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Malone Selected as Chair of MLA Advisory Committee

Andrea Malone, coordinator of research services at University of Houston Libraries, serves on the Modern Language Association’s Advisory Committee on the MLA International Bibliography (MLAIB). The MLAIB is a searchable database with more than 2.8 million records pertaining to journals, books, websites, and other content related to humanities scholarship and resources.

The Advisory Committee assesses the direction and philosophy of the bibliography; advises MLA staff on policies and procedures for producing the bibliography; and recruits volunteer bibliographers to index content for the database.

Malone has been a committee member since 2017, and heading into her final year of the three-year term, is now chairing the committee, which comprises humanities faculty from the US and Canada, as well as librarians.

The association prioritizes ongoing assessment and improvement of its tools and resources. MLA staff consult with the Advisory Committee on tutorial production to optimize student and faculty use of the database. Additionally, an in-the-works committee project team will manage the review of indexing vocabulary for the MLAIB. The purpose is to create a framework that makes search results equitable, relevant, and inclusive. The Advisory Committee will collaborate with information specialists from diverse backgrounds and locations to develop the selection of terms that are more inclusive of underrepresented groups in humanities literature and research.

“While the MLAIB has content from a variety of people and in various languages, we recognize the metadata behind it—how people would search and find that content—needs to be equitable,” Malone said. “The goal is to create a dataset that includes text more closely aligned with how certain groups describe themselves, and to include those terms in the metadata. When someone searches the content of the database, they’ll be able to find what they’re looking for based on those new, inclusive terms.”

University of Houston users can access the MLA International Bibliography and related resources at the research guide for modern and classical languages and literature.

By on July 9th, 2019 in Announcements, Featured, Stories

Gao Selected for ALA Leadership Institute

Wenli Gao

Wenli Gao

Wenli Gao, data services librarian at University of Houston Libraries, has been selected to participate in the 2019 American Library Association (ALA) Leadership Institute, an immersive leadership development program for mid-career librarians.

Gao, who came to the University in 2014 as a liaison librarian for communications, sociology, and anthropology, is proactive in seeking collaborative opportunities in response to the evolving needs of library users. In her current role as data librarian, Gao develops and delivers services and support for faculty and students working with geospatial, numeric, statistical, and other data. She also provides instruction in methodologies and tools relating to geographic information systems (GIS), analysis and visualization of data.

Among Gao’s recent accomplishments are the creation of a centralized source for information on data journalism with colleague Lindita Camaj, PhD and supported by the ALA Carnegie-Whitney Grant; managing a project team to host a data-focused conference in collaboration with Hewlett Packard Enterprise Data Science Institute and Texas Institute for Measurement, Evaluation, and Statistics (TIMES); and launching a research workshop series. Gao was also recently elected as incoming vice president-president elect (2021-22) for the Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA).

Gao is excited to be a part of the ALA Leadership Institute. “I want to focus on becoming a more effective team leader, to foster relationship building among team members, and to motivate and influence people so that they work to their full potential,” she said.

Gao is active in ALA and Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). She has presented various topics at ALA, ACRL, ER&L and NASIG conferences. Before coming to UH Libraries, Gao earned a Master of Library Science from Syracuse University, and an MS in Communication Media Technologies from Rochester Institute of Technology. She previously worked at SUNY Morrisville and University of Central Oklahoma.

By on July 3rd, 2019 in Announcements, Featured, Stories

Announcing 2019-2020 Faculty OER Incentive Winners

University of Houston Libraries, in collaboration with the UH Office of the Provost, is pleased to announce the 2019-2020 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 2019, fall 2019, or spring 2020 course. Awards were granted based on projected cost savings for students; the type of project; and feasibility of the successful implementation of the proposal.

2019 – 2020 ATIP winners are:

Education: Eulises Avellaneda
CUIN 3310: Bilingual Education

Social Work: Nicole Bromfield
SOCW 7397: Perspectives on Human Trafficking: Domestic and Global

HRM: Simone Doudna
HRMA 4354: Advanced Hospitality Operations

Business: Emese Felvegi
MIS 3300: Introduction to Computer and Management Information Systems

CLASS: Layci Harrison, Mark Knoblauch, Josh Yellen
ATP 6301/6101: Anatomical Basis of Athletic Injury Lecture & Lab

Education: Kristen Hassett
SPEC 3360: Individuals with Disabilities

NSM: Daniel Hauptvogel, Jinny Sisson
GEOL 1176: Historical Geology Lab

Technology: Mary E. Henderson
SCLT 4387: Financial Evaluation for Supply Chain

HRM: Nathan Jarvis, Chris Taylor, Scott Taylor, Kevin Simon
HRMA 3336: Beverage Management

CLASS: Melody Yunzi Li, Jingyuan Fu
CHNS 3344: Global Chinese Literature

CLASS: Melissa Markofski
KIN 4370: Exercise Testing

Engineering: David Mayerich
ECE 6397: Parallel Algorithsm for GPUs and Heterogeneous Systems

CLASS: Katherine Anne McElvaney
ANTH 2301: Introduction to Physical Anthropology

CLASS: Kelly Moore
ILAS 3350: Power Writing

CLASS: Grete Norquist
ENGL 1304: First Year Writing II

CLASS: Phillip Presswood
ENGL 1303: First Year Writing I

HRM: Arlene Ramirez, Agnes DeFranco
HRMA 3341: Hospitality Managerial Accounting

NSM: Nouhad Rizk
COSC 4335/3337: Data Science

CLASS: Maria Elena Soliño
SPAN 3386: Screen Memories: Spanish Culture Through Film

NSM: Jiajia Sun
GEOL 7330: Potential Field Methods of Geophysical Exploration

HRM: Scott Taylor Jr.
HRMA 3343: Hospitality Cost Controls

Education: Laura Turchi, Jane Cooper
EDUC 3301: Introduction to Teaching
CUIN 3321: Introduction to Teaching Middle Grades
CUIN 6301: The Teaching Profession

NSM: Anna Vershynina
MATH 6395: Special Topics: Quantum Computation

Now in its second 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 an open textbook, or assembly of freely available or library sponsored resources. Projected savings for students in the first year of implementing alternative textbooks in these courses is $757,380.48, benefiting an estimated 5,773 students.

Learn more about open educational resources at UH.

New Music America Collection

An exhibit at University of Houston Libraries Special Collections features selections from the New Music America Collection. Materials document New Music America (NMA) festivals, which began as “New Music New York” in 1979 and were produced annually by the New Music Alliance in cities across North America from 1980-1990. A large part of the collection focuses on the 1986 NMA in Houston, and was donated by Michael Galbreth, part of the duo known as The Art Guys whose records also reside at UH Special Collections.

New Music America Collection exhibit

New Music America Collection exhibit

Courtney Tutt, a graduate student at the University of North Texas, collaborated with Mary Manning, university archivist and curator of the Performing and Visual Arts Research Collection; Joseph Lueck, coordinator of archival processing; and Bethany Scott, coordinator of digital projects, to process the physical and digital files of the NMA Collection. Tutt is pursuing a Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) degree with a focus on archives and imaging technology. Her work at UH Special Collections fulfilled a practicum requirement and a desire to earn experience in the field.

Among Tutt’s project tasks was the selection of items for an exhibit, now on display at the MD Anderson Library second floor near Special Collections.

“I have been fortunate to work on this compelling project which is both fascinating and relevant to the cultural identity of Houston,” Tutt said. “One of the many interesting things I learned from this collection was the festival’s opening day featured the world premiere of John Cage’s Ryoanji concurrently with the opening of MFAH’s Lillie and Hugh Roy Cullen Sculpture Garden. A parade was held before the performance on Montrose Boulevard with art cars and performers celebrating the kick-off of the festival. This was the very first Art Car Parade in Houston.”

The collection is open for research in the Special Collections reading room.

Fo Guang Shan Chung Mei Temple Donation

The Fo Guang Shan Chung Mei Temple donated copies of the Encyclopedia of Buddhist Arts and the Fo Guang Dictionary of Buddhism-Revised Edition, published by the Fo Guang Shan Monastery in Taiwan, to University of Houston Libraries. The donation was facilitated by Mrs. Lydia Chao, Dr. Paul Chu, and Susan Butler.

Fo Guang Shan Chung Mei Temple donation to University of Houston Libraries

Fo Guang Shan Chung Mei Temple donation to University of Houston Libraries

After a reception held at the MD Anderson Library Elizabeth D. Rockwell Pavilion, the guests received a tour of UH Special Collections Rare Books Collections.

View photos of the reception

Watch video highlights of the reception

New Coordinator of the Music Library

Madelyn Shackelford Washington

Madelyn Shackelford Washington

University of Houston Libraries welcomes Madelyn Shackelford Washington as the new coordinator of the Music Library.

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

I am pleased to be joining the family of UH Libraries to plan and administer the programs and daily operations of the Music Library. In addition to responsibilities for collection development, instruction, outreach, and research support, I will also contribute to projects that advance the UH Libraries’ Strategic Plan. Libraries support and introduce new modes of learning, and I am most interested in exploring the extent to which the Moores School of Music and the UH performing arts community wishes to engage with immersive technologies. I would also like to leverage the power of partnerships and collaboration to enrich services and expand the impact of the Music Library–thinking mostly of the University Career Services, I would love to create some ACRL Framework-influenced standalone workshops tailor-made for Houston’s performing arts community. 

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

I am an active performer and third generation educator. I make it my business to ensure that my students employ their performing arts education in a global society by providing coherent, consistent and intentional co-curricular support that informs their thinking about issues that have shaped our time. 

It is my hope that they live, thrive, and excel, in the performing arts as a career. 

What is your first impression of the University? 

Supportive. Friendly. “Truly Scrumptious” 

What is your favorite hobby?  

I love swimming. I’ve recently started saying that swimming is an instant attitude changer. As long as I am near a pool or a large body of water in which I can freely take a dip … then life is perfect. 

By on June 24th, 2019 in Announcements, Featured, Stories

Lawndale Art and Performance Center Records

A new acquisition at University of Houston Libraries Special Collections features exhibition announcements, posters, photographs, 35mm slides, artist correspondence, ephemera, and video documenting exhibitions and programs presented by the Lawndale Art and Performance Center.

Lawndale Art and Performance Center Records

Lawndale Art and Performance Center Records

From its beginning as a gallery space for UH Department of Art graduate students, Lawndale Art Center’s long history of supporting national and local visual and performance artists is represented by nearly 50 linear feet of archives. The collection covers Lawndale from the 1970s to present day, revealing the dynamism of the Houston contemporary and experimental art scene.

Executive director Stephanie Mitchell and assistant director Lauren Lohman were inspired to donate the Lawndale Art Center records to UH Special Collections. “Lawndale had its beginning with the University of Houston, so there is already a special and historic connection between the organizations,” they said. “As the archive has grown we recognize that UH is in a much better position than Lawndale to assure that the archives will be properly preserved, maintained, and made accessible to researchers. We believe that this collaboration will benefit both Lawndale and the community.” 

“The list of artists, exhibitions, and performances in the inventory of the Lawndale Art and Performance Center Records is a testament to the decades of impact that Lawndale has had on Houston’s arts community,” said Christian Kelleher, head of UH Special Collections and curator of visual arts collections. “We are so pleased to help make this great resource available for students, scholars, and the public.”

The collection is currently being processed at UH Special Collections. For questions about materials in this collection or to request access, contact Christian Kelleher.

William W. Sherrill Papers at UH Special Collections

William W. Sherrill

William W. Sherrill

A new online exhibit and oral history from UH Special Collections features William W. Sherrill, Chairman Emeritus of the Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship.

The William W. Sherrill Papers consist of awards, photos, newspaper clippings, correspondence, financial materials, and books relevant to Sherrill’s experiences as a Marine, University of Houston student, entrepreneur, civil servant, and professor.

Public Event: Venerable Miao Guang

Venerable Miao Guang: "We Are All Buddhas"

Venerable Miao Guang: “We Are All Buddhas”

The Fo Guang Shan Chung Mei Temple will be donating copies of the Encyclopedia of Buddhist Arts and the Fo Guang Dictionary of Buddhism-Revised Edition, published by the Fo Guang Shan Monastery in Taiwan, to University of Houston Libraries.

In celebration of the donation, Venerable Miao Guang of the Fo Guang Shan Monastery and personal interpreter of Venerable Master Hsing Yun will give a talk titled “We Are All Buddhas: My Journey of Self-Discovery” at A.D. Bruce Religion Center on June 27 at 10:30 a.m. The event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow the talk.

By on June 19th, 2019 in Announcements, Featured

How to Access PubMed via UH Libraries

University of Houston Libraries has its own custom PubMed URL. PubMed comprises more than 25 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Many citations include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and other open-access providers, as well as the thousands of journals to which UH Libraries subscribes.

How to Access PubMed via UH Libraries

How to Access PubMed via UH Libraries

The UH Libraries PubMed URL is the best way for UH faculty and researchers to access full text articles in the health sciences quickly.

Step-by-step instructions for accessing PubMed are available at this research guide to library resources for faculty in the health sciences (click Accessing Full Text Articles on the left).

Short video: Accessing full text articles through PubMed