University of Houston Libraries Special Collections announces three major enhancements to the Houston Hip Hop Collections, the region’s definitive archive of hip hop music and culture.
Photographer Peter Beste and journalist Lance Scott Walker have entrusted UH Special Collections with materials related to the production of their 2013 book, Houston Rap, nine years in the making. The book documents the lives of Houston hip hop musicians, both renowned and underground, as well as the changing urban neighborhoods from which the sound developed. The Peter Beste and Lance Scott Walker Houston Rap Collection contains photographic prints, digital images, audio interviews, correspondence, posters, T-shirts, artifacts and more, providing an in-depth look at Houston’s home-grown rap scene.
Preservation work on a prominent audio component of the Houston Hip Hop Collections has recently been completed, expanding access to one-of-a-kind recordings of Houston hip hop artists. Students and scholars now have the option to come to the Special Collections reading room and hear mp3 files of the separate tracks of master recordings from Keenan “Maestro” Mosley’s Samplified Digital Recording Studios, including several sets by DJ Screw. The original recordings were captured on the now obsolete Alesis digital audio tape (ADAT) format.
Cataloging of the DJ Screw Sound Recordings, the original vinyl records from which the DJ made his influential mixtapes, has been completed, increasing the materials’ online discoverability. More information about the DJ Screw sound recordings use policy can be found here.
For more information on Houston hip hop research, contact Julie Grob.
Effective August 1, 2015, the University will be implementing new addresses to all campus locations. This action will align emergency services and GPS coordinates more efficiently for the campus.
The new address for the MD Anderson Library and branches will be:
MD Anderson Library
4333 University Drive
Houston, TX 77204-2000
William R. Jenkins Art and Architecture Library
4200 Elgin Street
Houston, TX 77204-4000
Weston A. Pettey Optometry Library
4901 Calhoun Road
Houston, TX 77204-2020
Moores School Of Music Library
3333 Cullen Boulevard
Houston, TX 77204-4017
Sir Mark Fehrs Haukohl, president of The Vero Group, a family investment office based in Houston, has given an important art and architectural book collection to the University of Houston Libraries. Newly appointed Dean of Libraries, Lisa German, and Dr. Patricia Oliver, Dean of the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture, will formally receive the collection on August 18, 2015 at a ceremony to occur at the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture. The collection provides a rich resource for art and architecture students. Sir Mark commented, “It is part of our family’s stated philanthropic goal to encourage a dialogue between art and architecture. We particularly hope our collection of Italian Old Master art and drawings books from around the world will encourage young students to take an active interest in the topic.” Sir Mark went on to say “The University of Houston is an institution dedicated to cultural diversity. We want to assist Dr. Renu Khator, President and Chancellor of the University of Houston System, in the broader ongoing effort toward achieving a greater global and cultural pluralism.”
The Haukohl Art and Architectural Collection comprises extensive museum and exhibition catalogs as well as documents the inventories of old master drawings around the world. It is the largest art book collection at the University. The items are immediately available for check-out by students, faculty, staff and other library patrons at the MD Anderson Library. While many items in the collection are related to studies of European masters, students and scholars of art will also benefit from the collection’s works on modern and contemporary artists, spanning decades of multiple styles and genres. For a complete list, search “Haukohl Family Collection” at info.lib.uh.edu.
The Art and Architectural Library Collection represents the long-standing dedication of Sir Mark to the arts. Many selections from his collection of Italian old master paintings, sculpture and drawings from Florence in the 17th century can be found at museums around the world. Sir Mark actively contributes to the advancement of Italian culture and art as a co-founder of The Medici Archive Project in Florence, a non-profit international foundation. The Project exists to catalog and inventory three hundred years of original Medici Archive documents, as well as translation and transposing online.
The Haukohl family has had a multi-generational relationship with the people and art of Italy and, under the direction of Sir Mark, holds the largest private collection of Florentine Baroque art outside of Italy. Elements of The Haukohl Family Art Collection have been exhibited at Gemäldegalerie in Berlin, the National Gallery of Ireland, The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Meadows Museum in Dallas, to name only a few. Most recently, selections from the Italian Collection opened at the Muscarelle Museum of Art in Colonial Williamsburg, VA, on display through January 17, 2016.
In addition to Sir Mark’s rare archive and book interests, he has, since the year 2000, created the largest collection in the world of contemporary women photography. The collection is focusing on documenting the work of women photographers across Europe. Selections from The European Women of the 21st Century, may be found at the National Gallery in Washington, D.C., the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Peabody Essex Museum of Boston, the Menil Collection and the National Museum of Women in the Arts.
Sir Mark has donated significant time, effort and resources to the University of Houston over the last 30 years. In 1984, Sir Mark, in moving from New York, joined the Board of Directors of the Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston and generously lent and contributed to their exhibitions. For over a dozen years Sir Mark lent his efforts as a Board of Directors member of the Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management at the University of Houston. He is also a long standing member of the University’s In Tempore Legacy Society. Through his additional outside efforts, the Diana Foundation has been a generous supporter of the University’s LGBT programs. As chairman of the Financial Executives International Houston Chapter Scholarship Foundation, the three campuses of the University of Houston annually receive scholarships for deserving finance and accounting students.
The eight important departments and programs at the University of Houston mentioned herein acknowledge with great gratitude the addition to the University of Houston of the Art and Architectural Library Collection of Sir Mark Fehrs Haukohl.
About the University of Houston
The University of Houston is a Carnegie-designated Tier One public research university recognized by The Princeton Review as one of the nation’s best colleges for undergraduate education. UH serves the globally competitive Houston and Gulf Coast Region by providing world-class faculty, experiential learning and strategic industry partnerships. Located in the nation’s fourth-largest city, UH serves more than 40,900 students in the most ethnically and culturally diverse region in the country. For more information about UH, visit the university’s newsroom.
About the University of Houston Libraries
The University of Houston Libraries is an academic library system serving UH students, faculty, staff and the public, and providing access to over 4 million volumes. The UH Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Greater Western Library Alliance, the Hathi Trust, the Council on Library and Information Resources, the Digital Library Federation, and the Texas Digital Library. For more information about the UH Libraries, visit info.lib.uh.edu.
Suzanne Ferimer, librarian and director of learning resources at the Weston A. Pettey Optometry Library, has been awarded senior level membership in the Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP) by the Medical Library Association (MLA).
The peer-reviewed professional development and career recognition program recognizes achievements in continuing education, teaching, publishing, research, and other contributions to the profession. The AHIP credential signifies the highest standards of professional competency and achievement in the field of healthcare information.
Ferimer has coordinated the operations of the Optometry Library for over three decades, serving the teaching, learning, and research objectives of the UH College of Optometry. Ferimer is a member of the MLA, Texas Medical Center Health Information Librarians, South Central Chapter/South Central Regional Group of the MLA, and the Association of Vision Science Librarians. Her most recent presentation on the development of new standards in vision science libraries was delivered at the 2014 American Academy of Optometry.
Bozeman joined the University of Houston in 1984. Two years later, she was appointed head of Special Collections and at the time of her retirement in January 2015, held the Emily Scott Evans Endowed Library Professorship.
Through Bozeman’s work with faculty, library and university donors, and the Houston community, significant national and international collections were created. Her scholarly contributions included a seminal book, Forged Documents: Proceedings of the 1989 Houston Conference, which addressed a major issue in the rare books and manuscripts world.
Bozeman produced award-winning published catalogs, and was active as a frequent invited speaker and organizer of major conference and workshop events. Her professional engagement at the University included roles ranging from the Faculty Senate to the University Commission on Women.
CBS This Morning produced a segment on a little-known baseball player and University of Houston graduate named John Paciorek, who played exactly one game in the major leagues before a back injury prevented him from playing again. Since he had a statistically perfect game on that day (September 29, 1963) as a player with the Houston Colt 45s in their final game of the season against the New York Mets, he now holds the record as having the best career record in the history of Major League Baseball.
CBS requested images from UH Special Collections for this story, which can be viewed at http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/pacioreks-perfect-mlb-stats-after-one-day-career/. Images from Special Collections were shown at the 1:08 mark (team color photo) and at the 2:21 mark (Paciorek looking up to make a catch with the 360ft sign in the background.)
University of Houston Libraries and the UH Women and Gender Resource Center will co-sponsor the 2015 summer book club, which is open to all UH students, faculty and staff, and alumni.
Readers are invited to gather at the Resource Center, located in the University Center North Room 201, for a literary conversation. Readers may bring a lunch, and drinks and sweets will be provided.
On July 14th at noon, Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (fiction) will be discussed.
On August 18th at noon, Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America (nonfiction) by Melissa V. Harris-Perry.
Both are available through the library’s interlibrary loan service. Sister Citizen is also available as an ebook, accessible via the library catalog.
Araceli Casas, a graduate student in the University of Houston Master of Education Curriculum and Instruction – Art Education program, has a series of paintings on display in the William R. Jenkins Architecture and Art Library A2Alcove. The library supports UH student artists by hosting their work in the gallery. All pieces are then digitally captured and included in the UH Digital Library.
The series, Veggies in Outer Space, started in 2007 with an odd sweet potato that Casas found while shopping in the produce section, at a time when her focus was on still life. That sweet potato was the inspiration of her latest project and, as a fan of Star Trek: The Next Generation, she gave it a background based on popular images of outer space, putting a new spin on still life.
Subsequent paintings included other vegetables with inspiration from famous images of the Hubble telescope and other icons of space exploration.
In addition to the Veggies series, Casas also collaborates with Houston area non-profit organizations to produce and display Christian-themed art, and is working on a new series for other types of venues.
Creative from a young age, Casas received a bachelor’s degree in art history from the University of Houston, and took applied training at the Glassell School of Art, where she became well-versed in the technical aspects of art. Casas also built her knowledge by the wisdom of her classmates and contemporaries.
“It’s good to learn from artists who came before you so that you have more tools with which to build your own identity as an artist,” Casas said. Her favorites include the baroque artist Caravaggio, Van Gogh, and Cy Twombly, whose art sparked her appreciation of contemporary artists.
Casas has worked in various teaching positions with elementary school-aged children and, as a teaching artist at Texas Children’s Hospital, she enjoys inspiring children to express their creativity. Her advice to young artists is to keep at it, surround yourself with people who are supportive of your work, and build a space or environment for yourself in which to be creative.
Student artists interested in displaying work at the Architecture and Art Library are encouraged to contact Chris Conway with digital samples.
The University of Houston Libraries announces the winners of the 2015-2016 Microgrant Program.
The program, now in its 7th year, was created to foster new and innovative ideas in support of the Libraries’ Strategic Directions and the University’s Strategic Initiatives.
Librarians and staff submitted proposals for new services and programs which would benefit teaching, learning and research objectives of the UH community, and will work in cross-departmental teams to implement their ideas.
The UH Libraries Microgrant Program winners for 2015-2016 are:
Project title: LinkedIn at the Library
Esmeralda Fisher (project lead), Mauricio Lazo, Kelsey Brett, Alex Simons
LinkedIn is a powerful career and networking tool, yet many students who are seeking internship or full time job opportunities do not use it properly or at all. LinkedIn at the Library will give students a chance to improve their LinkedIn profile, and learn ways to build professional connections in the online space. Staff volunteers from the Libraries and University Career Services will assess students’ LinkedIn profiles and offer suggestions on ways to improve it. Professional portraits will be offered, which students can upload to their profile. Career Services and Libraries information will be distributed, and there will be opportunities for students to sign up for career-related tech training offered at the Libraries.
Project title: Walk and Learn for Wellness
Kelsey Brett (project lead), Marissa Aiello, Melody Condron, Lisa Martin, Porcia Vaughn
The project will consist of two parts. Part one is a walking challenge to be held in the fall. Part two is a wellness discussion series to be held in the spring.
An eight-week wellness program, Walk Across Texas, will be used in fall 2015 to motivate library employees to explore wellness in their work environment. The Walk Across Texas program, from Texas A&M Extension, focuses on team-based walking challenges.
The microgrant project for the walking challenge involves publicizing the walking challenge, signing teams up, holding a kickoff event, monitoring the challenges and providing feedback to teams, announcing winners, and hosting a final event to celebrate participants. Pedometers will be provided for every staff member and student worker. In spring 2016, the project team will hold approximately four Lunch and Learn workshops focused on wellness. Targeted discussion topics include nutrition, ergonomics, stress reduction for student workers, healthy activities, and other work-life balance topics.
Project title: Information and Access Services Student Empowerment Project
Margaret Dunn (project lead), Lee Hilyer, Nora Dethloff
This project will consist of hosting various events for the student workers employed in the Libraries’ Information and Access Services department. The students will be invited to events featuring an employee of other Libraries departments in order to learn more about how the Libraries functions.
Project title: African American Read-In
Rachel Vacek (project lead), Jesse Sharpe, Julie Grob, Andrea Malone
Since 1989, the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English has sponsored the National African American Read-In. UH Libraries will host a Read-In for which students, staff and faculty can sign up to read self-selected book passages, articles, poetry, speeches, and other works written by African Americans. The Libraries will identify unique materials from Special Collections and the stacks to inspire those in search of reading material.
University of Houston Libraries has implemented new features in OneSearch to improve access of online resources.
- Users now see a simple search interface that makes it easy to locate resources.
- A new e-Shelf option allows signed-in users to permanently save items from search results for later reference. In the results list, click the e-Shelf button next to the title of the resource.
View your saved items by clicking the e-Shelf tab on the top right menu.
- To enhance off-campus or remote access, a new bookmark feature lets users retrieve UH Libraries’ online resources from anywhere on the Internet, bypassing the UH Libraries’ web site. This includes Google Scholar or email article alerts. Find the bookmark and more information on off-campus access.
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