University of Houston students can record an original song for a chance to win UH Libraries’ first-ever student song competition.
Song of the Semester submissions will be accepted between March 1 – 15. Prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place will be awarded, including airplay of the winning song and a personal interview with Coog Radio, and iTunes/Google Play gift cards.
- One submission is allowed per contestant.
- All submissions must be original student works.
- No previously recorded material will be accepted.
- All submissions must be recorded using the Libraries’ Hamill Foundation Multimedia Studio.
- All submission forms must be received and approved by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, March 15.
- No genre restrictions apply.
DuLaney is a third-year graduate student in Interdisciplinary Practice and Emerging Forms at the University of Houston School of Art.
Alton DuLaney is an Artist who makes ART.
Through self-promotional self-expression, DuLaney researches art’s ability to transform the perception of objects, images, actions, producing interdisciplinary art focusing on the power, pride, and patriotism communicated through artistic expression, and the identity of the artist. Signs, inanimate yet capable of communicating instruction, are prevalent in his work, as is text: the word ART always appears as subject, theme, and title, tautologically expressed through a variety of mark-making techniques.
DuLaney has performed and exhibited his work in Austin, Houston, Marfa, New Orleans, NYC, LA, Miami, Berlin, London, Copenhagen, Paris, and Rio de Janeiro. A native of Splendora, Texas, DuLaney is currently the Art Director of James Surls’ Big Studio at Splendora Gardens, and in 2017 was elected to the Splendora City Council. DuLaney can also be seen promoting creativity on national TV as the World’s Most Famous Gift Wrap Artist.
University of Houston Libraries kicked off its faculty and staff giving campaign, “Hyped Up 2 Give!” with a pop-up cafe in the Staff Lounge. Espresso, coffee, tea, and treats were served to motivate Libraries staff to contribute to the University’s Here, We Go Campaign.
The University of Houston Libraries will host the Houston + Feminism Wiki Edit-a-thon. This is the second year for the event at the University, which focuses on creating and improving Wikipedia pages related to gender, women, and feminism.
The Scene (Houston: 1969-1981) consists of eight hand-cut found road maps based on photographs of Houston drag queens. The pieces fit together to make a large map of Houston. Simultaneous exhibitions with excerpts from The Scene are currently on display at the UH MD Anderson Library and Tony’s Corner Pocket through February 28. The complete exhibition will be on display at Devin Borden Gallery beginning March 30.
From the exhibition press release:
The Scene provides a glimpse into Houston’s diverse and thriving drag scene in the years between Stonewall and the beginning of the AIDS crisis, and reflects on the city’s historic and underappreciated role as a destination and refuge for LGBTQ citizens in the Gulf Coast region. Combining images of several of Texas’s most legendary drag queens (Naomi Sims, Mr. Tiffany Jones, and Donna Day) with less well known and amateur performers from the 1970s, The Scene celebrates the integral roll that Houston’s drag community played and continues to play in the LGBT rights movement.
A University of Houston Libraries team has published an article in Collaborative Librarianship.
Ariana Santiago, Emily Vinson, Esmeralda Fisher, Ashley Lierman, and Mea Warren co-wrote “LinkedIn at the Library: A Continuing Collaboration” which presents methods for turning a one-time, microgrant-funded event into a popular and recurring program in partnership with University Career Services.
The Music Library at the University of Houston has created a culture of leadership and collaboration among its student assistants through project-based work and ongoing training. Staff have empowered the students to take charge of projects and coordinate tasks with others, leading to an inclusive, team-oriented atmosphere that emphasizes student success.
Stephanie Lewin-Lane, music librarian, says that the goal is to help students build transferable skills they can use after graduation. For example, Music Library staff established a “continuing education” program for its student assistants. Online modules were created to provide training on relevant topics such as copyright issues and time management.
“We try to balance with both practical and theoretical training, and we’re always looking at new ways to improve the student assistant experience,” Lewin-Lane said. By strengthening their knowledge base, “it benefits us and our student workers.”
In addition to professional development, assistants have a student-centric physical space within the library that displays up-to-date information on campus resources, résumé and cover letter advice, and inspirational quotes. Music Library supervisor Timothy McGittigan emphasizes that student assistants are encouraged to reach out to staff when they need guidance. “They’re always free to ask the staff anything,” he said. “It’s a friendly working environment.”
Kaylie Kahlich was a student assistant who, after completing her Master of Music in Voice Performance, transitioned to a temporary staff member. “While in school, working at the UH Music Library gave me a leg up on research skills and critical thinking,” she said. “I was also given the opportunity to work on projects related to my field of study.” Since graduation, Kahlich has enjoyed assisting current music students navigate the resources of the Music Library. “I love helping first-year students get acquainted with the unique research environment of an academic library and all the resources it has to offer.”
The team also found a way to make mundane tasks fun by incorporating friendly competition. The score clean-up project involved identifying damage and erasing pencil marks from nearly 40,000 music scores. The students participated in a tournament, which they named Ye Olde Palimpsesto, based on the medieval verb palimpsestus, or scraping text off of manuscripts, that motivated them to get through the large collection within a certain time frame.
Sarah Jung, a biotechnology student, said that working at the Music Library has strengthened her professional interpersonal skills and attention to detail. “This job establishes discipline, responsibility, and focus in a comfortable environment,” she said. “My coworkers and supervisors are very encouraging in regards to my studies. The overall mission of the library is clear to the workers and the patrons: to establish an environment that cultivates growth in knowledge and community. As a student, I appreciate being a part of that.”
Kate DeYoung is a second-year vocal performance graduate student and has also found the Music Library to be an incredibly beneficial place to work. Two of her projects involved creating a logo for the Beta Space and categorizing the sheet music collection. “It’s been really great for my research; I’ve learned how to locate information from different places,” she said, a skill she passes on to her friends when they need help finding the right source. Her role at the Music Library has even led to collaboration with faculty for her own research project. “It’s helped me not only as a student, but also as a performer and collaborator.” She’s also been able to place new skills in marketing and promotion on her résumé as a result of her experience at the Music Library.
“In a library, there are so many different types of projects to do, and we thought this would be a great way for our students to have a learning experience, not just a job,” Lewin-Lane said. “We’re creating an environment where students are an active part of what we do.”
The University of Houston Libraries Digital Research Commons (DRC) is now open. The DRC offers a dedicated space for the UH community to learn more about using digital tools in teaching and research, receive hands-on instruction, attend workshops and talks, and use cutting-edge machinery.
The DRC will host workshops and a reading group this semester. Workshops are open to all, and are designed for attendees to experiment and build digital research skills. The open reading group allows attendees to discuss the latest issues in digital scholarship and will examine projects, articles, and digital humanities centers.
All workshops will be held from 2 – 3:30 p.m. on the following dates:
- February 5 – Data Visualization I
- February 12 – Data Visualization II
- February 26 – Network Analysis I
- March 19 – Topic Modeling
- April 2 – Network Analysis II
- April 16 – Data Management
- April 30 – GIS
All reading group meetings will be held from 1 – 2:00 p.m. on the following dates:
- February 9
- March 2
- March 23
- April 13
A new Makerspace at the University of Houston Libraries is now open.
The department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and UH Libraries have partnered to offer the UH community a dedicated space, located on the first floor of the MD Anderson Library within the Learning Commons, for building objects and electrical devices. All students on the UH campus, regardless of their college or department, are encouraged to explore the space and the opportunities it presents for discovery and collaboration.
The Makerspace comprises five work bays that are open to individuals or groups to use when engaged in maker activities. A sixth bay offers access to high-end measurement and testing equipment. Walk-up use and class reservations are available. Faculty: request reservation.
The MD Anderson Library offers check-out of a variety of low-power microelectronics kits and supplies, including Arduino Uno and TI LaunchPad, to work on in the Makerspace. Students are also welcome to bring their own materials. Basic support for maker activities is available from staff in the Makerspace Den during posted times.
A grand opening celebration is scheduled for February 23.
The University of Houston Libraries Rare Books Collections are built largely on gifts from individuals, whether they be single books, treasured collections built over years, or endowments intended to build and expand collections. Books are accepted into Special Collections based on their rarity, significance for research, and condition.
As part of the Rare Books Collections, books support student success by serving as tools for hands-on discovery, original research, and the development of critical thinking skills. Books are also displayed in physical and online exhibitions to bring delight and knowledge to the campus community and the general public. Books expand our world, preserve our shared history and culture, and inspire new discoveries by scholars and in the classroom.
All donors of books will have a bookplate acknowledging their gift laid in each item. Donors of large collections will also have their names listed in the online catalog record for each item in the collection.
To learn more about donating to the Rare Books Collections in Special Collections, please contact curator Julie Grob at 713.743.9744.