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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.

Improved Finding Aids

University of Houston Libraries Special Collections has improved finding aids for research and teaching.

Powered by ArchivesSpace, the new system streamlines discoverability of materials by describing creators, context, and contents of archival collections; and offers better accessibility/ADA compliance.

Search the archives

By on March 8th, 2019 in Announcements, Featured

Open Education Week 2019

Open Education Week 2019

Open Education Week 2019

Open Education Week is March 4-8. University of Houston Libraries joins the global movement to raise awareness and demonstrate the impact of open education.

According to the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), open education “encompasses resources, tools and practices that are free of legal, financial and technical barriers and can be fully used, shared and adapted in the digital environment” and “maximizes the power of the Internet to make education more affordable, accessible and effective.”

Apply for the Alternative Textbook Incentive Program

The Alternative Textbook Incentive Program (ATIP) offers monetary awards to UH instructors who replace a required traditional textbook with open or alternative textbooks in their courses. Application deadline is March 29.

Attend an Open Education Week event

  • March 4 at 2pm | Open Educational Resources Drop-in Consultation. The OER coordinator will be available in the Faculty Cafe to help you find and evaluate OER for your courses. Stop by with questions or to learn more about OER.
  • March 5 at 11am | Open Educational Resources Drop-in Consultation
  • March 7 at 2pm | Alternative Textbook Incentive Program: Faculty Insights. This presentation shares ATIP application information and insights from faculty who participated in the 2018-19 ATIP cohort. This is a viewing of a recorded presentation.

Complete the Instructor Textbook Survey

All UH instructors are invited to fill out this survey to help determine the impact of open education across campus.

By on March 4th, 2019 in Announcements, Featured

Carey Shuart Women’s Research Collection

UH Libraries celebrates Women’s History Month. The Carey Shuart Women’s Research Collection preserves and makes accessible the records of women’s organizations and the papers of prominent Texas women. The extensive collection documents a range women’s issues, the ways in which women have come together to achieve their goals, and the impact they have had on the world. The archive continues to expand with new collections.

"Who Remembers Mama?": The Plight of the Displaced Homemaker documentary viewing invitation

“Who Remembers Mama?”: The Plight of the Displaced Homemaker documentary viewing invitation

Carey C. Shuart is a native Houstonian who dedicates her time and resources to benefit art, education, and women’s causes throughout the region. A supporter of the UH Women’s Studies program and co-founder of the Women’s Archive and Research Center, she provides generous support for the Women’s Archive and Research Collection. Carey’s passion for preserving the documentation of women’s accomplishments was inspired by her discovery of a box of papers belonging to her grandmother, lecturer and writer Blanche Espy Chenoweth.

View the full list of archives available in the Carey Shuart Women’s Research Collection.

View Women’s History collections available in the UH Digital Library.

By on March 1st, 2019 in Announcements, Featured

Support the Power of Exploration

In honor of the University of Houston’s 92nd birthday, the first-ever Day of Giving will be held on March 7, 2019. All members of the UH family are encouraged to make a gift to the college or program of their choice.

Support the power of exploration.

Support the power of exploration.

Your gift to the Dean’s Fund is vital to sustain the Libraries’ ability to deliver excellent programs, services, collections, learning spaces, and general operating support.

We need the help of friends and alumni like you to inspire our students by accelerating their knowledge and discovery. Support the UH Libraries and make a gift of lasting impact today.

By on February 26th, 2019 in Announcements, Featured

Fair Use Week 2019

Fair Use Week is February 25 through March 1. University of Houston Libraries joins the annual celebration of the Fair Use doctrine.

View the UH Libraries Copyright Services slideshow on copyright.

View the UH Libraries Copyright Services slideshow on copyright.

For more information on copyright, visit Copyright Services.

By on February 21st, 2019 in Announcements, Featured

Research Workshop Series Spring 2019

University of Houston Libraries will offer a series of workshops for faculty, researchers, and students to hone their skills on a variety of research tools.

Each workshop will be hands-on to get participants quickly familiar with the tools for use in their own research. All workshops will be held in the MD Anderson Library.

Finding Data: February 12, 1-2:30 p.m., room 10F
Participants will be introduced to commonly-used library data sources and open data portals; learn tips for finding data, and discuss how to evaluate the quality of data sources.

Introduction to Tableau: February 19, 1-2:30 p.m., room 10F
Participants will use Tableau Public to create interactive data visualizations. The workshop will cover an overview of the program and provide hands-on experience creating basic charts and maps, as well as creating interactive web-based visualization dashboards; and publishing to the Tableau Public web server.

Tableau Intermediate: February 26, 1-2:30 p.m., room 10F
Participants will use more advanced features in Tableau to manage data, such as join, union and edit data; and use calculations and parameters to make views more interactive. The workshop will cover analytics to help spot trends and forecast data. Taking Introduction to Tableau prior to this workshop is strongly encouraged.

Data Cleaning with OpenRefine: February 28, 1-2:30 p.m., room 106R
OpenRefine (formerly Google Refine) is a tool for working with semi-structured datasets. It allows you to explore data, easily find facet patterns within data, and enable simple detection of data inconsistencies. It also offers quick clean-up and transformation options. In this workshop, participants will learn how to perform common data cleaning functions and use GREL (Google Refine Expression Language) for more advanced cleaning needs.

Online Mapping with ArcGIS Online: March 5, 1-2:30 p.m., room 106R
Participants will learn basic terminologies for geographic information system (GIS) mapping and identify opportunities to apply GIS in your work; and how to use ArcGIS online to create a map with lines, points, and polygons. We will use real data to create a Houston hurricane evacuation map and see where City of Houston’s non-emergency service calls were received to report flooding during Hurricane Harvey. We will also add demographic data to the map and identify areas that need more assistance during the evacuation.

Introduction to ArcMap: March 7, 1-2:30 p.m., room 106R
This workshop will provide an overview of how ArcGIS software can help you analyze or visualize digital data that has a locational component. Participants will become familiar with the ArcGIS interface, create a simple map, edit the layout, and export the map into different formats. It will also introduce learning resources to explore more GIS.

Introduction to Tableau, March 21, 10-11:30 a.m., room 10F
Participants will use Tableau Public to create interactive data visualizations. The workshop will cover an overview of the program and provide hands-on experience creating basic charts and maps, as well as creating interactive web-based visualization dashboards; and publishing to the Tableau Public web server.

Tableau Intermediate: March 28, 10-11:30 a.m., room 10F
Participants will use more advanced features in Tableau to manage data, such as join, union and edit data; and use calculations and parameters to make views more interactive. The workshop will cover analytics to help spot trends and forecast data. Taking Introduction to Tableau prior to this workshop is strongly encouraged.

Introduction to ArcMap: April 4, 1-2:30 p.m., room 106R
This workshop will provide an overview of how ArcGIS software can help you analyze or visualize digital data that has a locational component. Participants will become familiar with the ArcGIS interface, create a simple map, edit the layout, and export the map into different formats. It will also introduce learning resources to explore more GIS.

Mapping Census Data: April 9, 1-2:30 p.m., room 106R
Participants will learn how to retrieve census data and join the data with census TIGER shapefiles, a public domain data source which has many geographic features. Using ArcMap, participants will create choropleth maps, thematic maps in which areas are shaded in proportion to the measurement of the statistical variable being displayed on the map, such as population density or per-capita income. Taking Introduction to ArcMap prior to this workshop is strongly encouraged.

Geocoding and Mapping Location Data: April 11, 1-2:30 p.m., room 106R
Participants will learn a few ways to geocode, the process of converting addresses (like a street address) into geographic coordinates (like latitude and longitude); and learn how to retrieve location data from library databases, geocode them, and place them on the map. Taking Introduction to ArcMap prior to this workshop is strongly encouraged.

By on February 13th, 2019 in Announcements, Featured, New Service

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.