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Welcome Sara Craig

source blog: Special Collections Blog

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Architecture and Art Library hours – Thanksgiving week

source blog: Architecture & Art Library

  • Monday:
    8:00am – 8:00pm
  • Tuesday:
    8:00am – 8:00pm
  • Wednesday:
    8:00am – 5:00pm
  • Thursday-Sunday:
    Closed

Second Annual Gaming Event Held at UH Libraries

source blog: UH Libraries News

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

View photos from Game On, Cougars! 2014.

New Collection Portrays Houston’s Architectural Domain

source blog: UH Libraries News

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UH Libraries Hosts Bake Sale for Charity

source blog: UH Libraries News

University of Houston Libraries Bundt Cakes for Charity

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

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

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

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

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

Dog Days of December: Paws and Relax at UH

source blog: UH Libraries News

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

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

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

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

December 9: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

December 10: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

December 11: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

View photos from Spring 2014 Paws and Relax.

Library Ambassadors host the Asia Showcase on November 19th

source blog: Architecture & Art Library

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Architecture Student Mixer 4-5 today

source blog: Architecture & Art Library

  • Are you planning to work as an architect upon graduation?
  • Would you like to find out what kind of day-to-day research is likely to be required?
  • Wish to learn from the experience of notable CoA alumni?
  • Want to network with successful architects working in practice and related fields?
  • Like free food?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Food and drinks provided by Mandola’s Deli.

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Selections from the Franzheim Rare Books Room Now Available in the Digital Library

source blog: Architecture & Art Library

We are pleased to announce the ongoing project Selections from the Franzheim Rare Books Room is now available in the UH Digital Library!  This digital collection presents examples of notable works housed in the University of Houston’s Kenneth Franzheim II Rare Books Room.  The room contains approximately 1000 rare or unique books, journals, and pamphlets on fine art and design.  Highlights of the collection include portfolios of building types, architectural product catalogs, and first editions of some of the 20th century’s greatest books on art and architecture.  The books in the collection date from the mid-16th century to artists’ books published in the 21st century.  The Kenneth Franzheim II Rare Books Room is located within the William R. Jenkins Architecture and Art Library on the first floor of the College of Architecture.

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

Research in the Real World – a new event for architecture students

source blog: Architecture & Art Library

Are you planning to work as an architect upon graduation?

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

Wish to learn from the experience of notable CoA alumni?

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

Like free food?

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

Food and drinks provided by Mandola’s Deli.