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DH@UH: Announcing the Program

University of Houston Libraries Digital Research Commons is pleased to announce the program for DH@UH, a new series aimed at convening humanists, data scientists, librarians, and digital humanities practitioners at every level at UH.

DH@UH: Building Connections

DH@UH: Building Connections

The inaugural program in this series, Building Connections, is a three-day virtual event to be held on April 19 – 21 via Zoom that will showcase digital humanities collaborations by research teams across UH.

View full program for DH@UH: Building Connections.

Join students, librarians, and faculty for a program highlighting the breadth of digital humanities work ongoing at UH. Discussion sessions will explore the practical challenges of starting and sustaining DH projects and how those who are interested in engaging this work can discover and take advantage of existing opportunities on campus.

DH@UH is a joint venture of UH Libraries Digital Research Commons, the US Latino Digital Humanities program at Arte Público Press, the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, the College of Technology, and the UH Graduate School.

DH@UH: Building Connections is free and open to the entire UH community. Sessions will be held online via Zoom (no password required). 

Lapka Confirmed for AHIP Membership

Stefanie Lapka

Stefanie Lapka

Stefanie Lapka, medical and health sciences librarian at University of Houston Libraries, has been approved for membership in the Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP) at the Senior 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.

In her role at the UH Health Sciences Library, Lapka supports multiple health programs at UH, including the College of Nursing, the Graduate College of Social Work, and the department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Her research interests include evidence-based practice education for healthcare professions, the medical and health humanities and their application to health care education and practice. Prior to joining UH Libraries, Lapka was a medical librarian and a reference and instruction librarian at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. She holds a Master of Science in Information Studies from The University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Arts in History from Texas State University.

By on April 7th, 2021 in Announcements, Featured

Remembering Larry McMurtry

Larry McMurtry, undated

Larry McMurtry, undated

The Contemporary Literature Research Collection at UH Special Collections preserves and makes accessible the personal papers of notable writers with connections to Houston and Texas, including Larry McMurtry (1936 – 2021). The Pulitzer Prize-winning author, who passed away last week at the age of 84, leaves a legacy of creative acclaim as sweeping as the sagas and settings portrayed in his writing.

First edition of HORSEMAN, PASS BY

First edition of HORSEMAN, PASS BY

“Larry McMurtry was one of Texas’s great literary figures: a novelist, screenwriter, and also notably a bookstore owner,” said Christian Kelleher, head of Special Collections. “There’s a lot that can be discovered in his extensive body of work. For me there’s a kind of ambition or yearning that may be particularly Texan. McMurtry’s personal archives at UH offer students and scholars many opportunities to better understand his work and what is unique about Texas literature.”

McMurtry was a Houston resident in the late 1950s and 60s. He completed graduate work at Rice University, later teaching creative writing there, and wrote book reviews for the Houston Post. In addition to early correspondence, short prose and poetry, and literary reviews from the period prior to the author’s success, the Larry McMurtry Papers includes an extensive collection of primary materials documenting his writing life, including handwritten notes and typewritten manuscript drafts of the novels Leaving Cheyenne, Moving On, Somebody’s Darling, Cadillac Jack, The Desert Rose, Lonesome Dove, and Texasville.

Handwritten character list for LONESOME DOVE

Handwritten character list for LONESOME DOVE

Items of particular interest are the first draft of The Last Picture Show, including handwritten notes, a character list, and synopsis, as well as a copy of the first printing of the 1967 Dell paperback; and a screenplay for Hud (the film adaptation of Horseman, Pass By).

“In addition to making McMurtry’s papers available for scholarly research, UH Libraries has loaned them to other Texas institutions for exhibition, and used them to teach students, including local high school students, about the writer’s craft,” said Julie Grob, coordinator for instruction in Special Collections.

The Larry McMurtry Papers are accessible to view on-site in Special Collections by appointment. Visitors may contact Christian Kelleher for more information.

By on March 30th, 2021 in Announcements, Featured

Elsevier Negotiations – March Update

TLCUA Update

The Texas Library Coalition for United Action (TLCUA) negotiations with academic publisher Elsevier that cover UH Libraries journal subscriptions and access to journal content are ongoing. We’ve seen progress on some issues and believe we are getting close to a final offer.

At the heart of the negotiations are three key issues:

  1. Sustainable pricing models while maintaining title access
    Journal pricing has been unsustainable for some time. The Coalition is trying to maintain as much access to currently subscribed titles as possible while significantly reducing overall expenditures.

  2. Copyright retention/reversion for authors
    Authors are often expected to sign over their copyright as part of the agreement with the publisher, which can impede how authors are able to re-use or re-publish their work in the future. The Coalition believes that ownership matters and that this must change; Elsevier has indicated a willingness to engage creatively on this topic.

  3. Post-termination access to subscribed content
    Post-termination access is the ability to access prior years’ content from subscribed journals in the future, regardless of the current status of the subscription. Much like with a print journal, where we can keep copies available to library users even after ending a subscription, we want to be able to retain access to journal articles that we subscribed to electronically after the subscription ends. We believe PTA is important to the preservation of knowledge and the creation of new scholarship.

UC Deal

Last week, two years after walking away from negotiations and their big deal with Elsevier, the University of California system announced a transformative open access agreement with Elsevier. This four-year agreement restores reading access to Elsevier journal titles and provides reduced article processing charges (APC) for open access publishing in Elsevier journals.

While the Coalition members support open access, many TLCUA members cannot afford the type of deal that UC signed with Elsevier. The Coalition is seeking a solution that prioritizes sustainable pricing without sacrificing post-termination access and author rights, while UC prioritized a multi-payer model for open access publishing and enabling universal open access for all UC research.

For more information, consider these readings:

  • UC agreement overview
  • Scholarly Kitchen post for background and overview
  • Inside Higher Ed analysis of long-term impacts

Your support in these negotiations is critical and greatly appreciated. We welcome your feedback and questions at collections@uh.edu.

By on March 25th, 2021 in Announcements, Featured

UH Libraries Statement on Violence Against Asian and Asian-American People

The University of Houston Libraries would like to collectively express our shock and sorrow at the tragic murders of eight people in the Atlanta area, six of them Asian women. We support our Asian and Asian-American library colleagues, members of the UH community, and the wider Asian and Asian-American communities in this time of grieving and outrage. We stand in opposition to racism, misogyny, hate, and the escalating violence perpetrated against Asian and Asian-American people over the past year. We recognize that anti-Asian hate and violence is not new, and is deeply rooted in US history. As we reflect on these troubling times, we recommit ourselves to the work of equity, inclusion, diversity, and anti-racism.

To join us in this commitment, please take action by raising your awareness of the harmful effects of anti-Asian xenophobia, taking bystander intervention training, or donating to anti-racist efforts. We ask that those who are not directly affected respect and acknowledge the pain that members of the Asian and Asian-American community may be experiencing.

Resources for Further Action

  • Explore Anti-Asian Violence Resources (Includes statistics, ways to donate, resources to educate, etc.)
  • Take bystander intervention training
  • Donate to:
    • AAPI Community Fund (GoFundMe has compiled a comprehensive list of verified donation pages on its platform to support victims of anti-Asian hate crimes, provide safety resources to the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities, and advance research into the increased violence. The site has also launched the AAPI Community Fund, which will provide grants to AAPI advocacy organizations across the country.)
    • Stop AAPI Hate (This organization compiles reports of hate crimes against AAPI communities throughout the US, provides support to victims of these crimes, and produces reports on these incidents that help advocate for social and political protections for the communities.)
    • Asian Americans Advancing Justice (Fights for Asian-Americans’ civil rights and empowers the community through education, litigation, and public policy advocacy.)
    • AAPI Women Lead (Through the #ImReady Movement, AAPI Women Lead works alongside other BIPOC communities to empower Asian American Pacific Islander women to become leaders in politics, business, technology, and education, fighting back against the discrimination and violence that are all too common to AAPI women.)
By on March 22nd, 2021 in Announcements, Featured

Save the Date for DH@UH: Building Connections

The University of Houston Libraries Digital Research Commons team is pleased to announce DH@UH, a new series of programs aimed at convening humanists, data scientists, librarians, and digital humanities practitioners at every level at UH.

The inaugural program in this series, DH@UH: Building Connections, is a three-day virtual event on April 19 – 21 via Zoom that will showcase digital humanities collaborations by research teams across UH, including innovative classroom projects that forge partnerships with public communities and digital projects that reanimate texts and archives by centering voices of marginalized or silenced peoples.

Join students, librarians, and faculty for a program highlighting the breadth of digital humanities work ongoing at UH. Discussion sessions will explore the practical challenges of starting and sustaining DH projects and how those who are interested in engaging this work can discover and take advantage of existing opportunities on campus.

DH@UH is a joint venture of UH Libraries, the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, the College of Technology, and the Graduate School.

Registration for DH@UH: Building Connections is required, but is free and open to the entire UH community. Sessions will be held online via Zoom. Registration information and the full program will be announced soon.

Boehm Receives NISO Plus 2021 Scholarship

Reid Boehm

Reid Boehm

Reid Boehm, research data management librarian at University of Houston Libraries, was one of 15 international information professionals who received a National Information Standards Organization (NISO) Plus 2021 scholarship. Sponsored by Digital Science, the scholarship is awarded to those working in libraries, vendors, publishing, or other areas of information science whose views and voices are underrepresented or marginalized.

The award allowed Boehm to attend the NISO Plus 2021 conference, provides registration to NISO education webinars, and facilitates engagement and collaborative opportunities with other professionals in the NISO community throughout the year. “NISO has been a consistent presence throughout the work that I do, and the conference really presented a picture of our interconnections within diverse facets of the information science world,” Boehm said. “The opportunity to engage with folks from across the globe and across our disciplines was incredibly meaningful.”

In her role at UH Libraries, Boehm consults with and develops workshops for researchers, faculty, staff, and students on issues related to data and research material management throughout the research lifecycle. This includes advising on data management and/or sharing plans, documentation of data, managing data within collaborations, finding outlets for sharing, facilitating the use of the UH Data Repository, and preparing data for sharing, archiving, or preservation.

Makerspace Spring Workshops

University of Houston students are encouraged to register for upcoming Arduino and Sewing workshops provided by UH Libraries Makerspace specialists.
   
The Arduino series begins Friday, March 12 and will be held online using TinkerCAD Circuits. The Arduino is the most affordable and accessible microcontroller available. It has the ability to accomplish almost all simple electronic projects and robots, and is the perfect introduction to programming in C++. These five workshops offer an introduction to Arduino from scratch so you can build your robot, class project, or just improve your home, without any programming experience needed.

Register for Arduino workshops

The Sewing series is aimed at beginners who want to learn basic sewing skills. During this three-part course, you will learn how to sew an Among Us Plushie. These workshops will be held virtually and will be 3 hours each session. 

Register for Sewing workshops

Open Education Week 2021

Open Education Week is March 1 – 5. University of Houston Libraries joins the global movement to raise awareness and demonstrate the impact of open education.

According to the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), open education “encompasses resources, tools and practices that are free of legal, financial and technical barriers and can be fully used, shared and adapted in the digital environment” and “maximizes the power of the Internet to make education more affordable, accessible and effective.”

Learn about open educational resources (OER)

The OER and Alternative Textbook Handbook provides an introduction to open education, and recorded OER training sessions are available on the Open Educational Resources Channel on Microsoft Stream.

Register for the Open Texas Conference

The inaugural Open Texas Conference (March 11 – 12, 2021) offers free registration. This no-cost professional development opportunity brings together open education practitioners and advocates from across Texas, including presentations by UH faculty. 

Submit your OER to the OERTX Repository

The recently-launched OERTX Repository is a public digital repository of OER designed to meet the needs of Texas students and faculty. Explore the collection of free resources and consider submitting your work to the repository. 

Attend an Open Education Week event

Institutions worldwide are hosting events to celebrate Open Education Week. A few are highlighted below:

For more information about OER, visit UH Libraries Open Educational Resources.

University of Houston Welcomes Athena N. Jackson

Dean of Libraries Athena N. Jackson

Dean of Libraries Athena N. Jackson

University of Houston welcomes Athena N. Jackson as the dean of UH Libraries and Elizabeth D. Rockwell chair.

“It is my great pleasure to return to my alma mater and lead a transformative academic library in a vibrant city in a region that I call home. With enduring, world-class, and research-centered resources; a talented Libraries team; and university mission committed to advancing scholarship, student success, and civic engagement, I am eager to contribute to the UH community’s efforts toward an informed, productive, and just society.”

By on February 26th, 2021 in Announcements, Featured