New Research Support Coordinator at UH Libraries

Adam Townes is the new research support coordinator at UH Libraries.

Adam Townes is the new research support coordinator at UH Libraries.

The University of Houston Libraries welcomes Adam Townes, the new research support coordinator in Liaison Services.

In this role, Townes will help UH faculty and graduate students with data management planning, and will address research-related inquiries. He is also working to strengthen the Libraries’ partnership with the UH Division of Research in order to better align the Libraries’ data management services with the needs of the University, and to help expand the Libraries’ role in the broader scope of research activities on campus. Other projects include collaboration on the creation of an institutional repository.

While working in the library at the University of Alabama as an undergraduate, Townes was encouraged to pursue a PhD in information science at Drexel University. There, his research focused on low-income populations and public libraries. He then moved on to a grant-funded project with the Federal Aviation Administration, in which he led a software development team on streamlining data repository functions for researchers. The project involved bringing data management systems into compliance with federal mandates stating that National Science Foundation researchers must file a data management plan, including the sharing and preserving of data.

Townes’ focus in the next six months to a year will be on instructing graduate students with data management issues and serving as a consultant on the use of research tools and methods.

Miscellany about Adam

  • Favorite books are The Pillars of the Earth and World Without End.
  • Favorite movie is Saving Private Ryan.
  • He is an avid computer gamer.
  • First impressions of the University and Libraries: “It’s a beautiful campus. The institutional culture of Liaison Services and the library has helped me get acclimated to the way of life and the workflows here. It’s been a positive experience for me.”
Posted on April 4th, 2016 by Esmeralda Fisher and filed under Announcements | Comments Off on New Research Support Coordinator at UH Libraries

UH Librarians and Staff Recognized for Excellence

University of Houston Libraries honored librarians and staff for outstanding performance at an awards ceremony this month, held at the Rockwell Pavilion. Dean Lisa German addressed the gathering with a message of appreciation for the exemplary service, collaboration, and dedication shown by the recipients of the 2016 awards.

Dean Lisa German with the Outstanding Group Award recipients.

Dean Lisa German with the Outstanding Group Award recipients.

The Dean’s Library Advocate Award was presented to Paula Myrick Short, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost. This award recognizes a University of Houston employee who has worked closely with the Libraries during the past year, and who has made a significant contribution to the success of the Libraries.

The Outstanding Group Award recognizes a group that has made an impactful contribution to its overall success. Marissa Aiello, Kelsey Brett, Melody Condron, Lisa Martin, and Porcia Vaughn of the Walk and Learn microgrant committee received this award for their work in promoting health and workplace wellness.

Nora Dethloff received the Trailblazer Award for Leading Organization Change, for her work in spearheading multiple new projects, including a new reserves system and an open hold service that increased item request and delivery.

The John P. McGovern Rookie of the Year Award winner is Melody Condron, who, in a short time frame, has made significant contributions to her department and the library.

The Student Achievement Award recipients are Hortensia Barrios (Information and Access Services) and Maria Ferreira (Special Collections), both demonstrating superior performance and accomplishments. The McGovern Outstanding Student Award went to Thao Nguyen (Information and Access Services), who has demonstrated high performance, commitment, and a pleasant, upbeat attitude in the course of her duties.

Greg Yerke was honored with the Staff Achievement Award for providing excellent customer service and collaboration in Special Collections. Abra Schnur received the Staff Achievement Award for bringing innovative ideas and a collaborative spirit to every work situation. The McGovern Outstanding Staff Award recipient is Matt Richardson, whose project management skills, thoroughness and collegiality have contributed to substantial changes and improvements in Special Collections.

The Librarian Achievement Award recipients are Jesse Sharpe and Josh Been. Sharpe is a dedicated and distinguished liaison who welcomes collaboration and looks for new ways to work with professors, librarians, and students. Been, known for his interdisciplinary collaboration, has significantly changed not only his department, but the perception of what libraries are and what they can do for users across campus.

Mary Manning received the McGovern Outstanding Librarian Award for providing leadership and advocacy in Special Collections. She has expanded outreach efforts, brought in new collections, and collaborated with various groups to promote and increase access of historical university materials.

Microgrant recipients were also recognized at the event. The 2015-2016 teams included LinkedIn at the Library, Walk and Learn for Wellness, Information and Access Services Student Empowerment Project, and African American Read-In.

The 2016 Staff Awards was brought to fruition through the efforts of Rebecca Arizmendi, Kelsey Brett, Wenli Gao, Anne Gaynor, Chris Holthe, Mauricio Lazo, Stephanie Lewin-Lane, Carolyn Meanley, Susan Ryan, Bethany Scott, and Jyoti Vyas.

View photos from the 2016 Libraries Staff Awards.

Posted on April 1st, 2016 by Esmeralda Fisher and filed under Announcements | Comments Off on UH Librarians and Staff Recognized for Excellence