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Virtual Poetry & Prose September 30

University of Houston Libraries is pleased to announce the first-ever virtual Poetry & Prose reading, featuring new graduate students of the UH Creative Writing Program. The reading starts at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 30 on Zoom and is free to attend. Register

Reader Bios

Nick Almeida earned his MFA from The Michener Center for Writers where he was Editor-in-Chief of Bat City Review. His fiction has appeared in American Literary Review, Mid-American ReviewWaxwingSoutheast Review, and elsewhere. 

Pritha Bhattacharyya (PhD, Fiction) is a Bengali-American writer and first-year fiction PhD student at the University of Houston. She completed her MFA at Boston University, and she was a Fall 2019 Leslie Epstein Global Fellow in Osaka, Japan. 

Ryan Bollenbach is a writer living in Houston, Texas. He formerly served as poetry editor for Black Warrior Review in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He reads for SweetLit: A Literary Confection and Heavy Feather Review. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Colorado Review, poets.org, Painted Bride Quarterly, Snail Trail Press and elsewhere. Find his tweets @SilentAsIAm, more writing @ whatgreatlarks.tumblr.com

Addie Eliades, a new UH MFA candidate in poetry, was a 2019 Fulbright Fellow in Brazil. She received the University of Virginia’s 2017 Rachel St. Paul Poetry Prize. Her writing has appeared in Bitter Melon Magazine, Rumble Fish Quarterly, and other publications.

Tayyba Maya Kanwal is a Pakistani-American writer who grew up in the United Arab Emirates. Her work appears in Juxtaprose, Quarterly West and other journals. Her nonfiction has been anthologized by The Doctor TJ Eckleburg Review and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Her awards include the Inprint C. Glenn Cambor Fellowship. She is a candidate for an MFA at the Creative Writing Program at the University of Houston.

Erin L. McCoy holds an MFA in creative writing and an MA in Hispanic studies from the University of Washington. She won second place in the 2019–2020 Rougarou Poetry Contest, judged by CAConrad, and her poem, “Futures,” was selected by Natalie Diaz for inclusion in Best New Poets 2017. Her poetry and fiction have been published or are forthcoming in Bennington Review, Pleiades, DIAGRAM, Nimrod International Journal, Conjunctions, and other publications.

Fey Popoola is an activist and writer. She has a degree in Linguistics and Cognitive Science from Princeton University and is now a first year poetry MFA student here at UH. 

Joy Priest is the author of HORSEPOWER (Pitt Poetry Series, 2020), winner of the Donald Hall Prize for Poetry. She is the recipient of the 2020 Stanley Kunitz Prize and her work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day, APRThe AtlanticPoetry Northwest, and Poets & Writers, among others. She is currently a doctoral student in Literature & Creative Writing at the University of Houston.  

Stephanie Pushaw‘s short fiction appears in Narrative, Joyland, and the Masters Review Anthology. She has also published essays in Mississippi Review, DIAGRAM, and Los Angeles Review of Books. She was a Truman Capote Fellow at the University of Montana, where she received an MFA in Fiction, and has worked as assistant essays and interviews editor at The Believer. Originally from Los Angeles, Stephanie currently lives in New Orleans. 

Adele Elise Williams is a poet from Louisiana. She is a winner of the Emily Morrison Poetry Prize and has received support from Hindman Settlement School, Muse Writing Center and Inprint of Houston. Adele’s work can be found or is forthcoming in Split Lip Magazine, The Adroit Journal, Quarterly West, SAND, and more. 

New Resource Description Librarian

Leo Martin

Leo Martin

University of Houston Libraries welcomes Leo Martin as the new resource description librarian.

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

I’m very excited to be joining UH Libraries as their new resource description librarian. I primarily create catalog records for music scores, sound recordings, and special collections materials. I am also researching recent trends in popular music, including established and emerging microgenres like chopped and screwed music and vaporwave music.

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

Collaboration underpins all of the work I do, and is foundational in my approach to librarianship. I’m an educator first and foremost, and I try to center my approach to cataloging resources on discovery and accessibility. My first job in a library was actually as a student assistant at the UH Music Library over in the Moores School of Music building! After a stint in the Marines I knocked out my B.S. in Music Education and M.S in Library Science with a focus in music librarianship at the University of North Texas. I’ve also gigged and taught bassoon and oboe lessons over the years, and was previously the catalog librarian for the New England Conservatory of Music.

What is your first impression of the University?

I had the opportunity to visit campus in mid-February before COVID-19 and thoroughly enjoyed my time interacting with the UH community. It’s also a very good sign when students are in the library using resources and interacting regularly with the staff there. To also see how UH has navigated the uncertainty brought by the pandemic and both hire and onboard me is nothing short of impressive.

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

I dabble in making zines (shorthand for “do-it-yourself” magazines) and have been recently working through my backlog of video games, TV series and books. I’ve recently read Questlove’s book “Creative Quest,” and have been chipping away at “Fire Emblem: Three Houses” on the Nintendo Switch.

By on September 18th, 2020 in Announcements, Featured

New Endowment Supports LGBT History Research Collection

University of Houston Libraries is pleased to announce the establishment of a new endowment to support the LGBT History Research Collection.

The Hollyfield Foundation Endowment will provide funding for the acquisition and preservation of primary source materials in the LGBT History Research Collection, one of 13 collecting areas in UH Libraries Special Collections. The collection preserves and promotes the archives of LGBT communities and organizations from Houston and the region. Materials, including personal papers, organization records, and library collections, document the communities’ activist, cultural, social, and political activities, and the personal experiences of community members.

Through its support of LGBT and AIDS non-profits, the Hollyfield Foundation has made a substantial positive impact on local LGBT communities since its inception in 1994. The Houston-based organization contributes to charities that work to prevent discrimination, promote equality, and assist in HIV/AIDS education, care and treatment.

“Jay Hollyfield deeply loved Houston and our LGBT community and history,” said Elizabeth McLane, Hollyfield Foundation board president. “The Hollyfield Foundation Board of Directors is thrilled that his name will now be linked perpetually to one of the nation’s most extensive and exceptional LGBT history collections.”

In recognition of this grant, UH Libraries will establish an annual exhibition of materials from the LGBT History Research Collection, to be held at MD Anderson Library during June each year as part of Pride Month.

Marilyn Myers, interim dean of UH Libraries, said the endowment supports the Libraries’ mission to preserve and provide access to unique primary sources for teaching, learning, research, and scholarship. “This endowment will allow UH Libraries to expand the LGBT History Research Collection and increase engagement with students and scholars,” Myers said. “With this gift, we’ll be able to make accessible a rich collection of primary source materials to those seeking an understanding of the history and legacy of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender communities.” 

Ask Your Engineering Librarian

Engineering librarian Edward Gloor will host open hours for UH engineering students each Thursday of the fall 2020 semester. Beginning September 17, 1 – 2 pm, engineering students are encouraged to access the Microsoft Teams space (log in with Cougarnet credentials). Gloor will be available to help you start your research, find sources, and organize your research.

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How to Work With UH Libraries Liaison Services

University of Houston Libraries Liaison Services provides expert knowledge for your academic and research needs. Learn more about Liaison Services.

Liaison Services - who we are and how we help you

Liaison Services – who we are and how we help you

Texas Art Project: Digitized Microfilmed Archives

Thanks to a Texas State Library and Archives Commission TexTreasures grant funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS), over 100 reels of microfilmed archives documenting women and underrepresented communities in Texas visual arts will be digitized and made accessible online.

The Texas Art Project is an extensive collection of visual arts history preserved at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH) library. Between 1978 and 1985, MFAH contacted artists, galleries, and arts organizations across Texas to document unique manuscript papers and research materials on microfilm, as part of the Smithsonian Institution Archives of American Art (AAA). The project yielded nearly 700 reels, a subset of which featured materials from women artists, artists of color, and galleries that hosted them. This subset is the focus of the TexTreasures grant which allowed University of Houston Libraries Special Collections and MFAH to collaborate on the digitization of approximately 150,000 images, previously available only in a limited, localized capacity in microfilm at MFAH. Digitized images of materials such as correspondence, exhibition catalogs, reviews, and publications will become openly available online with multiple points of access, thereby facilitating scholarship and research using unique primary sources.

Portrait of Dorothy Hood in the studio (1977) | Martha Armstrong | Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Archives

Portrait of Dorothy Hood in the studio (1977) | Martha Armstrong | Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Archives

“When these materials were gathered on microfilm at the MFAH as part of the AAA, it was a tremendous gift as far as preservation,” said Marie Wise, managing archivist at MFAH. “We are so fortunate that these rich materials were preserved as they were. In digitizing them and creating searchable metadata, we are now making them accessible to a far broader audience. In this way, scholars and students can uncover this amazing history.”

View MFAH introductory exhibit of the Texas Art Project | View list of Texas Art Project collections

Contributions from women artists and artists of color are underrepresented in scholarship and public awareness, making this project particularly relevant in today’s social climate. “The goal of the digitization project is to provide a resource for scholars, students, and teachers to be able to engage with the lives and work of these artists,” said Christian Kelleher, head of UH Special Collections. “We want to boost awareness and appreciation for that work. We want to see that students are educated on archival research and critical inquiry, and that scholars are able to produce new knowledge based on unique primary sources preserved here.”

Wise noted that the project is about expanding accessibility through institutional partnerships. “By working together, we can make the collective art history resources in Houston and in Texas more discoverable,” Wise said. “The stories that are held in our respective archives are interwoven, and we all want the fullest historical picture possible preserved and studied. The MFAH is very glad to be a partner in this project.”

"Artists try cooperative gallery" | Mary McIntyre [Mary Myart Malott], Austin American-Statesman, 17 April 1977 | Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Archives

Artists try cooperative gallery (1977) | Mary McIntyre [Mary Myart Malott], Austin American-Statesman | Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Archives

An important part of the project involves the support of student success. Two graduate students in arts-related fields were hired to assist in indexing and cataloging the collection, research each artist, and contact each artist.

Lysette Portano, a professional contemporary dancer and one of the project’s graduate assistants, is enrolled in the MA in Arts Leadership program in the Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts at UH. “As an interpreter, I have always been curious about artists’ creative processes,” Portano said. “This drive has led me to research and experience different art forms. I became interested in this project because it uncovers artists that reshaped the Texas art scene and preserves the legacies of their contributions to the arts.”

Carolann Madden, a PhD candidate in literature and creative writing at UH, was drawn to the project for similar research interests in folklore and ethnography. “It’s important for us to understand “archives” as places, both physical and digital, where we can find a wide array of material,” Madden said. “The material on the reels is incredibly valuable and exciting, and should be shared. While this project was proposed and started before the pandemic, watching our archives and libraries close around the world served as a meaningful reminder that digitization not only helps preserve material in our archives, but also offers access to it wherever we are.”

TexTreasures is a yearly competitive grant program of TexShare, a consortium of Texas libraries joining together to share print and electronic materials, purchase online resources, and combine staff expertise. TexShare is administered by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC).

The TexTreasures awards are made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to TSLAC under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act. The mission of IMLS is to advance, support, and empower America’s museums, libraries, and related organizations through grantmaking, research, and policy development.

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Washington Wins TDL Individual Impact Award

Anne Washington

Anne Washington

Anne Washington, coordinator of metadata services at University of Houston Libraries, has been chosen as the 2020 recipient of the Texas Digital Library Individual Impact Award. The award honors an individual who has made significant contributions and improvements related to the field of digital curation or digital scholarship.

In her letter of nomination for the award, Annie Wu, head of Metadata and Digitization Services, stated that “Anne Washington has shown excellence in promoting common and best practices across the profession, advancing community open source initiatives and fostering research in the digital and metadata field.” Washington’s many accomplishments include a demonstration of outstanding leadership and collaboration via service in library organizations at the national and regional levels; significant contributions to innovative projects at both the national and institutional levels; and a record of scholarship in digital, metadata and linked data initiatives presented at high-profile national and international venues. She has served as the co-chair for the ALCTS/LITA Linked Library Data Interest Group, vice-chair/chair-elect of the ALCTS Metadata Interest Group, and Programming co-chair for the ALCTS Metadata Interest Group; the chair of South Central States Fedora Users Group; member of the Bridge2Hyku project team, which was awarded a $250,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to develop a migration toolkit to assist institutions in adopting the open-source Hyku digital repository; and member of the Bayou City DAMS (BCDAMS) implementation project, helping the team to establish the UH Libraries’ next-generation digital system’s infrastructure.

Washington has authored and contributed to numerous peer-reviewed articles published in journals such as ALCTS Library Resources & Technical Services, Journal of Library Metadata, and Code4Lib. Her co-authored monograph, Linked Data for the Perplexed Librarian, was recently published in March 2020.

In her role at UH Libraries, Washington is responsible for managing metadata creation and maintenance for the University of Houston Digital Library. She is currently a Product Owner for the development, implementation, and migration to a new digital asset management (DAM) ecosystem for UH Libraries’ rare and unique digital content. She is also involved in initiatives to expand the Libraries’ services to researchers including consulting with students and faculty on how to use metadata for their projects and research data. Her research interests include emerging technologies, such as linked data, that have the potential to more broadly expose and connect resources as well as inclusive, user-centered approaches to metadata.

TDL presented the awards at an online ceremony this month.

By on July 29th, 2020 in Announcements, Featured

Recordings of Library Services Open Forum Series Now Available

Last week, University of Houston Libraries held a series of online open forums about library services geared toward graduate students. Librarians explained how these services are related to graduate study, research, and teaching, and how librarians work with graduate students. 

The series was recorded and each session is accessible below via Microsoft Stream:

Accessing Library Materials and Services
Lee Hilyer, Head of Information & Access Services

The UH Libraries has over 2 million items in its physical collections, and millions more available electronically. In addition, the Libraries offers access to services to help you with your courses, your research projects, and your classes (if you’re a TA). These include equipment, specialized software, and media production facilities. Join Lee Hilyer, Head of Information & Access Services, to learn about accessing the Libraries’ wealth of resources and services.

How A Subject Librarian Can Help You: Research and More
Lisa Martin, Interim Head of Liaison Services, Coordinator of Outreach and Business Librarian

Did you know that there’s an expert in the library who can provide support for you in your research, teaching, and more? Subject librarians offer research consultations when you need help finding data or resources, provide library information sessions to courses that you teach or attend, and connect you to library services and programs that you need for your success at UH. Join this session to learn how UH subject librarians help graduate students succeed.

Teaching Support for Graduate Student Instructors & TAs
Veronica Arellano Douglas, Instruction Coordinator

In this session, the UH Libraries Instruction Team will share instructional resources and services available to graduate student instructors & TAs interested in teaching research skills, critical thinking, and information literacy from a learner-centered perspective.  Get innovative teaching ideas, resources, and learn how the librarians could work with you to enrich your teaching.

Learning about Digital Research at UH
Santi Thompson, Head of Digital Research Services; Taylor Davis-Van Atta, Director of the Digital Research Commons; and Claude Willan, Director of Digital Humanities Services

In this session, the Digital Research Services team will give an overview of the services we offer around digital humanities, publishing, theses and dissertations, and data archiving and sharing. We will introduce the Digital Research Commons, the home for digital research on UH campus, and share details of our fall events series. This session will help introduce you to key research tools and methods as you embark on your careers as emerging scholars.

What does the Library do for your data needs: A conversation with UH Libraries research services
Wenli Gao, Data Services Librarian; Andrea Malone, Coordinator of Research Services

The University of Houston (UH) Libraries is building programs and data-related services to support research that creates and utilizes large amounts of data. In this session, we will discuss the resources and services we provide and share examples of how we have worked with graduate students. We also want to learn what data needs you encounter so that we could tailor our services to fit your needs.

Upcoming OER Events

University of Houston Libraries will host several events related to open educational resources this summer.

Registration is optional, not required, for these events. 

OER and Creative Commons Licenses

Thursday July 16, 2-3pm

This session will provide an in-depth explanation of Creative Commons licenses, the open licenses that are commonly applied to open educational resources (OER). Attend this session to gain an understanding of Creative Commons licenses as a user or creator of OER. 

Register here 

Join Microsoft Teams Meeting

Finding and Evaluating OER

Thursday July 23, 2-3pm

This session will provide strategies for finding and evaluating open educational resources (OER). Attend this session for an overview of recommended OER repositories, strategies for managing the evaluation process, and to share tips and tricks for finding and evaluating OER. 

Register here

Join Microsoft Teams Meeting

Modifying and Creating OER

Thursday August 6, 2-3pm

This session will provide guidance for modifying and creating open educational resources (OER). Attend this session for an overview of topics such as open licensing, technical format, accessibility, and additional resources to support modification and creation of OER. 

Register here

Join Microsoft Teams Meeting

Additionally, those interested in open educational resources can now consult the OER and Alternative Textbook Handbook, a resource created to provide UH instructors with an introduction to the use and creation of OER.

By on July 13th, 2020 in Announcements, Featured