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Top 10 Things to Do at UH Libraries

Welcome to the Spring 2019 semester at University of Houston Libraries. Visit us to find the resources and services you need for success in academics and research. Our Top 10 Things to Do at UH Libraries – Spring Edition is a quick guide to get you started on a great semester.

10. Get research help.
Stuck on a research project? Need writing or presentation advice? Contact your friendly and knowledgeable subject librarian for personalized research help. Subject librarians are the ultimate search engine.

BONUS: Research Guides are your online source for all things research-related. Each guide gives you subject-specific research tools and methods to help you ace your assignment.

9. Study and collaborate.
We have over 117,000 square feet of study space. You’ll find a variety of environments to suit your needs, from study hives to silent zones to tech-ready group work areas.

Newly revamped group study rooms are now open.

BONUS: Need to practice a presentation with your team? Reserve a group study room online, or request a key in person at the MD Anderson Library Service Desk.

8. Power up your productivity.
The MD Anderson Library is home to three large computing labs located on the first floor, with Windows workstations for research and study needs, and specialized multimedia and data analysis resources on both PC and Mac. Print, copy and scan services are also available.

BONUS: Left your laptop at home? Check out a laptop from the Service Desk.

7. Take a break.
In addition to workspace, the Libraries has areas for you to recharge between classes. Visit the Leisure Reading collection, located on the first floor of MD Anderson Library, and relax with a variety of newer titles in fiction and nonfiction, audiobooks, magazines, and more. 

6. Create a media masterpiece.
The Hamill Foundation Multimedia Studio, located in the Learning Commons, features audio recording booths and professional-grade equipment to help you create high-quality productions.

Hamill Foundation Multimedia Studio, MD Anderson Library Learning Commons

BONUS: Check out DSLRs, GoPros, mics, tripods, and more from the Learning Commons.

5. Launch your digital research project.
The Digital Research Commons (DRC) is the best place on campus to learn more about using digital tools in your work, get hands-on instruction, attend workshops and talks, and use cutting-edge machinery to do your work. DRC staff work with faculty and students on research projects large and small, from the earliest stages of formulating a research question, and choosing and finding materials, to publication in whichever format is most suitable.

4. Build a robot.
The department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the MD Anderson Library have partnered to offer an exciting new Makerspace, located on the first floor of the MD Anderson Library within the Learning Commons. The Makerspace offers a specially equipped space, tools, and support for building objects and electrical devices. All students on the UH campus, regardless of college or department, are encouraged to explore the space and all that it offers.

3. Branch out.
UH Libraries comprises the MD Anderson Library, the Architecture, Design and Art Library, the Music Library, and the Health Sciences Library. You’ll find more subject experts and specialized collections at these locations.

2. Visit Special Collections.
Open to all, Special Collections organizes, preserves and promotes rare archival items, including books, manuscripts, photographs and other ephemera. Find unique materials in the Hispanic Research Collection, Performing and Visual Arts Research Collection, Energy and Sustainability Research Collection, and more, made available for access in the Special Collections Reading Room.

BONUS: Special Collections hosts curated exhibits in the MD Anderson Library, featuring a variety of engaging and enriching subjects.

1. Learn a new skill.
We offer free technology training to all UH students, staff and faculty. Beginning, intermediate and advanced sessions in popular programs, like Excel, PowerPoint, Photoshop, InDesign, and many more, are held morning, afternoon and evening to fit your busy schedule. Sessions are instructor-led, with practical, personalized lessons.

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.

End-of-Semester Tips for Success

It’s finals time at the University of Houston! Multiple exams and projects due all at once can be overwhelming, so your friendly UH librarians have offered tips to help you succeed at the end of the semester. Happy studying!

  1. Plan your study sessions wisely. If your final is a few days away, take time each day to study and review so that you’re not cramming the night before. Studying for a later final can also be a break between intensive studying for a final that is happening sooner.
  2. Get rest and don’t ignore your health. If you need to set reminders to eat healthy or sleep, do so! Stay hydrated, and go easy on the caffeine, which can zap your energy and focus at high levels.
  3. Take time for self-care. Work out, color, nap, take a walk, see friends, listen to music or podcasts, and take breaks in order to combat stress and fatigue.
  4. Surround yourself with positivity. Study with motivated classmates, post sticky notes with affirmations in your study space, and reward yourself. If you’ve gone to class regularly, studied hard, and did well throughout the semester, you’ve got the final down!
  5. Temporarily turn off notifications from your social media accounts or give yourself an internet curfew. The goal is to minimize unnecessary distraction.
  6. Relax and take deep breaths. It is not the end of the world. The end of finals and winter break is just beyond the horizon; no matter what happens in the next week, you will be done with the semester when you reach the other side of it!
  7. The library is here for you. Whether you need a place to study, take a break at Paws and Relax or Finals Mania, or if you need assistance finding those last few sources for your paper, UH Libraries can help in a variety of ways.
By on November 27th, 2018 in Announcements, Featured, Student Success

New Service: Text to Report Noise

University of Houston Libraries is piloting a new service based on student feedback. You may now send a text to report excessive noise at the MD Anderson Library.

Text "Noise" to 713-489-6208 to report excessive noise within the MD Anderson Library.

Text “Noise” to 713-489-6208 to report excessive noise within the MD Anderson Library.

Text the word “Noise” and the exact location to 713-489-6208. A member of the Libraries’ staff will investigate. No signal? Use the chat feature over wifi: libraries.uh.edu/contact.

Extended Hours Fall 2018

The University of Houston MD Anderson Library will be open extended hours starting Monday, November 26 through Thursday, December 6. Your Cougar Card is required for access after 9pm.

UH IDs are required for access to the UH MD Anderson Library after 9pm.

UH IDs are required for access to the UH MD Anderson Library after 9pm.

Alternative Textbook Incentive Program Reception

University of Houston Libraries held a reception to celebrate the first winner cohort of the UH Alternative Textbook Incentive Program (ATIP). Faculty shared how they have implemented open educational resources (OER) at UH with the help of the grant.

Arlene D. Ramirez, instructional assistant professor in the Conrad Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management, speaks about implementing an open educational resource at UH.

Arlene D. Ramirez, instructional assistant professor in the Conrad Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management, speaks about implementing an open educational resource at UH.

UH faculty members applied for an award ranging from $500 to $2500 that would go toward implementation of an open or alternative textbook in a summer 2018, fall 2018, or spring 2019 course. 25 proposals were received. Awards were granted based on projected cost savings for students; frequency of course(s) taught; and feasibility of the successful implementation of the proposal.

2018 – 2019 ATIP winners are:

  • Samuel Brower, Education
  • Alexander Bruton, Spanish
  • Teresa Edgar, Curriculum and Instruction
  • Tomika Greer, Human Resource Development
  • Terry Kirk and Sandra Lee, Nursing
  • Dejun Tony Kong, Management
  • Aditi Marwaha, Pharmacy
  • David Mayerich, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Abinadi Meza, Art
  • Gopal Pandurangan, Computer Science
  • Andrea Prosperetti and Amit Amritkar, Mechanical Engineering
  • Arlene Ramirez and Agnes DeFranco, Hotel and Restaurant Management
  • Nouhad Rizk, Computer Science
  • Nathan Shepley, English
  • Elizabeth Simas, Political Science
  • Sandra Thompson, Law

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 adopt, adapt, or create an open textbook for use in their courses. Five of this year’s awarded projects were for creating open educational resources (OER), seven involve the adoption of OER and/or library materials, and three involve a combination thereof. Awards for the first cohort total $23,500. Projected student savings are based in part on enrollment and amount to approximately $231,074 in the first year of the award cycle.

Award winner Nathan Shepley has assigned selected parts of different textbooks for his students. “My students then access the book through MD Anderson Library’s catalog and read whichever version they like: a PDF copy or, if available, an online version,” Shepley said. “This process keeps me from assigning parts of a textbook that we don’t get around to in any detail. It keeps the students and me focused on textbook explanations that I still find relevant. Plus it lets me make cost-free changes to my assigned readings midway through a semester if the need arises.”

Ariana Santiago is the OER coordinator at UH Libraries. She leads the planning, implementation, and assessment of a UH OER program. Her research interests include undergraduate student success, critical pedagogy, and diversity, equity, and inclusion in libraries. She was recently named a Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) Open Education Leadership Program fellow.

View photos of the Alternative Textbook Incentive Program reception

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.

UH Health Sciences Library Grand Opening

The University of Houston Health Sciences Library held its grand opening with a ribbon cutting. Located on the second floor of the Health 2 building, the new library serves the teaching and research needs of the UH colleges of Nursing, Optometry, and Pharmacy, as well as other health-related programs on campus.

The UH Health Sciences Library held its grand opening with a ribbon cutting.

The UH Health Sciences Library held its grand opening with a ribbon cutting.

View event photos

Music Library Exhibit Features Bob Dorough

A new exhibit is now on display at the University of Houston Music Library.

A new exhibit featuring the work of Bob Dorough is now on display at the UH Music Library.

A new exhibit featuring the work of Bob Dorough is now on display at the UH Music Library.

The exhibit features the work of jazz artist Bob Dorough (1923 – 2018), one of the creators of Schoolhouse Rock! Materials on display comprise photographs, books, sheet music, CDs, and Schoolhouse Rock! artwork. The items were generously loaned for the exhibit by Dorough’s daughter, Aralee Dorough, affiliate artist in flute at the University of Houston Moores School of Music and principal flutist with the Houston Symphony Orchestra.

The exhibit, which will run through the fall semester, was curated by Alaina Diehl, a recent UH graduate with a Doctor of Musical Arts degree and adjunct music faculty member. “Aralee Dorough was my flute professor for three years of study at the University of Houston,” Diehl said. “Her father, Bob Dorough, passed away this April, and I thought that this exhibit would be a wonderful tribute to him, an important American composer and musician, and a great way to introduce library patrons to his life and works.”

Visitors can view the exhibit at the Music Library, located on the second floor of the Moores School of Music.

Announcing Fall 2018 Student Song Contest

University of Houston students can record an original song for a chance to win UH Libraries’ fall 2018 student song competition.

Song of the Semester

Song of the Semester

Song of the Semester applications will be accepted between September 4 – September 21, and audio submissions must be entered by November 15. Prizes of a $50 gift card and airplay of the winning song on Coog Radio will be awarded.


  • One submission is allowed per contestant.
  • All submissions must be original student works.
  • No previously recorded material will be accepted.
  • All submissions must be recorded using the UH Libraries Hamill Foundation Multimedia Studio.
  • All submission forms must be received and approved by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, September 21.
  • No genre restrictions apply.

Contact the MD Anderson Library Service Desk or Technology Consultation Room for more information. Forms for consultation and song submission are available here.

Learn more about the spring 2018 winners.