Fall 2019

Fall 2019
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Letter from the Dean

It’s with gratitude and pride that I share with you the latest news of our progress at the University of Houston Libraries. 

News Highlights

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Newly Digitized KUHT Films Now Online

The Libraries recently added 112 films from the KUHT Film and Video Collection to the Audio/Video Repository. 

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Inaugural Digital Scholarship Institute

UH Libraries held the first Digital Scholarship Institute, hosted in the Digital Research Commons, in the spring 2019 semester. Six participants comprising faculty, graduate/doctoral students, and undergraduates were selected to take part in the five-day immersive experience focusing on practical issues in digital research.

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Lawndale Art and Performance Center Records

A new acquisition features nearly 50 linear feet of archives from the Lawndale Art and Performance Center. The collection covers Lawndale from the 1970s to present day, revealing the dynamism of the Houston contemporary and experimental art scene.

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UH Libraries Joins Library Publishing Coalition

UH Libraries is now a member of the Library Publishing Coalition. LPC membership allows UH Libraries to build upon its existing expertise in the areas of copyright, publication agreements, open educational resources (OER), and open access, and will spur expansion of related services for UH faculty and students.

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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 to UH Libraries. The donation was facilitated by Mrs. Lydia Chao and Dr. Paul Chu, and it will reside in Special Collections.

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Moonshot: Historical Documents on Human Space Flight

At the 50th anniversary of NASA’s July 20, 1969 moon landing, Special Collections celebrated the historic event with an exhibition of archival documents, photographs, and publications related to human space flight and drawn from primary source archives in the Libraries’ permanent collection.

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Gift Announcement:

Shell Deer Park Donates Historic Archives to UH Libraries

Collection Offers Insight into Relationship between Refinery and City. 

Giving Spotlight

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Deborah M. Colton & William M. Colton

Deborah M. Colton and William M. Colton were inspired to give to UH Libraries. 

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Scholarship Recipient

Polina Kharmats is a third-year PhD student in Political Science, and works within the Carey Shuart Women’s Research Collection in Special Collections.

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Open educational resources (OER) are teaching and learning tools, either in the public domain or released with an open license, that anyone can freely use and re-purpose. As universities across the US have embraced OER, academic libraries have become central to the adoption of open educational materials in the classroom. 

Librarian News

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Librarian News

Recent accomplishments and collaborations of UH Libraries’ librarians and staff  

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Staff Spotlight

UH Librarian Crosses Language Barriers in the Arts World 

Student Spotlight

The William R. Jenkins Architecture, Design, and Art Library encourages UH student artists to apply for a chance to exhibit their work inside the library. Three students whose art was selected for exhibition this year are Dan Li, Emmanuel Oluwaseyi Bamtefa, and Morgan Stahl.

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Dan Li

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. Li is currently a PhD candidate in the Art Education program at the University of Houston. She holds a Masters 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.

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Emmanuel Oluwaseyi Bamtefa

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.

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Morgan Stahl

Morgan Stahl is a designer from Baltimore, Maryland. She started drawing when she was in 6th grade and hasn’t stopped since. Her passion for art is what helped her find her future as an architect. Even though her older works are in colored pencil, her favorite drawing medium is ink marker.

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Support UH Libraries

We are introducing new spaces, services, and resources that fulfill our vision of a community, nurtured by curiosity and creativity, that drives lifelong learning and scholarship.

To learn more about UH Libraries giving opportunities, visit libraries.uh.edu/giving