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Voter Registration Information

Voter registration information

Voter registration information

Voter registration information for college students is available in the MD Anderson Library Leisure Reading area, first floor.

By on September 21st, 2018 in Announcements, Featured, New Resource, Spaces

Digital Research Commons Fall Workshops

The University of Houston Libraries Digital Research Commons (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 a series of workshops this semester. Workshops are open to all, and are designed for attendees to experiment and build digital research skills.

All workshops will be held from 12 noon – 1:30 p.m. on the following dates:

  • September 19 – R and R Studio
  • October 1 – Topic Modeling in R
  • October 19 – GIS
  • November 7 – Network Analysis
  • November 16 – Open Author Carpentry

The Digital Research Commons is located in the MD Anderson Library Brown Wing, 2nd floor, room 266-C (floor map). For more information, contact Claude Willan, DRC director.

Constitution Day 2018

Constitution Day is September 17. Pick up a free pocket copy of the Constitution at the MD Anderson Library Service Desk.

Constitution Day 2018

Constitution Day 2018

By on September 13th, 2018 in Announcements, Featured, New Resource

UH Health Sciences Library Grand Opening

The University of Houston Health Sciences Library held its grand opening with a ribbon cutting. Located on the second floor of the Health 2 building, the new library serves the teaching and research needs of the UH colleges of Nursing, Optometry, and Pharmacy, as well as other health-related programs on campus.

The UH Health Sciences Library held its grand opening with a ribbon cutting.

The UH Health Sciences Library held its grand opening with a ribbon cutting.

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‘Brothers in Rhyme’ Opening Reception

A private opening reception for the exhibit Brothers in Rhyme: Fat Pat, Big Hawk, and the Screwed Up Click was held at University of Houston Libraries. The exhibit is on view through December 14 and is open to the public.

Opening reception for the exhibit "Brothers in Rhyme: Fat Pat, Big Hawk, and the Screwed Up Click" at University of Houston Libraries

Opening reception for the exhibit “Brothers in Rhyme: Fat Pat, Big Hawk, and the Screwed Up Click” at University of Houston Libraries

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DRC Fall Reception

The University of Houston Libraries Digital Research Commons (DRC) held a reception to celebrate its first year of sponsored projects, with a look ahead at the new schedule of workshops and projects in digital research.

Digital Research Commons Fall Reception

Digital Research Commons Fall Reception

The DRC is the best place on campus to learn more about using digital tools in teaching, learning, and research, receive hands-on instruction, and attend workshops and talks on digital research and digital humanities.

The next workshop will be held Thursday, September 13 on R and R Studio.

Thompson Selected as DLF Futures Fellow

Santi Thompson

Santi Thompson

Santi Thompson, head of Digital Research Services at University of Houston Libraries, has been selected as a fellow in the 2018-19 Digital Library Federation (DLF) Futures fellowship. Thompson is one of three fellows in the program’s inaugural cohort.

The DLF Futures program offers financial support and a communications platform for mid-career digital library practitioners whose projects and areas of research open new possibilities and future directions for the field. As part of the fellowship, Thompson will explore the transformative reuse of digital library content.

“Santi’s leadership, vision, and community spirit have made him a perfect choice as a DLF Futures Fellow in our program’s inaugural year,” said Bethany Nowviskie, director of the DLF Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR). “The work he will take forward as part of this fellowship will be of great interest to all of us who seek better rounded, more humanistic ways to measure and assess the value of digital libraries. We feel so lucky to have Santi as part of the DLF community!”

In his role at UH Libraries, Thompson develops policies and workflows for the digital components of scholarly communications. He publishes on the assessment of digital repository metadata, software, and content reuse, and serves as co-facilitator for the DLF Assessment Interest Group (AIG). Thompson will use fellowship resources to continue researching and presenting on the reuse of digital library content, building on the success of the DLF AIG’s recent Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grant, “Developing a Framework for Measuring Reuse of Digital Objects,” for which he served as principal investigator.

The DLF Futures Fellowship pilot is funded through the generous support of DLF member organizations.

By on September 10th, 2018 in Announcements, Featured, Stories

Announcing Faculty OER Incentive Recipients

University of Houston Libraries, in collaboration with the UH Office of the Provost, is pleased to announce the first winner cohort of the UH Alternative Textbook Incentive Program (ATIP).

UH faculty members applied for an award ranging from $500 to $2500 that would go toward implementation of an open or alternative textbook in a summer 2018, fall 2018, or spring 2019 course. 25 proposals were received. Awards were granted based on projected cost savings for students; frequency of course(s) taught; and feasibility of the successful implementation of the proposal.

2018 – 2019 ATIP winners are:

  • Samuel Brower, Education
  • Alexander Bruton, Spanish
  • Teresa Edgar, Curriculum and Instruction
  • Tomika Greer, Human Resource Development
  • Terry Kirk and Sandra Lee, Nursing
  • Dejun Tony Kong, Management
  • Aditi Marwaha, Pharmacy
  • David Mayerich, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Abinadi Meza, Art
  • Gopal Pandurangan, Computer Science
  • Andrea Prosperetti and Amit Amritkar, Mechanical Engineering
  • Arlene Ramirez and Agnes DeFranco, Hotel and Restaurant Management
  • Nouhad Rizk, Computer Science
  • Nathan Shepley, English
  • Elizabeth Simas, Political Science
  • Sandra Thompson, Law

ATIP is part of the University’s initiative to improve students’ academic experience by mitigating the high cost of textbooks. Faculty members are incentivized to adopt, adapt, or create an open textbook for use in their courses. Five of this year’s awarded projects were for creating open educational resources (OER), seven involve the adoption of OER and/or library materials, and three involve a combination thereof. Awards for the first cohort total $23,500. Projected student savings are based in part on enrollment and amount to approximately $231,074 in the first year of the award cycle.

Award winner Alexander Bruton adopted open materials for a Summer 2018 course. “The alternative textbook approach allowed me as the instructor to identify a broad series of Spanish language articles, web pages, news and opinion pieces that were relevant and up to date and assign them to the students,” he said.

Ariana Santiago is the OER coordinator at UH Libraries. She leads the planning, implementation, and assessment of a UH OER program. Her research interests include undergraduate student success, critical pedagogy, and diversity, equity, and inclusion in libraries. She was recently named a Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) Open Education Leadership Program fellow.

Learn more about open educational resources initiatives at UH.

A reception will be held at the MD Anderson Library on October 23 for ATIP winners. UH faculty interested in learning more about OER at UH are invited to attend. RSVP

A Salute to Suzanne Ferimer

Suzanne Ferimer

Suzanne Ferimer

After 38 years of service, Suzanne Ferimer, librarian for the College of Optometry, is retiring from the University of Houston.

Ferimer has been a health science librarian for 47 years, having worked in medical centers, hospitals, and academic libraries. During her time at UH, she has served on numerous university, college, and library committees. Ferimer is a member of the Association of Vision Science Librarians, the Medical Library Association (MLA), and the Houston Health Science Librarians. She has published in both library and vision science journals, and presented at both library and optometry meetings.

Ferimer was selected for membership in the MLA Academy of Health Information Professionals at the senior level in 2015. She was part of a group of vision science librarians who received the Louise Darling Medal from MLA in 2016, and in 2017 was presented the President’s Award for her service to MLA. The UH College of Optometry established a scholarship in her name in 2017.

Friends and colleagues gathered to celebrate Ferimer’s career at a recent reception. View photos

By on August 30th, 2018 in Announcements, Featured, Stories

New Exhibit Features Screwed Up Click

The following is a guest post by Julie Grob, UH Special Collections coordinator for instruction and curator of the Houston Hip Hop Research Collection.


A Houston hip hop exhibit opens September 10 at UH Libraries.

A Houston hip hop exhibit opens September 10 at UH Libraries.

A new exhibit opens September 10 at University of Houston Libraries.

Twenty years after the death of the Houston rapper Fat Pat, Brothers in Rhyme: Fat Pat, Big Hawk, and the Screwed Up Click commemorates the lives and careers of brothers and fellow rappers Patrick “Fat Pat” Hawkins and the late John “HAWK” Hawkins. Both men were members of the Screwed Up Click, a collective of Houston-based rappers which formed around the late DJ Robert Earl Davis, Jr., better known as DJ Screw. The exhibit celebrates the enduring legacy of DJ Screw and the Screwed Up Click and their impact on fans and recording artists in Houston and around the world.

The exhibit features original DJ Screw mixtapes, vinyl records owned by DJ Screw, posters, photographs, flyers, handwritten rap lyrics, and other materials related to the Screwed Up Click.

In keeping with the collective nature of the Screwed Up Click, a variety of scholars, writers, and performing and visual artists were invited to contribute labels for the exhibit. Curator Julie Grob and UH Libraries would like to recognize Brandon Caldwell, Matthew K. Carter, Victor Del Hierro, Maco L. Faniel, Robert Hodge, Ayanna Jolivet Mccloud, Amy Mueller, Anthony “Fat Tony” Obi, Josie Pickens, Matthew Ramirez, Lance Scott Walker, and Langston Collin Wilkins.

Visitors can view Brothers in Rhyme: Fat Pat, Big Hawk, and the Screwed Up Click on the first floor of the MD Anderson Library through December 14.

For information, contact Julie Grob.