- About TLA
- Be A Member
- Attend Events
- Career Resources
- Texas Libraries
- Members Only
Member of the Month
Lee Andrew Hilyer MLIS, M.Ed.
Head, Information & Access Services; University of Houston Libraries
My professional career began in interlibrary loan and document delivery services. I transitioned from a staff member of the University of South Carolina Libraries’ ILL department to a professional position with KR SourceOne when I graduated in 1995. When our offices moved into Manhattan in late 1996, if you craned your head just right and squinted your eyes, you could see the Statue of Liberty from my cubicle window!
NYC was great but I couldn’t resist the call of the Lone Star State, moving to a position with Rice University in 1997. In addition to working at Rice’s Fondren Library, I’ve had the great privilege of working at the Texas Medical Center Library and in various roles during my eight years here at the University of Houston Libraries.
My research and professional interests are varied, from interlibrary loan and resource sharing, to effective presentations and management skills.
Innovative library practices
One of the most valuable experiences I have been fortunate to have in the last few years is to serve on the Texas State Library and Archives Commission’s LSTA Grant Funding panel, where I have been able to learn about projects and ideas from all types of libraries all around the state of Texas. Two projects in particular come to mind: the first is a public-private partnership by the Bell-Whittington and Ingleside public libraries to provide computer training to senior citizens. In cooperation with their local Dairy Queen restaurants, who provide support for the project, they have positively impacted their community by enabling the community’s older patrons to acquire technology skills (and confidence) to enhance their lives and stay in greater touch with their families.
The second project that I admire is the HeirLoom project from Texas A&M University - Commerce. This was a project to support digitization projects for small public libraries in Northeast Texas. What was unique about this project was its emphasis on training library staff around the area to identify and digitize their own materials, empowering them to be active participants in the preservation of their own communities’ histories.
To me, what is important about these two projects is their emphasis on people and community, rather than technology. In a time when we often expect technology to meet a need, these two projects remind me that a people- and cooperation-centered approach is still vital and important.
Favorite literary character or book
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, by E.L. Konigsburg. Definitely one of my all-time favorites. I’ve been captivated by New York City and the Metropolitan Museum of Art ever since.
Most memorable TLA experience
Getting to have breakfast with Jamie Lee Curtis!
Created on Nov 1, 2011 | Last updated December 02, 2013