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Between the Lines, News from YOUR Research Library: Focus

By BTL on November 30, 2013 11:30 AM | Permalink

Welcome to the final fall issue of Between the Lines, an e-newsletter created specifically with UNLV staff, faculty, administrators, and graduate students in mind.  As the semester comes to an end, we share with you the details and progress of a few key projects that have been our focus throughout the fall.

For our fifth issue, themed FOCUS, we highlight the contributions our subject liaison librarians have made to student learning across the disciplines through the integrated research component in the First-Year Seminar courses this year. 

First-Year Seminar Focus: Providing a Foundation of Research Skills for UNLV Students

By BTL on November 30, 2013 11:29 AM | Permalink

This fall, as the campus has been abuzz with record enrollment of new undergraduates, UNLV Libraries’ subject liaison librarians have focused on the academic success of our future alumni by designing and teaching an integrated research component in their first-year seminar (FYS) courses.

To ensure students in FYS courses develop a solid foundation of research skills, along with an introduction to the services and resources available at UNLV Libraries, our expert subject liaison librarians have created customized instruction plans in conjunction with the curriculum for each college’s course. With consideration of the five University Undergraduate Learning Outcomes introduced to FYS students, the library research component focuses on Inquiry and Critical Thinking—formulating and refining research questions, practicing effective search strategies, selecting and evaluating sources, and understanding how to properly cite sources. The pitfalls of plagiarism are addressed through an emphasis on the importance of academic integrity and the appropriate attribution of information sources.

Gaming Research Center director honored as “Emerging Leader” in field

By BTL on November 30, 2013 11:28 AM | Permalink

Global Gaming Business magazine, Innovation Gaming, and the American Gaming Association recently honored David G. Schwartz, director of UNLV’s Center for Gaming Research, as an “Emerging Leader.”

Schwartz is part of the inaugural class of Emerging Leaders chronicled in Global Gaming Business’s “40 under 40” series. This new program “identifies young workers and executives in the gaming industry that have made a mark during their early careers,” according to the publication.

Schwartz is an award-winning author and expert frequently quoted in the media. He has written and edited several books and regularly writes columns and features about gaming for local weekly Vegas Seven.

"David has proven to be the most reputable and dependable source in the gaming industry, who takes no sides and projects no bias. He's simply the most honorable and trustworthy researcher in gaming today," said Global Gaming Business publisher Roger Gros.

Western Research Library Teams Converge at UNLV to Discuss Student Learning

By BTL on November 30, 2013 11:28 AM | Permalink

On November 14-15, teams of librarians and administrators from 32 research universities from the Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA) met at Lied Library for a symposium exploring how GWLA libraries are impacting student learning on their campuses. The two-day event was keynoted by Dean of Libraries, Patricia Iannuzzi, and UNLV’s Director of General Education, Dr. Chris Heavey. Approximately 100 attendees participated in sessions on learning assessment, campus collaborations and partnerships, and research demonstrating academic libraries’ impact on student learning. Another trio of UNLV librarians offered a well-attended workshop on “Curriculum Mapping to Integrate and Communicate Information Literacy Learning” (Fabbi, Rinto, and Fawley). The UNLV Libraries—with their emphasis on the educational role of libraries—have provided strong leadership to GWLA member institutions in the area of student learning.

Grant Resource Databases Offer Focused and Customized Searches for UNLV Community

By BTL on November 29, 2013 11:28 AM | Permalink

The University Libraries subscribe to two valuable grant-seeking databases that provide access to online funding resources for UNLV researchers. With the UNLV Tier 1 Initiative focusing on several performance targets, including a 100% increase in per capita sponsored research dollars, these databases help grant seekers identify funding opportunities through focused and customized searching. 

CCSD Students Attend “Night at the Libraries” to Prepare for National History Day Contest

By BTL on November 29, 2013 11:26 AM | Permalink

On October 23, 2013, the University Libraries hosted the second annual “Night at the Libraries” for K-12 Clark County School District (CCSD) students conducting research for a National History Day project and contest. This year, approximately 110 CCSD students visited the UNLV Libraries with their parents and teachers for an in-depth introduction and exploration of university library research.

National History Day (NHD) is a national program designed to frame K-12 students’ research with a historical theme. Students conducting primary and secondary research for this year’s contest are focused on a topic related to the annual theme “Rights and Responsibilities in History.”

Lied Library’s Space Enhancement Project Focus Shifts from Planning to Execution

By BTL on November 29, 2013 11:19 AM | Permalink

Since the unveiling of the new Graduate Commons in Lied Library in September 2012, project planning resulting from our 2010 Space Needs Master Plan has shifted to concentrate on upgrading and enhancing the public spaces in Lied Library.

During the upcoming extended winter closure of Lied Library, the first floor will be resurfaced to ensure the safety of UNLV students and community visitors. This project is a key component of the Lied Public Space Enhancement Project, which was initiated to address the wear and tear of Lied Library, now in its 13th year of service, as well as the reconfiguration of spaces to meet the demands of a growing student body and its evolving needs for new and emerging information technology.

Many sources of information have informed decisions regarding enhancement projects. Feedback and data have been collected in a variety of ways, ranging from routinely collected data (e.g., computer use statistics) to feedback from library users. User input was collected through surveys, focus groups, observation, and informal comments solicited in public spaces. All of the decisions made for our space enhancement efforts were informed by user input and collected data.

The effort and commitment of the Libraries to integrate the input of our users into planning has been well-received. Adrian Viesca, a current library user and UNLV alumnus said, “I’m very pleased with the transparency and the plans put forth to continue to make sure Lied Library meets the needs of students. All the projects are surprisingly well thought-out and I think represent both ambition of what a library should be and the direct needs of the users who use it day in and day out.”

When Lied Library re-opens in January 2014, in addition to the completion of the resurfacing of our first floor, these additional projects will be well underway:

Group Study Spaces
New group study spaces are being added throughout the building, and some other spaces are being converted to better fit the needs of groups. Group study zones are being developed on the first and second floors; some will have technology, and all will have furniture that is flexible enough for group use. We are repurposing former copy rooms and book sorting areas on floors 2-5 and converting them into group study rooms. Group study alcoves with glass marker boards have recently been created on floors 2-5 and new furniture for those spaces is on order. The group study spaces will continue to evolve over the course of the spring and summer terms as different elements are introduced to these spaces—including technology enhancements to assist with academic coursework.

 

A recurring request from users is the enhancement and addition of flexible group study spaces.

Services Available During the Lied Library Extended Winter Closure

By BTL on November 29, 2013 11:15 AM | Permalink

Lied Library will be closed from December 18 through January 20. During this extended winter closure, the first floor will be resurfaced to ensure the safety of UNLV and community visitors.

It is the goal of the University Libraries to minimize the impact that this closure may have on your research and teaching. Your liaison librarian is available to meet with you by appointment in your office or at one of our branch libraries. More information about the Lied Library extended winter closure is available at www.library.unlv.edu/lied-extended-closure.

This project is a key component of the Lied Public Space Enhancement Project, which was initiated to address the wear and tear of Lied Library, now in its 13th year of service. It will also involve the reconfiguration of spaces to meet the demands of a growing student body and its evolving needs for new and emerging information technology.