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Podcast: OER

Elizabeth Kennedy, director of advancement for University of Houston Libraries, was interviewed on Houston P.A. about the UH open educational resources program. Listen 

By on February 25th, 2020 in Announcements, Featured

UH Librarian Accepted to ARL Leadership Program

Veronica Arellano Douglas

Veronica Arellano Douglas

Veronica Arellano Douglas, instruction coordinator at University of Houston Libraries, has been accepted to the competitive Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Leadership and Career Development Program (LCDP). Arellano Douglas is one of 24 fellows chosen for the 2020-2021 cohort.

The LCDP is a yearlong program to prepare mid-career librarians from historically underrepresented racial and ethnic groups to take on leadership roles in their careers and in the profession at large.

As instruction coordinator, Arellano Douglas focuses on the teaching and learning of information literacy. Her research interests include critical information literacy and librarianship, feminist pedagogy, labor issues in librarianship, and relational-cultural theory. Arellano Douglas received her Master of Library and Information Science degree from the University of North Texas and her Bachelor of Arts degree from Rice University. She was an American Library Association Spectrum Scholar and Emerging Leader.

By on February 25th, 2020 in Announcements, Featured

UH Librarian Authors Guide on Social Media

A Social Media Survival Guide: How to Use the Most Popular Platforms and Protect Your Privacy

A Social Media Survival Guide: How to Use the Most Popular Platforms and Protect Your Privacy

Melody Karle, resource description and management coordinator at University of Houston Libraries, is the author of the forthcoming A Social Media Survival Guide: How to Use the Most Popular Platforms and Protect Your Privacy, published by Rowman & Littlefield.

Read the Booklist review (subscription).

By on February 20th, 2020 in Announcements, Featured

Data Visualization Day 2020

The Hewlett Packard Enterprise Data Science Institute and University of Houston Libraries will co-host the UH Annual Data Visualization Day 2020 to be held on March 16 at MD Anderson Library. Register

UH Annual Data Visualization Day 2020

UH Annual Data Visualization Day 2020

The event will feature presentations and demos on data visualization and interpretation in all fields of research and academia. Students may enter a data visualization contest.

Data Visualization Day 2020 Schedule

9 a.m.
Elizabeth D. Rockwell Pavilion
Opening Remarks

  • Claudia Neuhauser, associate vice president for research and technology transfer and director of the UH HPE Data Science Institute
  • Marilyn Meyers, interim dean of UH Libraries

9:15 a.m.
The Future of Data Visualization
Lindita Camaj, UH Valenti School of Communication

9:45 a.m.
Training Astronauts Using Hardware In-the-Loop Simulations and VR
Angelica Garcia, NASA
   
10:30 a.m.
The Human Body Project and the Anatomage Table
Lisa Ostrin, UH College of Optometry

11:00 a.m.
Interpretation of Machine Learning with Visualization and HPE AI Solutions
Soumyendu Sarkar, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

11:30 a.m.
The Sampled City – Visualizing Granularity and Connection in Health
Dan Price, UH Honors College and HPE Data Science Institute

1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Demonstration of Visualization Tools
Elizabeth D. Rockwell Pavilion

Introduction to Tableau
MD Anderson Library, Basement Level, Room 10-F

Register for Data Visualization Day 2020

UH Librarian Co-Authors New Monograph

Anne Washington, coordinator of metadata services at University of Houston Libraries, is co-author of the newly-released monograph Linked Data for the Perplexed Librarian, published by ALA Editions in collaboration with the Association of Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS). Read more

Linked Data for the Perplexed Librarian

Linked Data for the Perplexed Librarian

By on February 10th, 2020 in Announcements, Featured

Blind Date with a Book 2020

The Architecture, Design, and Art Library is hosting “Blind Date with a Book” from February 5 – 14.

Blind Date with a Book

Blind Date with a Book

Students are encouraged to check out a “blind date” book from the Architecture, Design, and Art Library display, unwrap it, and read it. Students can fill out the “Rate Your Date” form included with the book, even if it was not finished. Return the form by February 14 to enter a prize drawing.

By on February 5th, 2020 in Announcements, Featured

Poetry and Prose February 19

University of Houston Libraries invites the public to the next Poetry and Prose reading on Wednesday, February 19. UH Creative Writing Program faculty will be featured. The readings will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Honors College Commons, MD Anderson Library. Light refreshments will be provided.

Robert Boswell has published seven novels, three story collections, two books of nonfiction, and has had two plays produced. His work has earned him two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Iowa School of Letters Award for Fiction, a Lila Wallace/Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, the PEN West Award for Fiction, the John Gassner Prize for Playwriting, and the Evil Companions Award. He has published more than 70 stories and essays in places such as The New Yorker, Best American Short Stories, O. Henry Prize Stories, Pushcart Prize Stories, Esquire, Colorado Review, Epoch, Ploughshares, and in many other magazines and anthologies. He holds the Cullen Endowed Chair in Creative Writing at the University of Houston.

francine j. harris was born in Detroit, Michigan. She earned a BA in English from Arizona State University in 1997 and an MFA in poetry from the University of Michigan in 2011 , where she was awarded a Zell Fellowship. She is the author of Here Is the Sweet Hand (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2020), play dead (2016), and allegiance (2012), a finalist for both the Kate Tufts Discovery Award and the PEN Open Book Award. Her poetry has appeared in many journals, including McSweeney’s, Ploughshares, Poetry, Meridian, Indiana Review, Callaloo, and Boston Review. A 2008 Cave Canem fellow, she has also won the 2014 Boston Review Annual Poetry Contest and was awarded a 2015 NEA fellowship. harris was writer in residence at Washington University in St. Louis and taught creative writing at University of Michigan and Centre College in Danville, Kentucky. She is currently associate professor of English at the University of Houston.

By on February 5th, 2020 in Announcements, Featured

Student Artist Reception February 13

Student Artist Reception February 13

Student Artist Reception February 13

The Architecture, Design, and Art Library will host an opening reception for student artist Reema Farra Yeager on February 13 at 12 noon. Her exhibit, All Roads Lead to Home, will be on view through April 2020.

Reema was born in South Dakota, grew up in California, North Dakota, and Damascus, Syria, and is currently based in Houston. In 2007 Reema received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Art Institute of Houston in Interior Design, and has been a practicing designer for over ten years. Currently, Reema is a Master of Fine Arts candidate at the University of Houston in Interdisciplinary Practice and Emerging Forms focusing on transmedia storytelling, which is the use of digital and analog media to tell narrative stories across platforms.

Student-Curated Harlem Renaissance Exhibition

Elijah Caldwell

Elijah Caldwell

A student-curated exhibition is now on display at University of Houston Libraries Special Collections.

Blacker than a Thousand Midnights: Picturing the Black Spirit in Harlem Renaissance Graphic Arts was curated by students in last semester’s class, Art History 4394-6394 The Harlem Renaissance, taught by Dr. Caroline Goeser. The exhibition includes books of the Harlem Renaissance from Special Collections’ Rare Books Collections and artwork by student Elijah Caldwell.

The exhibition will run through Friday, March 27. A related exhibition will open at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Hirsch Library as Echoes of Harlem: The Graphic Work of Aaron Douglas, March 10 – June 27.

Alternative Textbook Incentive Program Applications Now Open

University of Houston Libraries is now accepting applications for the UH Alternative Textbook Incentive Program. As part of the University’s initiative to help mitigate the high cost of textbooks for students, the incentive program will award UH instructors who adopt, modify, or create an open or alternative textbook in their courses.

Instructors of record for a Summer 2020, Fall 2020 or Spring 2021 course are encouraged to apply to the UH Alternative Textbook Incentive Program by February 21, 2020. Awards of between $500 and $2500 will be made based on the estimated financial impact for students, type of alternative textbook project, and overall feasibility of the proposal.

Open educational resources (OER) offer an alternative to the problem of expensive textbooks for students. According to a recent survey conducted by the UH Student Government Association, over 37% of respondents have not purchased a required textbook due to the cost. By shifting to freely accessible and openly licensed teaching and learning tools, including textbooks, more students will have access to course materials, allowing them to be prepared for class on the first day, stay enrolled in the course, and perform better on course assignments. Open and alternative textbooks saved UH students an estimated $2.3 million in two academic years.

For more information, contact oer@uh.edu.

By on December 17th, 2019 in Announcements, Featured, OER