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New Research Data Management Librarian

Reid Boehm

Reid Boehm

University of Houston Libraries welcomes Reid Boehm, PhD as the new research data management librarian.

Please describe your role at UH Libraries and talk about some of your professional goals.

I will be consulting with, and developing workshops for, researchers, faculty, staff and students on issues related to data and research material management throughout the research lifecycle. This might include advising on data management and/or sharing plans, documentation of data, managing data within collaborations, finding outlets for sharing, and preparing data for sharing, archiving, or preservation. I will also be working to facilitate use of the UH Data Repository. I am really excited to be working in such an energetic and diverse environment that is UH and my sincere hope is to be an advocate for researchers from all disciplines and a support for my fellow librarians to fulfill data literacy and data management needs as we focus on goals of 50 in 5 and beyond.

Please share a bit about your background and interests. How do these inspire and shape your approach as a librarian?

I have a PhD in Information Science from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville where I studied information equity and methods for evaluating government agency information on complex problems such as Colony Collapse Disorder and Livestock Identification for all citizens. I found my love for data management and curation as I worked with a NASA data archive for a summer and then later when I did a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Notre Dame Library. As a child of a professor, I grew up surrounded by research and scholarship. I started my career in ceramic arts and massage therapy before going back to grad school for my library degrees. I think these different paths bring a level of creativity, sensitivity, and care to my approach. The ability to listen actively to an individual or a group and draw important connections is something I try to foster in my work. I love hearing and learning about the things people study and I think my love of inquiry of all kinds stems from that early exposure to many different disciplines and ways of thinking.

What is your first impression of the University?

The atmosphere on campus is very open and also very energetic. I feel at home and welcome here. I love how much green space and public art there is here too.

What is your favorite hobby?

I love to do yoga. I do it most every day at home mostly because I love how it makes me feel and how it strengthens and stretches my whole body and my mind.

By on May 13th, 2019 in Announcements, Featured, Stories

UH Libraries Spring Newsletter Now Online

The University of Houston Libraries spring 2019 newsletter is now online. Browse to learn more about our partnerships, services, and events.

UH Libraries newsletter

UH Libraries newsletter

By on April 17th, 2019 in Announcements, Featured, Stories

Tejas Got Soul and UH Special Collections

University of Houston Libraries Special Collections will preserve and make available stories, interviews, and other digital documentation produced through the community project Tejas Got Soul: Early Chicano Sounds in Houston’s East End.

Tejas Got Soul was created by musicians and scholars Nick Gaitan and Isaac Rodriguez to recognize and celebrate 1950s-70s Tejano soul in Houston.

Tejas Got Soul was created by musicians and scholars Nick Gaitan and Isaac Rodriguez to recognize and celebrate 1950s-70s Tejano soul in Houston.

Tejas Got Soul was created by musicians and scholars Nick Gaitan and Isaac Rodriguez to recognize and celebrate 1950s-70s Tejano soul in Houston. Through the project, Gaitan and Rodriguez have conducted oral histories with musicians of the era, making an important contribution to the limited documentation of this fascinating piece of Houston’s culture and musical history.

“Houston’s place in the origins and cultivation in many genres of music is a somewhat hidden gem when it comes to very important figures and recordings,” Gaitan said. “Tejano music’s roots are no different. This tells a story of its own. Musical lines are always crossed and we hear the influences coming from all directions. Listeners and fans of Tejano music, Chicano music, or other flavors that Mexican-Americans and Latinos are listening to and influenced learn that lots of these great bands writing and performing in the late 50s and early 60s were largely influenced by soul music. It’s amazing how many of these aspects of this rich history are connected. Houston is just that type of place.”

“The late 1950s, 60s, and 70s were a great time in Houston for Chicano music,” Rodriguez said. “Bands like The Rock’n Vee’s, The Exiles, and Rocky Gil & The Bishops were playing R&B and soul music but were unknowingly planting the seeds of La Onda Chicana, the sound that we know today as Tejano music. Many of these groups were no longer playing by the time Tejano music was at its peak in the 80s and 90s and did not get the recognition they deserve as pioneers within the genre in Houston. After years of collecting records, hearing stories of the music and dances from my parents, I began to make contact with several of the musicians from the era, like Oscar Villanueva, to get their personal story of what it was like to be playing music at the time. Tejas Got Soul was formed to fill the generation gap and shine the spotlight on the artists, sound and era — which I would consider to be the golden era of Chicano music in Houston.” 

The project will culminate in an April 6 public event at Morales Radio Hall, the previous home of KLVL, the first bilingual radio station in Houston. In addition to live performances from Houston-based acts, the event will offer attendees the opportunity to help build a living archive by sharing stories related to Houston’s early Tejano soul era. Dr. Jesus Jesse Esparza of Texas Southern University will lead a storytelling booth, and Houston Public Library’s Memory Lab will host a scanning station for community documentation activities during the event.

The digital files of the oral histories conducted by Gaitan and Rodriguez through the project as well as those created at the event will be added to the archives of the Tejas Got Soul project, and will be preserved and made available to researchers, the public, and the community at UH Libraries Special Collections.

For more information, visit the Tejas Got Soul Facebook page.

Listen to KPFT Open Journal interview with UH Special Collections’ Mary Manning on the community documentation activities at the upcoming event | 16:00

Gola Elected as TLA President

Christina H. Gola

Christina H. Gola

Christina H. Gola, director of recruitment and organizational learning at University of Houston Libraries, has been elected to the Texas Library Association (TLA) executive board as president for the 2020-2021 term.

TLA is the largest state library association in the US. With over 6,000 members representing academic, public, school, and special libraries, TLA empowers library personnel and supporters to develop library excellence for the people of Texas.

In her role at UH Libraries, Gola manages organizational effectiveness, human resources, and employee development. Throughout her career, Gola has committed to promoting information literacy, equitable access to information, student success, and diversity, equity, and inclusion. Her work has allowed her to serve in leadership positions across the UH campus and within the TLA, collaboratively at the national level within the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) and the Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA), and as a mentor within UH Libraries, TLA, and the Library Leadership and Management Association. Her leadership approach has been shaped by her experiences with collaborative leadership models, strategic planning, leading change, mentorship, and participating in leadership development such as the TLA TALL Texans Leadership Institute, the Harvard Leadership Institute for Academic Libraries, and the Association of Research Libraries Leadership Fellowship Program. Gola has published and presented on student learning and assessment, leadership in libraries, onboarding, and emotional intelligence.

“Congratulations to Christina,” said Lisa German, dean of UH Libraries and Elizabeth D. Rockwell chair. “She will represent UH and all Texas libraries with intelligence, thoughtfulness, and care.”

Read Christina Gola’s statement on engaging members in advocacy.

Watch Christina Gola’s TLA candidacy video.

By on March 27th, 2019 in Announcements, Featured, Stories

Featured Student Artists: Morgan Stahl

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.


Morgan Stahl

Morgan Stahl

Morgan Stahl is a designer from Baltimore, Maryland. She started drawing when she was in 6th grade and hasn’t stopped since. Her passion for art is what helped her find her future as an architect. Even though her older works are in colored pencil, her favorite drawing medium is ink marker.

Stahl’s exhibition will be on display from November 2019 through January 2020.

Featured Student Artists: Emmanuel Oluwaseyi Bamtefa

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.


Emmanuel Oluwaseyi Bamtefa is a visual artist from Brooklyn, of Yoruba descent. He has been an active artist since 2012 and is interested in portraiture and figure painting. Bamtefa also likes to play with scale to see how viewers respond to colors in any given space. Bamtefa originally studied architecture but switched to the School of Art’s painting program at the University of Houston. After graduation, he intends to continue his architecture path.

Emmanuel Oluwaseyi Bamtefa

Emmanuel Oluwaseyi Bamtefa

Bamtefa’s exhibition will be on display from August through October 2019.

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.

UH Libraries Hosts ARL Leadership Fellow

University of Houston Libraries is pleased to host an Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Leadership Fellow this week.

Michelle Light of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) visited the University of Houston as part of the ARL Leadership Fellows program, which is an executive leadership program designed and sponsored by ARL member libraries that facilitates the development of future senior-level leaders in large research libraries and archives.

Among many activities during the course of the program, fellows engage in a customized, immersive experience with a library director. Light, who is the director of Special Collections & Archives at UNLV, followed the schedule of UH Libraries dean Lisa German, attending meetings and events, and speaking with Libraries staff as well as University faculty. Light also visited Rice University Fondren Library.

By on October 25th, 2018 in Announcements, Stories

Vinson Selected as Recipient of Rooks Fellowship

Emily Vinson

Emily Vinson

Emily Vinson, audiovisual archivist and curator of the KUHT Collection at University of Houston Libraries Special Collections, is the recipient of the Rooks Early Career Librarian Fellowship. 

The three-year fellowship supports a UH librarian in activities related to career development, such as professional memberships, conference fees, travel costs, research assistance, specialized equipment, and technology. “I am so honored to have been awarded the Rooks Early Career Librarian Fellowship and grateful to Dean Rooks and Dr. Rooks for creating this unique opportunity at UH Libraries,” said Vinson.

Vinson holds a Master of Science in information studies from the University of Texas at Austin, with a certificate of advanced study in preservation administration, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in history and art history from Tulane University. Prior to joining UH Libraries, Vinson was an archivist at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, New York Public Radio Archives, and New York Public Library.

The fellowship endowment was established by Dana Rooks and Charles W. (Mickey) Rooks, PhD. Dana Rooks served as dean of UH Libraries and Elizabeth D. Rockwell chair from 1997 to 2015. Charles Rooks joined the UH Cullen College of Engineering in January 2001 and served as director of the chemical engineering undergraduate lab. He also founded the Texas Diesel Testing and Research Center.

By on October 15th, 2018 in Announcements, Featured, Stories