UH Libraries News

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.

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.

New Library Search Platform Coming Soon

This summer, UH Libraries will be implementing a new search platform that will provide a catalog with enhanced functionality. The change is expected to go live July 23, 2019.

We are very excited to introduce this new search platform called Alma. It offers all of the searching functionality of our current catalog, and will provide more effective access to all of our resources.

Information about changes and new features will be posted soon. How you access your library account, and what materials you can access, will not change.

Alma has been implemented by major research libraries across North America, including Harvard University, University of Minnesota, University of Southern California, and University of Iowa.

If you have any questions about the new search platform, please contact user experience coordinator Daniel Pshock or head of Information and Access Services Lee Hilyer.

Pressbooks Webinars Now Available

Recordings are available for the recent webinars on Pressbooks, an authoring tool for the creation of open educational resources (OER).

Webinar Recording: Introduction to Pressbooks
Pressbooks personnel discuss the benefits of a Pressbooks membership and demonstrate the platform’s functionality.

Webinar Recording: Pressbooks Training
In this hands-on training session led by Pressbooks personnel, attendees will learn the basics of creating an OER on the Pressbooks platform, including organizing, editing, exporting, and importing content.

University of Houston faculty who wish to create a Pressbooks account may contact Ariana Santiago.

New Computer Station in Jenkins

The William R. Jenkins Architecture, Design and Art Library proudly announces its new ADA-compliant computer station, located near the entrance. Features include a wall mount, adjustable monitor, ample space, and a keyboard tray.

New ADA-compliant computer station

New ADA-compliant computer station

Pop-Up Libraries on Campus

The William R. Jenkins Architecture, Design, and Art Library is pleased to announce its new partnership with Blaffer Art Muse​um to cross-promote awareness of services and resources for students.

Visit upcoming pop-up libraries on campus.

Visit upcoming pop-up libraries on campus.

The program features a series of pop-up libraries with curated art books available for check-out and museum catalogs for sale. Pop-ups will be held every last Thursday of the month during spring and fall semesters. Locations will vary.

Upcoming Pop-Ups

  • Thursday, March 28 from 11 am-1pm
  • Thursday, April 25 from 11am-1pm

One Button Studio Now Open

University of Houston Libraries announces the opening of the new One Button Studio, located in the MD Anderson Library Learning Commons.

The new One Button Studio is now open at UH Libraries.

The new One Button Studio is now open at UH Libraries.

UH students, staff, and faculty can now record videos with a quick click of a button. No video production experience is necessary.

The One Button Studio is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis. The studio key can be checked out from the Service Desk.

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Research Workshop Series Spring 2019

University of Houston Libraries will offer a series of workshops for faculty, researchers, and students to hone their skills on a variety of research tools.

Each workshop will be hands-on to get participants quickly familiar with the tools for use in their own research. All workshops will be held in the MD Anderson Library.

Finding Data: February 12, 1-2:30 p.m., room 10F
Participants will be introduced to commonly-used library data sources and open data portals; learn tips for finding data, and discuss how to evaluate the quality of data sources.

Introduction to Tableau: February 19, 1-2:30 p.m., room 10F
Participants will use Tableau Public to create interactive data visualizations. The workshop will cover an overview of the program and provide hands-on experience creating basic charts and maps, as well as creating interactive web-based visualization dashboards; and publishing to the Tableau Public web server.

Tableau Intermediate: February 26, 1-2:30 p.m., room 10F
Participants will use more advanced features in Tableau to manage data, such as join, union and edit data; and use calculations and parameters to make views more interactive. The workshop will cover analytics to help spot trends and forecast data. Taking Introduction to Tableau prior to this workshop is strongly encouraged.

Data Cleaning with OpenRefine: February 28, 1-2:30 p.m., room 106R
OpenRefine (formerly Google Refine) is a tool for working with semi-structured datasets. It allows you to explore data, easily find facet patterns within data, and enable simple detection of data inconsistencies. It also offers quick clean-up and transformation options. In this workshop, participants will learn how to perform common data cleaning functions and use GREL (Google Refine Expression Language) for more advanced cleaning needs.

Online Mapping with ArcGIS Online: March 5, 1-2:30 p.m., room 106R
Participants will learn basic terminologies for geographic information system (GIS) mapping and identify opportunities to apply GIS in your work; and how to use ArcGIS online to create a map with lines, points, and polygons. We will use real data to create a Houston hurricane evacuation map and see where City of Houston’s non-emergency service calls were received to report flooding during Hurricane Harvey. We will also add demographic data to the map and identify areas that need more assistance during the evacuation.

Introduction to ArcMap: March 7, 1-2:30 p.m., room 106R
This workshop will provide an overview of how ArcGIS software can help you analyze or visualize digital data that has a locational component. Participants will become familiar with the ArcGIS interface, create a simple map, edit the layout, and export the map into different formats. It will also introduce learning resources to explore more GIS.

Introduction to Tableau, March 21, 10-11:30 a.m., room 10F
Participants will use Tableau Public to create interactive data visualizations. The workshop will cover an overview of the program and provide hands-on experience creating basic charts and maps, as well as creating interactive web-based visualization dashboards; and publishing to the Tableau Public web server.

Tableau Intermediate: March 28, 10-11:30 a.m., room 10F
Participants will use more advanced features in Tableau to manage data, such as join, union and edit data; and use calculations and parameters to make views more interactive. The workshop will cover analytics to help spot trends and forecast data. Taking Introduction to Tableau prior to this workshop is strongly encouraged.

Introduction to ArcMap: April 4, 1-2:30 p.m., room 106R
This workshop will provide an overview of how ArcGIS software can help you analyze or visualize digital data that has a locational component. Participants will become familiar with the ArcGIS interface, create a simple map, edit the layout, and export the map into different formats. It will also introduce learning resources to explore more GIS.

Mapping Census Data: April 9, 1-2:30 p.m., room 106R
Participants will learn how to retrieve census data and join the data with census TIGER shapefiles, a public domain data source which has many geographic features. Using ArcMap, participants will create choropleth maps, thematic maps in which areas are shaded in proportion to the measurement of the statistical variable being displayed on the map, such as population density or per-capita income. Taking Introduction to ArcMap prior to this workshop is strongly encouraged.

Geocoding and Mapping Location Data: April 11, 1-2:30 p.m., room 106R
Participants will learn a few ways to geocode, the process of converting addresses (like a street address) into geographic coordinates (like latitude and longitude); and learn how to retrieve location data from library databases, geocode them, and place them on the map. Taking Introduction to ArcMap prior to this workshop is strongly encouraged.

By on February 13th, 2019 in Announcements, Featured, New Service

OER Consultations

Ariana Santiago, open educational resources coordinator at University of Houston Libraries, will be available to provide consultations at the Faculty Cafe located at E. Cullen Room 33. Faculty may drop in to discuss finding and evaluating OER for courses.

Consultations are available from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. on a number of dates.

February 4
February 11
February 25
March 4
March 18
March 25

The consultations are in partnership with Faculty Engagement and Development.

By on January 16th, 2019 in Announcements, Featured, New Service

New Service: Text to Report Noise

University of Houston Libraries is piloting a new service based on student feedback. You may now send a text to report excessive noise at the MD Anderson Library.

Text "Noise" to 713-489-6208 to report excessive noise within the MD Anderson Library.

Text “Noise” to 713-489-6208 to report excessive noise within the MD Anderson Library.

Text the word “Noise” and the exact location to 713-489-6208. A member of the Libraries’ staff will investigate. No signal? Use the chat feature over wifi: libraries.uh.edu/contact.