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Gola Elected as TLA President

Christina H. Gola

Christina H. Gola

Christina H. Gola, director of recruitment and organizational learning at University of Houston Libraries, has been elected to the Texas Library Association (TLA) executive board as president for the 2020-2021 term.

TLA is the largest state library association in the US. With over 6,000 members representing academic, public, school, and special libraries, TLA empowers library personnel and supporters to develop library excellence for the people of Texas.

In her role at UH Libraries, Gola manages organizational effectiveness, human resources, and employee development. Throughout her career, Gola has committed to promoting information literacy, equitable access to information, student success, and diversity, equity, and inclusion. Her work has allowed her to serve in leadership positions across the UH campus and within the TLA, collaboratively at the national level within the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) and the Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA), and as a mentor within UH Libraries, TLA, and the Library Leadership and Management Association. Her leadership approach has been shaped by her experiences with collaborative leadership models, strategic planning, leading change, mentorship, and participating in leadership development such as the TLA TALL Texans Leadership Institute, the Harvard Leadership Institute for Academic Libraries, and the Association of Research Libraries Leadership Fellowship Program. Gola has published and presented on student learning and assessment, leadership in libraries, onboarding, and emotional intelligence.

“Congratulations to Christina,” said Lisa German, dean of UH Libraries and Elizabeth D. Rockwell chair. “She will represent UH and all Texas libraries with intelligence, thoughtfulness, and care.”

Read Christina Gola’s statement on engaging members in advocacy.

Watch Christina Gola’s TLA candidacy video.

By on March 27th, 2019 in Announcements, Featured, Stories

Pop-Up Libraries on Campus

The William R. Jenkins Architecture, Design, and Art Library is pleased to announce its new partnership with Blaffer Art Muse​um to cross-promote awareness of services and resources for students.

Visit upcoming pop-up libraries on campus.

Visit upcoming pop-up libraries on campus.

The program features a series of pop-up libraries with curated art books available for check-out and museum catalogs for sale. Pop-ups will be held every last Thursday of the month during spring and fall semesters. Locations will vary.

Upcoming Pop-Ups

  • Thursday, March 28 from 11 am-1pm
  • Thursday, April 25 from 11am-1pm

One Button Studio Now Open

University of Houston Libraries announces the opening of the new One Button Studio, located in the MD Anderson Library Learning Commons.

The new One Button Studio is now open at UH Libraries.

The new One Button Studio is now open at UH Libraries.

UH students, staff, and faculty can now record videos with a quick click of a button. No video production experience is necessary.

The One Button Studio is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis. The studio key can be checked out from the Service Desk.

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Upcoming Publishing Literacy Workshops

The following workshops will focus on skills related to academic publishing in journals.

Selecting Journals for Academic Publishing

For newer researchers, choosing the right journal to submit your manuscript to can be a challenging process, with several criteria to consider before making a decision. This workshop addresses factors that can influence your choice of journal, including Journal Impact Factor and other quality indicators, and introduces resources where you can find information to help you make the right selection.

Date: Friday, April 5, 2019
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 PM
Location: Agnes Arnold Hall, Rm 213
Registration: https://uh.libcal.com/event/5248807

Demystifying Open Access Workshop

Open Access (OA) is revolutionizing how research and scholarship is disseminated, discovered, and used around the world. But what is Open Access? What are the pros and cons of choosing to publish my work with an open access journal? How can I distinguish a legitimate open access publisher from a predatory publisher? This workshop will demystify Open Access as both a concept and as a practice that can help increase the visibility and impact of your publications.

Date: Friday, April 12, 2019
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 PM
Location: Agnes Arnold Hall, Rm 213
Registration: https://uh.libcal.com/event/5248819

Understanding and Negotiating For Your Rights as an Author

When you publish in scholarly journals, you’re usually required to give up some or all of the rights to your work. In this workshop, UH librarians will show you what to look for in author contracts and go over strategies to hold onto rights to share and reuse your work for maximum visibility and impact.

Date: Friday, April 19, 2019
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 PM
Location: Agnes Arnold Hall, Rm 213
Registration: https://uh.libcal.com/event/5248831

By on March 20th, 2019 in Announcements, Featured

Town Hall on Open Education

The University of Houston Libraries Town Hall on Open Education will be an opportunity to engage in conversation with national experts about the future of Open Education. We’ll get an update on SPARC’s work on Open Education and more broadly on the Open Agenda, and a discussion of national trends that are shaping the Open Education movement, including information on recent studies, policy trends, and SPARC’s priorities for the future. There will be plenty of time for open discussion so that you can ask the experts your questions about Open Education.

This will be a great opportunity for anyone interested to learn more about Open Education and open educational resources (OER).

Speakers:

Nicole Allen, Director of Open Education, SPARC

Mo Nyamweya, Open Education Coordinator, SPARC

Camille Thomas, Open Education Ambassador, SPARC

Ariana Santiago, OER Coordinator, UH Libraries

Libraries Town Hall on Open Education
Thursday March 21, 9am-10:30am
Elizabeth D. Rockwell Pavilion

By on March 20th, 2019 in Announcements, Featured

Featured Student Artists: Morgan Stahl

The Architecture, Design, and Art Library encourages student artists to apply for a chance to exhibit their work inside the library. Student exhibits run for three months and are archived in the UH Digital Library.

This week, we will feature student artists whose work was selected for exhibition.


Morgan Stahl

Morgan Stahl

Morgan Stahl is a designer from Baltimore, Maryland. She started drawing when she was in 6th grade and hasn’t stopped since. Her passion for art is what helped her find her future as an architect. Even though her older works are in colored pencil, her favorite drawing medium is ink marker.

Stahl’s exhibition will be on display from November 2019 through January 2020.

Featured Student Artists: Emmanuel Oluwaseyi Bamtefa

The Architecture, Design, and Art Library encourages student artists to apply for a chance to exhibit their work inside the library. Student exhibits run for three months and are archived in the UH Digital Library.

This week, we will feature student artists whose work was selected for exhibition.


Emmanuel Oluwaseyi Bamtefa is a visual artist from Brooklyn, of Yoruba descent. He has been an active artist since 2012 and is interested in portraiture and figure painting. Bamtefa also likes to play with scale to see how viewers respond to colors in any given space. Bamtefa originally studied architecture but switched to the School of Art’s painting program at the University of Houston. After graduation, he intends to continue his architecture path.

Emmanuel Oluwaseyi Bamtefa

Emmanuel Oluwaseyi Bamtefa

Bamtefa’s exhibition will be on display from August through October 2019.

Featured Student Artists: Dan Li

The Architecture, Design, and Art Library encourages student artists to apply for a chance to exhibit their work inside the library. Student exhibits run for three months and are archived in the UH Digital Library.

This week, we will feature student artists whose work was selected for exhibition.


Dan Li is an artist and art educator from Hong Kong. She discovered art at a young age and found passion working with watercolors and acrylics. Inspired by the artist Claude Monet, Li created a series of bright flowers for the coming spring season, in hope of bringing warmth and happiness to people.

Dan Li

Dan Li

Li is currently a PhD candidate in the Art Education program at the University of Houston. She holds a Master degree in Contemporary Studio Arts and Criticism in Education and a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (major in Visual Arts and minor in Special Needs) at the Education University of Hong Kong. Her research interests include social justice art education, issues-based art education, critical visual literacy, interdisciplinary art education, and technology in art education.

Li’s exhibition will be on display from May through July 2019.

Featured Student Artists: Tay Butler

The Architecture, Design, and Art Library encourages student artists to apply for a chance to exhibit their work inside the library. Student exhibits run for three months and are archived in the UH Digital Library.

This week, we will feature student artists whose work was selected for exhibition.


Tay Butler is a photographer and collage artist who challenges history and memory and repurposes archives, found material and original photography to create both familiar and new compositions and perspectives from which to view that history. Butler is a student at the University of Houston, in his senior year of the School of Art’s Photography and Digital Media block program. With an expected graduation date of May 2019 and intentions to continue studies after graduation, Butler is consistently building a portfolio of work and exhibitions that include spaces all over Houston, Texas like the Blaffer Art Museum, Texas Art Asylum, and Noble Artisan.

Tay Butler

Tay Butler

Tay Butler’s American Geographic is on display through April 2019, and is free and open to the public.

Improved Finding Aids

University of Houston Libraries Special Collections has improved finding aids for research and teaching.

Powered by ArchivesSpace, the new system streamlines discoverability of materials by describing creators, context, and contents of archival collections; and offers better accessibility/ADA compliance.

Search the archives

By on March 8th, 2019 in Announcements, Featured