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Professional and Scholarly Spotlight Spring 2022

Librarianship often goes hand in hand with scholarship. Take a look at some of the recent research and professional contributions of University of Houston librarians.

Reid Boehm was an invited speaker for a panel talk, “Towards an Earth and space sciences knowledge commons,” at the Federation of Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) winter meeting; and a guest speaker at the Texas Digital Library (TDL) Research Integrity working group meeting.

Boehm co-presented a poster, “Analysis of US federal funding agency data sharing policies: Highlights and key observations,” with P. Condon, H. Calkins, J. Petters, and R. Woodbrook at Research Data Access and Preservation (RDAP) Summit.  

Ana Corral presented a paper, “Comunidad book club: Planning, lessons learned, and application to health sciences librarianship,” and a poster, “Around the liaison role in 11 months: An early career librarian’s journey around and throughout the health sciences,” at the South Central Chapter of the Medical Library Association (SCCMLA) annual meeting.

Corral co-presented with M. Rawls, L. Tadena, W. Tavernier, M. Peralta, M. Bergamasco, and K. Adolpho on the work of the Residency Interest Group (RIG) diversity residency toolkit and resident-centered framework as part of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Diversity Alliance task force webinar series; and “Library preparedness: Formalizing and supporting the diversity residency experience using a resident centered framework,” at the Conference on Academic Library Management (CALM).

Corral presented a paper, “Supporting the Latinx community’s health needs in southwest Virginia: Partnerships and collaboration during the COVID-19 pandemic,” on behalf of the group, R. Silva and A. Wright de Hernandez, at the International Congress of Medical Librarianship + Association for Health Information and Libraries in Africa (ICML+AHILA): A Call for Action: Engaging to Save Lives.

Corral and Rachel Helbing submitted a chapter, “Maintaining continuity through institutional growth and personnel changes,” for publication in the book Accreditation in the Health Sciences.

Kerry Creelman presented “Collections strategies without subject selectors: Restructuring and rethinking collections services” at the Electronic Resources & Libraries (ER&L) conference.

Veronica Arellano Douglas, Wenli Gao, Andrea Malone, and Emma Fontenot wrote “Beyond the numbers: Building a data information literacy program for undergraduate instruction,” which appeared in Teaching Critical Thinking with Numbers: Data Literacy and the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education, edited by J. Bauder.

Douglas serves as a mentor through the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Kaleidoscope program, mentoring LIS graduate students.

Catherine Essinger presented “Formulas for tracking faculty scholarship in architecture” at the Association of Architecture School Librarians annual conference, and served as chair of the nominating committee. 

Wenli Gao and Kerry Creelman co-presented “Learn from others: A look at collections policies from ARL member institutions,” at North Carolina Serials conference online.

Gao, M. Huang, G. Liu, and H. Yao co-presented “From outlier to mainstream: CALA’s journey for diversity, equity and inclusion in the library world” at Augusta Baker Lecture Series (invited).

Carolina Hernandez, Veronica Arellano Douglas, and Emily Deal co-wrote “Valuing the everyday: Using experiential scenarios to evaluate information” which appeared in College & Research Libraries News.

Jerrell Jones is the 2022 recipient of the Texas Library Association (TLA) Ray C. Janeway Scholarship and the TLA Summer School Scholarship.

Natalia Kapacinskas presented “Librarianship and disability at the performative turn” at the Concordia Library Research Forum.

Stefanie Lapka, Reid Boehm, and Rachel Helbing gave a lightning talk, “Data management and health sciences researchers: Learning together,” at the SCCMLA annual meeting.

Xiping Liu gave a lightning talk, “Cool things we’ve cataloged: ‘Cartonera Books’” at ACRL Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS) online program, and served on the Chinese American Library Association (CALA) newsletter committee.

Andrea Malone serves as chair of the ARL Leadership and Career Development Program (LCDP) task force, and is a proposal reviewer for DH Unbound 2022.

Malone delivered a lecture for FREN 4351 about MLA indexing of francophone literary research.

Malone was featured in a video during Black History Month at Fallbrook Church’s Black Excellence celebration for being the first Black full librarian at UH.

Leonard Martin presented “Ghost in the MARChine: Pseudonymity and anonymity usage in electronica music sound recordings” at Northern Ohio Technical Services Librarians annual meeting; wrote “What’s an original when everything is a copy?: Chuck Person’s Eccojams Vol. 1 resurfaces from the depths of the internet” which appeared in the Association of Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC) newsletter; presented “Wickett Crickett and Houston G-Funk” at Music OCLC Users Group annual meeting; and taught “Music cataloging with Library of Congress vocabularies” as an American Library Association (ALA) eCourse.

Marilyn Myers serves as chair of the ACRL new roles and changing landscapes committee, and as treasurer for the Association for Conflict Resolution Houston Chapter.

Ariana Santiago was part of a panel presentation, “Professional development for open education leaders: A community dialogue,” at the Open Education Conference.

Santiago was elected to the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) steering committee for 2021-2024, and served as co-chair for the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA) local arrangements committee.

Santi Thompson co-presented with D.B. Lowe, S. Barba, H.C. Tripp, and Natalia Kapacinskas “Giving CRediT taxonomy its due” at the Texas Conference on Digital Libraries; and co-wrote with A.S. Kenfield, L. Woolcott, E.J. Kelly, A. Shiri, C. Muglia, K. Masood, J. Chapman, D. Jefferson, and M. Morales “Towards a definition of digital object reuse” which appeared in Digital Library Perspectives.

Shawn Vaillancourt serves as chair of the Ex Libris Southcentral Users Group (ELSUG).

Vaillancourt, Kerry Creelman, and Ian Knabe presented “Serials threshing: Separating the wheat from chaff to find value in large journal package renewals” at ER&L.

Emily Vinson presented a webinar series on audiovisual accessibility through TDL, and wrote an article, “Dr. Richard I. Evans and the innovation of educational television,” which appeared in Houston History.

Mea Warren was selected as a 2022-2023 fellow of the ARL LCDP.

Warren and Veronica Arellano Douglas presented “Flying the plane while you’re building it: Cultivating a new team through organizational change” at CALM.

Jones Awarded TLA Scholarships

Jerrell Jones

Jerrell Jones

Jerrell Jones, digitization lab manager at University of Houston Libraries, is the 2022 recipient of the competitive Texas Library Association (TLA) Ray C. Janeway Scholarship and the TLA Summer School Scholarship. Both are intended for a graduate student enrolled in a library education program. Jones is completing a Master of Science in Information Science from University of North Texas.

Jones brings a combination of digitization experience and a background in fine art photography to his role at UH Libraries, where he provides management of digitization efforts and library assets supporting the digital curation of UH Special Collections materials; and management of the digitization space and personnel, which includes training, project management, equipment purchasing, and maintenance. Jones has served on several committees at UH Libraries, including search committees, the Committee on Diversity and Inclusion (CoDI), and task forces for the Digital Asset Management System and Theses and Dissertations digitization projects. One of his current projects is the digital library migration from a legacy ContentDM system to a Hyrax platform digital library. His service to the profession includes committee work for the Texas Conference on Digital Libraries (TCDL).

In addition to the TLA scholarships, Jones is the recipient of the 2021 Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Julia C. Blixrud Scholarship and the 2021-2022 American Library Association (ALA) Spectrum Scholarship.

Wu Appointed to Franzheim Professorship

Annie Wu

Annie Wu

Annie Wu, head of Metadata and Digitization Services (MDS) at University of Houston Libraries, has been awarded the Ambassador Kenneth Franzheim II and Mrs. Jorgina Franzheim Professorship, effective March 1.

The Franzheim Professorship was established in 2006 to support a full librarian in the MD Anderson Library at the University of Houston. The candidate must have exceeded the requirements to achieve the rank of full librarian, and must be recognized as an individual who has advanced their discipline and whose opinions are highly regarded.

“Annie Wu’s appointment reflects her singular influence in the field of librarianship,” said Athena Jackson, dean of UH Libraries and Elizabeth D. Rockwell chair. “The breadth and intention of the Franzheim endowment provided with this professorship mirrors the potential Ms. Wu will have to expend the funds in ways that advance the Libraries’ mission through her enterprise-wide scope of work that entails rich, meaningful, and inclusive descriptions of all our collections. I am very pleased that we will now have the opportunity to support Annie, and UH Libraries, through this appointment.”

In her role, which she has held since 2013, Wu is responsible for strategic direction, initiatives and planning for MDS. She has published and presented on various topics relating to information organization and discovery, digital systems, linked data, digital preservation policies and programs, metadata practices and standards, and staff competences, training and orientation. Wu has served on local, state, and national library association committees and task forces including serving as councilor-at-large of American Library Association (ALA). Wu is a fellow of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Leadership Fellows Program as well as the ARL Leadership and Career Development Program. Wu served as the co-principal investigator for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)-funded “Bridge2Hyku Toolkit: Developing Migration Strategies for Hyku” grant project. Prior to UH, Wu served as the operations manager at the Technical Information Center at Corning Inc., and as cataloging supervisor at University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Wu holds a master’s degree in Library and Information Studies (MLIS) from University of Wisconsin at Madison.

Kenneth Franzheim II was a Houston oilman and philanthropist. He served as ambassador to New Zealand, Western Samoa, Tonga and Fiji from 1969 to 1972. Franzheim was also a friend and supporter of UH Libraries, with a strong belief in higher education. His father was the prominent Houston architect whose best known building was the downtown Foley’s Department Store, and whose collection of rare architecture books is preserved in the Kenneth Franzheim II Rare Books Room at the William R. Jenkins Architecture, Design, and Art Library.

Jones Wins ARL Blixrud Scholarship

Jerrell Jones

Jerrell Jones

From ARL News: “The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has awarded Jerrell Jones the Julia C. Blixrud Scholarship to attend the ARL Fall Forum 2021. The scholarship was established in 2015 to honor the memory and extend the legacy of longtime ARL staff member Julia C. Blixrud. This year’s Blixrud Scholarship recipient, Jerrell Jones, is a cultural-heritage digitization specialist and professional photographer focused on utilizing digital imaging to inform, elevate, and empower.” Read the ARL Article

Boehm Selected for Early Career Librarian Fellowship

Reid Boehm

Reid Boehm

Reid Boehm, PhD, research data management librarian at University of Houston Libraries, is the 2021 recipient of the Rooks Early Career Librarian Fellowship.

The fellowship endowment was established by former UH Libraries dean Dana Rooks and spouse Charles W. (Mickey) Rooks, PhD and is designated to support a UH librarian in professional development and research opportunities, such as memberships, conference fees, travel costs, research assistance, specialized equipment, and technology.

“Receiving this fellowship is an honor and a wonderful opportunity to expand my research interests with resources and a three-year plan of action while also working to strengthen research data management (RDM) services and better advocate for researchers at UH,” Boehm said. “My hope is to expand this to the greater RDM community in scholarship, leading to some gradual shifts in service practices.”

Boehm’s research addresses gaps between funder data management requirements for research grant projects and the resources available to academic researchers. Often funders and RDM practitioners approach requirements from the scholarly defined ideals presented in the data science and library and information science disciplines. While this is the ultimate aim, Boehm’s focus is on what researchers are experiencing in reality. The goal is to learn more about these gaps pertaining to how the University and other public Research 1 academic institutions work with researchers. With attention to context in service and training, by learning from research partners instead of simply presenting best practices, there is greater potential to increase advocacy and communicate more clearly to funders about these realities.

Boehm holds a PhD in Information Science from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville where she studied information equity and methods for evaluating government agency information on complex problems such as Colony Collapse Disorder and Livestock Identification for all citizens. Boehm became interested in data management and curation while working with a NASA data archive and later as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Notre Dame Library. Prior to UH Libraries, Boehm worked as a data management consultant at Johns Hopkins University.

Path to Leadership National Forum Wins IMLS Grant

Wenli Gao

Wenli Gao

Wenli Gao, data services librarian at University of Houston Libraries and 2021 – 2022 president of the Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA), is the co-lead on a project titled Path to Leadership: National Forum on Advancing Asian/Pacific Islander American Librarianship, which was awarded a grant by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Gao and colleagues Ray Pun, Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA) president, CALA executive director Lian Ruan, and APALA executive director Lessa Kanani’opua Pelayo-Lozada, submitted the application on behalf of their organizations. The Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program National Forum grant in the amount of $100,000 will provide the opportunity for 50 library and information science students and professionals to build strategies to develop Asian American and Pacific Islander American (APIA) library leaders and solutions for the barriers that they experience.

The Path to Leadership National Forum will take place in conjunction with LibLearnX: The Library Learning Experience (LLX) in San Antonio, Texas in January 2022. Participants of the forum will discuss the current representation of APIA workers in the library field; identify specific leadership traits of APIA librarians; explore barriers to leading; and generate ideas which will be captured in a white paper that will lay the groundwork for the development of an APIA-specific leadership development curriculum.  

Following participation, attendees will continue to build on the Forum work through a series of virtual monthly meetings, followed by a final gathering at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference 2022, both also supported with IMLS funding. In addition, webinars sharing the findings of the forum and the white paper will be offered throughout the year following the grant period. 

The significance of the forum, Gao noted, is its focus on giving historically underrepresented racial and ethnic groups tools to combat structural racism and discrimination. By convening to capture the voices and perspectives of APIA library workers in leadership and management roles, and those striving to be leaders, the Path to Leadership National Forum aims to shape the conversation of library leadership by sharing the experiences of APIA library workers and increasing APIA presence in library leadership positions.

“I am excited to have this grant that aligns with CALA’s plan and build this strategic collaboration with APALA during my CALA presidency,” Gao said. “Advancing diversity, equity and inclusion are critical components of University of Houston Libraries’ mission and organizational development. I am happy to get involved in this grant to support our goals as well.”