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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 The journal was superseded by Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts in 1986.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