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Brown Wing Study Carrels Now Open

A total of 154 carrels have been rebuilt in the MD Anderson Library Brown wing, floors 2-5, and are open for study. After sustaining Hurricane Harvey damage, the carrels were demolished and now have new carpet, walls, and chairs.

Revitalized study carrels are now open in the MD Anderson Library.

Revitalized study carrels are now open in the MD Anderson Library.

View photos of the revitalized study carrels.

By on March 22nd, 2018 in Announcements

Upcoming: Digital Research Commons

The University of Houston Libraries Digital Research Commons will host a reading group discussion and workshop.

UH Libraries Digital Research Commons

UH Libraries Digital Research Commons

A reading group discussion on failure will be held Friday, March 23 at 1:00 p.m. Failure is an integral part of academic work, and most of us learn to deal with it in one way or another in our disciplinary training. But failure and its sister experiences – frustration, delay, revision, rewriting – take on new forms in digital research in part because new methods succeed or fail in new ways.

So how can we understand failure as a part of the process of digital research? Reading group attendees should read Stephen Ramsay’s seminal article, “The Hermeneutics of Screwing Around” (PDF).

Attendees are welcome to bring a brown bag lunch for the discussion on how to make failure useful.

A workshop on topic modeling will be held Monday, March 26 at 2:00 p.m. Topic modeling is one of the most talked-about digital research methods to have come to prominence in the past few years, and can be an incredibly powerful tool for understanding and making arguments about any large set of texts.

In this 90 minute hands-on workshop, DRC director Claude Willan will explain the concepts behind topic modeling and then walk participants through two tools to do their own modeling.

Please bring a laptop. Please also download the following programs in order to be able to do topic modeling of your own; there is no viable online portal for topic modeling, so you’ll need to download programs to do it on your own machine.

Please first download and install the repository linked here: https://github.com/senderle/topic-modeling-tool

Next, please download R from https://cran.r-project.org/ and R Studio Desktop — a graphic interface for R — from https://www.rstudio.com/products/rstudio/download/#download.

All of these components are free to use.

By on March 22nd, 2018 in Announcements

Helbing Named 2018-2019 MLA Rising Star

Rachel Helbing

Rachel Helbing

Rachel Helbing, interim director of library services for the health sciences at the University of Houston Libraries, has been named a 2018-2019 Rising Star from the Medical Library Association (MLA). The MLA Rising Star program gives members the opportunity to develop skills, knowledge, and personal characteristics to become a leader in the organization. Each Rising Star is paired with a mentor in a curriculum that includes monthly classes, opportunities to learn about the organization’s structure and history, and individualized projects.

Helbing, MLIS, MS, AHIP, completed her Master of Library and Information Science and Master of Science in Health Informatics degrees at Kent State University in Ohio. She has been a librarian for over a decade and has worked in consumer health, hospital, and academic health sciences libraries. Her interests are in health informatics and evidence-based practice.

By on March 21st, 2018 in Announcements

Vizapalooza Scheduled for May 9

The UH Center for Advanced Computing and Data Science (CACDS) and UH Libraries will co-sponsor the 2018 Vizapalooza event to be held on May 9.

Vizapalooza 2018

Vizapalooza 2018

A data visualization contest will be held in the morning. Entries for the contest can be sent ahead of time to CACDS and should be received by May 1. Selected presenters will show and tell their visualization in MREB room 200 from 10am to 12pm. Two winners will receive tablets.

Attendees can choose to attend one of two data visualization tool workshops for the afternoon.

It is not necessary to submit visualizations in order to attend any of the Vizapalooza sessions, including the morning contest.

Register to attend Vizapalooza

By on March 12th, 2018 in Featured

Health Sciences Library Now Open

The new Health Sciences Library at the University of Houston, located on the second floor of the Health 2 building, serves the teaching and research needs of the UH colleges of Nursing, Optometry, and Pharmacy, as well as other health-related programs on campus.

University of Houston Health Sciences Library

University of Houston Health Sciences Library

The library holds a small physical collection of books and anatomy models. The space includes four group study rooms, 12 computers for use by library patrons, a conference room, a classroom, a reading room, and areas for study with tables and soft seating. Programming that supports inter-professional education and collaboration among all UH health programs is also being developed.

View photos of the UH Health Sciences Library.

By on March 8th, 2018 in Announcements

White Glove Salon Features Rare Books Collections

Book of Hours, Use of Reims (Illuminated Pages)

Book of Hours, Use of Reims (Illuminated Pages)

The University of Houston Libraries 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 University Libraries dean Lisa 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.”

The Libraries also displays rare books in exhibitions to bring delight and knowledge to the public. An upcoming cultivation event, the White Glove Salon, will feature items from the Rare Books Collections and allow guests to experience a few of the rare treasures firsthand. “Items on display will include the 14th century Book of Hours, Use of Reims, a handwritten and hand-painted devotional book featuring whimsical marginalia of animals and musicians, and Edward Topsell’s 17th century History of Four-footed Beasts and Serpents, which features woodcuts of animals both familiar and fantastical,” said Julie Grob, Rare Books Collections curator. “Rare items such as these will be paired with artist-created books that were each inspired by an object in the Rare Books Collections.”

Collections like these are built largely on gifts from individuals, whether they be single books, treasured collections built over years, or endowments intended to build and expand collections. Books are accepted into Special Collections based on their rarity, significance for research, and condition.

Leigh Owen, a member of the Libraries Dean’s Campaign Committee and Cabinet supporting the Rare Books Collections, will co-host the April event with Dean German. “The range of the remarkable books and significant artifacts housed in the University of Houston Rare Books Collections are examples of the true treasures of our human history,” Owen said. “They will be the stars of the White Glove Salon.”

To learn more about donating to the Rare Books Collections in Special Collections, please contact curator Julie Grob at 713.743.9744.

By on March 5th, 2018 in Announcements