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The M. D. Anderson Library contains a balanced collection with particular strengths in science, engineering, education, psychology, and business. The library is a depository for both United States and Texas state documents. Extensive holdings of newspapers on microfilm include complete files of the London Times, the New York Times, the Houston Post and Chronicle, plus substantial runs of other significant national papers. Several large sets of research materials are available on microform, such as the Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC) research reports in education, company 10-K and annual reports, and the papers of a number of United States presidents. The Special Collections and Archives department of the library houses the University Archives, along with manuscripts of several American authors, including Larry McMurtry, Beverly Lowry, and Fritz Leiber, and substantial collections of rare and historical works, especially in Texas history.
The M. D. Anderson Library is open more than 100 hours a week. Reference service is available more than 70 hours a week to provide users with assistance in locating information and resources. Subject librarians in all major disciplines provide specialized reference and research assistance, lecture regularly to classes, and develop the library collections in their subject areas. In the Electronic Publications Center on the first floor, faculty and students can use over 100 networked and several hundred non-networked information databases. Some of the databases contain references to articles or reports, while other databases contain statistical data, directory information, or complete texts of articles. The full text of more than 7,000 journals, magazines, and newspapers are available via the libraries' databases. Most of the databases are available from UH computers and computer accounts outside the library building. The UH Libraries' Home Page provides access to World Wide Web resources. A series of introductory library classes and tours is offered each semester, and printed guides are available to assist library users in conducting research. Other user services include a staffed area in which 8,000 current periodicals are displayed, inexpensive photocopying and word processing facilities, and an automated book check-out system. Seating is available for approximately 800 readers. More than 40 faculty and 400 individual study carrels are assigned to library users.
An on-line library catalog provides information about the collections of the University of Houston libraries as well as those of the UH Law Library, the UH-Downtown Library, and the UH-CLear Lake Library. The on-line catalog may be searched from remote sites through the campus network or the Internet. Reciprocal borrowing agreements have been implemented among all University of Houston System institutions.
Despite this large size and scope, the university libraries cannot meet all the research and information needs of the campus community. To extend services, the libraries participate in a number of resource-sharing networks. On the state level, the university's membership in the TexShare cooperative program provides access to selected databases. Traditional collections of books and journals are available through the TexShare library card program. This allows students, faculty and staff of the university to check out items at over 130 libraries statewide. At a national and international level, the university's membership in the Center for Research Libraries provides shared ownership of more than three million research materials. On-line computer access to the cataloging records of more than 32 million items in 30,000 libraries worldwide is also available. Interlibrary loan provides access to these materials in other research libraries in the United States and abroad.
Locally, the Houston Area Research Libraries Consortium (HARLiC) functions as a cooperative network by sharing research materials and services, acquiring research materials, and building a shared awareness of available resources and services. The HARLiC member libraries are Rice University, the Texas Medical Center, Texas Southern University, the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Houston Public Library, Prairie View A&M, Texas A&M University, and the University of Houston. In cooperation with the Houston Public Library, all university libraries are affiliated with the Houston Metropolitan Research Center, which houses a large collection of manuscripts, archives, and photographs pertaining to the city of Houston.
The staffs of the libraries welcome inquiries concerning library programs, resources, and services.
M. D. Anderson Library
Dean of the Libraries: Dana Rooks
Librarians: L. Patricia Bozeman, Margaret Culbertson, Judy Myers
Senior Associate Librarians: Charles W. Bailey, Jr., Evelyn Brass, Nancy L. Buchanan, John E. "Jeff" Fadell, Suzanne Ferimer, John D. Hall, Keiko Horton, Lawrence R. Keating II, Carolyn Meanley, Darral Parkin, Audrey Taylor, Linda Thompson, Thomas Wilson
Associate Librarians: Laura M. Snyder, Mary Beth Thompson
Assistant Librarians: Mark Bay, Marianne Stowell Bracke, Dell M. Davis, Amy L. Huff, John Lehner, Neomia C. Lowe, Anne Mitchell, Robert C. Spragg, Anna Youssefi
Head: Margaret Culbertson
Director: Jon Schulz
Senior Associate Librarians: Rod Borlase, L. Virginia Davis, Richard Guajardo, Gary R. Hartman, Marek B.C.M. Waterstone
Associate Librarian: Harriet Richman
Assistant Librarians: Cathryn Bowie, Shelby Shanks, Tim Mulligan
Head: Laura M. Snyder
Associate Librarian: Laura M. Snyder
Assistant Librarian: Ericka Patillo
Director: Suzanne Ferimer
Head: Derral Parkin
Files Archived: October, 2001
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