Professional and Scholarly Spotlight

Reid Boehm and Taylor Davis-Van Atta presented “R is for raising awareness: Strategizing mindful changes using popular tools” at Librarians Building Momentum for Research Reproducibility, a virtual conference.

Boehm, as chair of the website committee for Research Data Access and Preservation (RDAP) Association, facilitated a website migration to a new website and membership platform.

Boehm and Wenli Gao presented “Dynamic duo! Functional specialists partnering with liaisons for research data services” at Southeast Data Librarian Symposium, New Orleans, LA.

Taylor Davis-Van Atta was an invited speaker to Writers for Migrant Justice by Houston Writers Coalition and hosted by the Holocaust Museum Houston; and is part of the Program Planning Committee for the 2020 Texas Conference on Digital Libraries (TCDL).

Davis-Van Atta presented “Customized CV service workflows for DSpace repositories” at the North American DSpace User Group Meeting, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.

Emily Deal, Emma Fontenot, and Erica Lopez were invited to submit an article to the Journal of Library Administration. The title is “Exploring the childcare- conference conundrum in academic librarianship.”

Veronica Arellano Douglas was selected as an Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) Information Literacy Immersion Program facilitator; and was selected to participate in the 2020-2021 cohort of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Leadership and Career Development Fellowship Program.

Douglas and J. Gadsby co-wrote “All carrots, no sticks: Relational practice and library instruction coordination” which was published in In the Library with the Lead Pipe.

Douglas presented a keynote, “Innovating against a brick wall: rebuilding the structures that shape our teaching,” at The Innovative Library Classroom conference, Williamsburg, VA.

Catherine Essinger wrote “Effective Strategies for Architectural Oral Histories” which appeared at Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture News.

Emma Fontenot was nominated to be on the standing committee for the International Federation of Library Associations and Institution (IFLA) Social Science Libraries Section.

Daniel Fuller was awarded a 2020 Support for Artists and Creative Individuals grant by Houston Arts Alliance which provides funds of up to $15,000 for specific projects that stimulate the creation and presentation of new works of art or for completing work already in progress throughout the City of Houston.

Wenli Gao was appointed to the Joint Conference of Librarians of Color (JCLC) 2022 Steering Committee; and is a member of the ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services Advisory Committee.

Gao, R. Boehm, J. Xiao and J. Wu published “Past investigations fueling future innovations: An analysis of the Institute of Museum and Library Services national leadership grants for libraries” in Texas Library Journal Special Edition.

Gao and Andrea Malone presented “Responding to a campus initiative: Developing research impact services at the University of Houston Libraries” at National Institute of Health (NIH) Library Bibliometrics and Research Assessment Symposium online.

Gao co-presented a poster, “Why CALA: Leverage benefits from your CALA membership,” at ALA virtual conference Chinese American Librarian Association (CALA) poster session.

Christina Gola and Lisa Martin co-wrote “Creating an Emotional Intelligence Community of Practice: A Case Study for Academic Libraries” which appeared in Journal of Library Administration.

Gola was a panelist of the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Forum at Texas Library Association Annual Conference.

Gola was invited to serve on an ARL Code of Conduct Implementation Task Force.

Gola began her term as 2020-2021 president of TLA.

Julie Grob was an invited participant to Documenting History in Your Own Backyard II: A Symposium for the Advancement of Archiving & Preserving Hip-Hop Culture.

Melody Karle’s book, Social Media Survival Guide: How to use the most popular platforms and protect your privacy, was published by Rowman & Littlefield.

Karle is a member of the TLA 2021 Conference Program Planning Committee.

Karle was nominated to be vice-chair/ chair-elect of the ALA Library Research Round Table Steering Committee for a three-year term.

Vince Lee is chair of the Committee on Public Awareness of Society of American Archivists.

Lee wrote “Planned Parenthood of Houston and southeast Texas: Providing affordable care and education to the Houston community” which appeared in Houston History.

John Lehner’s book chapter, “Teamwork, emotional intelligence, and the skills organizations need now,” was published in Critical Librarianship: Advances in Library Administration and Organization.

Lehner serves on the ALA Budget Analysis and Review Committee (BARC); and as chair of the Forward Together Fiscal Analysis Working Group of ALA.

Lisa Martin was elected as member- at-large for ALA Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) Business Reference in Academic Libraries Committee (BRASS).

Martin was appointed as member of ACRL division-level committee due to role as section membership chair 2020- 2021.

Martin co-presented a webinar, “Make the Path by Walking: Creating or recreating your job” at Amigos Library Services Member Conference: “Next Steps: Create and Cultivate a Career That Matters” and a virtual panel, “Role Initiative: Creating or recreating your job” for The Library Collective with J. Cirasella, H. Park, and M. Rood.

Martin published “The Global Reach of Reference” in Envisioning the Future of Reference: Trends, Reflections, and Innovations.

Marilyn Myers is a member of the ACRL New Roles and Changing Landscapes Committee.

Myers is the 2020 president of the Association for Conflict Resolution Houston (ACRH) chapter.

Daniel Pshock was invited to be on the panel “Usability testing makes all the difference” at TLA Annual Conference.

Ariana Santiago and L. Ray published “Navigating support models for OER publishing: Case studies from the University of Houston and the University of Washington” in Reference Services Review.

J. Alburo, A.K. Bradshaw, L. Lillard, Santiago, B. Smith, and J. Vinopal published “Looking beyond libraries for inclusive recruitment and retention practices: Four successful approaches” in Critical Librarianship (Advances in Library Administration and Organization).

Santiago presented a poster, “Developing OER publishing support: A case study,” at Library Publishing Forum online; and co-presented on a panel, “Community conversation: Open education in the time of COVID,” at Open Textbook Network Summit online.

Santiago was appointed to the SPARC Open Education Advisory Group for a three-year term and serves on the Open Texas Conference Planning Committee.

Santiago was selected for the 2020- 21 UH Cougar Chairs Leadership Academy.

Santi Thompson co-presented “Digital Library Assessment: Celebrating five years of community-driven work” at the Digital Library Federation (DLF) Forum.

Thompson co-wrote a report, “A survey of the state of research data services in 35 U.S. academic libraries, or ‘Wow, what a sweeping question,’” which appeared in Research Ideas and Outcomes.

Emily Vinson was elected co-chair of Association of Moving Image Archivists Regional Audio-Visual Archives Committee.

Vinson co-presented on a virtual panel, “Broadening Accessibility During COVID Telework,” at I/V\A/V: Informal Virtual Audio Visual Summit convened by the Library of Congress.

Vinson co-presented on a virtual panel, “Queer Archives,” at Goethe-Institut, Berlin/Houston.

Vinson presented “Transcription of Archival Audiovisual Content: A Study of Accuracy and Cost” at Association for Recorded Sound Collections Conference online; “Approaches to Processing Audiovisual Archives for Improved Access and Preservation Planning” at OCLC Research Library Partnership as a Works in Progress Webinar; and “Telling Your Family Story with Tropy: The Basics of a Photo Management Tool” at Houston Genealogical Forum.

Vinson presented “Accuracy and cost assessment for archival video transcription methods” at the Federation Internationale des Archives de Television / International Federation of Television Archives World Conference in Dubrovnik, Croatia.

Vinson and Bethany Scott won a $348,751 grant for “Gulf Coast LGBT Radio and Television Digitization
and Access Project” from National Endowment for the Humanities, Humanities Collections and Reference Resources program.

Mea Warren published “Advocating for yourself in the promotion process” in Journal of Academic Librarianship.

Warren was elected a Member-At- Large for the Executive Board of the University Libraries Section (ULS) of ACRL.

S. Carlson, C. Lampert, D. Melvin, and Anne Washington co-wrote Linked Data for the Perplexed Librarian, an Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) monograph published by ALA Editions.

Madelyn Washington was appointed to the Taskforce on Antiracism for the Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts, University of Houston; and is co-chair of the Moores School of Music ad-hoc Committee on Antiracism.

M. Washington was the keynote speaker at Texas Chapter of the Music Library Association and the Southwest Chapter of the American Musicological Society Joint Fall Meeting; the talk was titled “Amplifying Under-Represented Voices in Collections, Research and Curriculum.”

M. Washington was elected as vice- chair/chair-elect for the Texas Chapter of the Music Library Association.

Annie Wu, T. Davis-Van Atta, S. Thompson, Bethany Scott, A. Washington and Xiping Liu co-wrote “From meow to ROAR: Expanding open access repository services at the University of Houston Libraries” which appeared in Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication.

Wu, S. Thompson, A. Washington, Todd Crocken, Sean Watkins, Leroy Vallejo and Andrew Weidner presented “Bridge2Hyku: Building the bridge towards an open source digital solution” at Digital Library Federation (DLF) Forum.

Wu, S. Thompson, A. Washington, S. Watkins, A. Weidner, Dean Seeman, and Nicholas Woodward published “Bridge2Hyku: Meeting Practitioners’ Needs in Digital Collections Migration to Open Source Samvera Repository” in Publications.

Wu, S. Thompson, A. Washington, S. Watkins, B. Scott, and L. Vallejo will present “Launching An Integrated Open Digital Eco-system for Cultural Heritage Collections at UH Libraries” at the 15th International Open Repositories Conference online (accepted).

Wu, S. Thompson, A. Washington, and S. Watkins will present “Reflections and Strategies on Managing an IMLS Awarded Grant Project – Bridge2Hyku” at Texas Conference on Digital Libraries online (accepted).