Malizia Selected for Provost’s Leadership Academy

Michelle Malizia Catalano was chosen for the University of Houston Cougar Chairs Leadership Academy.

Michelle Malizia Catalano was chosen for the University of Houston Cougar Chairs Leadership Academy.

Michelle Malizia Catalano, director of library services for the health sciences at the University of Houston Libraries, has been selected to participate in the UH Cougar Chairs Leadership Academy (CCLA).

Provost Paula Myrick Short launched the CCLA to address the need for leadership and professional development in UH academic departments. The year-long program prepares individuals for departmental leadership roles, with a curriculum that is based on UH System Board of Regents strategic principles, and is carried out in support of UH strategic goals.

In her role at UH Libraries, Catalano oversees targeted delivery of information services to students, faculty and the public for the forthcoming Health Sciences Library that will be located in the Health and Biomedical Sciences Building II, currently in development. Previously, she served as the associate director for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine South Central Region program, a federal contract held by the Texas Medical Center Library. She has worked in health sciences libraries for over 15 years in a variety of roles, including reference, instruction, technology services, outreach and administration. Her areas of expertise include database searching, instruction, and program planning. She has presented at a number of conferences nationwide on various topics, including health literacy, grant writing, evidence-based practice, searching PubMed/MEDLINE and public health information resources.

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Condron Selected for Provost’s Leadership Academy

Melody Condron

Melody Condron was chosen for the University of Houston Cougar Chairs Leadership Academy.

Melody Condron, resource description and management coordinator at the University of Houston Libraries, has been selected to participate in the UH Cougar Chairs Leadership Academy (CCLA).

Provost Paula Myrick Short launched the CCLA to address the need for leadership and professional development in UH academic departments. The year-long program prepares individuals for departmental leadership roles, with a curriculum that is based on UH System Board of Regents strategic principles, and is carried out in support of UH strategic goals.

In her role at UH Libraries, Condron provides leadership and expertise in bibliographic resources description and management. Her research interests include information organization theory, advances in next-generation library systems, personal digital archiving, and cooperative metadata.

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New Digital Collection: Annual Reports from the Hilton Hospitality Industry Archives

The Annual Reports from the Hilton Hospitality Industry Archives digital collection highlights annual reports from the 1940s, 50s, and 60s, from three modern hospitality companies: Hilton Hotels, Sheraton Hotels, and the Hot Shoppes, later renamed Marriott Hotels. Through these digitized pages, one can learn about the dynamic history of these companies and their evolution into world-renowned leaders in hospitality.

The Annual Reports from the Hilton Hospitality Industry Archives collection is now available in the University of Houston Digital Library.

The Annual Reports from the Hilton Hospitality Industry Archives collection is now available in the University of Houston Digital Library.

The annual reports provide a wealth of information related to their operation and the transition from small hospitality companies to large international corporations. For example, Hilton’s acquisition in 1954 of the Statler Hotel chain forced it to deal with monopoly issues and tax regulations for several years. The reader can also learn about the varied ways hotel companies raised money to fund the expansion of their hotel chains. Both Hilton and Sheraton had aggressive growth programs, both domestically and internationally. The international expansions also show the important role American companies played in the era of the Cold War.

The technological revolution that the world experienced in the mid-twentieth century likewise is reflected in these annual reports. One unique issue that plagued the travel industry in this period were the costs of reservation centers and the long-distance telephone call, a problem that ceased to exist with the advent of digital communications. Other timely issues revealed in the annual reports include the commitment of millions of dollars to install air-conditioning systems in hotels and restaurants and the challenge of the “motor-lodge” to the traditional downtown hotel structure following the advent of interstate highways. The first Marriott, the Key Bridge Marriott in Arlington Virginia, highlights the growing importance of automobile accessibility to the hotel business.

The annual reports also reflect the changing nature of American society in the middle decades of the twentieth century. Inside these reports are images revealing shifting consumer tastes and preferences in interior design and fashion. Advances in modes of transportation, from railroad, to propeller airplanes, to the advent of jet age are also shown, providing a unique glimpse into this dynamic period of American history.

The original reports can be seen in the Hospitality Industry Archives located in the Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management.

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Poetry and Prose: October 12

Visit our Poetry and Prose playlist to hear University of Houston Creative Writing Program first year students read their work at the October 12 event.

Poetry and Prose | Creative Writers at the University of Houston

Poetry and Prose | Creative Writers at the University of Houston

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MD Anderson Library Extended Hours

MD Anderson Library will be open 24 hours starting April 25 through May 12.

MD Anderson Library will be open 24 hours starting November 28 through December 14.

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, November 28 and continuing through Wednesday, December 14, closing at 7:45 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.

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Spotlight on Metadata and Digitization Services

Members of the Metadata and Digitization Services team at the University of Houston Libraries discuss the projects, processes, and principles of organizing and describing information for learning and research productivity in the following video collection.

Andy Weidner, metadata services coordinator, discusses the progress of the Digital Asset Management System Task Force at UH Libraries.

Andy Weidner, metadata services coordinator, discusses the progress of the Digital Asset Management System Task Force at UH Libraries.

Andy Weidner – Digital Asset Management System

Anne Washington – Scholarly Works Pilot Project

Drew Krewer – On-Demand, Preservation-Grade Imaging

Annie Wu, Melody Condron, Renee Fiorini-McManus – Metadata and Digitization Services Overview

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Fall 2016 Paws and Pancakes

The University of Houston Libraries will host recreational end-of-semester activities for students as a break from the stress of finals.

Take a study break at UH Libraries.

Take a study break at UH Libraries.

Finals Mania

Enjoy a late night breakfast in the MD Anderson Library, including pancakes, turkey sausage, snacks, beverages, and more! Free with your UH ID.

Monday, December 5
8:30 – 10:30 pm
Elizabeth D. 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, December 5: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. (concurrent with Finals Mania)
    106-T and behind the Red Elevators
  • Tuesday, December 6: 7:00 – 9:00 pm
    106-T and behind the Red Elevators
  • Wednesday, December 7: 2:00 – 4:00 pm
    106-T and on the second floor
  • Thursday, December 8: 7:00 – 9:00 pm
    106-T and behind the Red Elevators
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November 2016 Technology Training

As of November 1, Technology Training classes and workshops will be held in room 106-P in the MD Anderson Library.

Technology Training has moved to 106-P in the MD Anderson Library.

Technology Training has moved to 106-P in the MD Anderson Library.

Free workshops in Access 2013, EndNote, Excel 2013, HTML and CSS, Photoshop CS6, SPSS, and Word 2013 are being held in November.

The Technology Training program at UH Libraries offers technology courses to current UH students, faculty and staff. View the full calendar and reserve your seat.

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Music Library at Sustainability Fest

The Music Library will participate in the University of Houston Sustainability Fest 2016 on November 7 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Visitors to the Music Library table can view a display of crafts and decorations made with re-purposed music-related items, such as old sheet music and damaged CDs and LPs. A handout tutorial and materials to create sheet music flowers will also be available for students.

Sustainability Fest 2016

Sustainability Fest 2016

Additionally, the Music Library will have a preview of book bags made from re-purposed plastic bags at Sustainability Fest, ahead of an upcoming February 2017 event that will demonstrate the construction of the book bags.

Sustainability Fest is a zero-waste event that provides information about the latest developments in sustainability. Campus and community organizations engage attendees through interactive activities and prizes.

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Santiago Selected for ALA Emerging Leaders

Ariana Santiago

Ariana Santiago

Ariana Santiago, instruction librarian at the University of Houston Libraries, was recently chosen to be a part of the American Library Association (ALA) 2017 Class of Emerging Leaders (EL).

The EL program provides opportunities for newer library professionals “to participate in problem-solving work groups, network with peers, gain an inside look into ALA structure, and have an opportunity to serve the profession in a leadership capacity.”

“I’m very excited about participating in Emerging Leaders,” Santiago said. “It’s a great opportunity to gain leadership training and learn from librarians throughout the country. I’m looking forward to this experience and honored to be selected for the program.”

Santiago’s professional interests include instructional design, application of learning theories, and assessment of library outreach. Prior to UH Libraries, she was a residency librarian at the University of Iowa, focusing on library instruction and outreach for undergraduate students.

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