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UH Institutional Repository

The University of Houston Institutional Repository (UHIR) collects, preserves, and distributes scholarly output and creative works produced by the UH community. UHIR provides free and open online access to the University’s research and scholarship.

The University of Houston Institutional Repository (UHIR) collects, preserves and distributes scholarly output and creative works produced by the University of Houston community.

The University of Houston Institutional Repository (UHIR) collects, preserves and distributes scholarly output and creative works produced by the University of Houston community.

Communities within the repository, Electronic Theses and Dissertations, and UH Faculty, Staff, and Student Works, are searchable. Recent submissions to the repository include video recordings from the 2018-2019 Assistant Professor Excellence (APeX) Speaker Series: “An Inside Job: Using Tiny Robot Swarms to Heal the Body” and “The Power of Musical Play.”

UH Libraries Resources for Grad and Professional Students

Irene Ke, psychology and social work librarian at University of Houston Libraries, will give a presentation on Libraries resources for graduate and professional students at the next meeting of the Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA) on December 4. The open meeting will take place in the Student Center South – Midtown Room from 3-4pm. Refreshments will be provided.

The GPSA is a registered student organization for all masters, doctoral, and post-baccalaureate students in all colleges at the University of Houston. The GPSA hosts open meetings each month to transparently discuss organizational business, gather questions and concerns from the community, and host speakers and workshops on areas of interest for the grad/professional student community.

By on November 15th, 2018 in Announcements, Featured, New Resource

Zine Fest Houston and Special Collections

The 2018 Zine Fest Houston is scheduled for Saturday, November 17, at Lawndale Art Center from 12 noon to 6pm. Attendees can browse zines, prints, and artwork produced by creatives across Texas and the Gulf Coast; and chat with librarians and archivists about zine, history, and more.

Zine Fest Houston | Saturday, November 17 | Lawndale Art Center | 12 noon - 6pm

Zine Fest Houston | Saturday, November 17 | Lawndale Art Center | 12 noon – 6pm

The Zine Fest Houston Records will also be on display at the event. The collection of zines (self-published, non-commercial booklets or magazines) and related ephemera documents regional and national zine culture. Preserved and made accessible by UH Special Collections, materials in the collection range from the 1980s to present, with a focus on art, feminism, LGBTQ issues, Latinx culture, and humor.

For more information on the event or the Zine Fest Houston Records, contact Lisa Cruces.

By on November 14th, 2018 in Announcements, Featured, New Resource

Pop-Up Art Library

The William R. Jenkins Architecture, Design, and Art Library will host a pop-up art library at the University of Houston Fine Arts Courtyard. Students are invited to browse and check out art books while enjoying free hot chocolate.

Interior view of the Architecture, Design, and Art Library, located in the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design

Interior view of the Architecture, Design, and Art Library, located in the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design

The pop-up library will be open on November 26 from 10:30am – 12:00pm, and November 27 from 2:30 – 4:00pm.

By on November 14th, 2018 in Announcements, Featured, New Resource

Emerging Trends: Open Educational Resources

Ariana Santiago, open educational resources (OER) coordinator at University of Houston Libraries, will present on the benefits of OER at an Emerging Trends in Educational Technology session on Friday, November 9, 10-11am in Agnes Arnold Hall Room 210. Register

OER refers to teaching and learning resources that are freely available and carry legal permission for open use. With OER, students have access to course materials from the first day of the semester and are more likely to successfully complete the course. This session will provide an introduction to OER with a focus on the Creative Commons licenses that define them so that faculty can find, identify, and provide attribution to OER for use in courses. Information will also be provided on the Alternative Textbook Incentive Program.

Emerging Trends in Educational Technology is a partnership of the Office of the Provost and the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.

By on November 2nd, 2018 in Announcements, Featured, New Resource

The New Music America Records

Michael Galbreth presents the New Music America Records to UH Special Collections.

Michael Galbreth presents the New Music America Records to UH Special Collections.

A new acquisition at University of Houston Libraries Special Collections features correspondence, posters, programs, photos, and artwork documenting New Music America (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.

The New Music America Records, 1979-1990 was donated by Michael Galbreth, part of the duo known as The Art Guys whose records already reside at UH Special Collections. Galbreth organized the 1986 NMA festival, and served as president of its governing board, the New Music Alliance, from 1986 – 89. He was inspired to donate the records to UH Special Collections through a conversation with Mary Manning, university archivist and curator of the Performing and Visual Arts Research Collection. “Mary immediately recognized the value of these materials,” said Galbreth. “More importantly, and by coincidence, Mary was there! Mary attended many of the events of New Music America 1986 so she knew firsthand what the festival was and the impact it had on Houston at the time.”

Learn more about the history and impact of New Music America

The scope of the NMA Collection documents the production and performances of the Houston festival, and reveals ideas and culture of the day. “Therein lies much of the value of this collection, as with any historical collection,” said Galbreth. “By studying the New Music America Collection, I think students and scholars (or anyone) will discover a spirit of invention and innovation that was peculiar and special to Houston at that moment. Artists are unafraid of discovery and “the new” and Houston was a wonderful place to work, create, and perform in the 1980s.”

The collection is currently being processed at UH Special Collections. For questions about materials in this collection or to request access, contact Mary Manning.

By on October 18th, 2018 in Announcements, Featured, New Resource

New Digital Collection: Peter Beste “Houston Rap” Photographs

The Peter Beste “Houston Rap” Photographs collection is now available in the UH Digital Library.

Devin the Dude posing outside of a laundromat

Devin the Dude posing outside of a laundromat

The collection comprises digital versions of 105 photographic prints created by documentary photographer Peter Beste as part of the nine-year project that became the book Houston Rap. Hip hop artists depicted include Scarface and Willie D of Geto Boys, Choice, Bun B and Pimp C of UGK, Devin the Dude, Paul Wall, Lil’ Flip, Z-Ro, HAWK, Trae, K-Rino, and others.

Published in 2013 by Sinecure Press, Houston Rap was the joint creation of Beste and writer Lance Scott Walker. It documented Houston’s hip hop community, particularly rappers, DJs, and others from the Third Ward, Fifth Ward, and South Park neighborhoods. Its subjects are often shown in unguarded moments unlike those typically staged for hip hop videos or publicity photos. It also captures the landscape of Houston’s changing neighborhoods at a particular point in time.

The original materials are available in UH Libraries Special Collections in the Peter Beste and Lance Scott Walker Houston Rap Collection, as part of the Houston Hip Hop Research Collection which documents the unique music and culture of Houston hip hop. Among its riches are approximately 1500 vinyl records owned by DJ Screw, originator of the “chopped and screwed” genre. The personal and business papers of other musical and visual artists are also represented. This collection captures the creativity and drive of the musicians, producers, visual artists, and entrepreneurs who built an independent music scene in this city which has influenced others around the world.

By on October 17th, 2018 in Announcements, Featured, New Resource

Open Access Week 2018

Next week marks Open Access Week 2018 with the theme “Designing Equitable Foundations for Open Knowledge.” According to the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), open access is the “free, immediate, online availability of research articles coupled with the rights to use these articles fully in the digital environment. Open access ensures that anyone can access and use these results – to turn ideas into industries and breakthroughs into better lives.”

Open Access Week 2018

Open Access Week 2018

University of Houston Libraries will host three events to promote open access and to highlight University initiatives related to open access.

  • October 23: Alternative Textbook Incentive Program Reception
    University of Houston faculty are invited to the Alternative Textbook Incentive Program (ATIP) reception in the Digital Research Commons to celebrate the first winner cohort of the program and to learn more about open educational resources (OER).
  • October 24: #TextbookBroke
    How much did you spend on textbooks this semester? What was your most expensive textbook? Are you #textbookbroke? Stop by to share your answers to these questions and learn about UH’s textbook affordability initiatives: the SGA Textbook Exchange and the Alternative Textbook Incentive Program.
  • October 25: Digital Research Commons Lecture
    UH Honors College faculty member Dan Price will give a lecture, “SAM (Houston on a First Name Basis) Achieving Granularity With Open Access Data,” open to students, faculty, and staff.

Hispanic Theater Collection

A new acquisition in University of Houston Special Collections features posters, photographs, and playbills documenting the origins and renaissance of contemporary Latino community theater.

Hispanic Theater Collection at UH Special Collections

Hispanic Theater Collection at UH Special Collections

Approximately 150 items in the Hispanic Theater Collection were donated by Nicolás Kanellos, PhD, Brown Foundation professor of Hispanic Studies at the University of Houston and director of Arte Público Press and Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage, in what is the largest known Latino theater collection. The primary sources created across the United States representing Latino literature, poetry, and theater were collected over a seminal period in history by Kanellos through personal and scholarly involvement.

The collection will be on exhibit twice in 2019; a pop-up exhibition at MD Anderson Library on April 1 – 15 coinciding with Latino Art Now! 2019 Conference and again through the summer.

Visitors can view the collection in the Special Collections Reading Room. For more information, contact Elizabeth Cruces, Hispanic Collections archivist.

View photos of the Hispanic Theater Collection

UH Libraries Awarded CLIR Grant

University of Houston Libraries is one of 18 institutions that have been awarded a highly competitive Recordings at Risk grant by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR).

Entrance to KUHT studios at night, 1950s-1970s

Entrance to KUHT studios at night, 1950s-1970s

Recordings at Risk is a national regranting program funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and administered by CLIR, supporting the preservation of rare and unique audio and audiovisual content of high scholarly value. The program will award a total of $2.3 million between January 2017 and April 2019.

UH Libraries was awarded $23,500 to support the project titled “Preserving KUHT Early Educational Films.” The 6-month project includes digitization of 118 16mm films from the KUHT Collection. KUHT-TV began broadcasting from the University of Houston in 1953 under one of the country’s first educational non-profit licenses, airing both for-credit “telecourses” and enriching programs aimed at a general audience. The films proposed for digitization represent some of KUHT’s earliest productions and are examples of nascent educational and public television. Films include programs made exclusively for local audiences, those intended for distribution to other educational stations across the country, and unproduced footage of the region. The materials capture a unique moment in the history of distance education in the United States and in the history of Houston. 

See previously digitized KUHT videos on the UH Libraries AV repository.

“These KUHT films were leading edge educational media innovations in their day,”  said Christian Kelleher, head of UH Special Collections. “The CLIR grant enables us to make them a part of today’s new digital media as well, and with a global reach.”