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Berkley Donates Congressional Papers, Materials to UNLV Libraries

By econnections on March 8, 2013 12:05 PM | Permalink

Thirty years from now people searching for information about Nevada’s political history will not be let down when they come to UNLV Libraries. Currently, The Libraries maintains papers of two former U.S. senators, Howard Cannon and Chic Hecht, as well as those from a number of Southern Nevada state legislators and items from former Congressman Jim Bilbray. The most recent addition is that of Congresswoman Berkley, who has also generously donated her congressional papers to UNLV Libraries.

Congresswoman Shelley Berkley, who served Nevada from Jan. 3, 1999 to Jan. 3, 2013, donated 42 boxes – approximately 45 linear feet – consisting of paper legislative records such as correspondence, documents and reports; videos of her appearances; certificates, awards, plaques and various mementos; and a number of noteworthy photos.

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.

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.

UNLV Libraries Faculty Rank 12th Nationally for Scholarly Productivity

By econnections on December 4, 2012 2:01 PM | Permalink

UNLV librarians are always ready to help students and community users with their research, but did you know they are also academic faculty and active researchers in their own right?

UNLV Libraries proved to be one of four dark horses in a recently published eight-year study by librarians at the University of Illinois at Chicago. In the new study, UNLV Libraries has been ranked 12th in the nation for number of academic librarians who published articles in selected academic journals from 2003 to 2011.

The University of Illinois study examined articles published in 32 refereed journals in the field of library and information science. The term “refereed” means the article or manuscript is evaluated by independent experts for quality of scholarship, reliability or findings and relevance to the field. Out of 2,373 total articles with at least one academic librarian as an author, UNLV librarians were authors or co-authors of 32.

UNLV Libraries is proud to present "DREAMING THE SKYLINE"

By econnections on December 4, 2012 1:52 PM | Permalink

"Dreaming the Skyline" is a digital collection of drawings, sketches and photographs that capture the history of resort architecture in Las Vegas, Lake Tahoe and Atlantic City–and its wider impact on the world. The collection highlights the work of two renowned Las Vegas architects: Martin Stern, who designed the Hilton International and the original MGM Grand, now Bally’s, and Homer Rissman, whose designs include the Flamingo towers and the original Circus Circus tent. "Dreaming the Skyline" provides easy online access to the rich architectural collections of UNLV Libraries Special Collections.