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.

Moonshot: Historical Documents on Human Space Flight

At the 50th anniversary of NASA’s July 20, 1969 moon landing, University of Houston Libraries Special Collections is pleased to commemorate the historic event with an exhibition of archival documents, photographs, and publications related to human space flight drawn from primary source archives in the Libraries’ permanent collection.

Moonshot: Historical documents on human space flight from UH Libraries Special Collections

Moonshot: Historical documents on human space flight from UH Libraries Special Collections

The exhibit includes historical materials from the National Advisory Council for Aeronautics, the precursor to NASA, Project Mercury, the Apollo Spacecraft, and the work of the Johnson Space Center.

The exhibit will be on display near Special Collections on the 2nd floor of MD Anderson Library from July 22-26, 2019. For more information contact Christian Kelleher or Vince Lee.

New Music America Collection

An exhibit at University of Houston Libraries Special Collections features selections from the New Music America Collection. Materials document New Music America (NMA) festivals, which began as “New Music New York” in 1979 and were produced annually by the New Music Alliance in cities across North America from 1980-1990. A large part of the collection focuses on the 1986 NMA in Houston, and was donated by Michael Galbreth, part of the duo known as The Art Guys whose records also reside at UH Special Collections.

New Music America Collection exhibit

New Music America Collection exhibit

Courtney Tutt, a graduate student at the University of North Texas, collaborated with Mary Manning, university archivist and curator of the Performing and Visual Arts Research Collection; Joseph Lueck, coordinator of archival processing; and Bethany Scott, coordinator of digital projects, to process the physical and digital files of the NMA Collection. Tutt is pursuing a Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) degree with a focus on archives and imaging technology. Her work at UH Special Collections fulfilled a practicum requirement and a desire to earn experience in the field.

Among Tutt’s project tasks was the selection of items for an exhibit, now on display at the MD Anderson Library second floor near Special Collections.

“I have been fortunate to work on this compelling project which is both fascinating and relevant to the cultural identity of Houston,” Tutt said. “One of the many interesting things I learned from this collection was the festival’s opening day featured the world premiere of John Cage’s Ryoanji concurrently with the opening of MFAH’s Lillie and Hugh Roy Cullen Sculpture Garden. A parade was held before the performance on Montrose Boulevard with art cars and performers celebrating the kick-off of the festival. This was the very first Art Car Parade in Houston.”

The collection is open for research in the Special Collections reading room.

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.

Blind Date with a Book

The Architecture, Design, and Art Library is hosting “Blind Date with a Book” for the month of February.

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 28 to enter a prize drawing.

Register Today for the UH Libraries Data Event

University of Houston Libraries will host a free event featuring topics in data on Thursday, February 14. Faculty, staff, and students (especially grad students) are encouraged to attend. Register

Register for the Love Data @ UH event

Register for the Love Data @ UH event

Love Data @ UH Schedule

Sessions will be held at the Elizabeth D. Rockwell Pavilion in the MD Anderson Library.

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Registration

9:00 – 9:10
Welcome
Lisa German, Dean of UH Libraries

9:10 – 10:30
Data for All Disciplines
Faculty panel:

  • Kathryn Anderson, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology 
  • Ioannis Pavlidis, Eckhard-Pfeiffer Professor, Department of Computer Science
  • Norman Johnson, Professor, Chair of Decision and Information Sciences, Bauer College of Business
  • Rodolfo Ostilla Mónico, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering 
  • Temple Northup, Associate Professor of Communication, Director of Jack J. Valenti School of Communication

Moderator: Dr. Claude Willan, Director of Digital Research Commons

10:30 – 11:00
The UH Hewlett Packard Enterprise Data Science Institute
Dr. Andrea Prosperetti, Director of Hewlett Packard Enterprise Data Science Institute

11:00 – 11:15
Break

11:15 – Noon
Cross – Classified Random Effects Models in Psychology and Education
Dr. David Francis, Director of Texas Institute for Measurement, Evaluation, and Statistics (TIMES)

Noon – 1:00
Lunch: Pizza

1:00 – 2:00
Connecting Changemakers with Data
Jie Wu, Director of Research Management at Rice University Kinder Institute for Urban Research

2:00 – 3:00
Collections as Data
Wenli Gao, Data Services Librarian; Anne Washington, Coordinator of Metadata Services; Emily Vinson, Audiovisual Archivist

Love Data @ UH is sponsored by UH Libraries, UH Hewlett Packard Enterprise Data Science Institute, and TIMES.

Register

Student Art Exhibit Opens February 1

The William R. Jenkins Architecture, Design, and Art Library presents Tay Butler's American Geographic on Friday, February 1.

The William R. Jenkins Architecture, Design, and Art Library presents Tay Butler’s American Geographic on Friday, February 1.

The William R. Jenkins Architecture, Design, and Art Library is pleased to present American Geographic by student artist Tay Butler. The opening reception will be held on Friday, February 1 at 5 p.m., with light refreshments. The exhibit will be on view through April 2019, and is free and open to the public.

Butler is an undergraduate student in Photography and Digital Media at the University of Houston. With an expected graduation date of May 2019 and intentions to continue studies, Butler is consistently building a portfolio of work and exhibitions that include spaces all over Houston, Texas, such as the Blaffer Art Museum, Texas Art Asylum, and Noble Artisan.

A 20-year retired Army veteran with a background in power plant engineering, Butler completely transformed his life by walking away from a well-paying occupation in search of purpose and self-expression. Acknowledging the 2014 death of Mike Brown as the catalyst, he began his journey backwards into the archives of black history; including that of his own family. With a 23-hour U-Haul truck expedition through the snowstorms of Wisconsin to Houston, Butler began his studies at UH in the fall of 2015.

Initially choosing graphic design as a possible career path, Butler soon uncovered a deep love for photography. Studying the likes of Gordon Parks, Irving Penn, and Carrie Mae Weems led him to the work of his biggest influences, Lorna Simpson and Romare Bearden, where his obsession with collage was born. He soon began combining original photography of Milwaukee with found images of people of color to reframe his memory of home. When not exploring his past landscapes visually, he confronted his hometown’s history through media archives. Acknowledging a need for community, Butler began to do the very same in his new home of Houston.

New Exhibit: The Photography of Ben DeSoto

Houston Beyond Convention: The Photography of Ben DeSoto, 1980-present reflects on nearly four decades of work, past and present, produced by Houstonian Ben Tecumseh DeSoto, whose career spans genres of photography and a diversity of human experiences. After discovering his love for what he has called the “scientific magic” of the photographic process, DeSoto followed his passion for photography to a career chronicling his city. DeSoto has consistently challenged the viewer to see beyond static images of Houston, to look more deeply instead at the individual or community narrative behind the photograph.

Houston Beyond Convention: The Photography of Ben DeSoto, 1980-present

Houston Beyond Convention: The Photography of Ben DeSoto, 1980-present

Presented thematically, the exhibit showcases DeSoto’s documentation of Houston: portraits of local visual artists and musicians from fringe music and arts scenes, fine art photography, journalism, as well as his life’s work, the Understanding Poverty Project. Through photographs, news clippings, and audiovisual materials, Houston Beyond Convention: The Photography of Ben DeSoto, 1980-present tells the story of Houston — across class and race — and forces the viewer to move beyond conventional thinking.

Houston Beyond Convention: The Photography of Ben DeSoto will be on display at the MD Anderson Library from January 14 – May 1. For more information, contact Elizabeth Cruces or Mary Manning.

Student Art Exhibit Opens November 2

The William R. Jenkins Architecture and Art Library presents Amira Maruf's Be A Lady on Friday, November 2.

The William R. Jenkins Architecture and Art Library presents Amira Maruf’s Be A Lady on Friday, November 2.

The William R. Jenkins Architecture and Art Library is pleased to present Be A Lady by student artist Amira Maruf. The opening reception will be held on Friday, November 2 at 5 p.m., with light refreshments. The exhibit will be on display through January, and is free and open to the public.

Maruf is a Houston-based graphic designer and graduate student whose works explore 2D design to site-specific installations. She received a Bachelor of Arts in public relations with a minor in marketing from the University of Houston. During her undergraduate studies, she found joy in designing campaign collateral, which led her to pursue a Master of Fine Arts with a concentration in graphic design at UH.

Artist’s statement:

As a graphic designer, I use visual storytelling to exhibit social and environmental issues. With the heart of an anthropologist, my studies are heavily focused on the understanding of people and their interaction with the world around them. I am fascinated by the parts of history that are undocumented, for the uncertainty of the past offers opportunities for new discoveries. By analyzing time and space in relation to environment and culture, I actively look for new ways to encourage public engagement with issues that constitute against them. Inspired by visual artists such as Olafur Elision, Rana Begum, Rashid Johnson, and Candice Lin, my art and design practice questions diverse perspectives and seeks to find and exhibit hidden truths.

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.