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UH Libraries Now Offers Pressbooks for OER

University of Houston Libraries announces access to Pressbooks for the creation of open educational resources (OER).

Pressbooks is simple book production software that is widely used in universities to create OER, and can be used to create OER in a variety of formats, include open textbooks, modules, syllabi, and other course materials.

OER published on Pressbooks are accessible on all platforms (smartphone, tablet, e-reader, computer) and can be exported into multiple formats (web, PDF, EPUB, XML, etc.). The platform allows for embedded media and can integrate interactive content, such as web annotation and quiz questions.

“This is a really exciting development for the UH OER program,” said Ariana Santiago, open educational resources coordinator at UH Libraries. “Pressbooks will make it easier for instructors to publish OER and ensure that students have free and perpetual access to the course materials.”

A training webinar will be held on Tuesday, June 4 and is open to Texas Digital Library members. In this hands-on session led by Pressbooks personnel, attendees will learn the basics of creating an OER on the Pressbooks platform, including organizing, editing, importing, and exporting content.

Access to the UH Pressbooks network is only available to those affiliated with University of Houston and its use is intended for the creation or modification of open educational resources.

Pressbooks Training
Tuesday June 4, 2019, 2-3 p.m.
Attend online or in person (MD Anderson Library, Training Room 106-R)

For more information about Pressbooks:
3-minute introductory video
What is Pressbooks? (slides)

Gao Elected CALA VP-President Elect

Wenli Gao

Wenli Gao

Wenli Gao, data services librarian at University of Houston Libraries, has been elected as incoming vice president-president elect (2021-22) for the Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA).

CALA is an affiliate of American Library Association (ALA). The organization’s objectives are to enhance communication among Chinese American librarians as well as between Chinese American librarians and other librarians; to serve as a network for discussing and advancing professional interests and development opportunities relevant to all members; to promote Sino-American librarianship and library services; and to provide a vehicle whereby Chinese American librarians may cooperate with other associations and organizations having similar or allied interests.

In her campaign statement, Gao committed to working with the executive committee, board of directors, chapter presidents, and committee leaders to further strengthen the organization and carry out its strategic plan in the areas of professional development opportunities for members; leadership training; creating effective communication channels for internal and external communication; collaboration with other professional organizations; and facilitating international scholarly communication and exchange of ideas and practices.

In her role at UH Libraries, Gao provides support for faculty and students working with geospatial, numeric, statistical, and other data. She also provides instruction in methodologies and tools relating to geographic information systems (GIS), analysis and visualization of data. She is active in ALA and Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). Gao has presented various topics at ALA, ACRL, ER&L and NASIG conferences. Before coming to UH Libraries, Gao earned a Master of Library Science from Syracuse University, and an MS in Communication Media Technologies from Rochester Institute of Technology. She previously worked at SUNY Morrisville and University of Central Oklahoma.

By on May 17th, 2019 in Announcements, Featured

New Research Data Management Librarian

Reid Boehm

Reid Boehm

University of Houston Libraries welcomes Reid Boehm, PhD as the new research data management librarian.

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

I will be consulting with, and developing workshops for, researchers, faculty, staff and students on issues related to data and research material management throughout the research lifecycle. This might include advising on data management and/or sharing plans, documentation of data, managing data within collaborations, finding outlets for sharing, and preparing data for sharing, archiving, or preservation. I will also be working to facilitate use of the UH Data Repository. I am really excited to be working in such an energetic and diverse environment that is UH and my sincere hope is to be an advocate for researchers from all disciplines and a support for my fellow librarians to fulfill data literacy and data management needs as we focus on goals of 50 in 5 and beyond.

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

I have a PhD in Information Science from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville where I studied information equity and methods for evaluating government agency information on complex problems such as Colony Collapse Disorder and Livestock Identification for all citizens. I found my love for data management and curation as I worked with a NASA data archive for a summer and then later when I did a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Notre Dame Library. As a child of a professor, I grew up surrounded by research and scholarship. I started my career in ceramic arts and massage therapy before going back to grad school for my library degrees. I think these different paths bring a level of creativity, sensitivity, and care to my approach. The ability to listen actively to an individual or a group and draw important connections is something I try to foster in my work. I love hearing and learning about the things people study and I think my love of inquiry of all kinds stems from that early exposure to many different disciplines and ways of thinking.

What is your first impression of the University?

The atmosphere on campus is very open and also very energetic. I feel at home and welcome here. I love how much green space and public art there is here too.

What is your favorite hobby?

I love to do yoga. I do it most every day at home mostly because I love how it makes me feel and how it strengthens and stretches my whole body and my mind.

By on May 13th, 2019 in Announcements, Featured, Stories

New Computer Station in Jenkins

The William R. Jenkins Architecture, Design and Art Library proudly announces its new ADA-compliant computer station, located near the entrance. Features include a wall mount, adjustable monitor, ample space, and a keyboard tray.

New ADA-compliant computer station

New ADA-compliant computer station

Warren Receives SLA Rising Star Award

Mea Warren

Mea Warren, natural science and mathematics librarian at University of Houston Libraries, has received the James M. Matarazzo Rising Star Award from the Special Libraries Association (SLA).

The award recognizes outstanding new SLA members who show exceptional promise of leadership and contribution to the association and profession. Awards will be presented at the SLA Annual Conference in June.

Warren works with the departments of Mathematics, Computer Science, Physics, and Earth and Atmospheric Science to ensure that students, faculty, and researchers have access to all the resources needed of a Tier-One research university. From teaching instruction sessions on library resources to developing collections that better suit the needs of the departments, she is the liaison that connects these departments to the library. She is interested in producing better outcomes for information literacy, evaluating the constantly evolving collections, and ensuring that everyone is aware and utilizes all the services that the library provides. She is also interested in encouraging more diversity and generating excitement for students who study within the STEM fields. Warren received her Bachelor’s degree from Duke University and her Masters of Library Science degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, during which she worked at the Environmental Protection Agency in Research Triangle Park.

SLA is a nonprofit international organization for innovative information professionals and their strategic partners. SLA serves information professionals in more than 60 countries and in a range of working environments, including business, academia and government agencies. SLA promotes and strengthens its members through learning, advocacy and networking initiatives.

By on May 2nd, 2019 in Announcements, Featured