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Visionary Art Collaborative Event

NMA Parade Flyer

NMA Parade Flyer

A screening of Laurie MacDonald’s 2001 film Eyeopeners along with her rarely-seen documentary of the 1986 New Music America (NMA) Festival in Houston will be shown in the back patio of Brasil Café: 2604 Dunlavy St. Houston, TX 77098 on October 20 at 7 pm.

The event is part of a collaboration between University of Houston Libraries Special Collections and The Orange Show Center for Visionary Art. The exhibit UNREAL ESTATES: Houston’s Visionary Art Environments will be open to the public at the Flatland Gallery (next door to Brasil Café) during the event.

The documentary is part of the New Music America Collection in the Performing and Visual Arts Research Collection at UH Special Collections.

The 1986 New Music America Festival, which gave rise to the Houston Art Car Parade, comprises a large part of the collection. Donated by the late Michael Galbreth of The Art Guys, the collection features correspondence, posters, programs, photos, and artwork documenting NMA, a peripatetic festival of experimental music. The festival was, at that time, the largest new music celebration in the world. Its origin was New York City, and in subsequent years, the festival traveled to major cities across the US, landing in Houston in 1986.

Mary Manning, university archivist and curator of the Performing Arts Research Collection, will exhibit items from the NMA collection at the Orange Show event.

Call for Applications: Spring 2022 Digital Research Institute

University of Houston Libraries Digital Research Commons (DRC) invites all UH graduate and professional students to submit an application for participation in the Spring 2022 Digital Research Institute, a multi-day intensive experience aimed at building the foundational skills and knowledge needed to generate a piece of digital research.

UH grad students are encouraged to apply to the Spring 2022 Digital Research Institute.

UH grad students are encouraged to apply to the Spring 2022 Digital Research Institute.

The Institute will take place on Zoom over five days, March 14 – 19, 2022, the week of Spring Break, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm daily. It is aimed at those who are in the beginning phases of digital research that is intended to form the basis for part of an article or a thesis/dissertation. The 4-6 students who are best positioned to benefit from the experience will be offered a seat in the Institute along with a $500 scholarship, provided by the UH Graduate School and UH Libraries, to be received after successful completion of the experience.

Participants must attend all five days of the Institute plus a virtual interview with DRC staff and “Getting Started” cohort discussion to be scheduled the week before the Institute. Participants will be assigned individualized pre-work and readings that will give them the theoretical and conceptual grounding needed to undertake the work of the Institute and exit the experience with the tangible beginnings of their digital research as well as next steps. Over the Institute, they will attend 3-5 sessions per day delivered by Digital Research Commons staff and other digital research practitioners, each targeted at building technical skills and offering individualized mentorship.

To apply, fill out this form by Friday, November 19, 11:59 pm.

Questions? Contact the staff in the Digital Research Commons: drc@uh.edu.

Makerspace Offers Tools and Support for Creativity

The University of Houston community is invited to check out the UH Libraries Makerspace. Located on the first floor of the MD Anderson Library within the South Computer Lab, the Makerspace offers tools and support for anyone working on projects, making objects, or building electronic devices. All students on the UH campus, regardless of major, are encouraged to explore the space and the opportunities it presents for discovery and collaboration.

Makerspace Workshops

In-person workshops are happening this semester on topics such as Arduino and sewing. Have an idea for other Makerspace workshop topics? If you represent a student or faculty organization that is interested in collaborating to create a workshop, contact us.

The Makerspace is seeking volunteer instructors or sponsors on the following workshop topics:

  • Introduction to AI on PyTorch
  • Introduction to Machine Vision on OpenCV
  • Raspberry Pi Retro Gaming
  • Introduction to Soldering
  • Making Origami with a Laser Cutter
  • Beginning Embroidery
  • Using a Oscilloscope 101

Kit Check-Out

Kit check-out is a popular service available for all UH students and faculty. The Makerspace provides educational kits for learning electronics and microprocessors, including Ardunio, Raspberry Pi, Intel Edison, Beaglebone Black, and most Texas Instruments microprocessors. The kits are perfect for building prototypes and applying electronics concepts. View kit inventory

Equipment

Makerspace equipment

Makerspace equipment

The UH community has access to Makerspace equipment and technical expertise in fabricating components. One-hour reservations are available for:

  • Glowforge laser cutter station
  • Electronics workstation
  • Sewing/serger station

Project Spotlight

Bernard Li teaches an Arduino workshop.

Bernard Li teaches an Arduino workshop.

Spiderbot is an Arduino-controlled autonomous robot that wanders around the MD Anderson Library. Throughout the month of October, Spiderbot is filled with the Halloween spirit and features a pumpkin stuffed with candy for students to enjoy. 

UH Libraries Hosts the Banner Project

This month, visitors to the University of Houston MD Anderson Library will notice a suite of banners displayed in the atrium. Known as The Banner Project and created by Houston activist Sara Fernandez, the pop-up exhibit features pivotal points in Houston’s LGBT history from the 1930s to present day.

The Banner Project at UH Libraries

The Banner Project at UH Libraries

2021 marks the fifth year that UH Libraries has partnered with Fernandez to host the banners, which were produced by graphic designer Kirk Baxter. A new addition includes Houston Splash Galveston (1988), bringing the total banner count to 47.

The Banner Project is on display in conjunction with October 11, which is National Coming Out Day.

2022 Sponsored Projects Call for Proposals

University of Houston Libraries Digital Research Services (DRS) invites UH faculty, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows to submit proposals for sponsored digital research projects to run through the calendar year 2022. DRS collaborates with researchers on projects involving digital techniques across the humanities, social sciences, and experimental sciences.

DRS seeks teams or individuals, experts and novices alike, who have a project that they would like to develop. This can either be a project that is already underway or one not yet begun. While prior knowledge of digital tools and techniques is welcome, it is not required. DRS works with researchers to help them organize their information, analyze it, and produce compelling results.

DRS will offer grants at three levels, designed to address projects at different levels of development. The first level, designed to help projects at the seed stage of development, will offer funding up to $3500. The second, designed to develop projects that have already made demonstrable progress, will offer funding up to $6500. The third tier, designed to foster projects at a planning stage, will offer funding up to $1000, and focus primarily on producing a polished application for federal or external grants.

Accepted applicants will work with Libraries staff to plan and build their projects into working prototypes. DRS encourages applications from project teams in the public humanities broadly understood, in particular those that engage the public in current social equality and justice themes and are composed of team members that advance these movements. Additionally, DRS is interested in proposals that integrate or analyze UH Libraries Special Collections.

Proposals are due by November 5. For more information on how to submit your proposal, visit Sponsored Projects Program Overview and Documentation.

By on September 27th, 2021 in Announcements, Digital Research, Featured

Jones Wins ARL Blixrud Scholarship

Jerrell Jones

Jerrell Jones

From ARL News: “The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has awarded Jerrell Jones the Julia C. Blixrud Scholarship to attend the ARL Fall Forum 2021. The scholarship was established in 2015 to honor the memory and extend the legacy of longtime ARL staff member Julia C. Blixrud. This year’s Blixrud Scholarship recipient, Jerrell Jones, is a cultural-heritage digitization specialist and professional photographer focused on utilizing digital imaging to inform, elevate, and empower.” Read more

New Digital Photo Tech

Marian Smith

Marian Smith

University of Houston Libraries welcomes Marian Smith as the new digital photo tech with responsibilities for the digitization and quality control of Theses and Dissertation Digitization (TDD) project documents.

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

My role is to digitize theses and dissertations that are only accessible in physical print so they can be accessed remotely. This means working with a dedicated student worker to disbind (remove the cover and binding) withdrawn thesis and dissertation books, scan them using a feed scanner, edit the images, and run them through optical character recognition (OCR) to make the documents word searchable. I am working with a variety of wonderful people who handle different sections of this project to tweak the current processes in place to both make things easier for everyone, and to make the document output as accessible as possible. This opportunity has allowed me to take my past experiences and play them out on a larger scale, as well as expand my knowledge in the field.

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

I am a recent graduate with an MS in Library Science, Archival Studies and Imaging Technology from the University of North Texas College of Information, and previously worked at Sterling Municipal Public Library primarily as a shelver, but I had the awesome opportunity to work on digitizing a variety of items for them as well, such as original City Minutes, and local historical documents. I have always been fascinated by internet born and hosted materials, as well as the transformation of print materials into digital items, and the host of pros and problems that come with said materials. People always say the internet is forever, but really, it is only on the internet forever if someone takes the time to ensure it is. This fascination has led me here, where I can contribute to creating content for people to use and learn from, and work on making said content as accessible and longstanding as possible.

What is your first impression of the University?

First impressions back on campus was me being treated to an eagerness to help and friendliness when I first walked into day one orientation. It was also odd (in a good way) to be going through orientation as a staff member and not as a student, as I graduated with my BBA in Supply Chain Management from the UH C. T. Bauer College of Business several years ago. Despite being caught in the transition of full online to in-person on-boarding, and getting tangled in said transition at times, everyone has been extremely kind and helpful in getting me set up with what I need to move forward. I am looking forward to continuing to work with such wonderful people here in the library!

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

I am a crafty sort of person, dabbling in a variety of hand crafts, though lately I have been mainly crocheting and slowly getting back into sketching. Food is also a big facet of my life, with a love for baking (be it bread or a variety of sweets, it’s all great), and large family dinners (though not as large or often as we used to considering the current affairs). I am slowly returning to reading for fun (besides finding neat articles relating to archiving items digital born), and tend to read science fiction or urban fantasy.

By on September 21st, 2021 in Announcements, Featured

Sewing Workshop Series

University of Houston students are encouraged to register for upcoming sewing workshops provided by UH Libraries Makerspace specialists.

This is a beginner’s sewing workshop series to learn basic sewing skills. During this three-part course, participants will learn how to sew an Among Us plushie. The workshops will be held on-site and virtually. Each workshop will be 3 hours.

The series begins on September 15 and will continue each Wednesday through October 6, from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.

By on September 10th, 2021 in Announcements, Featured, Workshops

Boehm Selected for Early Career Librarian Fellowship

Reid Boehm

Reid Boehm

Reid Boehm, PhD, research data management librarian at University of Houston Libraries, is the 2021 recipient of the Rooks Early Career Librarian Fellowship.

The fellowship endowment was established by former UH Libraries dean Dana Rooks and spouse Charles W. (Mickey) Rooks, PhD and is designated to support a UH librarian in professional development and research opportunities, such as memberships, conference fees, travel costs, research assistance, specialized equipment, and technology.

“Receiving this fellowship is an honor and a wonderful opportunity to expand my research interests with resources and a three-year plan of action while also working to strengthen research data management (RDM) services and better advocate for researchers at UH,” Boehm said. “My hope is to expand this to the greater RDM community in scholarship, leading to some gradual shifts in service practices.”

Boehm’s research addresses gaps between funder data management requirements for research grant projects and the resources available to academic researchers. Often funders and RDM practitioners approach requirements from the scholarly defined ideals presented in the data science and library and information science disciplines. While this is the ultimate aim, Boehm’s focus is on what researchers are experiencing in reality. The goal is to learn more about these gaps pertaining to how the University and other public Research 1 academic institutions work with researchers. With attention to context in service and training, by learning from research partners instead of simply presenting best practices, there is greater potential to increase advocacy and communicate more clearly to funders about these realities.

Boehm holds a PhD in Information Science from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville where she studied information equity and methods for evaluating government agency information on complex problems such as Colony Collapse Disorder and Livestock Identification for all citizens. Boehm became interested in data management and curation while working with a NASA data archive and later as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Notre Dame Library. Prior to UH Libraries, Boehm worked as a data management consultant at Johns Hopkins University.

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