Advancing Student Success


Dean German speaking at Alternative Textbook Incentive Program Reception

Alternative Textbook Incentive Program

A new incentive program at the University of Houston provides awards to UH faculty members who adopt, adapt, or create an open or alternative textbook in their courses. Instructors of record for a Summer 2018, Fall 2018 or Spring 2019 course were encouraged to apply to the UH Alternative Textbook Incentive Program for awards of between $500 and $2500. Awards were given based on overall feasibility of the proposal and the estimated financial impact for students. In the first year of the ATIP program, $203,951.71 was saved for students by replacing commercial textbooks with alternative textbooks.


Dean German, Director of Library Services for the Health Sciences Rachel Helbing, and Dean Marilyn Myers

Health Sciences Library

The new Health Sciences Library opened, serving the teaching and research needs of the UH colleges of Nursing, Optometry, Pharmacy, and the nascent College of Medicine; as well as other health-related programs on campus. The library offers computers, group study rooms, a conference room, a classroom, and a reading room.

two women sitting at a table looking at a laptop screen

LinkedIn at the Library

The popular LinkedIn at the Library event was held twice in the 2017-18 academic year. The event, held in partnership with University Career Services, offers students practical knowledge to maximize their use of LinkedIn as a networking and job search tool. The event received honorable mention in the 2018 Texas Library Association (TLA) Branding Iron Awards community engagement category. LinkedIn at the Library began as a microgrant project in 2013 and has continued each semester.

Student sitting in a study carrel

Library Spaces

A total of 154 carrels were renovated in the MD Anderson Library after sustaining damage from Hurricane Harvey.

Student Art canvas

Student Art Exhibits

The William R. Jenkins Architecture, Design and Art Library featured student art exhibitions.

small robot car sitting on a makerspace table next to a voltage tester

Makerspace Partnership

The department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and UH Libraries partner to provide the UH community a Makerspace for building objects and electrical devices.

student sitting in the Hamill studio

Student Song Competition

UH students recorded original songs in the Hamill Foundation Multimedia Studio for a chance to win UH Libraries’ first-ever student song competition.