Sunday, January 22, 2017

Spring 2017 Houston LISSA Events

We've got a great lineup of events scheduled for Houston LISSA this semester!

2/4  - 10 am - Coffee meet up at Fioza

3/4 - 10 am - Library Tour of the Gregory School

5/5 - 6 pm  - Happy hour at Lei Low

If you need more information, contact us at

Friday, September 16, 2016

September and October Conferences and Workshops

Next weekend will be a busy one for conferences!

This year the Digital Frontiers conference will be held at Rice University's BioScience Research Collaborative on September 22nd-23rd.  More information can be found here:

Following the conference is the Digital Frontiers THATcamp on September 24th at Rice University's Fondren Library.  Details are here:

The fall conference for TLA District 8 will be held Saturday, September 24th from 9 am to 2 pm  at the MD Anderson Library on the main campus of the University of Houston.  UNT will have a table, so stop on by and say hello! More information can be found here:

And in the not too distant future there is the Discovery Camp on October 7th.  The camp will take place at the MD Anderson Library on the main campus of the University of Houston from 8:30-4:00
Discovery Camp is a free event though registration is required.  Breakfast and lunch are included.  More information can be found here:

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Free Professional Development for Archival Staff

The Texas Historical Records Advisory Board is pleased to announce FREE educational opportunities for Texas archivists, librarians, and staff members.

Thinking Digital webinar
Sponsored by the Society of American Archivists, these 90-minute on demand workshops that provide an introduction to the world of digital records while providing practical examples and workflows to implement a digital preservation system.
September workshops available in Nacogdoches, College Station, and San Marcos, TX.
For more information visit

Grant Proposal Writing Workshop
This course provides an overview of the types of state, federal, and private foundation grants available and provides information about researching and writing grant proposals. Spaces are limited and available on a first come, first serve. Deadline to register is Monday, October 17, 2016.
For more information visit

INFO 5200 Fall 2016 Study Sessions

The following study sessions for INFO 5200 will be held at the MD Anderson Library at the University of Houston.  We'll be by the media collection on the first floor.  Just look for the UNT sign!

9/24 - 10am -12 noon

10/15 - 10am -12 noon

11/12 - 10am -12 noon

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Meet a Houston LISSA Member

Abra Schnur, Houston Program Student Coordinator

Hi All!  I am happy to introduce myself as the new Student Coordinator for the Houston Program. I'm looking forward to working with the Houston area students this year.  I am also a UNT MLS student with a focus on Archival Management.  I began the program in the Spring of 2015 and I should graduate the Summer of 2017.  I have served both as the Secretary and Vice President of Houston LISSA.  This semester we are planning several  study sessions, All School Day, and a tour of a Houston library. Keep a lookout for dates and times.

I just completed an internship with the University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries in their Special Collections, processing a growing collection from the San Antonio River Authority. It gave me an invaluable amount of experience with physically rehousing, intellectually arranging, describing the content under DACS, coding with EAD, digitizing items for ContentDM, and writing blogs about the collection.  They were a great team to work with and I highly recommend being on the look out for future internship opportunities with them.  This semester I also plan to do my practicum at the MD Anderson Cancer Research Center working with their oral history collection.

Me on the last day of the internship at UTSA.  Check out all those boxes we processed!
My past work experience includes working at the UNT Willis and Media Libraries, The University of Maryland Health Sciences and Human Services Library, and the MD Anderson Library at the University of Houston.

I live in North Houston with my husband and two daughters.   But I miss urban life so I am always down for a trip to a museum.  I enjoy my morning iced coffee and browsing photos of mid-century modern design.

Reach me with questions at