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New Digital Collection: GCAM Archive

The Gulf Coast Archive and Museum Digital Archive is now available in the UH Digital Library.

Gay Austin, Vol. 2, No. 8, May 1978

Gay Austin, Vol. 2, No. 8, May 1978

More than 30 years of Houston LGBTQ history is preserved and presented in this collection from the Gulf Coast Archive and Museum of GLBT History (GCAM). The collection contains over 150 LGBT newspapers from central Texas, the Dallas/Fort Worth area, and other Texas regions, from the 1970s through the early 2000s.

GCAM was created to collect, preserve and provide access to historical items from the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community in the gulf coast area of Texas. Over the last 20 years, GCAM has collected a broad variety of published materials relating to LGBTQ issues, both at the local and national level. Titles in this collection include The Star (Austin/San Antonio), South Texas Community News, and Bar Talk San Antonio. Mid-1970s issues from Gay Austin and Community News (Fort Worth/Dallas) are some of the earliest publications found in the collection.

The original materials are owned by the Gulf Coast Archive and Museum of GLBT History.

By on January 25th, 2019 in Announcements, Featured, New Resource

Student Art Exhibit Opens February 1

The William R. Jenkins Architecture, Design, and Art Library presents Tay Butler's American Geographic on Friday, February 1.

The William R. Jenkins Architecture, Design, and Art Library presents Tay Butler’s American Geographic on Friday, February 1.

The William R. Jenkins Architecture, Design, and Art Library is pleased to present American Geographic by student artist Tay Butler. The opening reception will be held on Friday, February 1 at 5 p.m., with light refreshments. The exhibit will be on view through April 2019, and is free and open to the public.

Butler is an undergraduate student in Photography and Digital Media at the University of Houston. With an expected graduation date of May 2019 and intentions to continue studies, Butler is consistently building a portfolio of work and exhibitions that include spaces all over Houston, Texas, such as the Blaffer Art Museum, Texas Art Asylum, and Noble Artisan.

A 20-year retired Army veteran with a background in power plant engineering, Butler completely transformed his life by walking away from a well-paying occupation in search of purpose and self-expression. Acknowledging the 2014 death of Mike Brown as the catalyst, he began his journey backwards into the archives of black history; including that of his own family. With a 23-hour U-Haul truck expedition through the snowstorms of Wisconsin to Houston, Butler began his studies at UH in the fall of 2015.

Initially choosing graphic design as a possible career path, Butler soon uncovered a deep love for photography. Studying the likes of Gordon Parks, Irving Penn, and Carrie Mae Weems led him to the work of his biggest influences, Lorna Simpson and Romare Bearden, where his obsession with collage was born. He soon began combining original photography of Milwaukee with found images of people of color to reframe his memory of home. When not exploring his past landscapes visually, he confronted his hometown’s history through media archives. Acknowledging a need for community, Butler began to do the very same in his new home of Houston.

New Instruction Librarian

Carolina Hernandez

Carolina Hernandez

University of Houston Libraries welcomes Carolina Hernandez as the new instruction librarian.

Please describe your role at UH Libraries and talk about some of your professional goals.

I will be teaching instruction sessions for several foundational undergraduate courses, such as English composition, as well as supporting my colleagues in designing, teaching, and assessing other face-to-face and online instruction across disciplines. I am excited to work with such a diverse student population, and my goal is to make information literacy as accessible as possible to the students of UH.

Please share a bit about your background and interests. How do these inspire and shape your approach as a librarian?

My undergraduate major was French, but my first MA was in Media Studies. This served me well in my first position as journalism and communication librarian at University of Oregon. While working with the School of Journalism and Communication there, I started to do more and more instruction. I really started to enjoy that part of my position more, which is what ultimately led me to my new position! My views on instruction have evolved quite a bit over the last few years, though, through this experience and from learning from colleagues. I realized a one-size-fits-all model doesn’t really work in the classroom and that it’s important to teach in a way that can work with different learning styles and needs.

What is your first impression of the University?

I’m very impressed! So far, everyone has been incredibly welcoming, and I love how genuinely invested my colleagues are in helping students. I also love how diverse the university is and how there’s always something going on. The campus feels so alive! Houston itself is wonderful as well, and I’m really excited to keep exploring everything it has to offer.

What is your favorite hobby?

My main hobby right now is collaging, particularly with vintage images found in old books, magazines, and other paper materials. I know that’s a weird thing to admit as a librarian, that I like to cut up books, but I only use books that have been donated or discarded. I like to think of it as giving them a second life.

By on January 23rd, 2019 in Announcements, Featured

OER Consultations

Ariana Santiago, open educational resources coordinator at University of Houston Libraries, will be available to provide consultations at the Faculty Cafe located at E. Cullen Room 33. Faculty may drop in to discuss finding and evaluating OER for courses.

Consultations are available from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. on a number of dates.

February 4
February 11
February 25
March 4
March 18
March 25

The consultations are in partnership with Faculty Engagement and Development.

By on January 16th, 2019 in Announcements, Featured, New Service

New Health Sciences Librarian

Stefanie Lapka

Stefanie Lapka

University of Houston Libraries welcomes Stefanie Lapka as the new health sciences librarian.

Please describe your role at UH Libraries and talk about some of your professional goals.

As the new health sciences librarian, I’ll be supporting multiple health programs at UH. My main responsibilities are the College of Nursing, the Graduate College of Social Work, and the Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders. I’ll be providing instruction, research, and collection development support to students and faculty across these programs. I aspire to be a visible, valued, and trusted health information expert. My goal is to serve education needs through strong inter-professional collaborations and partnerships while advancing scholarship and research. I look forward to contributing to new initiatives and services as the Health Sciences Library evolves to serve the University’s new and expanding programs.

Please share a bit about your background and interests. How do these inspire and shape your approach as a librarian?

I’m coming from a university in the very southern tip of South Texas where I was first an instruction librarian and health sciences liaison before joining the institution’s new medical school three years ago. I led the medical library’s education and instructional programs. My work centered on evidence-based medical education and training. I’m excited to bring my experiences establishing a library at a new medical school to the University Libraries as UH moves forward in establishing the College of Medicine and admitting the inaugural class in 2020.

I have a background in history and one of my primary interests is the history of medicine. I’m also interested in the medical and health humanities in general, and their application to health care education and practice. The arts and humanities offer different ways of thinking about human history, culture, behavior and experience which can be used to dissect, critique and influence healthcare practices and priorities.

What is your first impression of the University?

I’ve been very impressed with the University of Houston. The university has struck me as a vibrant, diverse, and forward-thinking community. There are so many excellent student success initiatives and a great spirit of diversity and inclusion on this campus. I’ve also been impressed by UH’s commitment to institutional growth and development. There is a lot of pride and excitement in the university, and I’m thrilled to be here! I’m also new to the city of Houston, and I love it!

What is your favorite hobby/book/movie/cuisine?

During free time and on weekends, I enjoy baking and listening to true crime podcasts-usually while baking! One of my intentions for this year to devote more time to reading, but my favorite novel will forever be The Lord of the Rings. I’m definitely something of a Tolkienite!

By on January 15th, 2019 in Announcements, Featured

Top 10 Things to Do at UH Libraries

Welcome to the Spring 2019 semester at University of Houston Libraries. Visit us to find the resources and services you need for success in academics and research. Our Top 10 Things to Do at UH Libraries – Spring 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. 

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. Launch your digital research project.
The Digital Research Commons (DRC) is the best place on campus to learn more about using digital tools in your work, get hands-on instruction, attend workshops and talks, and use cutting-edge machinery to do your work. DRC staff work with faculty and students on research projects large and small, from the earliest stages of formulating a research question, and choosing and finding materials, to publication in whichever format is most suitable.

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 the MD Anderson Library, the Architecture, Design 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, Performing and Visual Arts Research Collection, Energy and 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.

1. Learn a new skill.
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.

Mydolls Donates Archive to UH Special Collections

A new acquisition at University of Houston Libraries Special Collections features correspondence, fliers, posters, photographs, ephemera, magazines, news clippings, cassettes, vinyl records, and master tapes documenting the experimental post-punk band Mydolls. The archive of the women-led, Houston-based group reveals its 40-year advocacy of equality, female empowerment, and minority representation in the arts.

The official gift signing for the Mydolls archive at a Museum of Fine Arts, Houston screening of “Paris, Texas” (1984), a film in which Mydolls appeared. From left: Linda Younger, George Reyes, curator Mary Manning, Trish Herrera, Dianna Ray. Photo credit: F. Carter Smith.

The official gift signing for the Mydolls archive at a Museum of Fine Arts, Houston screening of “Paris, Texas” (1984), a film in which Mydolls appeared. From left: Linda Younger, George Reyes, curator Mary Manning, Trish Herrera, Dianna Ray. Photo credit: F. Carter Smith.

Mydolls consists of Linda Younger on guitar and vocals, Dianna Ray on bass and vocals, Trish Herrera on guitar and vocals, and George Reyes on drums and vocals. The band was inspired to preserve and share their colorful story through the collection.

“We wanted to donate the band’s archive, a DIY chronicle of our herstory, so that everyone who is interested could be exposed to Houston’s underground art and music scenes,” said Mydolls via Nancy Agin Dunnahoe, the band’s publicist. “We’ve lived out the punk rock ethos of being ourselves as original artists and staying true to our beliefs even if it meant that we would never be signed to a major label. We’re proud of the many artistic and multidisciplinary collaborations we’ve been a part of with national, international, and local artists and want to share those stories on a local level by making our records accessible to the public.”

Learn more about Mydolls | Local Houston Magazine

The collection is currently being processed at UH Special Collections. For questions about materials in this collection or to request access, contact Mary Manning.

By on January 9th, 2019 in Announcements, Featured, New Resource

New Exhibit: The Photography of Ben DeSoto

Houston Beyond Convention: The Photography of Ben DeSoto, 1980-present reflects on nearly four decades of work, past and present, produced by Houstonian Ben Tecumseh DeSoto, whose career spans genres of photography and a diversity of human experiences. After discovering his love for what he has called the “scientific magic” of the photographic process, DeSoto followed his passion for photography to a career chronicling his city. DeSoto has consistently challenged the viewer to see beyond static images of Houston, to look more deeply instead at the individual or community narrative behind the photograph.

Houston Beyond Convention: The Photography of Ben DeSoto, 1980-present

Houston Beyond Convention: The Photography of Ben DeSoto, 1980-present

Presented thematically, the exhibit showcases DeSoto’s documentation of Houston: portraits of local visual artists and musicians from fringe music and arts scenes, fine art photography, journalism, as well as his life’s work, the Understanding Poverty Project. Through photographs, news clippings, and audiovisual materials, Houston Beyond Convention: The Photography of Ben DeSoto, 1980-present tells the story of Houston — across class and race — and forces the viewer to move beyond conventional thinking.

Houston Beyond Convention: The Photography of Ben DeSoto will be on display at the MD Anderson Library from January 14 – May 1. For more information, contact Elizabeth Cruces or Mary Manning.