Professional and Scholarly Spotlight

Ana Corral presented a research poster entitled “Listening to voces: Exploring oral histories to identify health literacy gaps in the Latinx community” at the Medical Library Association (MLA) 2021 vConference.

Corral led an immersion session at the MLA 2021 vConference entitled “Health and libraries during COVID-19: An MLA international and intercultural session.”

Taylor Davis-Van Atta was chosen as the 2021 recipient of the Texas Digital Library (TDL) Scholarly Communication Award; and was elected to UH Faculty Senate as the Libraries at-large senator.

Veronica Arellano Douglas is chair of Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Instruction Section.

Douglas presented the closing keynote for the Workshop for Instruction in Library Use (WILU) conference; “Relational cultural theory & reference work” for the New York University Libraries; “Towards a critical, decolonized pedagogy” (panel) for the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate School’s Transformative Learning in the Humanities Lecture Series; and “Inclusive pedagogy online: making learning more accessible” with Emily Deal and Carolina Hernandez at Texas Library Association (TLA) Annual Conference online.

Douglas is on the editorial board for The Journal of Information Literacy.

Orolando Duffus, Mea Warren, and Lisa Martin co-wrote “Staying connected: Best practices for online marketing and outreach” which appeared in Marketing Libraries Journal.

Duffus co-wrote “Mapping the residency program landscape” with L. Velez, N. Blas, J. Alston, G. Holmes, D. Eads, and A. Bradshaw which appeared in The Journal of Academic Librarianship.

Wenli Gao co-wrote “Strategic planning for the Chinese American Librarians Association: From process to implementation” with R. Pun and L. Ruan which appeared in International Journal of Librarianship.

Gao, Veronica Arellano Douglas, Emma Fontenot, and Andrea Malone co-wrote a book chapter titled “Beyond the numbers: Building a data information literacy program for undergraduate instruction,” which appeared in Teaching Critical Thinking with Numbers: Data Literacy and the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education, edited by J. Bauder.

Gao co-presented “Celebrating and showing support for Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander colleagues in librarianship and in our communities” (invited) with J. Clarke, J. Solomon, and A. Vedantham at ACRL Science and Technology Section webinar.

Gao and Reid Boehm co-presented “Tips for managing and sharing collections data from data librarians” at CORE Interest Group Week Collection Evaluation and Assessment Interest Group Meeting online.

Gao and J. Xiao co-presented a poster, “Free tools for data wrangling, analysis, and visualization,” at American Library Association (ALA) virtual conference Chinese American Librarian Association (CALA) poster session.

Gao, M. Huang, R. Pun, L. Ruan, H. Yao, and F. Zhuo co-presented “Empowering our global and local communities: Activities by the members of CALA” at TLA Annual Conference.

Gao began a term as president for CALA.

Christina Gola was named a Department of Information Science Outstanding Alumni from University of North Texas.

Gola presided over the TLA 2021 Annual Conference which received the following press: Publishers Weekly interview, “After a year of historic challenges, the Texas Library Association looks to the future.”

was part of a virtual panel presentation, “Fostering equity and inclusion through an organizational development approach,” at ALA Annual Conference.

Rachel Helbing was appointed chair-designate of the Medical Library Association (MLA) Credentialing Committee.

Helbing presented a poster, “Managing relationships during a collection transformation: Lessons learned from a consortium withdrawal,” at MLA Annual Meeting online.

Stefanie Lapka was approved for membership in the Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP) at the Senior member level.

Vince Lee completed service as the outgoing chair for the Society of American Archivists (SAA) Committee on Public Awareness (COPA) for the 2020-2021 term.

Lee presented at “Build a bridge to stand: Making the ask even in uncertain times” at SAA. 

Andrea Malone received a 2021 Modern Language Association (MLA) field bibliography fellowship.

Malone was appointed to ALA International Relations Roundtable International Librarians’ Orientation/Mentoring Committee; and appointed to UH Graduate & Professional Studies Committee (GPSC).

Malone presentedPerspectives in impact metrics” at MLA Academic Program Services Leadership Institute.

Mary Manning was part of a panel presentation on COVID-19 collecting at Archivists of the Houston Area.

Manning presented “Houston Roots and the Texas Gulf Coast Sound” at Society of Ethnomusicology, Southern Plains; co-presented “Learn about Tropy: A free tool for research and organizing personal archives” with Emily Vinson at TLA Annual Conference; co-presented “Finding aid clean-up during lockdown” with Joseph Lueck and “Collaborating to build web archives in Texas” with L. Ko and K. Rojas at Society of Southwest Archivists; and a lightning talk modified from the “Collaborating” presentation at Texas Conference on Digital Libraries (TCDL).

Ariana Santiago was part of a panel presentation, “Being the first: Experiences of OER creators who were the first to create or adapt OER at their institutions,” at the Michigan Open Educational Resources (OER) Summit.

Mea Warren co-wrote “Introducing reproducibility to citation analysis: A case study in the earth sciences” with S. Teplitzsky, W. Tranfield, and P. White which appeared in Journal of eScience Librarianship.

Warren co-presented “A fish out of water: Being and supporting Black librarians in the sciences” at the National Conference of African-American Librarians with C. Leal and T. Watkins.

Warren was nominated to the Special Libraries Association (SLA) Salary Survey Task Force as chair.

Madelyn Shackelford Washington was an invited speaker for a webinar, “Inclusivity in the Library,” at TDL Leadership Academy; and for “Mozart takeover in the MD Anderson Library: Recording Non so piu cosa son and Martern aller Arten” at International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions, World Library and Information Congress 2021.

Washington serves as chair of the Texas Chapter of the Music Library Association.

Annie Wu and Anne Washington co-presented “Inclusive and conscious editing at UH Libraries” at TLA Annual Conference.

Wu, Andrew Weidner, Crystal Cooper, Taylor Davis-Van Atta, Jerrell Jones, Ada Laura Ramirez, Bethany Scott, Santi Thompson, and Anne Washington presented a poster, “Here be dragons: Navigating the unchanged water of legacy thesis and dissertation digitization,” at TCDL.