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UH Libraries Data Management Plan Resources

The Data Management Planning Tool, or DMPTool, is a resource that will help in the creation of a funding agency-specific data management plan for grant proposals.

DMPTool

DMPTool

A data management plan is a document that describes what a researcher will do with his or her research data both during a research project and after the completion of a project. The DMPTool enables University of Houston researchers to easily create a formal data management plan that can be inserted into a grant application, generate documentation on data management procedures for a project, or help new researchers and graduate students to plan for critical points in the data lifecycle, such as data sharing, preservation, reuse, and transitions.

With DMPTool, researchers can:

  • Create ready-to-use data management plans for specific funding agencies
  • Meet funder requirements for data management plans
  • Get step-by-step instructions and guidance for data management plans
  • Walk through the steps necessary to create data management plans for several funders (NSF, NEH, NIH)

For more information on data management or the DMPTool, please contact Adam Townes.

Posted on August 16th, 2016 by Esmeralda Fisher and filed under Announcements | Comments Off on UH Libraries Data Management Plan Resources
New Business Librarian at UH Libraries
Orolando Duffus is the new business librarian at UH Libraries.

Orolando Duffus is the new business librarian at UH Libraries.

The University of Houston Libraries welcomes Orolando Duffus, the new business librarian in Liaison Services.

Please describe your role at UH Libraries and talk about some of your professional goals and/or research areas.

As the business librarian, I will liaise to five departments: economics, finance, accounting, information and logistic technology, and decision and information sciences. That includes information literacy instruction, helping to support data needs and develop the collection. I hope to be embedded in the classes as I continue to build relationships with faculty.

My research interests focus on mentorship of underrepresented students and understanding the information and research needs of international students. Regarding service to the profession, I’m currently on the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) 2017 National Conference Invited Papers Committee.

Please share a bit about your background and interests. How do these inspire and shape your approach as a librarian?

I’m from Jamaica and came to the US on a track and field scholarship. My early beginnings influenced my interest in library science. I had a different understanding of libraries in general. In Jamaica, libraries were seen as sacred and somewhat uninviting. Many high schools didn’t have libraries. Students didn’t know what databases were. I became interested in library science as a way of reaching those students. Inspiration came from my library internship as an undergrad. It opened my eyes to what libraries were, and I found that there is so much more to librarianship. Working in a library, you see a human side, and there are lots of opportunities for outreach.

Please describe your first impressions of the University of Houston.

When I began looking, people I knew spoke highly of the institution. Great things are happening here; colleagues are widely presenting and publishing. I wanted to be a part of a warm and collegial unit where I can contribute to the literature and to the profession. What appeals to me is the scholarship that has been ongoing here, as well as the opportunity to be mentored as I mentor others.

What is your favorite book/movie/cuisine/hobby?

Book: To Kill a Mockingbird
I learned a lot from reading this book in high school. We spent time discussing being brave and standing up in the face of injustice, and also knowing when to select your battle. Those are principles that can be applicable to many different areas. The book inspired an interest in reading.
Movie: Titanic
Cuisine: Jamaican jerk chicken with rice and peas with plantains
Hobbies: Soccer on Sundays; volleyball; track; road races

Posted on August 12th, 2016 by Esmeralda Fisher and filed under Announcements | Comments Off on New Business Librarian at UH Libraries
New Digital Collection: Hines College of Architecture Posters

The Gerald D. Hines School of Architecture Posters feature striking graphic designs advertising course offerings as well as lectures and other events. The School of Architecture had a screen printing press in the 1970s, and many of these posters were produced by students, faculty, and staff in-house. They come in a variety of sizes, some as small as legal paper size, while others are much larger. Although many of the posters are undated, the bulk of the posters are from the 1970s. There are more than 80 posters in the collection.

The Hines College of Architecture Posters collection is now available in the University of Houston Digital Library.

The Hines College of Architecture Posters collection is now available in the University of Houston Digital Library.

Architecture first appeared at the University of Houston in the 1945-46 school year. At that time, it was a two-year program offered through the College of Technology. Beginning in 1946, both architecture and architectural engineering were offered within the College of Engineering. While the study of architecture remained within the College of Engineering through the 1956 school year, a “new plan” for architectural training incorporating elements of design, construction, aesthetics, and graphics was initiated in 1950. Eventually the program was moved to the School of Architecture in 1956, and in the fall of 1961 it became the College of Architecture.

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The original materials are available in UH Libraries Special Collections in the Hines College of Architecture Records.

Posted on August 10th, 2016 by Esmeralda Fisher and filed under Announcements | Comments Off on New Digital Collection: Hines College of Architecture Posters
Libraries Open House
UH Libraries Open House

UH Libraries Open House

As part of the University of Houston Weeks of Welcome, the UH Libraries will welcome students back to campus during its Just Ask! Libraries Open House, Monday, August 22 through Wednesday, August 24 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Students are encouraged to drop by the MD Anderson Library to learn more about library services and programs. Library staff will be on hand to answer common questions about MD Anderson Library and the campus branches.

Posted on August 10th, 2016 by Esmeralda Fisher and filed under Announcements | Comments Off on Libraries Open House
UH Special Collections Wins Grant to Digitize Historical News
Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Texas State Library and Archives Commission

University of Houston Libraries Special Collections has received a grant to digitize and increase access to two important series from the KUHT Collection.

The TexTreasures grant in the amount of $24,305 will provide for the digitization of “The Capitol Report,” a series on the Texas legislature that was broadcast in the early 1990s; and “Almanac,” a news magazine focusing on local matters and featuring prominent businesspeople and politicians of the day.

TexTreasures is a yearly competitive grant program of TexShare, a consortium of Texas libraries joining together to share print and electronic materials, purchase online resources, and combine staff expertise. TexShare is administered by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Institute of Museum and Library Services

Institute of Museum and Library Services

The TexTreasures awards are made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act.

Posted on August 8th, 2016 by Esmeralda Fisher and filed under Announcements | Comments Off on UH Special Collections Wins Grant to Digitize Historical News
Townes Awarded Fellowship to Attend DLF Forum
Adam Townes

Adam Townes

Adam Townes, coordinator of research support services at the University of Houston Libraries, has been awarded a joint fellowship from the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and Digital Library Federation (DLF) to attend the DLF Forum in November.

From the DLF announcement, Townes said, “My work at the University of Houston (UH) involves supporting faculty and graduate students with data management planning, addressing research-related inquiries, and coordinating with the Division of Research and Graduate School here at UH. I recently moved to Texas from Philadelphia where I completed my graduate studies. I look forward to actively participating in the DLF Forum, and it is my hope that other attendees can learn as much from me as I know I will learn from them.”

DLF Forums convene once a year and include digital library practitioners from DLF member institutions as well as those interested in joining the DLF community. Forums serve as a meeting place, a marketplace, and a congress.

Posted on August 8th, 2016 by Esmeralda Fisher and filed under Announcements | Comments Off on Townes Awarded Fellowship to Attend DLF Forum
Discovery Camp 2016

Discovery Camp 2016 at University of Houston will return this fall for a full day on Friday, October 7. This free event is intended for librarians and staff of academic, special, and public libraries with discovery platforms and next-gen library systems, and those who want to learn more about them.

Discovery Camp

Discovery Camp

This year’s keynote speaker is Carl Grant, associate dean for knowledge services and chief technology officer at University of Oklahoma Libraries. Grant will discuss discovery systems and the future of library resource management.

The event will also feature presentations and breakout sessions. More details will be coming soon. Registration is now open.

For more information, contact Kelsey Brett.

Posted on August 8th, 2016 by Esmeralda Fisher and filed under Announcements | Comments Off on Discovery Camp 2016
August 2016 New Databases
New databases in a variety of subjects are now available from UH Libraries.

New databases in a variety of subjects are now available from UH Libraries.

The following databases are now available from the University of Houston Libraries:

Legal Information Reference Center
Providing online full text for many of the top consumer legal reference books, Legal Information Reference Center contains more than 310 full-text publications and thousands of legal forms. Many of the full-text legal reference books are provided through Nolo, the nation’s oldest and most-respected provider of legal information for consumers and small businesses. This database offers the everyday user the necessary tools and detailed “how-to” instructions to independently address a wide-range of legal issues including business & corporations, family affairs & divorce, immigration & travel, money & financial planning, patents, copyrights & trademarks, property & real estate, rights & disputes, and wills & estate planning.

Music ID
A single search of international charting albums and singles under exclusive academic licence from Billboard, the Official Charts Company. Sophisticated tools allow you to interpret, graph, analyse, compare and contrast musical trends and interactions at the touch of a button. Listen to audio samples for each track and album quickly and easily.

SciTech Premium Collection
“The SciTech Premium Collection provides full-text titles from around the world, including scholarly journals, trade and industry journals, magazines, technical reports, conference proceedings, government publications and more. For researchers who need to conduct comprehensive literature reviews, this database includes specialized, editorial-controlled A&I resources for discovery of relevant scholarly research and technical literature critical to the discipline.”

Posted on August 3rd, 2016 by Esmeralda Fisher and filed under Announcements | Comments Off on August 2016 New Databases
UH Libraries Wins 4 Brand Champion Awards

The University of Houston Libraries was recognized for outstanding work in four categories of the 2016 UH Brand Champion Awards, which celebrates the best in UH branding and style implementation.

UH Libraries wins in four categories of the 2016 UH Brand Champion Awards.

UH Libraries wins in four categories of the 2016 UH Brand Champion Awards.

Writing – External Long Copy
Dana Rooks: A Retrospective
Feature story that appeared in the spring 2015 UH Libraries newsletter

Video – Cinematography
UH Libraries: 2016
Video created for Libraries recruitment, marketing, and development

Video – Editing
UH in 4
Video created by Libraries Office of Communications for the Office of the Provost

Video – Use of Brand
UH Libraries: 2016
Video created for Libraries recruitment, marketing, and development

Posted on August 2nd, 2016 by Esmeralda Fisher and filed under Announcements | Comments Off on UH Libraries Wins 4 Brand Champion Awards
UH Libraries Among Top 35 US Public Research Libraries
University of Houston Libraries is ranked 65 in the ARL Investment Index.

University of Houston Libraries is ranked 65 in the ARL Investment Index.

University of Houston Libraries has advanced to number 65 in the newly released rankings from the Association of Research Libraries (ARL). The move represents a 12-point change from the previous year’s ranking of 77.

The 2014-15 ARL Investment Index places UH Libraries in the top 35 public US research libraries. The list indicates data provided by 114 colleges and universities based on dollars spent for total library expenditures, salaries and wages of professional staff, library materials expenditures and the number of professional plus support staff.

“I am so pleased that the University of Houston Libraries has moved up, and moved up significantly in the ARL rankings,” said Lisa German, dean of the UH Libraries and Elizabeth D. Rockwell chair. “Because the rankings are based upon expenditures, this advancement is a reflection of the tremendous support that we have received from the University of Houston, particularly from the Office of the Provost. With your support, and with our new Strategic Plan in front of us, we will continue to move onward and upward on behalf of the UH community.”

Posted on August 1st, 2016 by Esmeralda Fisher and filed under Announcements | Comments Off on UH Libraries Among Top 35 US Public Research Libraries

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