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Digital Research Commons Virtual Office Hours

University of Houston Libraries Digital Research Commons staff will be available for office hours every Friday during the Fall 2020 semester through November 20. Researchers at all levels are encouraged to bring their questions about digital humanities, data management, and scholarly publishing to the virtual DRC during the following times:

Digital Humanities
11:00am – 12:00pm with Dr. Claude Willan, Director of Digital Humanities Services

Research Data Management
12:00pm – 1:00pm with Dr. Reid Boehm, Research Data Management Librarian

Scholarly Publishing
1:00pm – 2:00pm with Taylor Davis-Van Atta, Director of the Digital Research Commons and founding publisher of Music & Literature: a humanities journal

Access virtual office hours
All sessions are accessible through this Zoom link (no password required). You may be added to the Zoom Waiting Room and admitted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Questions? Contact us.

2021 Sponsored Projects Call for Proposals

University of Houston Libraries Digital Research Services (DRS) and Digital Research Commons (DRC) invite UH faculty, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows to submit proposals for sponsored digital research projects to run for the calendar year 2021. DRS collaborates with researchers on projects involving digital techniques across the humanities, social sciences, and experimental sciences.

DRS seeks teams or individuals, experts and novices alike, who have a project that they would like to develop. This can either be a project that is already underway or one not yet begun. While prior knowledge of digital tools and techniques is welcome, it is not required. DRS works with researchers to help them organize their information, analyze it, and produce compelling results.

DRS will offer grants at three levels, designed to address projects at different levels of development. The first level, designed to help projects at the seed stage of development, will offer funding up to $3500. The second, designed to develop projects that have already made demonstrable progress, will offer funding up to $6500. The third tier, designed to foster projects at a planning stage, will offer funding up to $1000, and focus primarily on producing a polished application for federal or external grants.

Proposals are due by November 6. For more information on how to submit your proposal, visit Sponsored Projects Program Overview and Documentation.

Virtual Poetry & Prose September 30

University of Houston Libraries is pleased to announce the first-ever virtual Poetry & Prose reading, featuring new graduate students of the UH Creative Writing Program. The reading starts at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 30 on Zoom and is free to attend. Register

Reader Bios

Nick Almeida earned his MFA from The Michener Center for Writers where he was Editor-in-Chief of Bat City Review. His fiction has appeared in American Literary Review, Mid-American ReviewWaxwingSoutheast Review, and elsewhere. 

Pritha Bhattacharyya (PhD, Fiction) is a Bengali-American writer and first-year fiction PhD student at the University of Houston. She completed her MFA at Boston University, and she was a Fall 2019 Leslie Epstein Global Fellow in Osaka, Japan. 

Ryan Bollenbach is a writer living in Houston, Texas. He formerly served as poetry editor for Black Warrior Review in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He reads for SweetLit: A Literary Confection and Heavy Feather Review. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Colorado Review, poets.org, Painted Bride Quarterly, Snail Trail Press and elsewhere. Find his tweets @SilentAsIAm, more writing @ whatgreatlarks.tumblr.com

Addie Eliades, a new UH MFA candidate in poetry, was a 2019 Fulbright Fellow in Brazil. She received the University of Virginia’s 2017 Rachel St. Paul Poetry Prize. Her writing has appeared in Bitter Melon Magazine, Rumble Fish Quarterly, and other publications.

Tayyba Maya Kanwal is a Pakistani-American writer who grew up in the United Arab Emirates. Her work appears in Juxtaprose, Quarterly West and other journals. Her nonfiction has been anthologized by The Doctor TJ Eckleburg Review and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Her awards include the Inprint C. Glenn Cambor Fellowship. She is a candidate for an MFA at the Creative Writing Program at the University of Houston.

Erin L. McCoy holds an MFA in creative writing and an MA in Hispanic studies from the University of Washington. She won second place in the 2019–2020 Rougarou Poetry Contest, judged by CAConrad, and her poem, “Futures,” was selected by Natalie Diaz for inclusion in Best New Poets 2017. Her poetry and fiction have been published or are forthcoming in Bennington Review, Pleiades, DIAGRAM, Nimrod International Journal, Conjunctions, and other publications.

Fey Popoola is an activist and writer. She has a degree in Linguistics and Cognitive Science from Princeton University and is now a first year poetry MFA student here at UH. 

Joy Priest is the author of HORSEPOWER (Pitt Poetry Series, 2020), winner of the Donald Hall Prize for Poetry. She is the recipient of the 2020 Stanley Kunitz Prize and her work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day, APRThe AtlanticPoetry Northwest, and Poets & Writers, among others. She is currently a doctoral student in Literature & Creative Writing at the University of Houston.  

Stephanie Pushaw‘s short fiction appears in Narrative, Joyland, and the Masters Review Anthology. She has also published essays in Mississippi Review, DIAGRAM, and Los Angeles Review of Books. She was a Truman Capote Fellow at the University of Montana, where she received an MFA in Fiction, and has worked as assistant essays and interviews editor at The Believer. Originally from Los Angeles, Stephanie currently lives in New Orleans. 

Adele Elise Williams is a poet from Louisiana. She is a winner of the Emily Morrison Poetry Prize and has received support from Hindman Settlement School, Muse Writing Center and Inprint of Houston. Adele’s work can be found or is forthcoming in Split Lip Magazine, The Adroit Journal, Quarterly West, SAND, and more. 

New Resource Description Librarian

Leo Martin

Leo Martin

University of Houston Libraries welcomes Leo Martin as the new resource description librarian.

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

I’m very excited to be joining UH Libraries as their new resource description librarian. I primarily create catalog records for music scores, sound recordings, and special collections materials. I am also researching recent trends in popular music, including established and emerging microgenres like chopped and screwed music and vaporwave music.

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

Collaboration underpins all of the work I do, and is foundational in my approach to librarianship. I’m an educator first and foremost, and I try to center my approach to cataloging resources on discovery and accessibility. My first job in a library was actually as a student assistant at the UH Music Library over in the Moores School of Music building! After a stint in the Marines I knocked out my B.S. in Music Education and M.S in Library Science with a focus in music librarianship at the University of North Texas. I’ve also gigged and taught bassoon and oboe lessons over the years, and was previously the catalog librarian for the New England Conservatory of Music.

What is your first impression of the University?

I had the opportunity to visit campus in mid-February before COVID-19 and thoroughly enjoyed my time interacting with the UH community. It’s also a very good sign when students are in the library using resources and interacting regularly with the staff there. To also see how UH has navigated the uncertainty brought by the pandemic and both hire and onboard me is nothing short of impressive.

What is your favorite hobby/cuisine/book/movie?

I dabble in making zines (shorthand for “do-it-yourself” magazines) and have been recently working through my backlog of video games, TV series and books. I’ve recently read Questlove’s book “Creative Quest,” and have been chipping away at “Fire Emblem: Three Houses” on the Nintendo Switch.

By on September 18th, 2020 in Announcements, Featured

New Endowment Supports LGBT History Research Collection

University of Houston Libraries is pleased to announce the establishment of a new endowment to support the LGBT History Research Collection.

The Hollyfield Foundation Endowment will provide funding for the acquisition and preservation of primary source materials in the LGBT History Research Collection, one of 13 collecting areas in UH Libraries Special Collections. The collection preserves and promotes the archives of LGBT communities and organizations from Houston and the region. Materials, including personal papers, organization records, and library collections, document the communities’ activist, cultural, social, and political activities, and the personal experiences of community members.

Through its support of LGBT and AIDS non-profits, the Hollyfield Foundation has made a substantial positive impact on local LGBT communities since its inception in 1994. The Houston-based organization contributes to charities that work to prevent discrimination, promote equality, and assist in HIV/AIDS education, care and treatment.

“Jay Hollyfield deeply loved Houston and our LGBT community and history,” said Elizabeth McLane, Hollyfield Foundation board president. “The Hollyfield Foundation Board of Directors is thrilled that his name will now be linked perpetually to one of the nation’s most extensive and exceptional LGBT history collections.”

In recognition of this grant, UH Libraries will establish an annual exhibition of materials from the LGBT History Research Collection, to be held at MD Anderson Library during June each year as part of Pride Month.

Marilyn Myers, interim dean of UH Libraries, said the endowment supports the Libraries’ mission to preserve and provide access to unique primary sources for teaching, learning, research, and scholarship. “This endowment will allow UH Libraries to expand the LGBT History Research Collection and increase engagement with students and scholars,” Myers said. “With this gift, we’ll be able to make accessible a rich collection of primary source materials to those seeking an understanding of the history and legacy of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender communities.” 

Ask Your Engineering Librarian

Engineering librarian Edward Gloor will host open hours for UH engineering students each Thursday of the fall 2020 semester. Beginning September 17, 1 – 2 pm, engineering students are encouraged to access the Microsoft Teams space (log in with Cougarnet credentials). Gloor will be available to help you start your research, find sources, and organize your research.

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Recordings of OER Training Series Now Available

University of Houston Libraries hosted a series of online training sessions on open educational resources (OER) for UH faculty and instructors. Topics included open licensing, finding and evaluating OER, and modifying and creating OER.

The series was recorded and each session is available below via Microsoft Stream:

OER and Creative Commons Licenses 
This session provides an in-depth explanation of Creative Commons licenses, the open licenses that are commonly applied to OER. Attend this session to gain an understanding of Creative Commons licenses as a user or creator of OER.

Finding and Evaluating OER 
This session provides strategies for finding and evaluating OER. Attend this session for an overview of recommended OER repositories, strategies for managing the evaluation process, and to share tips and tricks for finding and evaluating OER.

Modifying and Creating OER 
This session provides guidance for modifying and creating OER. Attend this session for an overview of topics such as open licensing, technical format, accessibility, and additional resources to support modification and creation of OER.

Follow the Open Educational Resources Microsoft Stream Channel for future OER events. Additionally, those interested in open educational resources can consult the OER and Alternative Textbook Handbook. For more information, contact Ariana Santiago, open educational resources coordinator.

By on August 31st, 2020 in Announcements

How to Work With UH Libraries Liaison Services

University of Houston Libraries Liaison Services provides expert knowledge for your academic and research needs. Learn more about Liaison Services.

Liaison Services - who we are and how we help you

Liaison Services – who we are and how we help you

Texas Art Project: Digitized Microfilmed Archives

Thanks to a Texas State Library and Archives Commission TexTreasures grant funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS), over 100 reels of microfilmed archives documenting women and underrepresented communities in Texas visual arts will be digitized and made accessible online.

The Texas Art Project is an extensive collection of visual arts history preserved at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH) library. Between 1978 and 1985, MFAH contacted artists, galleries, and arts organizations across Texas to document unique manuscript papers and research materials on microfilm, as part of the Smithsonian Institution Archives of American Art (AAA). The project yielded nearly 700 reels, a subset of which featured materials from women artists, artists of color, and galleries that hosted them. This subset is the focus of the TexTreasures grant which allowed University of Houston Libraries Special Collections and MFAH to collaborate on the digitization of approximately 150,000 images, previously available only in a limited, localized capacity in microfilm at MFAH. Digitized images of materials such as correspondence, exhibition catalogs, reviews, and publications will become openly available online with multiple points of access, thereby facilitating scholarship and research using unique primary sources.

Portrait of Dorothy Hood in the studio (1977) | Martha Armstrong | Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Archives

Portrait of Dorothy Hood in the studio (1977) | Martha Armstrong | Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Archives

“When these materials were gathered on microfilm at the MFAH as part of the AAA, it was a tremendous gift as far as preservation,” said Marie Wise, managing archivist at MFAH. “We are so fortunate that these rich materials were preserved as they were. In digitizing them and creating searchable metadata, we are now making them accessible to a far broader audience. In this way, scholars and students can uncover this amazing history.”

View MFAH introductory exhibit of the Texas Art Project | View list of Texas Art Project collections

Contributions from women artists and artists of color are underrepresented in scholarship and public awareness, making this project particularly relevant in today’s social climate. “The goal of the digitization project is to provide a resource for scholars, students, and teachers to be able to engage with the lives and work of these artists,” said Christian Kelleher, head of UH Special Collections. “We want to boost awareness and appreciation for that work. We want to see that students are educated on archival research and critical inquiry, and that scholars are able to produce new knowledge based on unique primary sources preserved here.”

Wise noted that the project is about expanding accessibility through institutional partnerships. “By working together, we can make the collective art history resources in Houston and in Texas more discoverable,” Wise said. “The stories that are held in our respective archives are interwoven, and we all want the fullest historical picture possible preserved and studied. The MFAH is very glad to be a partner in this project.”

"Artists try cooperative gallery" | Mary McIntyre [Mary Myart Malott], Austin American-Statesman, 17 April 1977 | Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Archives

Artists try cooperative gallery (1977) | Mary McIntyre [Mary Myart Malott], Austin American-Statesman | Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Archives

An important part of the project involves the support of student success. Two graduate students in arts-related fields were hired to assist in indexing and cataloging the collection, research each artist, and contact each artist.

Lysette Portano, a professional contemporary dancer and one of the project’s graduate assistants, is enrolled in the MA in Arts Leadership program in the Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts at UH. “As an interpreter, I have always been curious about artists’ creative processes,” Portano said. “This drive has led me to research and experience different art forms. I became interested in this project because it uncovers artists that reshaped the Texas art scene and preserves the legacies of their contributions to the arts.”

Carolann Madden, a PhD candidate in literature and creative writing at UH, was drawn to the project for similar research interests in folklore and ethnography. “It’s important for us to understand “archives” as places, both physical and digital, where we can find a wide array of material,” Madden said. “The material on the reels is incredibly valuable and exciting, and should be shared. While this project was proposed and started before the pandemic, watching our archives and libraries close around the world served as a meaningful reminder that digitization not only helps preserve material in our archives, but also offers access to it wherever we are.”

TexTreasures is a yearly competitive grant program of TexShare, a consortium of Texas libraries joining together to share print and electronic materials, purchase online resources, and combine staff expertise. TexShare is administered by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC).

The TexTreasures awards are made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to TSLAC under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act. The mission of IMLS is to advance, support, and empower America’s museums, libraries, and related organizations through grantmaking, research, and policy development.

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