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UH Libraries Joins Library Publishing Coalition

University of Houston Libraries is now a member of the Library Publishing Coalition (LPC).

The LPC “extends the impact and sustainability of library publishing and open scholarship by providing a professional forum for developing best practices and shared expertise.”

Taylor Davis-Van Atta, digital scholarship coordinator, said the membership speaks to UH Libraries’ growing emphasis on making UH scholarship widely visible and discoverable. “With the Libraries playing a larger role in research production through new services and initiatives such as the Digital Research Commons’ sponsored projects program and the Alternative Textbook Incentive Program, we are building in the Libraries the means of producing and publishing a wide range of original scholarly works,” he said.

In the evolving landscape of scholarly communications, it becomes increasingly essential to establish a collaborative foundation of knowledge that is relevant among various institutions working in this space. With LPC membership, Davis-Van Atta said, UH Libraries has gained “access to a leading community of librarians who are partnering with researchers in innovative ways and developing open source tools and platforms that allow these partnerships to produce dynamic and interactive kinds of scholarship—and to publish this scholarship to the web in a variety of ways.”

Learn more about Cougar ROAR, Research Open Access Repositories.

LPC membership allows UH Libraries to build upon its existing expertise in the areas of copyright, publication agreements, open educational resources (OER), and open access, and will spur expansion of related services for UH faculty and students.

“Many UH instructors are interested in publishing OER, as it eliminates textbook costs for students and allows more flexibility regarding assigned educational materials,” said Ariana Santiago, open educational resources coordinator. “Through the LPC, we can more easily learn from other institutions and incorporate best practices into the OER program at UH.”

Local and national partnerships augment UH Libraries’ collections and services and expand the research environment for faculty and students. Consortia, common in the academic library world, provide access to cost-effective cooperative purchases of licensed resources as well as expedited resource sharing. Learn more about UH Libraries’ memberships and consortia.

By on August 21st, 2019 in Announcements, Featured

New Engineering Librarian

Edward Gloor

Edward Gloor

University of Houston Libraries welcomes Edward Gloor as the new engineering librarian.

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

I am very happy to be joining UH Libraries as the new engineering liaison librarian. I’ll be working to strengthen relationships between the Cullen College of Engineering, the College of Technology, and the library through research collaboration and consultation, instruction, outreach, and advocacy. UH Libraries already offers patrons excellent services. I plan on expanding those to augment the work that is being done in the colleges that I work with through new projects, and expanding on projects that I have already done, like my work with VR and 3D objects.

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

I come from a community centered background that puts listening first to overcome challenges. Liaison librarianship is all about adapting to the current needs of patrons. Through active listening I can work collaboratively with patrons to design solutions that work best for everyone.

What is your first impression of the University? 

The supportive and inviting culture of the University of Houston made my decision to join the library an easy one. I look forward to growing here and I know that I will be supported in that growth.

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

I love nature photography and hiking. I am so excited to be in Texas where I have plenty of opportunity for both!

By on August 20th, 2019 in Announcements, Featured

Outstanding Paper: Emerald Literati Awards

An article co-authored by a University of Houston librarian and published in Performance Measurement and Metrics has been selected by the editorial team as an outstanding paper in the 2019 Emerald Literati Awards, which celebrates high-quality scholarly research.

Santi Thompson, head of Digital Research Services, co-wrote “Barriers and solutions to assessing digital library reuse: preliminary findings” with Genya Morgan O’Gara, Liz Woolcott, Elizabeth Joan Kelly, Caroline Muglia, and Ayla Stein.

By on August 15th, 2019 in Announcements

AHIP Membership for Helbing

Rachel Helbing

Rachel Helbing

Rachel Helbing, director of library services for the health sciences at University of Houston Libraries, has been confirmed for membership in the Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP) at the Distinguished member level.

AHIP is the Medical Library Association’s (MLA) peer-reviewed certification and career recognition credentialing program for health information professionals. AHIP membership indicates a high level of achievement in continuing education, teaching, publishing, research, and other contributions to the profession.

Helbing completed her Master of Library and Information Science and Master of Science in Health Informatics degrees at Kent State University in Ohio. She has been a librarian for over a decade and has worked in consumer health, hospital, and academic health sciences libraries. Her interests include clinical informatics and evidence-based practice.

By on August 6th, 2019 in Announcements

New Student Art Exhibit

Emmanuel Oluwaseyi Bamtefa

Emmanuel Oluwaseyi Bamtefa

The Architecture, Design & Art Library is pleased to present a new student art exhibit.

Emmanuel Oluwaseyi Bamtefa’s Culture for the People will be on display August through October.

Bamtefa is a visual artist from New York and of Yoruba descent. He has been an active artist since 2012 and is interested in portraiture and figure painting. Bamtefa is in his senior year at the University of Houston School of Art.

Artist Statement
“As an artist, I look to introduce life of a certain people that is not familiar to the western world. I want to introduce people to a major people’s way of life through imagery and abstraction using different mediums. In this exhibition, I will focus on abstraction of reality from today’s society coming from my upbringing with the things I learnt from my perspective to things that I felt was necessary to talk about.”

A reception will be held on August 9 at 12 noon, free and open to the public. The first 10 guests will receive a gift.