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UH Libraries Liaison Services Offered Remotely

Effective today, UH Libraries Liaison Services is closed to the public and all members are working remotely until further notice to help slow community spread of COVID19.

Schedule of availability: Generally, we will be working the same service hours as normal, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Individuals will likely have flexible schedules that vary slightly from this, but each will manage their own schedule to accommodate consultations and instruction, etc.

LS Services, offered remotely:

  • Reference, curricular/IL, and research consultations, via email, Skype for Business, phone
  • Online learning
    • Synchronous instruction sessions via Zoom and/or Blackboard
    • Asynchronous instruction and learning support via:
  • Research Services
    • Open workshops have concluded for the semester; workshop slides and materials are available via LibGuides.
    • Some software are free, like Tableau, or is available through the virtual desktop, like ArcMap, and RStudio, and our team can provide support virtually.
    • libraries.uh.edu/research/
  • Collections Services
    • We continue to provide support in finding and accessing library and OER materials for research and curriculum.
  • OER Services
    • Management of ATIP program
    • OER & ATIP training and consultations via Skype for Business, etc.
    • Access to OER and library e-resources
  • Outreach Services
    • Liaisons will reach out to campus partners and faculty to advise of services.
By on March 17th, 2020 in Announcements

Spring 2020 Digital Research Commons Events

UPDATE March 17, 2020: We are postponing the remainder of this semester’s Digital Research Commons activities until further notice. This applies to all scheduled events as well as DRC open hours. We will continue to monitor COVID19 developments and adjust our service and program offerings accordingly.

University of Houston Libraries Digital Research Commons will host several events during the spring 2020 semester, including a workshop on digital project management, scholarly publishing clinics, and a text mining series.

Text Mining Lecture I: Algorithmic Thinking: How to do Literary Theory with Statistics
Tuesday, March 17, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Dr. Claude Willan, University Libraries

The recent, extended contretemps that began with Nan Da’s article in Critical Inquiry and spilled over onto social media and a panoply of journals drew combatants from opposite sides of worrisome trends in the literary academy. Among the more alarming was how scanty a vocabulary the scholars arguing with one another about the validity of what Da termed “computational literary studies” held in common. In this talk, I offer one such common vocabulary.

At their best, both groups laid (or lay) claim to a preoccupation with how to apprehend aesthetic qualities of a text under the aegis of a more or less attenuated formalism. I connect the priorities of literary digital humanists to those of their skeptics by considering operations like topic modeling as heuristic devices with an uncanny resemblance to literary-theoretical schemas of the early- and mid- 20th century, using Tristram Shandy as a workbench and test bed.

All are welcome to this talk, which is intended for seasoned digital humanists and newcomers to the field alike, as well as anyone interested in text mining, digital humanities, literary theory, and eighteenth-century literature.

Scholarly Publishing Clinics
Fridays beginning March 20 through May 8, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Taylor Davis-Van Atta, University Libraries

Have questions about the scholarly publishing process? Bring them to the Digital Research Commons for a friendly consultation. Topics might include but are not limited to:

  • The rights you have over your journal articles, book chapters, and monographs, and strategies for retaining those rights
  • Making your publications available open access – the free, legal, and safe way
  • Use of your previously published materials in your thesis or dissertation
  • Understanding an agreement with your publisher and how to negotiate to obtain the desired rights for publications

Digital Project Management Workshop: How to Keep Your Head above Water during a Digital Project
Monday, March 23, 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.
Dr. Kristina Neumann, CLASS and Dr. Peggy Lindner, College of Technology

We will discuss how to build and manage an evolving project and team, as well as keep communication open between the humanities and STEM. Attendees should be prepared to brainstorm with others through several guided exercises.

Text Mining Workshop I
Tuesday, March 24, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Dr. Claude Willan

An introductory level workshop to text mining. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own laptops.

Text Mining Workshop II
Tuesday, March 31, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Dr. Claude Willan

An intermediate level workshop to text mining. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own laptops.

Text Mining Lecture II: Data Acquisition and Analysis in the Study of Digital News in Africa
Thursday, April 2, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Dr. Dani Madrid-Morales, CLASS

Digital media, from blogs to newspaper websites, are fast becoming the preferred source of news in most African countries. However, very few resources are available to systematically collect and analyze content from these news sources on the continent. This session will discuss some of the epistemological issues associated with the lack of full-text databases that include African digital media, and introduce an alternative workflow that uses open source resources to acquire and analyze online news text data.

Text Mining Colloquium
Thursday, April 9, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Dr. Claude Willan

The cluster of text mining events concludes with a colloquium. Four to six presenters will talk briefly about their work before a general and informal conversation brings presenters together with a moderator and audience members. If you have a text-mining project underway, then we would like to hear from you. Ideally, we are looking for 7-8 minute presentations on works-in-progress that you are eager to share and talk about. Please send a brief description (no more than 150 words) to Dr. Claude Willan by March 29th.

Podcast: OER

Elizabeth Kennedy, former director of advancement for University of Houston Libraries, was interviewed on Houston P.A. about the UH open educational resources program. Listen 

By on February 25th, 2020 in Announcements, Featured

UH Librarian Accepted to ARL Leadership Program

Veronica Arellano Douglas

Veronica Arellano Douglas

Veronica Arellano Douglas, instruction coordinator at University of Houston Libraries, has been accepted to the competitive Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Leadership and Career Development Program (LCDP). Arellano Douglas is one of 24 fellows chosen for the 2020-2021 cohort.

The LCDP is a yearlong program to prepare mid-career librarians from historically underrepresented racial and ethnic groups to take on leadership roles in their careers and in the profession at large.

As instruction coordinator, Arellano Douglas focuses on the teaching and learning of information literacy. Her research interests include critical information literacy and librarianship, feminist pedagogy, labor issues in librarianship, and relational-cultural theory. Arellano Douglas received her Master of Library and Information Science degree from the University of North Texas and her Bachelor of Arts degree from Rice University. She was an American Library Association Spectrum Scholar and Emerging Leader.

By on February 25th, 2020 in Announcements, Featured

UH Librarian Authors Guide on Social Media

A Social Media Survival Guide: How to Use the Most Popular Platforms and Protect Your Privacy

A Social Media Survival Guide: How to Use the Most Popular Platforms and Protect Your Privacy

Melody Karle, resource description and management coordinator at University of Houston Libraries, is the author of the forthcoming A Social Media Survival Guide: How to Use the Most Popular Platforms and Protect Your Privacy, published by Rowman & Littlefield.

Read the Booklist review (subscription).

By on February 20th, 2020 in Announcements, Featured

Data Visualization Day 2020

UPDATE March 11, 2020: Data Visualization Day 2020 is postponed until further notice.

The Hewlett Packard Enterprise Data Science Institute and University of Houston Libraries will co-host the UH Annual Data Visualization Day 2020 to be held on March 16 at MD Anderson Library. Register

UH Annual Data Visualization Day 2020

UH Annual Data Visualization Day 2020

The event will feature presentations and demos on data visualization and interpretation in all fields of research and academia. Students may enter a data visualization contest.

Data Visualization Day 2020 Schedule

9 a.m.
Elizabeth D. Rockwell Pavilion
Opening Remarks

  • Claudia Neuhauser, associate vice president for research and technology transfer and director of the UH HPE Data Science Institute
  • Marilyn Myers, interim dean of UH Libraries

9:15 a.m.
The Future of Data Visualization
Lindita Camaj, UH Valenti School of Communication

9:45 a.m.
Training Astronauts Using Hardware In-the-Loop Simulations and VR
Angelica Garcia, NASA
10:30 a.m.
The Human Body Project and the Anatomage Table
Lisa Ostrin, UH College of Optometry

11:00 a.m.
Interpretation of Machine Learning with Visualization and HPE AI Solutions
Soumyendu Sarkar, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

11:30 a.m.
The Sampled City – Visualizing Granularity and Connection in Health
Dan Price, UH Honors College and HPE Data Science Institute

1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Demonstration of Visualization Tools
Elizabeth D. Rockwell Pavilion

Introduction to Tableau
MD Anderson Library, Basement Level, Room 10-F

Register for Data Visualization Day 2020

UH Librarian Co-Authors New Monograph

Anne Washington, coordinator of metadata services at University of Houston Libraries, is co-author of the newly-released monograph Linked Data for the Perplexed Librarian, published by ALA Editions in collaboration with the Association of Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS). Read more

Linked Data for the Perplexed Librarian

Linked Data for the Perplexed Librarian

By on February 10th, 2020 in Announcements, Featured

Blind Date with a Book 2020

The Architecture, Design, and Art Library is hosting “Blind Date with a Book” from February 5 – 14.

Blind Date with a Book

Blind Date with a Book

Students are encouraged to check out a “blind date” book from the Architecture, Design, and Art Library display, unwrap it, and read it. Students can fill out the “Rate Your Date” form included with the book, even if it was not finished. Return the form by February 14 to enter a prize drawing.

By on February 5th, 2020 in Announcements, Featured

Poetry and Prose February 19

University of Houston Libraries invites the public to the next Poetry and Prose reading on Wednesday, February 19. UH Creative Writing Program faculty will be featured. The readings will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Honors College Commons, MD Anderson Library. Light refreshments will be provided.

Robert Boswell has published seven novels, three story collections, two books of nonfiction, and has had two plays produced. His work has earned him two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Iowa School of Letters Award for Fiction, a Lila Wallace/Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, the PEN West Award for Fiction, the John Gassner Prize for Playwriting, and the Evil Companions Award. He has published more than 70 stories and essays in places such as The New Yorker, Best American Short Stories, O. Henry Prize Stories, Pushcart Prize Stories, Esquire, Colorado Review, Epoch, Ploughshares, and in many other magazines and anthologies. He holds the Cullen Endowed Chair in Creative Writing at the University of Houston.

francine j. harris was born in Detroit, Michigan. She earned a BA in English from Arizona State University in 1997 and an MFA in poetry from the University of Michigan in 2011 , where she was awarded a Zell Fellowship. She is the author of Here Is the Sweet Hand (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2020), play dead (2016), and allegiance (2012), a finalist for both the Kate Tufts Discovery Award and the PEN Open Book Award. Her poetry has appeared in many journals, including McSweeney’s, Ploughshares, Poetry, Meridian, Indiana Review, Callaloo, and Boston Review. A 2008 Cave Canem fellow, she has also won the 2014 Boston Review Annual Poetry Contest and was awarded a 2015 NEA fellowship. harris was writer in residence at Washington University in St. Louis and taught creative writing at University of Michigan and Centre College in Danville, Kentucky. She is currently associate professor of English at the University of Houston.

By on February 5th, 2020 in Announcements, Featured

Student Artist Reception February 13

Student Artist Reception February 13

Student Artist Reception February 13

The Architecture, Design, and Art Library will host an opening reception for student artist Reema Farra Yeager on February 13 at 12 noon. Her exhibit, All Roads Lead to Home, will be on view through April 2020.

Reema was born in South Dakota, grew up in California, North Dakota, and Damascus, Syria, and is currently based in Houston. In 2007 Reema received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Art Institute of Houston in Interior Design, and has been a practicing designer for over ten years. Currently, Reema is a Master of Fine Arts candidate at the University of Houston in Interdisciplinary Practice and Emerging Forms focusing on transmedia storytelling, which is the use of digital and analog media to tell narrative stories across platforms.