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The end of the semester is almost here! Are you ready? Are you excited? Are you…procrastinating??
Good news! The library will be over at the College of Business for a few hours in April to help out with any last minute questions you might have. A tutor from the UHD Writing and Reading Center will also be there to answer quick questions or help schedule an appointment with you.
We’ll be in the College of Business Shea Street Building, on the first floor during the following dates:
Tuesday, April 12; 11am-noon
Tuesday, April 26; 11am-noon
Are you interested in game design? Creating your own website? Building apps? Then you’ll need to know coding!
No experience? No problem! These courses are designed for beginners to give you an idea of what coding is all about.
Snacks will be provided!
Go to http://goo.gl/Ajz7Rb to sign up today! Space is limited!
Popup Republic by Jeremy BarasPopUp Republic delves into the $50-billion dollar pop-up industry and includes stories, examples, anecdotes, case studies and a how-to guide of how to create a successful pop-up. More than just an A-to-Z guide on how to launch and operate a successful pop-up, PopUp Republic shows how pop-ups are disrupting the retail, dining and entertainment industries in this country and around the world– Provided by publisher.
Social Media Risk and Governance: Managing Enterprise Risk by Phil Mennie
Featuring examples from companies such as BP, MasterCard, Netflix, PwC, Silk Road UBS and Yelp, the book is designed to promote cross-functional working between professional users of social media, acknowledging the impact of these technologies across the business and the interaction of the various stakeholders when planning new activities to effectively harness the power of social media safely and successfully for their organization.–Provided by ProQuest
Practical Strategic Management by Eiichi Kasahara
The author presents 15 steps that combine strategy and marketing aspects in business. The steps are presented systematically and holistically. Readers will be able to maintain the “big picture” perspective, while being able to dive deep into each step. The guide is not written for “ideal situations” in business. Much attention is given to being aware of market trends, business competition, and the limitations of resources, to be able to apply practical strategic thinking in business.–Provided by ProQuest
Underdome Guide to Energy Reform compiled by Janette Kim and Erik Carver
The Underdome Guide to Energy Reform is the first book to map the political implications of energy management in architecture. It reenvisions collective priorities in the face of climate change, at scales ranging from the microelectronic to macroregional. Organized into sections covering power, territory, lifestyle, and risk, Underdome catalogs conflicts and affiliations among energy agendas to inform public action and function as a “voter guide.” Underdome is a call to action, urging citizens and designers to questions how political ecology can reshape architectural objects and objectives.–Provided by ProQuest
Business Ethics: An Interactive Introduction by Andrew Kernohan
Concepts such as utility, duty, and sustainability are given practical value and connected to examples and methods familiar to business people. Classical ethical theories are surveyed, as are modern perspectives on justice, equality, and the environment. Where possible, quantitative examples and methods are used to show that ethics need not be subjective or vague. Kernohan provides an overview of the basic tools of ethical decision-making and shows how each can be used to resolve moral problems in business environments.–Provided by ProQuest
Consumer Psychology in a Social Media World edited by Claudiu V. Dimofte, Curtis P. Haugtvedt, and Richard F. Yalch
Consumer Psychology in a Social Media World will appeal to those who are involved in creating, managing, and evaluating products used in social media communications. As seen in recent financial and business market successes (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Pinterest, WhatsApp, etc.), businesses focused on facilitating social media are part of the fastest growing and most valuable sector of today’s economy.–Provided by ProQuest
Bewildered by Business Source Complete? Confounded by citations? You’re in luck! A librarian and a writing center tutor will be available at the College of Business Computer Lab to help out with any questions you might have!
The dates for March are:
Wednesday March 9, 2016 from 10am-noon – CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER
Wednesday March 23, 2016 from 1pm-3pm
We’ll see you there!
Cross-posted from Confluence, the University Archives blog.
Making the Book, Making the Self: Miscellanies, Digital Literacy, and Representation
Two-Day Workshop, April 21 and 22, 2016
Thursday April 21, 2-6pm at The Print Museum
Friday April 22, 1-4pm at W.I. Dykes Library
This workshop is funded fully through the generous support of a High Impact Practices Grant through UHD and is open to all students! RSVP via email to:
Instructors: Dr. Katharine Jager (English Department) and Melissa Torres (University Archivist, W.I. Dykes Library)
ENROLLMENT CAPPED AT 15
Participants in this workshop will take a mini-course on book production at Houston’s Printing Museum, consider questions of literacy, history and authority, and then return to UHD with these new skills to produce individual miscellanies and reflective essays gleaned from our own multimodal presence. Like a scrapbook, a miscellany historically was a work assembled by a single person comprised by a variety of texts. Participants will produce a digital and a material miscellany derived from their own social media content; this content will be gleaned from a participant’s own multimodal presence over a 24 hour period. Potential sources of material include social media postings, Tweets, text messages, Vines and/ or YouTube videos, images, photographs, and sound recordings. How might historical methods of miscellany production be similar (or different) from our own habits of Tweeting, texting, Facebooking, YouTube-ing, Instagramming? How does a digital text get archived, and how might this method of preservation be understood within a broader historical context?
Our miscellany projects will be archived for further assessment and access.
This is a lab-lecture workshop. The first day of the course will be held at the Museum of Printing History, where a lab on bookmaking will take place. The second day will be both lecture and lab, discussing the issues described above while engaging in the hands-on work of making our own miscellanies.
Students will be able to design and implement a material miscellany
Students will be able to design and implement a digital portfolio
Students will engage in a workshop at the Houston Printing Museum and learn how to make books
Students will consider the role of history in the production of books and analyze the changes in the creation of miscellanies across time
We found only a few children’s books in our collection to add to the display, and that got us thinking – Where are all the interracial children’s books? Apparently, others are asking the same question. There is a clear dearth of children’s books that focus on the topic and almost none that feature interracial families or characters as part of the main story line but without their interracial identity being the obvious focus.
For now, we’ve ordered available books we can find, but we’ll be on the lookout for more as we expand our growing collection of children’s books featuring diverse characters and topics.
Did you know that our Ask A Librarian service is more than just a chat? It also serves as a bank of frequently asked questions! Right now, we have over twenty questions and answers relating to the library catalog that range from keyword searching to finding government documents.
Each question has detailed, step-by-step instructions on using the catalog–some even have photos! Check it out on our Ask A Librarian question bank and be sure to take a look at some of the other frequently asked questions.
It’s a new semester here at the University of Houston-Downtown and we at the library want to welcome all of our students, both new and returning!
Whether this is your first semester or your first semester really using the library, we know that it can be hard to figure out where to find the information you really need. In this post, we invite you to learn some library basics that will make the rest of the semester easier for you!
That’s great, we love questions! In fact, we love them so much, you can ask us a question 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. What is this witchcraft, you say? It’s our Ask A Librarian chat service. And it’s not actually witchcraft, it’s *technology*.
If you don’t want to chat with a librarian you can also email a librarian, call us, make an appointment, or send a good old fashioned text (phone numbers available in the right sidebar on our Help page).
2. Ummm, I’m lost. Is this even a library? Where are the books?
Yes, this is definitely a library. And you’re in luck, because we have maps! With colors! And room numbers! They’re pretty helpful if you are wandering around in circles trying to find a book, or your study room. Not interested in maps? Here’s a quick breakdown:
The Fourth Floor has the computer lab, information desk (where you can find a real live librarian!) study rooms, presentation rooms, and two classrooms with computers.
The Fifth Floor has the books, bound journals, CDs & DVDs, and circulation desk (where you can find reserved items and check out your books!). The 40,000 Windows Cafe is also on the fifth floor.
3. How can I book a study room?
Excellent question! Go to our homepage and click the blue button that says Study Rooms. Follow the prompts to reserve a room. Remember, you have to have a group of 3 or more people and you can only book for two hours at a time. We love you, but we will also (very nicely, of course) kick you out of the room if we have to. If you need step-by-step help to check out a room, visit us in the computer lab.
4. I’m severely under-caffeinated.
Aren’t we all? Yes. The answer is probably yes. But guess what, there’s a coffee shop IN THE LIBRARY. The 40,000 Windows Cafe is located on the fifth floor of the library and is open Monday-Thursday, 9am-9pm. Unfortunately your caffeine addiction will have to be met elsewhere Friday-Sunday, because the cafe will not be open.
5. Do you check out laptops?
Nope. For that, you’ll have to visit the computer lab on the 8th floor (S800). We do, however checkout a ton of other helpful pieces of technology like video cameras, calculators (scientific and graphing), headphones, as well as webcams and microphones.
So that’s your basic Library 101–have a great semester!