Patrons gathered at the Honors College Commons in the MD Anderson Library for the Rare Books Collections White Glove Salon this week to engage with selected treasures from the collection alongside artists’ works which they inspired.
Dean of Libraries Lisa German welcomed attendees, along with the event co-host Leigh Owen, who is a member of the Libraries Dean’s Campaign Committee and Cabinet supporting the Rare Books Collections. Christian Kelleher, head of UH Special Collections, read the proclamation by Mayor Sylvester Turner which designated April 18, 2018 as University of Houston Libraries Rare Books Day. Curator Julie Grob introduced the collection.
UH Special Collections currently preserves more than 106,000 rare books, ranging from medieval manuscripts to contemporary artists’ books, as well as over 2,000 periodicals. The Rare Books Collections focus on rare Bibles, British and American literature, Houston and Texas history, Hispanic literature and history, LGBT literature and history, as well as fine press books.
The Rare Books Collections support scholarship and student success by serving as tools for hands-on discovery, original research, and the development of critical thinking skills. Materials are not only available to UH students and researchers, but to the community beyond the campus as well. Anyone can visit the Special Collections Reading Room to view the treasures in person.
“The Rare Book Collections of the University of Houston are of signature importance for scholars now, and in the future,” said Dean German. “This collection, along with our other Special Collections, is what distinguishes UH Libraries from others, and we are creating a real treasure for scholars at the University and around the world.”
Local organization Faithful Paws will bring certified therapy dogs to the MD Anderson Library for four days of stress relief. Drop in for petting, snuggling and treat-feeding with these gentle and friendly canines.
- Monday, April 30: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. (concurrent with Finals Fiesta) 106-T and Liaison Services, behind Red Elevators
- Tuesday, May 1: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. 106-T and 2nd floor
- Wednesday, May 2 6: 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. 106-T and 2nd floor
- Thursday, May 3: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. 106-T and 2nd floor *Thursday night we’ll have cats visiting as well.*
Sylvester Turner, Mayor of the City of Houston, has proclaimed April 18, 2018 as University of Houston Libraries Rare Books Day.
The proclamation reads:
Since 1933 the University of Houston Libraries has supported research, education and scholarship vital to the mission and vision of the University of Houston and promoting curiosity and creativity in students.
The University of Houston Libraries’ Rare Books Collections are being preserved and made widely accessible to the public in the Special Collections department and includes medieval manuscripts, incunabula and other hand-press era works, artists’ books, notable local and regional publications, maps and unique objects dating from the third millennium B.C. to the present.
On April 18, 2018, the University of Houston Libraries will host a White Glove Salon for patrons and members of the Houston community to encounter and engage with selected treasures from its Rare Books Collections.
The City of Houston commends the University of Houston Libraries for its commitment to the preservation of local, regional, national, and international print culture and support for historical and cultural research and discovery, educational excellence, and new scholarship with its Rare Books Collections, and extends best wishes for a successful White Glove Salon.
Therefore, I, Sylvester Turner, Mayor of the City of Houston, hereby proclaim April 18, 2018, as University of Houston Libraries Rare Books Day in Houston, Texas.
The University of Houston MD Anderson Library will be open extended hours starting Monday, April 23 through Wednesday, May 9.
A UH ID will be required for access after 9pm during finals period.
Join us for the first annual Finals Fiesta (formerly Finals Mania) on Monday, April 30, from 8-10pm in the MD Anderson Library Elizabeth D. Rockwell Pavilion. In celebration of finals week at UH, we’ll offer a homemade taco bar and aguas frescas. Sweets will include our Cougar Red Velvet Pancakes.
Finals Fiesta is free with your UH ID.
Brought to you by UH Libraries, Dining Services, Auxiliary Services, Canteen Vending, and Coca-Cola.
A new exhibit opens this month at University of Houston Libraries.
In the Whirl of the Dance: Popular Dance Magazines of the 1920s & 30s is curated by Stephanie Lewin-Lane, coordinator of the UH Music Library.
Dance has been a powerful and diverse expression of the human experience since mankind became aware of movement. Equally varied is how writers have attempted to capture the essence of dance through reviews, scholarship, and print periodicals, like newspapers and magazines. As popular dance became more mainstream in the 1920s and 30s, journalism followed suit, incorporating contemporary slang, shocking themes, and daring headlines to grab readers’ attention. The visually stunning exhibit highlights this exciting time through popular magazines such as Dance Lovers Magazine and The Dance Magazine of Stage and Screen, which are part of a generous gift of Stephen and Lila Shain.
In the Whirl of the Dance opens at the MD Anderson Library, second floor near Special Collections, on April 21 and will be on display through May 21.
Mea Warren, natural science and mathematics librarian at the University of Houston Libraries, has been accepted to the 2018 Minnesota Institute for Early Career Librarians. The 11th Institute, offered by the University of Minnesota Libraries, will bring together 26 librarians from across North America with diverse interests and experiences to focus on the development of leadership for organizational success.
Warren connects the UH departments of Math, Computer Science, Physics, and Earth and Atmospheric Science with the Libraries. She teaches instruction sessions on library resources and develops collections that better suit the needs of the departments. Warren’s professional interests include producing better outcomes for information literacy, evaluating the constantly evolving collections, and promoting Libraries’ services. She is also interested in encouraging more diversity and generating excitement for students who study within the STEM fields.
Warren received a bachelor’s degree from Duke University and a Master of Science in Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, during which she worked at the Environmental Protection Agency in Research Triangle Park.
An exhibition by CamLab will open at the University of Houston Libraries this month.
The Reguarding Room exhibition emerges from an ongoing project of CamLab, an artist collaboration between Anna Mayer, assistant professor of sculpture at UH, and Jemima Wyman, a Los Angeles-based artist. CamLab facilitated on-campus workshops at which participants remade feminist works of art from history about rape and sexual assault, in miniature. “With contributions from UH students as well as members of the Houston public at large, the exhibition makes visible various kinds of labor, from the work of artists whose paintings, sculptures, performances, and installations are being reproduced, to that of the workshop attendees who painstakingly study the originals in order to capture their spirit, to the work of all who experience or witness violence and attempt to keep it in the realm of the visible,” Mayer and Wyman state.
In 2015, CamLab developed the experimental, horizontal strategy of bringing people together on the topic of sexual assault while engaged in a hands-on activity. The workshops allow for non-confrontational expression without being tied to any individual narrative. The miniature artworks crafted in the campus workshops are exhibited in a to-scale model of the Rothko Chapel, one of Houston’s most prized landmarks, to insist on the importance of rape and sexual assault as subject matter, and to propose that the spiritual aims of the Chapel could expand to include radical care for those targeted by patriarchal violence. Both an homage and a question, CamLab’s proposition asks viewers to use their imaginations to consider a different way of being embodied.
An opening reception will be held on April 10 from 5-7pm at the MD Anderson Library. The exhibition will be on display through May 31.
Reguarding Room‘s iteration at UH is supported through the Innovation Grants program of the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts which is funded in part by Houston Endowment. The project is also supported by the sculpture program at the UH School of Art in the Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts.
This month, University of Houston Libraries and the UH Creative Writing Program will host three Poetry and Prose events.
Poetry and Prose is a reading series featuring UH faculty, students, alumni and other well-known writers, that happens right here on campus. Readings are free and open to the public. Light refreshments are served.
The University of Houston Libraries will host a workshop for academic librarians on Friday, May 18.
The free, day-long workshop is part of Digging Deeper, Reaching Further: Libraries Empowering Users to Mine the HathiTrust Digital Library Resources, an initiative of the HathiTrust Research Center. The workshop’s “train-the-trainer” curriculum was developed to help academic librarians support the evolving digital scholarship needs of students, faculty, and researchers.
The May 18 workshop, to be held at the University of Houston MD Anderson Library’s Digital Research Commons, will introduce participants to text mining with particular attention to the tools and data of the HathiTrust Research Center.
The three-year project is funded by a Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian grant award from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).