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UNLV Gaming Press Takes Flight at University Libraries

By econnections on March 8, 2013 11:53 AM | Permalink




The University Libraries are at the center of one of the most potentially far-reaching developments in scholarly communication at UNLV:  the launch of the UNLV Gaming Press, a new initiative dedicated to issuing books—both electronically and in print—that share the work of UNLV faculty, highlight the rare and unique materials of Special Collections and provide outlets for the serious study of gambling.

The Press, a collaboration between the University Libraries, the William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration and the William S. Boyd School of Law, is a bold new academic start-up that, taking advantage of advances in electronic publishing and print-on-demand systems, will focus initially on publishing the proceedings of conferences held at UNLV or are affiliated with the university and drawing on the breadth and depth of materials associated with the Libraries’ Center for Gaming Research.

Recently Released Second Edition of ‘Las Vegas Then and Now’ Showcases Libraries’ Talent, Collection

By econnections on March 8, 2013 11:49 AM | Permalink

UNLV Libraries is not only rich with books and resources of every topic under the sun, but it also employs many published authors. Su Kim Chung, the manuscripts librarian in Special Collections, is a perfect example of this as the author of “Las Vegas Then and Now.”

The recently released second edition of “Las Vegas Then and Now” (Thunder Bay Press, 2012) significantly expands upon the concept of the enormously popular first edition, which paired archival photographs (many from UNLV Libraries Special Collections) of Las Vegas buildings and streets with current photographs of the same structures and locations.

UNLV Libraries’ Preservation Lab Sustains Las Vegas History

By econnections on March 8, 2013 11:26 AM | Permalink

At only 108 years old, Las Vegas doesn’t have much history when compared with cities such as Philadelphia, Boston or New York. But the city has come to appreciate its past as much as its older brethren. Sectors such as gaming, entertainment, development and public policy increasingly see the need for preservation as they plan for the future. In its quest to conserve, maintain and safeguard items of historical relevance, the UNLV Libraries Preservation Lab has proven to be a vital ally.

As the only preservation lab in the state, it serves a great purpose. Not only does the lab repair, preserve and conserve historical items from the UNLV Libraries and the university as a whole, it serves as a one-stop triage unit for generally circulated books and periodicals from all of the branches.

Student Worker’s Life Experiences Benefit Music Library Students, Patrons

By econnections on March 8, 2013 11:05 AM | Permalink

The Music Library is more than DVDs and CDs and scores. Sure, these items are important. But equally important are the people who work there, which in turn makes the library a more meaningful experience for our students and patrons.

Just ask anyone who has been assisted by Carmella Cao, who wears two hats as student worker in the library and is a doctoral candidate in music. Cao’s journey since earning her undergraduate degree in music education from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2008 has been rather unconventional. We wouldn’t have it any other way.

After graduation, instead of heading into the classroom to teach, Cao started on the path to her master’s degree in flute performance at UNLV, where she graduated in 2010.

“I decided I could always come back to teaching, but I could not always come back to playing at the level I was,” Cao said. “I still think education is incredibly important. As part of my master’s degree, I had the opportunity to teach non-major flutists. It inspired me to want to teach higher education.”

Over 50 years of The Rebel Yell Will be Available Online This Summer

By econnections on March 8, 2013 11:01 AM | Permalink




Every Runnin’ Rebel, current or alumni, for nearly sixty years has had the privilege to read UNLV’s student newspaper, The Rebel Yell. Soon, issues from 1956-2010 (the publication has been available online since 2010), will be available for all to read. This totals approximately 30,000 pages. The digitization project is expected to be completed this summer, and issues will be easily accessed online through the UNLV Libraries website.

Funding was made possible by a grant from the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) as well as contributions from Consolidated Students University of Nevada (CSUN) and the UNLV Graduate & Professional Student Association (GPSA).

ASL Faculty Photo Exhibition Changes Students’ Misconceptions

By econnections on March 8, 2013 10:57 AM | Permalink

In the world of academia, students often perceive their professors as mysterious and unapproachable. Now the Architecture Studies Library (ASL) is using an innovative new program to change that misconception. Through May 1, travel-themed photos taken by UNLV faculty will be displayed during the Faculty Photo Exhibition in the gallery inside the Paul B. Sogg Architecture Building.

Why travel photos? Because people tend to relate to these images and the stories that accompany them, according to Caroline Smith, head of the Architecture Studies Library. Smith thought the love of travel would create a unique opportunity for faculty to connect with students on a more personal level than what typically takes place in a classroom.

“They’re experiencing life through their own view finders, for good or bad,” Smith said. “To be able to relate that and share that back is an example of lifelong learning. Maybe there will be a connection. I think there are the same hurdles as in any lecture class. That’s the intimidation, and that’s natural. This will be a friendly, happy experience where everyone benefits.”

Top Authors, Illustrator to be Featured Speakers at Zeiter Children’s Literature Conference

By econnections on March 8, 2013 10:38 AM | Permalink



At UNLV Libraries, we understand that first-rate speakers serve as the cornerstone of any literary event. This year, we’ve attracted three of the best to anchor the Gayle A. Zeiter Children’s Literature Conference, hosted by the Curriculum Materials Library from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at the Greenspun College of Urban Affairs on the UNLV Campus.

Authors Monica Brown and Christopher Paul Curtis and illustrator Harry Bliss are slated to speak to approximately 200 expected participants from across the state.