The University of Houston Libraries leverages the power of partnerships to enrich services locally and expand impact globally. An interdepartmental project focusing on the improvement of on-demand digitization is just the latest example of the Libraries’ collaborative outcomes.
Librarians and staff in Metadata and Digitization Services (MDS), Special Collections, and Web Services coordinated on an effort to streamline the existing on-demand digitization service, resulting in a better experience for both internal and external users.
On-demand digitization allows patrons to request high-resolution images of Special Collections materials that are not currently available in the UH Digital Library (UHDL). Now, patrons can request more images, receive preservation-grade images faster, and enjoy a seamless user experience.
The origin of the project grew from an assessment of the process, which revealed a need for increased capacity to handle larger requests; practices aligned with the standards of UHDL projects; and a framework for the potential preservation and access of images scanned on an ad-hoc, on-demand basis.
Special Collections manages the patron interaction, assists with reference requests, identifies the materials needed for scanning, and provides customer service. Special Collections also records metadata describing the images so that they can be searched and reused in future requests. MDS provides professional-grade equipment and expertise in digitizing the requested materials, applying file-naming conventions and imaging standards in line with the UHDL. The improvements to the workflow allow each department to focus on what they each do best.
Web Services developed an internal app that notifies MDS of the request and enables the uploading of individual images associated with the specified metadata from Special Collections. It also allows a check for prior digitization. What was once manual workflow has now been upgraded and accelerated with the use of the internal app. The benefit to patrons is the ability to download requested images as soon as they become available through an automated download link.
“The enhanced service was built upon existing practices and technology that we have here in the library,” said Drew Krewer, digitization services coordinator. “It’s also unique in that we customized the most ideal workflow for the two departments, keeping in mind that we needed to streamline things to receive the requests as soon as possible and send the images to the users as soon as possible.”
The project is nearing the end of its pilot phase and the team has received positive feedback. Next steps involve identifying the best mode of access to the collection and materials. The team hopes future users will be able to benefit from imaging work already completed, perhaps through an access system such as the UHDL.
Diversity and inclusion are core values of the University of Houston Libraries. We respect all aspects of diversity and create an inclusive virtual and physical environment, for all learners, researchers, and library staff. We are responsive in providing spaces, services, programs, and resources that promote and value diversity.
In celebration of diversity and to show UH pride, Dean of Libraries Lisa German participated in the UH Center for Diversity and Inclusion’s #IAMUH campaign, and encouraged librarians and library staff to share their #IAMUH story.
Three University of Houston librarians were chosen in the 2016 American Library Association (ALA) elections.
Annie Wu, head of Metadata and Digitization Services, was elected to be a councilor-at-large for a three-year term (2016-2019). The Council is the governing body of ALA, delegating authority to the divisions of the Association in implementing programs and activities with policy established by Council.
Ariana Santiago, instruction librarian, will be on the Executive Board of the New Members Roundtable (NMRT) as the outreach director for a tw0-year term (2016-2018). The mission of the NMRT is to help those who have been association members less than ten years become actively involved in the association and the profession.
Rachel Vacek, head of Web Services, was elected to be a Games and Gaming Round Table (GameRT) member-at-large for a two-year term (2016-2018). The GameRT provides a venue for librarians interested in the use of games and gaming in libraries of all types.
The following databases are now available from the University of Houston Libraries:
An online market research tool that monitors industry trends and gives strategic analysis and a market size and market share database for all products across all key countries. Passport is Euromonitor International’s global market analysis software platform, which analyses the industry in countries around the world.
Papers of Dwight David Eisenhower
The complete electronic edition of the Papers of Dwight D. Eisenhower combines the full text of all 21 volumes of the print edition, including letters, memoranda, cables, and directives–many of them previously classified–from private collections and public archives in the U.S. and U.K., as well as papers from the Eisenhower Presidential Library, written or dictated by Eisenhower from the years prior to World War II through full term of his presidency.
Presidential Recordings Digital Edition
Presidential Recordings Digital Edition (PRDE), the online portal for annotated transcripts of the White House tapes published by the Presidential Recordings Program (PRP). Created by a team of scholars and researchers at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center, these transcripts are presented in PRDE alongside the corresponding audio, enabling users to read and listen to these conversations simultaneously. This effort at deciphering the presidential recordings and decoding their meaning allows these documents, many of which would remain otherwise inaccessible, to come alive, providing an intimate view of life inside the Oval Office.
The University of Houston MD Anderson Library will be open 24 hours starting the week before finals.
Students who have final projects instead of exams can now take advantage of 24-hour access to the MD Anderson Library beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Monday, April 25 and continuing through Thursday, May 12, closing at 5:45 p.m.
Students must bring their university ID for entry between midnight and 7:00 a.m. during the extended hours period. View complete library hours.
The University of Houston Libraries will host end-of-semester recreational activities for students as a break from the stress of finals.
Enjoy a late night breakfast in the MD Anderson Library, including pancakes, turkey sausage, snacks, beverages, and more! Free with your UH ID.
Monday, May 2
8:30 – 10:30 pm
Rockwell Pavilion, second floor MD Anderson Library
Paws and Relax
Local organization Faithful Paws will bring certified therapy dogs to the MD Anderson Library for four days of stress relief. Drop in for petting, snuggling and treat-feeding with these gentle and friendly canines.
Monday, May 2: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. (concurrent with Finals Mania)
Tuesday, May 3: 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Wednesday, May 4: 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Thursday, May 5: 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Rooms 106P and 106T in the MD Anderson Library
The University of Houston Libraries Office of Communications seeks a creative communications generalist to contribute talents as a communications student assistant. This is an excellent opportunity for a student to gain valuable writing, editing, and graphic design experience while supporting the Libraries’ communications and marketing efforts.
The person in this position will produce content for our news and features blog, email announcements and social media channels. This may include, but is not limited to, profiles and interviews, event information and stories highlighting librarian and staff projects and research. This position will also assist with general administrative tasks as needed.
Duties and responsibilities include:
- Content production and communications support
- Write and edit engaging content for webpages, email, printed materials and social media
- Collect and create visuals (photos, video, graphics) to accompany stories
- Research and gather information
- Fact-check and proofread content
- Create surveys and compile results
- Assist with communications production scheduling
- Must be a student enrolled in good standing at the University of Houston main campus
- Excellent research, writing, and editing skills
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office
- Proficiency with Adobe Creative Suite
- Familiarity with social media
- Strong organizational skills
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team
- Ability to consistently meet deadlines
- Ability to take constructive feedback and work with it
- Ability to exercise outstanding communication skills (verbal and written) in a poised and professional manner
- Ability to handle multiple projects efficiently and effectively
- Major in the Valenti School of Communication
- Interview and/or oral history experience
- Strong experience with Adobe InDesign and/or Photoshop
This is a non-college work study, hourly student position at approximately 10-15 hours per week. Hours are negotiated based on the student’s class schedule. Submit cover letter, resume, and writing sample through Cougar Pathway.
Mary Manning, university archivist at the University of Houston Libraries Special Collections, penned an article for Houston History Magazine.
“The First Decade of the University of Houston’s Creative Writing Program, 1979-1989” (PDF) is a look back on the founding and first decade of one of the top creative writing programs in the nation.
The article also serves as a sneak peek into an upcoming exhibit, Storied: The First Ten Years of the Creative Writing Program. The exhibit’s soft opening will launch on August 31, 2016, with a reception in the Rockwell Pavilion on September 14.
Michelle Malizia, director of library services for health sciences, was invited to teach a three-hour grant writing workshop for the Texas Department of State Health Services in Austin.
The free workshop, Grant Writing Step by Step, will be held today, April 14, 2016, in K-100 Lecture Hall in Austin and by webinar.
Hayley Moreno, resource description coordinator at the University of Houston Libraries, will be honored at the American Library Association (ALA) annual conference this summer in Orlando. She will be receiving a presidential citation from the president of the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS — a division of ALA).
Moreno is receiving this award for her service to the ALCTS New Members Interest Group (ANMIG). According to Norm Medeiros, president of ALCTS, Moreno “not only led ANMIG with enthusiasm and vigor, but she responded impressively to requests that extend far beyond ANMIG’s scope. Each time she produced amazing results, for which I am incredibly grateful. Awarding the presidential citation is a small token of my appreciation for all she has done.”
The ALCTS Presidential Citation is intended to recognize distinguished achievement of its members. These very special awards honor ALCTS members who make significant contributions to the association and to the profession.
Director of Communications