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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

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.

UH Libraries Launches New Search System

University of Houston Libraries has implemented a new search platform that provides a catalog with enhanced functionality.

Users will enjoy a streamlined interface for locating research materials, including books, articles, theses, images, and more; and a single log-in screen for searching, bookmarks, and managing your account.

We are very excited to introduce this new search platform called Alma, providing more effective access to all of our resources.

If you have any questions about the new search platform, send an email to user experience coordinator Daniel Pshock.

Visit Library Search Updates for details.

Seeking Video Production Assistant

University of Houston Libraries Office of Communications seeks a video production assistant. This is an excellent opportunity for a student to gain valuable video production and editing experience while supporting the Libraries’ communications and marketing efforts.

The student in this role will produce visual content for our news and features blog, email announcements, and social media channels. This may include, but is not limited to, conducting on-camera interviews, covering events, and storyboarding.

This is an on-campus position at approximately 10-15 hours per week. Hours will be negotiated based on the student’s class schedule.

Apply online at Cougar Pathway.

Martin Selected for Provost’s Leadership Academy

Lisa Martin

Lisa Martin

Lisa Martin, coordinator of outreach and business librarian at University of Houston Libraries, has been selected to participate in the 2019-2020 UH Cougar Chairs Leadership Academy (CCLA).

Provost Paula Myrick Short launched CCLA to cultivate leadership talent on the UH campus that will engender student success by scaffolding faculty achievement.

In her role at UH Libraries, Martin works with a team of librarians who focus on relationship building and messaging to increase awareness of library services across campus and in the community. She also works closely with faculty in her liaison areas of hospitality, human development and consumer sciences, and management and leadership to conduct course-based research sessions, schedule research consultations, and assess resources and materials. Martin’s research interests include emotional intelligence and leadership; effective library outreach efforts; and the post-graduation information skills of business students. She received her MLIS from the University of California at Los Angeles.

Art and Design Supplies for Check-Out

The William R. Jenkins Architecture, Design and Art Library now offers non-consumable art and design supplies for check-out, including:

  • X-ACTO sets
  • Architectural rulers
  • T-squares
  • Drawing boards
  • The Chopper II
Art and design supplies are now available for check-out at the Architecture, Design and Art Library.

Art and design supplies are now available for check-out at the Architecture, Design and Art Library.

Students may visit the service desk for details.

Moonshot: Historical Documents on Human Space Flight

At the 50th anniversary of NASA’s July 20, 1969 moon landing, University of Houston Libraries Special Collections is pleased to commemorate the historic event with an exhibition of archival documents, photographs, and publications related to human space flight drawn from primary source archives in the Libraries’ permanent collection.

Moonshot: Historical documents on human space flight from UH Libraries Special Collections

Moonshot: Historical documents on human space flight from UH Libraries Special Collections

The exhibit includes historical materials from the National Advisory Council for Aeronautics, the precursor to NASA, Project Mercury, the Apollo Spacecraft, and the work of the Johnson Space Center.

The exhibit will be on display near Special Collections on the 2nd floor of MD Anderson Library from July 22-26, 2019. For more information contact Christian Kelleher or Vince Lee.

Malone Selected as Chair of MLA Advisory Committee

Andrea Malone, coordinator of research services at University of Houston Libraries, serves on the Modern Language Association’s Advisory Committee on the MLA International Bibliography (MLAIB). The MLAIB is a searchable database with more than 2.8 million records pertaining to journals, books, websites, and other content related to humanities scholarship and resources.

The Advisory Committee assesses the direction and philosophy of the bibliography; advises MLA staff on policies and procedures for producing the bibliography; and recruits volunteer bibliographers to index content for the database.

Malone has been a committee member since 2017, and heading into her final year of the three-year term, is now chairing the committee, which comprises humanities faculty from the US and Canada, as well as librarians.

The association prioritizes ongoing assessment and improvement of its tools and resources. MLA staff consult with the Advisory Committee on tutorial production to optimize student and faculty use of the database. Additionally, an in-the-works committee project team will manage the review of indexing vocabulary for the MLAIB. The purpose is to create a framework that makes search results equitable, relevant, and inclusive. The Advisory Committee will collaborate with information specialists from diverse backgrounds and locations to develop the selection of terms that are more inclusive of underrepresented groups in humanities literature and research.

“While the MLAIB has content from a variety of people and in various languages, we recognize the metadata behind it—how people would search and find that content—needs to be equitable,” Malone said. “The goal is to create a dataset that includes text more closely aligned with how certain groups describe themselves, and to include those terms in the metadata. When someone searches the content of the database, they’ll be able to find what they’re looking for based on those new, inclusive terms.”

University of Houston users can access the MLA International Bibliography and related resources at the research guide for modern and classical languages and literature.

By on July 9th, 2019 in Announcements, Featured, Stories

Gao Selected for ALA Leadership Institute

Wenli Gao

Wenli Gao

Wenli Gao, data services librarian at University of Houston Libraries, has been selected to participate in the 2019 American Library Association (ALA) Leadership Institute, an immersive leadership development program for mid-career librarians.

Gao, who came to the University in 2014 as a liaison librarian for communications, sociology, and anthropology, is proactive in seeking collaborative opportunities in response to the evolving needs of library users. In her current role as data librarian, Gao develops and delivers services and 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.

Among Gao’s recent accomplishments are the creation of a centralized source for information on data journalism with colleague Lindita Camaj, PhD and supported by the ALA Carnegie-Whitney Grant; managing a project team to host a data-focused conference in collaboration with Hewlett Packard Enterprise Data Science Institute and Texas Institute for Measurement, Evaluation, and Statistics (TIMES); and launching a research workshop series. Gao was also recently elected as incoming vice president-president elect (2021-22) for the Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA).

Gao is excited to be a part of the ALA Leadership Institute. “I want to focus on becoming a more effective team leader, to foster relationship building among team members, and to motivate and influence people so that they work to their full potential,” she said.

Gao is active in ALA and Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). She 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 July 3rd, 2019 in Announcements, Featured, Stories