Letter From the Dean

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Dear Friends,

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

In this newsletter, you’ll discover how the Libraries advances student success, knowledge creation and preservation, and globally competitive research. It’s one of the most dynamic places on campus, as we collaborate with students and faculty across all disciplines, on a variety of initiatives that encapsulate our powerhouse spirit. In particular, we’ve made exceptional strides in the implementation of open educational resources (OER) at the University, which provides notable cost savings for students. You’ll learn more about the impact of OER in these pages.

This summer, we launched a new search platform which provides access to library collections with enhanced functionality. Users have a streamlined interface for locating research materials, including books, articles, theses, images, and more; plus a single log-in screen for searching and managing their library accounts. I’d like to thank our library employees who have persevered on the implementation of the new system. Their tireless efforts have ensured that access to resources for our users is now better than ever.

Our spaces offer a vibrant and transformative experience that facilitates learning. The M.D. Anderson Library will be celebrating its 70th anniversary next year. The first dedicated library building at the University was erected in 1950, and significant renovations were completed in 2005.

On behalf of the Libraries, we thank you for your support which makes so many of our efforts possible. By supporting the Libraries, you are contributing to the educational and research experience of the entire University. I hope you enjoy reading about our collections, services, and accomplishments of the Libraries. Please visit us soon!

Lisa A. German
Dean of Libraries and Elizabeth D. Rockwell Chair

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