UH Libraries News

New Instruction Librarian

Carolina Hernandez

Carolina Hernandez

University of Houston Libraries welcomes Carolina Hernandez as the new instruction librarian.

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

I will be teaching instruction sessions for several foundational undergraduate courses, such as English composition, as well as supporting my colleagues in designing, teaching, and assessing other face-to-face and online instruction across disciplines. I am excited to work with such a diverse student population, and my goal is to make information literacy as accessible as possible to the students of UH.

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

My undergraduate major was French, but my first MA was in Media Studies. This served me well in my first position as journalism and communication librarian at University of Oregon. While working with the School of Journalism and Communication there, I started to do more and more instruction. I really started to enjoy that part of my position more, which is what ultimately led me to my new position! My views on instruction have evolved quite a bit over the last few years, though, through this experience and from learning from colleagues. I realized a one-size-fits-all model doesn’t really work in the classroom and that it’s important to teach in a way that can work with different learning styles and needs.

What is your first impression of the University?

I’m very impressed! So far, everyone has been incredibly welcoming, and I love how genuinely invested my colleagues are in helping students. I also love how diverse the university is and how there’s always something going on. The campus feels so alive! Houston itself is wonderful as well, and I’m really excited to keep exploring everything it has to offer.

What is your favorite hobby?

My main hobby right now is collaging, particularly with vintage images found in old books, magazines, and other paper materials. I know that’s a weird thing to admit as a librarian, that I like to cut up books, but I only use books that have been donated or discarded. I like to think of it as giving them a second life.

By on January 23rd, 2019 in Announcements, Featured

OER Consultations

Ariana Santiago, open educational resources coordinator at University of Houston Libraries, will be available to provide consultations at the Faculty Cafe located at E. Cullen Room 33. Faculty may drop in to discuss finding and evaluating OER for courses.

Consultations are available from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. on a number of dates.

February 4
February 11
February 25
March 4
March 18
March 25

The consultations are in partnership with Faculty Engagement and Development.

By on January 16th, 2019 in Announcements, Featured, New Service

New Health Sciences Librarian

Stefanie Lapka

Stefanie Lapka

University of Houston Libraries welcomes Stefanie Lapka as the new health sciences librarian.

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

As the new health sciences librarian, I’ll be supporting multiple health programs at UH. My main responsibilities are the College of Nursing, the Graduate College of Social Work, and the Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders. I’ll be providing instruction, research, and collection development support to students and faculty across these programs. I aspire to be a visible, valued, and trusted health information expert. My goal is to serve education needs through strong inter-professional collaborations and partnerships while advancing scholarship and research. I look forward to contributing to new initiatives and services as the Health Sciences Library evolves to serve the University’s new and expanding programs.

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

I’m coming from a university in the very southern tip of South Texas where I was first an instruction librarian and health sciences liaison before joining the institution’s new medical school three years ago. I led the medical library’s education and instructional programs. My work centered on evidence-based medical education and training. I’m excited to bring my experiences establishing a library at a new medical school to the University Libraries as UH moves forward in establishing the College of Medicine and admitting the inaugural class in 2020.

I have a background in history and one of my primary interests is the history of medicine. I’m also interested in the medical and health humanities in general, and their application to health care education and practice. The arts and humanities offer different ways of thinking about human history, culture, behavior and experience which can be used to dissect, critique and influence healthcare practices and priorities.

What is your first impression of the University?

I’ve been very impressed with the University of Houston. The university has struck me as a vibrant, diverse, and forward-thinking community. There are so many excellent student success initiatives and a great spirit of diversity and inclusion on this campus. I’ve also been impressed by UH’s commitment to institutional growth and development. There is a lot of pride and excitement in the university, and I’m thrilled to be here! I’m also new to the city of Houston, and I love it!

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

During free time and on weekends, I enjoy baking and listening to true crime podcasts-usually while baking! One of my intentions for this year to devote more time to reading, but my favorite novel will forever be The Lord of the Rings. I’m definitely something of a Tolkienite!

By on January 15th, 2019 in Announcements, Featured

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.

Mydolls Donates Archive to UH Special Collections

A new acquisition at University of Houston Libraries Special Collections features correspondence, fliers, posters, photographs, ephemera, magazines, news clippings, cassettes, vinyl records, and master tapes documenting the experimental post-punk band Mydolls. The archive of the women-led, Houston-based group reveals its 40-year advocacy of equality, female empowerment, and minority representation in the arts.

The official gift signing for the Mydolls archive at a Museum of Fine Arts, Houston screening of “Paris, Texas” (1984), a film in which Mydolls appeared. From left: Linda Younger, George Reyes, curator Mary Manning, Trish Herrera, Dianna Ray. Photo credit: F. Carter Smith.

The official gift signing for the Mydolls archive at a Museum of Fine Arts, Houston screening of “Paris, Texas” (1984), a film in which Mydolls appeared. From left: Linda Younger, George Reyes, curator Mary Manning, Trish Herrera, Dianna Ray. Photo credit: F. Carter Smith.

Mydolls consists of Linda Younger on guitar and vocals, Dianna Ray on bass and vocals, Trish Herrera on guitar and vocals, and George Reyes on drums and vocals. The band was inspired to preserve and share their colorful story through the collection.

“We wanted to donate the band’s archive, a DIY chronicle of our herstory, so that everyone who is interested could be exposed to Houston’s underground art and music scenes,” said Mydolls via Nancy Agin Dunnahoe, the band’s publicist. “We’ve lived out the punk rock ethos of being ourselves as original artists and staying true to our beliefs even if it meant that we would never be signed to a major label. We’re proud of the many artistic and multidisciplinary collaborations we’ve been a part of with national, international, and local artists and want to share those stories on a local level by making our records accessible to the public.”

Learn more about Mydolls | Local Houston Magazine

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

By on January 9th, 2019 in Announcements, Featured, New Resource

New Exhibit: The Photography of Ben DeSoto

Houston Beyond Convention: The Photography of Ben DeSoto, 1980-present reflects on nearly four decades of work, past and present, produced by Houstonian Ben Tecumseh DeSoto, whose career spans genres of photography and a diversity of human experiences. After discovering his love for what he has called the “scientific magic” of the photographic process, DeSoto followed his passion for photography to a career chronicling his city. DeSoto has consistently challenged the viewer to see beyond static images of Houston, to look more deeply instead at the individual or community narrative behind the photograph.

Houston Beyond Convention: The Photography of Ben DeSoto, 1980-present

Houston Beyond Convention: The Photography of Ben DeSoto, 1980-present

Presented thematically, the exhibit showcases DeSoto’s documentation of Houston: portraits of local visual artists and musicians from fringe music and arts scenes, fine art photography, journalism, as well as his life’s work, the Understanding Poverty Project. Through photographs, news clippings, and audiovisual materials, Houston Beyond Convention: The Photography of Ben DeSoto, 1980-present tells the story of Houston — across class and race — and forces the viewer to move beyond conventional thinking.

Houston Beyond Convention: The Photography of Ben DeSoto will be on display at the MD Anderson Library from January 14 – May 1. For more information, contact Elizabeth Cruces or Mary Manning.

Call for Applications: Digital Scholarship Spring 2019 Institute

University of Houston Libraries Digital Research Commons (DRC) invites UH faculty and students to submit an application for the first annual Digital Scholarship Spring Institute. The Institute will be hosted in the DRC and will run during the week of Spring Break (March 11 – March 16, 2019), offering a five-day intensive boot camp.

Participants will attend workshops covering a range of topics and tools common to digital research, and be given opportunities for individual consultations with DRC staff and research librarians, as well as access to software and equipment between the hours of 8am – 5pm every day.

Applicable digital materials will be provided to participants at the beginning of the Institute, giving those involved the resources and competencies required to begin planning and executing a digital scholarship project. Accepted participants should be prepared to commit to being present all day for each of the five days. Lunches, beverages, and snacks will be provided throughout the week.

Project teams are welcome to apply, but please indicate that your project is part of a team effort in the application. Note that each team member will need to submit an individual application, and not all team members are guaranteed acceptance.

Submission deadline: January 28, 2019, 11:59PM
Acceptance notifications will be issued by February 15, 2019.

Criteria: The review committee aims to accept 6-8 applicants for participation in the Institute. Applications will be evaluated based on candidates’ clarity of purpose and intent, and how they hope to benefit from the Institute experience. Preference will be given to applicants who clearly illustrate how the Institute will enhance and further their research ambitions while at University of Houston. The review committee will strive to represent a variety of perspectives, disciplines, backgrounds, and levels of experience in its selection process.

Apply for the Digital Scholarship Institute at UH Libraries

By on December 12th, 2018 in Announcements

Upgrades in Rockwell Pavilion Presentation Equipment

University of Houston Libraries is pleased to announce the installation of a new projector for the Elizabeth D. Rockwell Pavilion.

Elizabeth D. Rockwell Pavilion

Elizabeth D. Rockwell Pavilion

Working with partners at MCA Communications, UH Libraries now offers a Panasonic large-venue projector, boasting 12,600 lumens with a laser phosphor lamp. It is twice as powerful as the space’s previous projector, with excellent compensation for ambient light.

In addition to top-quality picture clarity for presentations, the Elizabeth D. Rockwell Pavilion has received a full technical upgrade, including new wireless microphones, new HDMI cables, a new podium, and a new control panel.

UH Libraries offers the Elizabeth D. Rockwell Pavilion to groups or units that are part of the University or formally affiliated with the University for meetings and events.

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.

Fall 2018 Newsletter Now Available

The University of Houston Libraries fall 2018 newsletter is now available.

Read about the Alternative Textbook Incentive Program, scholarship winners, new acquisitions, and more.

By on November 28th, 2018 in Announcements, Featured