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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.

UH Libraries to Host Data Event

University of Houston Libraries will host a free event featuring topics in data on Thursday, February 14. Faculty, staff, and students (especially grad students) are encouraged to attend. Register

Register for the Love Data @ UH event

Register for the Love Data @ UH event

Love Data @ UH Schedule

Sessions will be held at the Elizabeth D. Rockwell Pavilion in the MD Anderson Library.

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.

9:00 – 9:10
Lisa German, Dean of UH Libraries

9:10 – 10:30
Data for All Disciplines
Faculty panel:

  • Kathryn Anderson, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology 
  • Ioannis Pavlidis, Eckhard-Pfeiffer Professor, Department of Computer Science
  • Norman Johnson, Professor, Chair of Decision and Information Sciences, Bauer College of Business
  • Rodolfo Ostilla Mónico, assistant professor, department of Mechanical Engineering 
  • Temple Northup, Associate Professor of Communication, Director of Jack J. Valenti School of Communication

Moderator: Dr. Claude Willan, Director of Digital Research Commons

10:30 – 11:00
The UH Hewlett Packard Enterprise Data Science Institute
Dr. Andrea Prosperetti, Director of Hewlett Packard Enterprise Data Science Institute

11:00 – 11:15

11:15 – Noon
Cross – Classified Random Effects Models in Psychology and Education
Dr. David Francis, Director of Texas Institute for Measurement, Evaluation, and Statistics (TIMES)

Noon – 1:00
Lunch: Pizza

1:00 – 2:00
Connecting Changemakers with Data
Jie Wu, Director of Research Management at Rice University Kinder Institute for Urban Research

2:00 – 3:00
Collections as Data
Wenli Gao, Data Services Librarian; Anne Washington, Coordinator of Metadata Services; Emily Vinson, Audiovisual Archivist

Love Data @ UH is sponsored by UH Libraries, UH Hewlett Packard Enterprise Data Science Institute, and TIMES.


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.