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Domestic Crude Digital Collection Now Available

The Domestic Crude digital collection is now available in the UH Digital Library.

The Domestic Crude digital collection is now available in the UH Digital Library.

The Domestic Crude digital collection is now available in the UH Digital Library.

The community and student literature and arts magazine, Domestic Crude, ran from 1982 to 1985. Phillip Lopate, the essayist who taught in the University of Houston creative writing program from 1981 to 1989, was the faculty advisor for the four Domestic Crude issues. Lopate stated that the aims of the journal were “to empower students and also to make them articulate what it was that they thought was happening in literature at the moment.”

Students of the UH English department and the creative writing program were given the chance to run the publication, putting out calls for submissions and serving as student editors. Featuring submissions of poetry, short prose, and visual art, Domestic Crude provides an interesting look at the early output of the UH creative writing program and the evolution of the literary community in Houston. The journal was superseded by Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts in 1986.

The original materials are available in UH Libraries Special Collections.

New Article: Copyright Best Practices in Academic Libraries

The University of Houston Libraries Copyright team has published an article in the Journal of Copyright in Education and Librarianship.

Stephanie Lewin-Lane, Nora Dethloff, Julie Grob, Adam Townes, and Ashley Lierman co-wrote “The Search for a Service Model of Copyright Best Practices in Academic Libraries” which presents the impetus and results of the team’s two studies on copyright best practices and peer institutions’ copyright policies; and discusses a proposed copyright services building tool, the LiCoSI Matrix.

By on June 13th, 2018 in Announcements

New Exhibit in Architecture and Art Library

The William R. Jenkins Architecture and Art Library is pleased to present Channels of Thought by student artist Jackelyn Raquel Cordova, on view through July 2018. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Final Moments 2015 by Jackelyn Raquel Cordova. Acrylic on canvas.

Final Moments 2015 by Jackelyn Raquel Cordova. Acrylic on canvas.

Cordova is an undergraduate student in Painting at the University of Houston. She works primarily in acrylic and oil but also has an interest digital painting. Cordova was born and raised in the Houston area and takes influence from her family’s Mexican and European heritage. Her paintings have been shown in Houston and at numerous shows at the University. As she continues her work, she is looking towards MFA programs to advance both her experience and practice.

Artist’s statement:

As a child, I was always interested in the act of storytelling. I enjoyed listening and watching how people’s faces would change as the tale went on. I wasn’t entirely sure why it intrigued me, but I had recognized that people’s faces held stories behind them. This interest in faces led to my paintings being focused mostly on portraiture for several years. It was during my admittance into the Painting Block Program at the University of Houston that I was able to dig deeper into why portraiture interested me and it resulted in my paintings taking a new direction that explored narrative, the act of storytelling, and the creation of atmosphere.

I pull imagery from numerous places, although digging through memory allows me to have a deeper connection with each piece. I think back and I try to conjure imagery that has stuck with me throughout my life. Whether it’s religious iconography in the homes of my Catholic family, memories of travel, or even memories that seem mundane, I try to use anything that keeps coming back to me. Through following this I began this group of works.

The result of this process are paintings that have forced me to slow down and that also became a way of processing thought and memory. I paint while reflecting on myself and questioning what it is that bothers me or fascinates me. In the end, I feel that my paintings are about being able to understand myself and my way of thinking a bit more.

The Southern Conservative Digital Collection Now Available

The Southern Conservative digital collection is now available in the UH Digital Library.

The Southern Conservative (“to plead for a return of Constitutional Government”) was a right-wing newspaper published from 1950 to 1962. The publication was edited and owned by Ida Darden of Fort Worth, Texas, and financed largely by such Texas oilmen as George W. Armstrong and Arch Rowan. It targeted perceived Communist and Socialist influences in government.

The original materials were loaned by the Houston Metropolitan Research Center for digitization. They are available in the Ida M. Darden Collection.

UH Libraries Supports Provost Summer Read Program

The Provost Summer Read program is built around a common book that is provided to and read by first year University of Houston students over the summer. Now in its fifth year, the program develops a meaningful dialogue between faculty and students in and out of the classroom.

In the Country We Love by Diane Guerrero

In the Country We Love by Diane Guerrero

Lisa German, dean of UH Libraries and Elizabeth D. Rockwell Chair, is offering parents and guardians of new Coogs a chance to take part in the Provost Summer Read program. Copies of this year’s selected book, In the Country We Love by Diane Guerrero, are being raffled at admissions and orientation events all summer.

“The Libraries is pleased to support the UH Provost Summer Read Program,” Dean German said. “We wanted to give away books to parents and guardians to read along with their students.”

Top 10 Things to Do at UH Libraries – Summer Edition

The summer 2018 semester is upon us, and the University of Houston Libraries has the resources and services you need for success in academics and research. Our Top 10 Things to Do at UH Libraries – Summer Edition is a quick guide to get you started on a great semester.

10. Get research help.
Stuck on a research project? Need writing or presentation advice? Contact your friendly and knowledgeable subject librarian for personalized research help. Subject librarians are the ultimate search engine!

BONUS: Research Guides are your online source for all things research-related. Each guide gives you subject-specific research tools and methods to help you ace your assignment.

9. Study and collaborate.
We have over 117,000 square feet of study space. You’ll find a variety of environments to suit your needs, from study hives to silent zones to tech-ready group work areas.

Newly revamped group study rooms are now open.

BONUS: Need to practice a presentation with your team? Reserve a group study room online, or request a key in person at the MD Anderson Library Service Desk.

8. Power up your productivity.
The MD Anderson Library is home to three large computing labs located on the first floor, with Windows workstations for research and study needs, and specialized multimedia and data analysis resources on both PC and Mac. Print, copy and scan services are also available.

BONUS: Left your laptop at home? Check out a laptop from the Service Desk.

7. Take a break.
In addition to workspace, the Libraries has areas for you to recharge between classes. Visit the Leisure Reading collection, located on the first floor of MD Anderson Library, and relax with a variety of newer titles in fiction and nonfiction, audiobooks, magazines, and more. Browse the collection online.

6. Create a media masterpiece.
The Hamill Foundation Multimedia Studio, located in the Learning Commons, features audio recording booths and professional-grade equipment to help you create high-quality productions.

Hamill Foundation Multimedia Studio, MD Anderson Library Learning Commons

BONUS: Check out DSLRs, GoPros, mics, tripods, and more from the Learning Commons.

5. Dive into a database (or two).
Did you know that UH Libraries provides access to over 500 research databases? These databases are available for free to all UH students, staff and faculty. Use of databases can improve the quality of your papers and save you time. Popular databases include Academic Search Complete, JSTOR, and PubMed.

BONUS: Off-campus access to this and other electronic resources, including e-books, journal articles, and audio files, is available with your CougarNet log-in.

4. Build a robot.
The department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the MD Anderson Library have partnered to offer an exciting new Makerspace, located on the first floor of the MD Anderson Library within the Learning Commons. The Makerspace offers a specially equipped space, tools, and support for building objects and electrical devices. All students on the UH campus, regardless of college or department, are encouraged to explore the space and all that it offers.

3. Branch out.
UH Libraries comprises not only the MD Anderson Library, but also three branch libraries: the Architecture and Art Library, the Music Library and the Health Sciences Library. You’ll find more subject experts and specialized collections at these locations.

2. Visit Special Collections.
Open to all, Special Collections organizes, preserves and promotes rare archival items, including books, manuscripts, photographs and other ephemera. Find unique materials in the Hispanic Research Collection, Houston & Texas History Research Collection, Energy & Sustainability Research Collection, and more, made available for access in the Special Collections Reading Room.

BONUS: Special Collections hosts curated exhibits in the MD Anderson Library, featuring a variety of engaging and enriching subjects.

DOUBLE BONUS: Browse the UH Digital Library for access to rare historical and contemporary items in digital format.

1. Attend tech training.
We offer free technology training to all UH students, staff and faculty. Beginning, intermediate and advanced sessions in popular programs, like Excel, PowerPoint, Photoshop, InDesign, and many more, are held morning, afternoon and evening to fit your busy schedule. Sessions are instructor-led, with practical, personalized lessons.

By on June 5th, 2018 in Featured, Spaces, Student Success

New Exhibit Opens June 2

The William R. Jenkins Architecture and Art Library is pleased to present Cave Rewards by Mateo Tannatt. The exhibit will be on view for six weeks starting June 2.

Tannatt is the 2017-18 Cynthia Woods Mitchell fellow in the UH School of Art. The exhibit will open with a reception held at the Architecture and Art Library on June 2 from 4-5:00pm, followed by a performance sound piece starting in the Architecture and Art Library and moving to the Organ Recital Hall in the Fine Arts Building.

The reception and exhibit are open to the public.

By on May 25th, 2018 in Announcements

How to Do Research in UH Special Collections

The University of Houston Libraries Special Collections preserves, safeguards, organizes, and describes materials in its collecting areas, making them available for use by the UH community and the general public. Anyone is welcome to visit the UH Special Collections Reading Room, located on the second floor of the MD Anderson Library. UH Special Collections is home to rare, unique, and irreplaceable items of intellectual, cultural, and societal distinction, and for this reason, the materials are stored separately from the main library in a climate-controlled setting.

All are welcome to visit the UH Special Collections Reading Room.

All are welcome to visit the UH Special Collections Reading Room.

UH Special Collections boasts a remarkable variety of primary source materials, both historic and contemporary. It is here that visitors can experience the sound recordings, creative material, and personal papers of hip hop icon DJ Screw, read a letter penned in 1833 by Antonio López de Santa Anna, or study the campaign papers of the Honorable Annise Parker. It is where one French scholar traveled to immerse herself in the world of literary luminary Donald Barthelme. It is where the history of KUHT is preserved and made digitally accessible. It is home to over 106,000 rare and antique books, including The Handy-Volume Shakespeare from 1885 and a French devotional book from the Middle Ages.

But there is much, much more in the archives of UH Special Collections. Students of all ages, scholars, researchers, history buffs, and lifelong learners, the curious and creative, can avail themselves of a vast array of singular treasures preserved here.

While UH Special Collections is known for its rich, Houston-centric collecting scope, the research collections also comprise primary materials with state, national, and global significance.

View a full list of collecting areas and archivist contact information.

A source of pride for UH Special Collections stems from its strong relationships with individual and organizational partners. UH faculty collaborate with archivists to connect students with primary source materials for transformational learning experiences. Archivists work with campus and institutional colleagues to increase the visibility of, and access to, the collections in the community through exhibits and sharing of materials.

Planning Your Visit to UH Special Collections

Visitors are encouraged to start by checking the collection coverage at the UH Special Collections website. Type a search term in the Archival Finding Aids field, or browse by collecting area. A finding aid is an inventory of a collection that contains an overview of the collection, scope and contents, and a biographical note. You’ll find that some collections have varying levels of description; some are more detailed than others. It’s helpful to look at the finding aid as a map that will lead you to relevant material.

For those who aren’t sure of the materials they need, it is best to contact a friendly and knowledgeable Special Collections archivist or staff member. Archivists oversee the collections and know what they contain and what they don’t. These professionals can direct you toward areas of the archives that may have been overlooked, or can suggest secondary general resources. Archivists can also assist students and researchers in articulating research questions. These are often developed or modified after an examination of the materials reveals new and interesting avenues of inquiry.

Once you have browsed the website and located specific materials that fit your research scope, schedule a visit to the Reading Room with a request to have the material pulled and ready for you when you arrive.

What to Expect on Your First Visit

An ID is needed to use the collections. On your first visit, you will be asked to complete a Patron Registration Form. A staff member will give you a quick orientation on how to handle the material. You may also use the computer in the Reading Room to browse finding aids. You’ll be given one box at a time. While looking through the materials, take full citations for later reference. Smartphone cameras are welcome in the Reading Room for the purposes of private study and research only.

Find out more about visiting UH Special Collections.

Additional Research Resources

The UH Digital Library makes digital collections available online, documenting the University, city of Houston, and state of Texas, as well as other historically and culturally significant materials. Collections within the UH Digital Library are mainly derived from Special Collections as well as the William R. Jenkins Architecture & Art Library and the Music Library. A few collections are from the UH Hilton College Hospitality Industry Archives.

The main UH Libraries’ OneSearch allows you to search through journals, databases, the catalog, research guides, and the website.

Have a question not covered above? Contact us.

By on May 22nd, 2018 in Announcements

New Instruction Coordinator

Veronica Douglas

Veronica Douglas

University of Houston Libraries welcomes Veronica Douglas as the new instruction coordinator.

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

As the UH Libraries’ instruction coordinator I oversee the library’s information literacy initiatives in lower-level undergraduate courses such as English Composition. I’ll also be responsible for assisting liaison librarians incorporate information literacy into their respective subject areas, offering professional development to my colleagues in the areas of teaching and assessment, and developing a vision and plan for the library’s teaching program. My goals include empowering librarian colleagues to embrace their identity as teachers and recognize their expertise as educators; debunking the idea that information literacy is just about library instruction or research skills instruction; and working with faculty at the University of Houston to design courses and assignments that take a critical approach to incorporating information literacy.

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

I’ve been a liaison librarian and teacher throughout my 11 year career in libraries. Over the past 6 years, I’ve become a strong proponent of critical information literacy, which focuses on the sociocultural, political, and economic forces that influence the ways in which information is created, valued, shared, and accessed. I try to teach information literacy as more than just library or research skills, and encourage students to consider how information shapes the world in which they live. I am also very interested in feminist pedagogy and how it can be used to empower students in the information literacy classroom by valuing their unique perspectives and experiences. My research interests center around the application of relational cultural theory to librarianship, which I see as a way of bringing the work of relationship-building we do as librarians to the forefront of our professional values.

Please describe your first impressions of the University of Houston.

I’m actually returning to the University of Houston! My first job out of library school was as the psychology and social work librarian at the UH Libraries. I moved away in 2009 because my family relocated, and I am so glad to be back at UH. I’m impressed by the growth and advancement of the university—there are so many new buildings, excellent student success initiatives, and advances in research projects. The diversity of the campus community was something I always loved about UH and I am happy to see that the spirit of inclusion continues on this dynamic campus.

What is your favorite hobby?

Over the past year I’ve developed a pretty regular yoga practice and have really appreciated the physical and mental benefits that accompany this activity. I’m still very much a novice, but I find that yoga practice helps me feel more at peace with my limitations and prouder of my accomplishments and strengths. It’s a great way to quiet my mind, which is always going a mile a minute, and I can definitely feel myself getting stronger, which is a bonus. I’ve even managed to get my 6 year old son interested in yoga, although he is far more flexible than I am!

By on May 21st, 2018 in Announcements

Promotions in Rank

Dean of Libraries Lisa German is pleased to announce promotions in rank to associate librarian for the following librarians, effective September 1, 2018:

  • Katy Badeaux, head of Faculty Services, O’Quinn Law Library, UH Law Center
  • Vince Lee, archivist, UH Special Collections
  • Santi Thompson, head of Digital Research Services
  • Cherie Turner, instruction, assessment, and engineering liaison, Liaison Services
By on May 21st, 2018 in Announcements