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Students Discover Bauer History Through Digital Humanities Project

Students from the C.T. Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston conducted a digital humanities project using primary documents preserved in UH Libraries Special Collections University Archives.

The Bauer History Project, which was sponsored by the UH Libraries Digital Research Commons, involved the capture, cataloging, processing, and analysis of historical College of Business Administration/Bauer College materials. Students of senior professor of practice Emese Felvégi worked in small teams to produce a digital database using physical objects, processing a total of 147 items and creating 596 unique scans in the first phase of the project.

Project managers Esther Adaramola, Uzma Masood, and Sorosh Malekzad

Project managers Esther Adaramola, Uzma Masood, and Sorosh Malekzad

Esther Adaramola, whose major is management information systems, was one of the project managers. Her role involved scheduling days to file and process the archives. She and fellow project managers collaborated to determine a digital tagging system for the archives that were photographed, and oversaw the capturing, processing, analyzing, and tagging phases.

Flexibility and collaboration were key to the success of the project. “Like the rest of the world, COVID-19 took us by surprise and made us rethink how to proceed,” Adaramola said. “Thankfully, I work with amazing people who were willing to hop on many video calls to strategize how we could continue to make progress. Things worked out well since we all understood the potential benefits associated with completing this project on time. I think what made this project extra special to me was that my coworkers and I were genuinely excited about working on it and sharing our findings.”

Project manager Sorosh Malekzad, also majoring in management information systems, said the important aspects of the project involved planning and adapting to obstacles. “We were prepared for the process by attending a training with university archivist Mary Manning and reading articles recommended by director of digital humanities services Dr. Claude Willan and Dr. Felvégi,” Malekzad said. “We enhanced and picked up new skills along the way. I learned how to batch rename images on my own and created a short video to show others my findings—this is a process that automated a tedious manual process and saved us a lot of time.”

The students presented their project to Felvégi, Willan, and Manning. “I was very impressed with the work the students have done—especially as their worlds have been turned upside down,” Manning said. “The project is an excellent example of how students learned, found meaning in, and excelled at their work during COVID-19.” 

Uzma Masood, whose major is accounting, was also one of the project managers. “I had the honor of working with Dr. Felvégi in past semesters,” Masood said. “In spring 2020 she introduced the research of Bauer history from UH Libraries and I jumped at the opportunity.”

Masood said the project was significant to uncovering Bauer’s hidden stories. “Our work in Special Collections is significant to not only creating an online database but also bringing to light the past of our business college. We only flourish and become the powerhouse that we are today because we learn from our past, we know our history and we understand where we hail from.”

Screenshot from the Bauer History Project presentation

Screenshot from the Bauer History Project presentation

“The students performed a never-before-completed experiential learning task with our historical records and also provided a service to our college,” said Felvégi, who is part of the Bauer College of Business Department of Decision and Information Sciences. “Once the collection has been processed in full, we will be able to look at changes in materials released by our college from the late 1940s and on and examine how majors, programs, and our campus have evolved.”

The significance of the project was heightened in part by the demands of the pandemic. “The project was a success as an academic project but has also been a success on some level by providing a purpose outside of their quarantine spaces,” Felvégi said. “Having set meeting times and objectives required students to stay connected. For many, this connection may have given a sense of normalcy during an otherwise challenging time.”

“I personally learned a lot while working on this project,” Malekzad said. “It was something I enjoyed doing and I am excited to take it further to the next step.”

The project contributes to UH Special Collections’ mission of making it easier for stakeholders to access archives.

“Our work in Special Collections plays a role in bringing Bauer’s history to life,” Adaramola said. “By shining a spotlight on these historical archives, we can measure how far Bauer has come in terms of curriculum. Being able to contextualize Bauer’s historical timeline is a great benefit not just for the college but also students and visitors. The archives tell a story about some of the roots that helped grow Bauer into the leading-edge and student-centered educational powerhouse it is today.”

Announcing 2020-21 Alternative Textbook Incentive Winners

University of Houston Libraries, in collaboration with the UH Office of the Provost, is pleased to announce the 2020-21 recipient cohort of the UH Alternative Textbook Incentive Program (ATIP).

UH instructors applied for an award ranging from $500 to $2500 that would go toward implementation of an open or alternative textbook in a summer 2020, fall 2020, or spring 2021 course. Awards were granted based on projected cost savings for students; the type of project; and feasibility of the successful implementation of the proposal.

2020 – 2021 ATIP winners are:

Tres Bodet, PSYC 3341: Physiological Psychology

Justin Burris, Carrie Cutler, and Shea Culpepper, ELED 4315: Mathematics in the Elementary School II

Carrie Cutler, Justin Burris, and Shea Culpepper, ELED 4314: Mathematics in the Elementary School I

Agnes DeFranco and Arlene Ramirez, HRMA 4343: Financial Administration for the Hospitality Industry

Shelley Gonzales and Ginger Lucas, SOCW 6306: Social Work Practice Skills

Layci Harrison, ATP 6191/6192/6193: Clinical Education I, II, and III

Rachelle A.C. Joplin, ENGL 1304: First-Year Writing II

Polina Kharmats, POLS 3315: International Organization

Ksenia Krylova, MANA 3335: Introduction to Organizational Behavior and Management

Vassiliy Lubchenko, CHEM 4373: Survey of Physical Chemistry

Luis D. Medina, PSYC 4397: Latino Health and Disparities

Kevin Rowland, MEDI 5035: Musculoskeletal System

Jaspal Subhlok, Daniel Biedeger, Carlos Rincon, and Stephen Huang, COSC 1306: Introduction to Computer Science and Programming

Benjamin Tamber-Rosenau, Donald Foss, Gunes Avci, and Pamela Harlan, PSYC 2301: Introduction to Methods in Psychology

Giulia Toti, COSC 2306: Data Programming

Anna Vershynina, MATH 2331: Linear Algebra

Wei Wang, CHNS 3354: Chinese Culture and Language

Xiaojing Yuan, ELET 3403: Sensors Applications

Sandra Zalman, ARTH 1381: Art and Society: Renaissance to Modern

Now in its third year, ATIP is part of the University’s initiative to improve students’ academic experience by mitigating the high cost of textbooks. Faculty members are incentivized to replace required traditional textbook(s) in their course with adoption, adaptation, or creation of open educational resources (OER), or assembly of freely available or library sponsored resources.

Six of this year’s awarded projects were for adopting OER or library materials, one is for authoring OER, and twelve involve a combination of adopting, adapting, and/or authoring open resources. Projected savings for students in the first year of implementing alternative textbooks in these courses is $426,556.23, benefiting an estimated 3,352 students.

“I’m excited to see the impact that UH instructors continue to have through this program,” said Ariana Santiago, open educational resources coordinator at UH Libraries. “By using or developing alternative textbooks they provide all students with free and immediate access to course materials, make higher education more affordable, and improve student learning.” 

Learn more about open educational resources at UH.

Thanks to the members of the ATIP Review Committee: Amit Amritkar, Linda Davis, Taylor Davis-Van Atta, Daniel Hauptvogel, Aditi Marwaha, and Ariana Santiago.

Data Visualization Student Competitions

Join us on Friday, July 24, 2020 to see the UH Annual Data Visualization Student Competitions hosted by the Hewlett Packard Enterprise Data Science Institute (HPE DSI) and University of Houston Libraries.

Time: 10am to 12pm CST


Opening remarks by Martin Huarte Ph.D., Associate Director of the HPE DSI

Dan Price, Ph.D., “The Sampled City – Visualizing Granularity and Connection in Health”

10:40 to 11:50      
Students’ presentations, 5 mins + 5 mins for Q&A each

Online voting (a link will be provided then)

Winners announcement

Where: Zoom

Questions? Please write to Martin Huarte mhuartee@central.uh.edu.

UH Graduate Students Open Forum Series

University of Houston Libraries announces a series of online open forums to be held during the week of July 13. The series, geared toward graduate students, will provide an overview of library services. Librarians will explain how these services are related to graduate study, research, and teaching, and how librarians work with graduate students. 

Registration is NOT required. How to join a Zoom meeting

Monday, July 13, 2020 
10:00 – 10:45 am
Accessing Library Materials and Services
Lee Hilyer, Head of Information & Access Services

The UH Libraries has over 2 million items in its physical collections, and millions more available electronically. In addition, the Libraries offers access to services to help you with your courses, your research projects, and your classes (if you’re a TA). These include equipment, specialized software, and media production facilities. Join Lee Hilyer, Head of Information & Access Services, to learn about accessing the Libraries’ wealth of resources and services.

Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 947 8644 8861
Password: 867270

Tuesday, July 14, 2020
10:00 – 10:45 am
How A Subject Librarian Can Help You: Research and More
Lisa Martin, Interim Head of Liaison Services, Coordinator of Outreach and Business Librarian

Did you know that there’s an expert in the library who can provide support for you in your research, teaching, and more? Subject librarians offer research consultations when you need help finding data or resources, provide library information sessions to courses that you teach or attend, and connect you to library services and programs that you need for your success at UH. Join this session to learn how UH subject librarians help graduate students succeed.

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 994 9458 3556
Password: 363933

Wednesday, July 15, 2020
10:00 – 10:45 am
Teaching Support for Graduate Student Instructors & TAs
Veronica Arellano Douglas, Instruction Coordinator

In this session, the UH Libraries Instruction Team will share instructional resources and services available to graduate student instructors & TAs interested in teaching research skills, critical thinking, and information literacy from a learner-centered perspective. Get innovative teaching ideas, resources, and learn how the librarians could work with you to enrich your teaching.

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 977 6846 8696
Password: 979560

Thursday, July 16, 2020
10:00 – 10:45 am
Learning about Digital Research at UH
Santi Thompson, Head of Digital Research Services; Taylor Davis-Van Atta, Director of the Digital Research Commons; and Claude Willan, Director of Digital Humanities Services

In this session, the Digital Research Services team will give an overview of the services we offer around digital humanities, publishing, theses and dissertations, and data archiving and sharing. We will introduce the Digital Research Commons, the home for digital research on UH campus, and share details of our fall events series. This session will help introduce you to key research tools and methods as you embark on your careers as emerging scholars.

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 913 3239 0834
Password: 542573

Friday, July 17, 2020
10:00 – 10:45 am
What does the Library do for your data needs: A conversation with UH Libraries research services
Wenli Gao, Data Services Librarian; Andrea Malone, Coordinator of Research Services

The University of Houston (UH) Libraries is building programs and data-related services to support research that creates and utilizes large amounts of data. In this session, we will discuss the resources and services we provide and share examples of how we have worked with graduate students. We also want to learn what data needs you encounter so that we could tailor our services to fit your needs.

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 962 3691 3321
Password: 496580

University Archives: UH Students Respond to COVID-19

University of Houston Libraries Special Collections seeks stories and perspectives from UH students pertaining to the coronavirus outbreak.

It is important that the experiences of UH students during this challenging time are recorded and preserved in the University Archives. UH students are encouraged to share their stories of this unique moment in history through journals and oral histories, and also through creative works such as drawings, songs, and monologues.

For more information and to submit your stories online, visit UH Students! Share Your Experience of the Coronavirus Outbreak.

Student Spotlight: Library Employees

University of Houston Libraries employs a number of students in various departments. While library facilities remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we want to recognize and celebrate the work of a few of our outstanding students employed during the spring 2020 semester who have contributed to the Libraries’ mission of advancing student success, knowledge creation and preservation, and globally competitive research.

Ivan Lopez

Ivan Lopez

Ivan Lopez
As a Learning Commons studio technician, Lopez records, mixes, and masters songs, produces instrumentals, and creates arrangements. Lopez serves as president of the new and upcoming music organization on campus, Astro Music Foundation.

“The creation and development of Astro Music Foundation is currently one of my biggest projects. After working with various artists and expanding my network since I first started my journey in the music industry, I brought my entire network together to create AMF and from that I plan on creating one of the greatest record labels the city of Houston has ever seen. Some of my biggest career goals for 2020 include getting a gold or platinum plaque and working in the music business full time.”


Sara Nafaryeh

Sara Nafaryeh

Sara Nafaryeh
Mathematics – Option in Mathematical Finance; Minor: Economics
In her role in Special Collections, Nafaryeh files documentation of artifact collection data, trains other student workers, pulls and re-shelves archival material and books within closed stacks, and takes care of front desk duties.

“This is my first job as a student worker and I couldn’t ask for a better one. I’ve gained self-confidence, people skills, and leadership abilities.”


Naomi Palomares

Naomi Palomares

Naomi Palomares
Minor: Quantitative Social Sciences
Palomares works in Special Collections with archivist Julie Grob, assisting with projects related to the DJ Screw Hip Hop collection, cleaning vinyl records, or boxing rare and special books that are in delicate conditions.

“Working with Julie and the rare materials at Special Collections has shown me how lucky we are as UH students to have such materials available to us. I’ve learned to take advantage of all the resources that are available to me. As for career goals, I wish to continue with my education in graduate school, either focusing on clinical psychology or cognitive neuroscience. My ultimate career goal would be to work at a research center or hospital, to continue the advancement of our understanding of the human brain.”


Krista Renée Pape

Krista Renée Pape

Krista Renée Pape
Soprano Master of Music, Vocal Performance and Pedagogy
Some of Pape’s duties at the Music Library include recovering old books through reconstruction, repair, and sewing, maintaining study and work spaces, and creating fun and interactive displays that help patrons learn and get to know library collections.

“I’ve worked for the library for two years. My favorite part of the job is sewing new scores before placing them on the shelves for the patrons to peruse. It’s a sneak peek at new product, while also holding the power to the literal binding and spine of the book. It’s like doing book surgery!”

Data Visualization Day 2020

UPDATE March 11, 2020: Data Visualization Day 2020 is postponed until further notice.

The Hewlett Packard Enterprise Data Science Institute and University of Houston Libraries will co-host the UH Annual Data Visualization Day 2020 to be held on March 16 at MD Anderson Library. Register

UH Annual Data Visualization Day 2020

UH Annual Data Visualization Day 2020

The event will feature presentations and demos on data visualization and interpretation in all fields of research and academia. Students may enter a data visualization contest.

Data Visualization Day 2020 Schedule

9 a.m.
Elizabeth D. Rockwell Pavilion
Opening Remarks

  • Claudia Neuhauser, associate vice president for research and technology transfer and director of the UH HPE Data Science Institute
  • Marilyn Myers, interim dean of UH Libraries

9:15 a.m.
The Future of Data Visualization
Lindita Camaj, UH Valenti School of Communication

9:45 a.m.
Training Astronauts Using Hardware In-the-Loop Simulations and VR
Angelica Garcia, NASA
10:30 a.m.
The Human Body Project and the Anatomage Table
Lisa Ostrin, UH College of Optometry

11:00 a.m.
Interpretation of Machine Learning with Visualization and HPE AI Solutions
Soumyendu Sarkar, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

11:30 a.m.
The Sampled City – Visualizing Granularity and Connection in Health
Dan Price, UH Honors College and HPE Data Science Institute

1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Demonstration of Visualization Tools
Elizabeth D. Rockwell Pavilion

Introduction to Tableau
MD Anderson Library, Basement Level, Room 10-F

Register for Data Visualization Day 2020

Student Artist Reception February 13

Student Artist Reception February 13

Student Artist Reception February 13

The Architecture, Design, and Art Library will host an opening reception for student artist Reema Farra Yeager on February 13 at 12 noon. Her exhibit, All Roads Lead to Home, will be on view through April 2020.

Reema was born in South Dakota, grew up in California, North Dakota, and Damascus, Syria, and is currently based in Houston. In 2007 Reema received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Art Institute of Houston in Interior Design, and has been a practicing designer for over ten years. Currently, Reema is a Master of Fine Arts candidate at the University of Houston in Interdisciplinary Practice and Emerging Forms focusing on transmedia storytelling, which is the use of digital and analog media to tell narrative stories across platforms.

Upcoming OER Events

University of Houston Libraries will host several events related to open educational resources this semester.

Open Educational Resources Office Hours

Stop by to learn about open educational resources (OER). The OER Coordinator will be available in the Faculty Cafe to answer your questions, including helping to find and evaluate OER for your courses. These events are in partnership with Faculty Engagement and Development.

Tuesday, January 21, 1 – 2 p.m.
Tuesday, January 28, 1 – 2 p.m.
Tuesday, February 4, 1 – 2 p.m.
Tuesday, February 11, 1 – 2 p.m.
Tuesday, February 18, 1 – 2 p.m.

Alternative Textbook Incentive Program Lunch and Learn
Wednesday, January 22 | 12 – 1:30 p.m. | Ezekiel W. Cullen Room 33 (Faculty Cafe)

The Alternative Textbook Incentive Program awards UH instructors who replace a required traditional textbook in their course with open educational resources (OER) or other freely-available resources. Ariana Santiago, the OER Coordinator, will share information about the incentive program, including tips for preparing a successful application. The deadline for proposals for Summer 2020, Fall 2020, and Spring 2021 is Friday February 21. This event is in partnership with Faculty Engagement and Development.

Box lunches are provided to the first ten attendees to arrive.

Alternative Textbook Incentive Program: Faculty Insights
Friday, February 7 | 10 – 11 a.m. | Agnes Arnold Hall Room 210

Due to the high costs of commercial textbooks, 37% of UH students don’t purchase required textbooks; they also report earning poor grades, taking fewer courses, and not registering for specific courses due to textbook costs. Through the Alternative Textbook Incentive Program (ATIP), UH instructors replace traditional textbooks with open or alternative textbooks in their courses, allowing all students free and immediate access to course materials. This presentation will share ATIP application information and insights from faculty who participated in the 2019-20 ATIP cohort.

Register here

This event is part of the Emerging Trends in Educational Technology lecture series, a partnership of the Office of the Provost and the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.

By on January 21st, 2020 in Announcements, OER, Student Success

Student-Curated Harlem Renaissance Exhibition

Elijah Caldwell

Elijah Caldwell

A student-curated exhibition is now on display at University of Houston Libraries Special Collections.

Blacker than a Thousand Midnights: Picturing the Black Spirit in Harlem Renaissance Graphic Arts was curated by students in last semester’s class, Art History 4394-6394 The Harlem Renaissance, taught by Dr. Caroline Goeser. The exhibition includes books of the Harlem Renaissance from Special Collections’ Rare Books Collections and artwork by student Elijah Caldwell.

The exhibition will run through Friday, March 27. A related exhibition will open at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Hirsch Library as Echoes of Harlem: The Graphic Work of Aaron Douglas, March 10 – June 27.