have more services online, but also more opportunities to interact with people,” Vacek said. “I see libraries as social places where web services can really add value and enrich the user experience. I’m excited to be a part of that.”

Read Vacek’s Library Journal Innovator profile.

New Liaison Librarian for Communication, Sociology and Anthropology

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University of Houston students and faculty of communication, sociology and anthropology have a new liaison librarian for learning and research excellence.

Wenli Gao recently joined UH Libraries Liaison Services to provide guidance and service in collection development, instruction, research support and outreach.

To meet the information resource needs of students and faculty, Gao will assess current collections and facilitate the acquisition of new materials. Gao will also provide specialized instructional sessions that introduce students to a wide array of information and reference resources available at UH Libraries, with an emphasis on upper-level undergraduate and graduate instruction.

Gao will also provide substantial support to researchers in the communication, sociology and anthropology fields, and will form partnerships with members of the UH community to facilitate new and ongoing initiatives in teaching and research success.

View Gao’s in-depth research guides for University of Houston communication, sociology and anthropology courses

Frontier Fiesta Exhibit Captures History of UH Student Spirit

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UH students in western garb, sitting on a wall at a 1950s Frontier Fiesta. From the UH Digital Library.

A new exhibit at the University of Houston Libraries highlights the revelry and renown of Frontier Fiesta, a campus tradition that began in 1940.

The festival holds a vibrant history all its own. Interrupted by World War II, reestablished in 1946 through 1959, revived in 1992 and continuing today, the event takes place each spring on the UH campus.

Fueled by student talent and leadership, Frontier Fiesta is a testament to the rich traditions passed down from one generation of Cougars to the next. It continues to be a major fundraising vehicle for scholarships and programs.

“The event celebrates UH student life, and shows the philanthropic work of students,” said Mary Manning ’98, university archivist and curator of the Frontier Fiesta exhibit. “It says that we are a culture that appreciates its traditions.”

The exhibit evokes the spirit of the festival, drawn from the University Archives collection of ephemera from “the greatest college show on earth,” as it was once dubbed by Life magazine in the early 1950s.

The public is invited to an opening reception for the Frontier Fiesta: “The Greatest College Show on Earth” exhibit on Tuesday, March 18 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. in the MD Anderson Library near Special Collections (second floor). The program will feature a talk by distinguished alumnus Welcome Wilson Sr., as well as guided tours led by exhibit curator, Mary Manning.

The exhibit runs from March 18 – June 6, 2014 in the MD Anderson Library.

Digital Archives Specialist Supports Born-Digital Initiatives

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Valerie Prilop, Digital Collections Librarian at the UH Libraries Special Collections, earned a DAS Certificate from the Society of American Archivists.

Valerie Prilop is one of 33 new Digital Archives Specialists (DAS).

Prilop, Digital Collections Librarian at the University of Houston Libraries Special Collections, earned a DAS Certificate from the Society of American Archivists (SAA) after completion of coursework on the theories, problems and solutions in the management of born-digital records.

The DAS curriculum provides participants with the skills and knowledge necessary to address issues in the appraisal, preservation and access of materials originally created in digital format.

Although the management of born-digital materials in academic and research libraries is still largely nascent, it has become an urgent concern for institutional repositories, such as UH Special Collections, which are receiving more and more archival items in digital format.

Born-digital archival materials have a unique set of preservation and access issues. Digital records are fragile and will degrade much more quickly than paper documents, which are stored in climate-controlled stacks within acid-free containers and can be preserved for hundreds of years. “You could discover a file drawer of 75-year-old paper, and in a lot of instances, you can still read the content,” Prilop said.

The same isn’t true for digital files. “Time is of the essence when dealing with born-digital materials,” Prilop noted. The evolution of technology dictates ongoing software and hardware changes, and access to digital files on older versions of technology, such as a floppy disk or zip disk, could be lost to the ages without expeditious archival processing.

Prilop is developing a comprehensive survey of UH Special Collections audio/visual and digital materials, which will inform a future processing plan for those materials. Other ongoing born-digital efforts at UH Libraries include the efficient accessioning and storage process developed for digital University Archives material; and provision of reading room access to born-digital materials in Special Collections.

University Archivist Appointed to ArchivesSpace User Advisory Council

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Mary Manning (’98), University Archivist, has been appointed by the ArchivesSpace Board of Trustees to its User Advisory Council for a two-year term.

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ArchivesSpace, a new open source archives information management application, was developed by archivists for describing, managing, and providing access to archives, manuscripts, and digital objects.

ArchivesSpace, a new open source archives information management application, was developed by archivists for describing, managing, and providing access to archives, manuscripts, and digital objects. ArchivesSpace will soon be widely adopted for use by archives across the country, replacing Archon and Archivists’ Toolkit as the leading application.

Manning serves as one of 10 new appointees who will shape software functionality enhancements and ensure that ongoing development represents the needs of the ArchivesSpace community. “It will be the Council’s job to make sure that the voice of all the ArchivesSpace members are heard when making decisions to improve the application,” she said.

As a proud charter member of ArchivesSpace, UH Special Collections joins a group of over 50 institutions which will spearhead the Governance Board, User Advisory Council and Technical Advisory Council. Charter members are granted primary access to early releases of migration tools, and will participate in the initial phases of development.

Julie Grob, Coordinator for Digital Projects and Instruction, served on the Special Nominating Committee for the ArchivesSpace Board of Trustees. “The web-based aspect of ArchivesSpace makes it easy for us to deliver finding aids quickly to our users,” Grob said.

An internal group is working to plan the timeline and migration, which is tentatively set for the spring semester. Patrons will be kept apprised of changes, and a seamless transition is anticipated.

Matt Richardson, a new program manager in Special Collections, will be responsible for checking finding aids to ensure that records have migrated successfully, and will work with curators, UH Libraries Web Services, and the ArchivesSpace user community to promote a positive user experience. After the transition is complete, Richardson will manage finding aids and explore the ArchivesSpace accessioning tool as a potential method to record incoming collections.

The mission of UH Special Collections is to preserve, safeguard, organize, and describe materials in our collecting areas, making them available for current and future generations. Special Collections supports the teaching and research activities of the University of Houston, and serves as a resource for the scholarly community and the general public. Services include reference, instruction, archival collections processing, book processing, digitization, collection development, exhibits, marketing, and outreach.

UH Librarian Named Fulbright Specialist

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Andrea Malone, foreign language and ethnic studies librarian at the University of Houston Libraries, has been chosen for the roster of Fulbright Specialists in library science by the Fulbright Scholar Program for a five-year term.

Andrea Malone, foreign language and ethnic studies librarian at the University of Houston Libraries, has been chosen for the roster of Fulbright Specialists in library science by the Fulbright Scholar Program for a five-year term.

Malone joins a distinguished list of U.S. scholars and professionals who are awarded grants to engage in short-term, collaborative projects at universities in over 140 countries.

Her research focus will be matched with an overseas host institution, where she will work on a specified cross-national topic that aims to strengthen institutional development needs.

Malone, a liaison librarian who provides collection development, instruction, outreach and research support to UH faculty in foreign languages and ethnic studies, said that being chosen as a Fulbright specialist is an honor.

“It’s going to open opportunities that I’ve never had before,” Malone noted. She encourages library science colleagues to pursue the global opportunities that the Fulbright program offers.

While the exact nature of her project is yet unknown, Malone seeks to investigate the intercultural landscape of academic information literacy.

“I work closely with international students here,” Malone said. “I’d like to explore the different types of libraries they experience in their home countries.” Culture has a significant influence on the ways in which international students seek and use library resources, services and programs, and Malone aims to implement new strategies in meeting diverse learning and research needs.

“No matter what the grant project is, wherever I go, I plan to learn from the culture so that I can bring what I learn here and implement ways in which we can better serve our students,” Malone said, whose keen interest in improving services and programs for students, combined with a commitment to professional development, reflects a top-tier level of character and curiosity. She constantly asks herself, “Where do I need to grow? In what direction do I need to head? What comes next? There’s always more I feel like I can do.”

Exhibition Reveals UH Students’ Artistic Mastery

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The Seventh Annual University of Houston Libraries Student Art Exhibition opens next week, featuring 30 selected works from rising UH artists.

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“Real Bears Go Meow” by UH student artist Alexander Santos.

The Architecture and Art Library received over 90 submissions from a wide range of undergraduate, graduate and post-baccalaureate students enrolled in studio art, art history, architecture, media production, environmental design, applied math and biology, to name a few.

“The exciting variety of contending pieces served as an appropriate reflection and representation of the staggering diversity that comprises the UH community,” said Chris Conway, Architecture and Art Library supervisor.

Kathryn Kelley (MFA ’06), a regionally-based, multidisciplinary artist and instructor, graciously served as judge and curator of this year’s exhibition, which will be on display on the third floor of the M.D. Anderson Library.

The opening event is Wednesday, February 12th at 3:00 p.m. The public is invited to experience this stunning collection of original artwork created by UH students, and to mingle with the artists and curator Kelley.

The exhibition will be on display through April 25th.

UH Libraries Expands Digital Collections

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The University of Houston Libraries provides broad access to a wide variety of resources that aid in teaching, research and collaboration. One of those resources is the Digital Library, a comprehensive online environment that facilitates the discovery of unique digitized materials.

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The Digital Library is a catalyst for collaboration among campus knowledge centers in order to collect, preserve and make available research and scholarship that is created or maintained by the University of Houston in digital form.

The need for deeper access to archival collections and primary resources has expanded in recent years, and will continue to grow as more and more scholars and researchers seek materials in digital format. Visits to the UH Digital Library have increased from just over 41,000 to almost 89,000 between FY 2012 and 2013. Improved access, long term preservation, and efficient storage have emerged as ongoing issues to confront as more archival collections are digitized.

To manage new and ongoing efforts in digital initiatives, UH Libraries has appointed a digitization operations librarian in the Metadata and Digitization Services department. Drew Krewer, an imaging and information professional with experience in the digitization of photographic archives and the management of digital objects, will coordinate with Special Collections and other units to manage digital projects from inception to completion, and will assist in the development of procedures and workflow for digital collections.

Find digital collections of materials documenting the University of Houston, city of Houston, and state of Texas, as well as other historically and culturally significant materials, online at the University of Houston Digital Library.

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