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Here, We Go Campaign Anniversary Celebration

The University of Houston celebrated the public launch of the $1 billion “Here, We Go” campaign almost one year ago. Since that time, we have significantly progressed in securing our place among the most highly respected public research universities in the nation. 

Here, We Go Campaign Anniversary Celebration

Here, We Go Campaign Anniversary Celebration

Join us for special activities that celebrate how far we have come in this transformative journey, and learn how we can continue to shape our collective future.

Here, We Go Campaign Anniversary Celebration (PDF)

By on January 12th, 2018 in Announcements

DIY Health Zine Saturday Panel + Workshop

DIY Health Zine Saturday is designed to raise awareness of zine collections available at UH Special Collections, the zine culture in Houston, and to empower students with skills on how to find credible consumer health information and share it through self-published magazines (“zines”).

DIY Health Zine Saturday Panel + Workshop

DIY Health Zine Saturday Panel + Workshop

On Saturday, March 3, from 12 noon to 3:00 p.m., join us for lunch and a panel discussion followed by a zine-making workshop led by Zine Fest Houston.

Registration is required.

For more information, contact Lisa Cruces, 713.743.9903.

By on January 12th, 2018 in Announcements

Popular LinkedIn Event Returns to UH Libraries

Over 40 million students and recent college graduates are using LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional network. Jobs, internships, graduate school information, and volunteer positions can be found on the networking platform, and employers actively seek potential job candidates in this space. It’s essential for every college student to maintain a professional online presence.

LinkedIn at the Library

LinkedIn at the Library

The University of Houston Libraries is once again partnering with University Career Services to bring LinkedIn at the Library back for the spring 2018 semester. This popular event will provide students with the tools and knowledge to maximize their use of LinkedIn.

LinkedIn at the Library is free and open to all UH students. Staff from the Libraries and Career Services will provide friendly critiques of students’ LinkedIn profiles (similar to a résumé critique) and offer best practices for networking on LinkedIn. Professional portraits will be offered to students to use in their LinkedIn profiles.

Registration is not required. Drop-ins are welcome.

What: LinkedIn at the Library
When: Wednesday, February 7 from noon to 2 p.m.
Where: MD Anderson Library Elizabeth D. Rockwell Pavilion (second floor)

By on January 12th, 2018 in Announcements

UH Libraries to Host 2nd Scholarly Publishing Event

The University of Houston Libraries will host a free event on publishing in scholarly journals on Friday, February 2.

Attendees will learn best practices for publishing research in journals. Graduate students, early career researchers, and post docs are highly encouraged to attend. Register

Get Ready to Publish! Schedule

Sessions will take place in MD Anderson Library 10-F; lunch and exhibits in 10-G.

8:45 – 9:00 AM

9:00 – 9:15 
Lisa German, Dean of UH Libraries

9:15 – 10:15
Navigating the Editorial and Peer Review Processes
Clayton Neighbors, John and Rebecca Moores Professor, Department of Psychology

10:15 – 11:15
Getting Published: from Traditional to Innovative Publishing
Bronia Flett-Humble, Field Editor, SAGE Publications, Inc.

11:15 AM – 12:15 PM
Don’t Give It Away! Maximize Your Impact by Retaining Rights to Your Work
Taylor Davis-Van Atta, Assistant Librarian, UH Libraries; Editor, Music & Literature Magazine

12:15 – 1:00
Lunch & Exhibits
Lunch: Pizza (First come, first serve)
Exhibits: UH Writing Center, SAGE Publications, Inc., Library Digital Services, Taylor & Francis Group

1:00 – 2:00
Publishing in Academic Journals: Tips to Help You Succeed
Elyse Profera Waller, Regional Sales Manager, Central US, Taylor & Francis Group

2:00-3:30 PM
Faculty Panel: Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me about Getting Published
Scott Clifford, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science
Justin Kirkland, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
Elaine Liu, Associate Professor, Department of Economics

The 2nd Get Ready to Publish! event is brought to you by UH Libraries and the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS). We thank SAGE Publishing, Inc., and Taylor & Francis Group for their support.


By on January 11th, 2018 in Announcements

I am Psyched! National Tour at UH

I am Psyched! is a multimedia pop-up exhibit on national tour that explores the history and contemporary contributions of women of color in psychology. In partnership with the Cummings Center for the History of Psychology and Psychology’s Feminist Voices, APA’s Women’s Programs Office created the exhibit to engage young women of color in exploring how psychology benefits daily life.

I am Psyched! National Tour at the University of Houston

I am Psyched! National Tour at the University of Houston

From January 22 – 30, visitors can view the exhibit in the MD Anderson Library at the University of Houston.

More information (PDF)

By on January 9th, 2018 in Announcements

New English Librarian at UH Libraries

UH Libraries welcomes Emily Deal as the new English librarian.

UH Libraries welcomes Emily Deal as the new English librarian.

The University of Houston Libraries welcomes Emily Deal as the new English librarian.

Please describe your role at UH Libraries and talk about some of your professional goals.

As the new English librarian, I’ll be providing instruction, research, and collection development support to the students and faculty of the Department of English. I’m also part of the Liaison Department’s new Research Services Team, which provides support for emerging methods of scholarship, including digital humanities. I look forward to contributing to the new digital scholarship services the library offers as we evolve to serve the growing needs of our researchers.

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

I have a degree in English, but for the last five years I worked as the distance learning librarian at a university in Louisiana, so returning to work with an English department feels like a much-welcomed homecoming for me. Serving as distance learning librarian taught me a lot about being flexible and user-centered; libraries should be adapting to their users’ needs, not the other way around. Also, despite showing no aptitude for it whatsoever, I studied creative writing as an English student, so I’m especially excited to partner with the Creative Writing Program on the Poetry and Prose reading series.

Please describe your first impressions of the University of Houston.

It’s a vibrant, diverse, and forward-thinking community, and everyone here has been incredibly supportive and welcoming. I’m thrilled to be here. I’m also brand new to the city of Houston, and I love it. My favorite spot so far is the Rothko Chapel, and I love the Houston Ballet. I also like living in a city where it’s basically encouraged to eat tacos every meal of the day.

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

I might have too many favorite writers to name, but I often return to Amy Hempel, Joy Williams, and Elizabeth Bishop. Some of my favorite books I read in the past year include Ottessa Moshfegh’s Homesick for Another World (I also loved her earlier novel Eileen), Carmen Maria Machado’s Her Body and Other Parties, and Eimear McBride’s The Lesser Bohemians. When I want something plotty, I generally go for crime fiction. Natsuo Kirino is a favorite there, and yes, I’m always up for a trip to Murder By The Book.

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By on December 12th, 2017 in Announcements

Surviving Finals: Tips from Librarians

It’s finals time at the University of Houston! Multiple exams and projects due all at once can be overwhelming, so your friendly UH librarians have offered some tips to help you survive the end of the semester. Happy studying!

  1. Plan your study sessions wisely. If your final is a few days away, take time each day to study and review so that you’re not cramming the night before. Studying for a later final can also be a break between intensive studying for a final that is happening sooner.
  2. Get rest and don’t ignore your health. If you need to set reminders to eat healthy or sleep, do so! Stay hydrated, and go easy on the caffeine, which can zap your energy and focus at high levels.
  3. Take time for self-care. Work out, color, nap, take a walk, see friends, listen to music or podcasts, and take breaks in order to combat stress and fatigue.
  4. Surround yourself with positivity. Study with motivated classmates, post sticky notes with affirmations in your study space, and reward yourself. If you’ve gone to class regularly, studied hard, and did well throughout the semester, you’ve got the final down!
  5. Temporarily turn off notifications from your social media accounts or give yourself an internet curfew. The goal is to minimize unnecessary distraction.
  6. Relax and take deep breaths. It is not the end of the world. The end of finals and winter break is just beyond the horizon; no matter what happens in the next week, you will be done with the semester when you reach the other side of it!
  7. The library is here to help. Whether you need a place to study, take a break with our therapy dogs or Finals Mania, or if you need assistance finding those last few sources for your paper, we can help in a variety of ways for you to finish strong.

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By on December 1st, 2017 in Announcements

December 2017 New Student Art

The William R. Jenkins Architecture & Art Library is pleased to present art by UH student Angel Castelán.

Castelán is a second-year graduate painter. He is interested in the influences of culture and society and how they impact the perception and interactions of people with others and their environments. His exhibit, Drawn Superstition, draws upon his Mexican ancestry and its animal mythology.

Angel Castelán's art is on display in the William R. Jenkins Architecture & Art Library.

Angel Castelán’s art is on display in the William R. Jenkins Architecture & Art Library.

Artist’s statement:

Drawn Superstition

Being of Mexican heritage, I grew up listening to all sorts of superstitions, and naturally, the majority of these were about animals. Brujas turn into lechuzas to carry you off at night. Don’t let the cara de niño bite you, or you’ll die. The urutau and black witch moths are harbingers of death; don’t let them get you. Thus, it is no surprise that certain animals are rejected or even feared to the point that they are killed when encountered. However, when these animals, who are either endemic or have ties that date back to the Aztecs, are pushed into being endangered or even extinct in the wild, it becomes a major issue. Through this series of drawings, I aim to capture these animals as they would normally be encountered; without the corruption of superstitious lens.

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By on November 27th, 2017 in Announcements

January 2018 Book Club at UH

University of Houston Libraries and the UH Women and Gender Resource Center will co-sponsor the January 2018 book club, which is open to all UH students, faculty and staff, and alumni.

January 2018 Book Club at UH

January 2018 Book Club at UH

Readers are invited to gather at the Resource Center, located in the Student Center North Room 201, on January 12 at noon, to discuss Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant.

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By on November 22nd, 2017 in Announcements

New READ Posters Feature UH Faculty

Mimi Lee, Professor, UH College of Education

Mimi Lee, Professor, UH College of Education

Newly promoted and tenured faculty and librarians at the University of Houston recently posed with their favorite books for the UH READ campaign. Launched in 2016 by dean of Libraries Lisa German, the campaign celebrates reading and supports the Libraries’ vision of a community nurtured by curiosity and creativity that drives lifelong learning and scholarship.

This year’s group builds upon an impressive photo display of faculty and librarians whose book selections represent a source of inspiration along their professional journey. These books are now available for check-out, and the photos appear on the first and second floors of the MD Anderson Library.

The latest batch of photos will soon be added alongside the existing READ collection. In the meantime, they are available online.

View a gallery of honorees and their book selections in the Promotion and Tenure Recognition Program online exhibit.

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By on November 21st, 2017 in Announcements