UH Libraries News

Banner Project Returns to UH Libraries

This week, visitors to the University of Houston MD Anderson Library will notice a suite of 40 banners displayed in the atrium. The Banner Project, created by Houston activist Sara Fernandez, is a pop-up exhibit featuring pivotal points in Houston’s LGBT history from the 1930s to present day.

The Banner Project at UH Libraries

The Banner Project at UH Libraries

2019 marks the fourth year that UH Libraries has partnered with Fernandez to host the banners. Three new additions include Marvin Davis & Don Gill: Fundraising for the Aids Community (1987), Juan Palomo: Bridging Communities (1990), and Maria Gonzalez: Scholar Activist (1991), bringing the total banner count to 46.

“We are hoping that the visuals from the banners will generate discussion, reflection, and awareness across campus and in the community,” said Vince Lee, UH Special Collections archivist.

The Banner Project will be on display in conjunction with October 11, which is National Coming Out Day, and will remain through the end of the month. Staff from Special Collections and representatives from the Banner Project will be available with information on the LGBT History Research Collection, as well as resources from the UH LGBTQ Resource Center, on October 11 from 11 a.m to 5 p.m. in the MD Anderson Library atrium.

Libraries Transform Texas

Libraries Transform Texas

Libraries Transform Texas

During the week of October 7 – 11, University of Houston Libraries joins Texas Library Association (TLA) in its campaign to celebrate the numerous ways that libraries are transforming Texas.

This week, UH Libraries will highlight the transformative spaces, collections, and services available to UH students, faculty, staff, scholars, and the community.

Follow UH Libraries on Twitter @UHoustonLib to learn more.

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

Paws and Relax Spring 2019

Paws and Relax will take place next week at the MD Anderson Library. Students are encouraged to take a study break and visit with therapy dogs during the following times:

Monday, April 29 | 7-9pm in 106-T and Liaison Services
Wednesday, May 1 | 7-9pm in 106-T and second floor reading area

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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Featured Student Artists: Dan Li

The Architecture, Design, and Art Library encourages student artists to apply for a chance to exhibit their work inside the library. Student exhibits run for three months and are archived in the UH Digital Library.

This week, we will feature student artists whose work was selected for exhibition.


Dan Li is an artist and art educator from Hong Kong. She discovered art at a young age and found passion working with watercolors and acrylics. Inspired by the artist Claude Monet, Li created a series of bright flowers for the coming spring season, in hope of bringing warmth and happiness to people.

Dan Li

Dan Li

Li is currently a PhD candidate in the Art Education program at the University of Houston. She holds a Master degree in Contemporary Studio Arts and Criticism in Education and a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (major in Visual Arts and minor in Special Needs) at the Education University of Hong Kong. Her research interests include social justice art education, issues-based art education, critical visual literacy, interdisciplinary art education, and technology in art education.

Li’s exhibition will be on display from May through July 2019.

Featured Student Artists: Tay Butler

The Architecture, Design, and Art Library encourages student artists to apply for a chance to exhibit their work inside the library. Student exhibits run for three months and are archived in the UH Digital Library.

This week, we will feature student artists whose work was selected for exhibition.


Tay Butler is a photographer and collage artist who challenges history and memory and repurposes archives, found material and original photography to create both familiar and new compositions and perspectives from which to view that history. Butler is a student at the University of Houston, in his senior year of the School of Art’s Photography and Digital Media block program. With an expected graduation date of May 2019 and intentions to continue studies after graduation, Butler is consistently building a portfolio of work and exhibitions that include spaces all over Houston, Texas like the Blaffer Art Museum, Texas Art Asylum, and Noble Artisan.

Tay Butler

Tay Butler

Tay Butler’s American Geographic is on display through April 2019, and is free and open to the public.

Presentation: Digitizing Archives in Russia

Alexey Golubev, assistant professor in the UH department of History, will present Digitizing Archives in Russia: Epistemic Sovereignty and Its Challenges in the Digital Age on Thursday, February 21 at 12 noon in the UH Libraries Digital Research Commons. The talk will be followed by a workshop on constructing and maintaining a corpus in digital projects. Sandwiches and coffee will be served.

Golubev will speak on the production of digital archives in a broader context of the political economy of historical knowledge in Russia. The archive is a key institution that asserts state sovereignty over history by defining the dominant forms of historical knowledge, its limits and silences, and establishing hierarchies of voices from the past. Modern information technologies represent a formidable challenge to maintaining this epistemic sovereignty as they have simplified to the extreme a precise reproduction of historical documents and production of digital archives. The talk will focus on several cases of digital archives to discuss this challenge and the measures that the Russian state implements to maintain its sovereign control over historical knowledge.

Golubev’s experience in digital humanities stems from his work on several digital collections and archives, including a digital archive of the Russian imperial newspaper News of the Olonets Governorate (1838-1917). He currently works on a project to create a corpus of Russian war letters, supported by a seed grant from the Digital Research Commons.

Student Song Contest Winners Announced

University of Houston Libraries is pleased to announce the winners of the fall 2018 Song of the Semester contest.

Song of the Semester Fall 2018 Winners

Song of the Semester Fall 2018 Winners.

The first place winner is Yanis Bratlien (@yanisbratlien) with “Girl With The Mint Green Stare.” Listen to the winning track below:

Amanda Pascali (@amandinapascali) won second place with “Shine On Star Boy.”

Shazan Balloul took third place with “Mama.”

Congratulations to the winners and to all those who entered. All entries were recorded in the Hamill Foundation Multimedia Studio at the MD Anderson Library.