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Podcast: OER

Elizabeth Kennedy, former director of advancement for University of Houston Libraries, was interviewed on Houston P.A. about the UH open educational resources program. Listen 

By on February 25th, 2020 in Announcements, Featured

UH Librarian Accepted to ARL Leadership Program

Veronica Arellano Douglas

Veronica Arellano Douglas

Veronica Arellano Douglas, instruction coordinator at University of Houston Libraries, has been accepted to the competitive Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Leadership and Career Development Program (LCDP). Arellano Douglas is one of 24 fellows chosen for the 2020-2021 cohort.

The LCDP is a yearlong program to prepare mid-career librarians from historically underrepresented racial and ethnic groups to take on leadership roles in their careers and in the profession at large.

As instruction coordinator, Arellano Douglas focuses on the teaching and learning of information literacy. Her research interests include critical information literacy and librarianship, feminist pedagogy, labor issues in librarianship, and relational-cultural theory. Arellano Douglas received her Master of Library and Information Science degree from the University of North Texas and her Bachelor of Arts degree from Rice University. She was an American Library Association Spectrum Scholar and Emerging Leader.

By on February 25th, 2020 in Announcements, Featured

UH Librarian Authors Guide on Social Media

A Social Media Survival Guide: How to Use the Most Popular Platforms and Protect Your Privacy

A Social Media Survival Guide: How to Use the Most Popular Platforms and Protect Your Privacy

Melody Karle, resource description and management coordinator at University of Houston Libraries, is the author of the forthcoming A Social Media Survival Guide: How to Use the Most Popular Platforms and Protect Your Privacy, published by Rowman & Littlefield.

Read the Booklist review (subscription).

By on February 20th, 2020 in Announcements, Featured

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

UH Librarian Co-Authors New Monograph

Anne Washington, coordinator of metadata services at University of Houston Libraries, is co-author of the newly-released monograph Linked Data for the Perplexed Librarian, published by ALA Editions in collaboration with the Association of Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS). Read more

Linked Data for the Perplexed Librarian

Linked Data for the Perplexed Librarian

By on February 10th, 2020 in Announcements, Featured

Blind Date with a Book 2020

The Architecture, Design, and Art Library is hosting “Blind Date with a Book” from February 5 – 14.

Blind Date with a Book

Blind Date with a Book

Students are encouraged to check out a “blind date” book from the Architecture, Design, and Art Library display, unwrap it, and read it. Students can fill out the “Rate Your Date” form included with the book, even if it was not finished. Return the form by February 14 to enter a prize drawing.

By on February 5th, 2020 in Announcements, Featured

Poetry and Prose February 19

University of Houston Libraries invites the public to the next Poetry and Prose reading on Wednesday, February 19. UH Creative Writing Program faculty will be featured. The readings will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Honors College Commons, MD Anderson Library. Light refreshments will be provided.

Robert Boswell has published seven novels, three story collections, two books of nonfiction, and has had two plays produced. His work has earned him two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Iowa School of Letters Award for Fiction, a Lila Wallace/Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, the PEN West Award for Fiction, the John Gassner Prize for Playwriting, and the Evil Companions Award. He has published more than 70 stories and essays in places such as The New Yorker, Best American Short Stories, O. Henry Prize Stories, Pushcart Prize Stories, Esquire, Colorado Review, Epoch, Ploughshares, and in many other magazines and anthologies. He holds the Cullen Endowed Chair in Creative Writing at the University of Houston.

francine j. harris was born in Detroit, Michigan. She earned a BA in English from Arizona State University in 1997 and an MFA in poetry from the University of Michigan in 2011 , where she was awarded a Zell Fellowship. She is the author of Here Is the Sweet Hand (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2020), play dead (2016), and allegiance (2012), a finalist for both the Kate Tufts Discovery Award and the PEN Open Book Award. Her poetry has appeared in many journals, including McSweeney’s, Ploughshares, Poetry, Meridian, Indiana Review, Callaloo, and Boston Review. A 2008 Cave Canem fellow, she has also won the 2014 Boston Review Annual Poetry Contest and was awarded a 2015 NEA fellowship. harris was writer in residence at Washington University in St. Louis and taught creative writing at University of Michigan and Centre College in Danville, Kentucky. She is currently associate professor of English at the University of Houston.

By on February 5th, 2020 in Announcements, Featured

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.

Books & Bites with Donna Kacmar

Victor Lundy: Artist Architect

Victor Lundy: Artist Architect

The Architecture, Design, and Art Library will host a discussion for architects and designers on Friday, February 7 at 5:00 p.m.

Professor Donna Kacmar will give a presentation about her experience researching, writing, and publishing Victor Lundy: Artist Architect. Selected material from the Kenneth Franzheim II Rare Books Room, Architectural Archives, and general collection will be on display.

Anyone who is interested in learning about research and publishing is welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be served.
   
The Books & Bites series promotes UH research and publishing, and provides opportunities for faculty, students, and researchers to learn more about topics such as archival research, image licensing, working with publishers, and other subjects of interest to design professionals.

By on January 24th, 2020 in Announcements

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