Lied Library is the academic center of the UNLV campus. Approximately 8,000 students, faculty and community visitors enter its doors everyday—to study individually or in groups, to conduct research or to attend an instructional workshop. With more frequency it is a place where higher education, K-12 teachers with their students, and other Southern Nevada residents convene to share and discover knowledge. This spring semester has been no exception; here are some highlights:
Ever wonder how the library knows what you want when you want it? The answer is simple: knowledgeable staff, careful research and cooperative survey participants.
UNLV Libraries’ central mission is to contribute to and support self-sufficient learners who can discover, access, and use information effectively for academic success, research and life-long learning. But, to do this, librarians need to explore how the Libraries should evolve to keep up with changing needs.
In fall 2012, the Libraries conducted its most recent survey to obtain information on user satisfaction with library services and collections, which services are seen as most important or valuable, and indicators of information-seeking behavior. Approximately 1200 undergraduates, 400 graduate students, and 200 faculty members completed the survey.
Jeanne Brown Receives Distinguished Service Award
Head of Assessment Jeanne Brown is recipient of the Association of Architecture School Librarians (AASL) Distinguished Service Award. She is recognized for her sustained service to the profession through participation, advocacy and leadership in AASL. Brown was also selected for her significant research, which has furthered the understanding and development of architecture librarianship.
UNLV’s Dean of Libraries, Patricia Iannuzzi, was recently named the 2013 Academic/Research Librarian of the Year by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). This milestone accomplishment reflects national appreciation for Dean Iannuzzi’s impact on the library profession through administrative leadership and scholarly contributions.
On Saturday, February 23, UNLV Libraries and Dean Patricia Iannuzzi welcomed more than 150 Libraries supporters at a special reception to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Center for Gaming Research. Guests were greeted by Dean Iannuzzi and UNLV President Dr. Neal Smatresk, with remarks offered by the Center's director Dr. David Schwartz.
The Center for Gaming Research attracts gaming researchers worldwide to Las Vegas and, specifically, to UNLV Libraries. 2013 marks the Center’s 25th anniversary. Its gaming collection is the world's premier research repository of information relating to gambling and commercial gaming. The collections document the history and statistical basis of games and gambling; the economics and regulation of the gaming industry; the psychological, social, and political effects of gambling; and the history of specific hotel and casinos. Because of the global scope of today's gaming industry, the collection embraces not only Las Vegas and Nevada gaming, but gambling throughout the world.
For more information about the Center for Gaming Research, visit http://gaming.unlv.edu
Welcome to the second issue of eConnections. I hope you had an opportunity to read our inaugural e-newsletter in the fall, and that it provided you with insight into the mission and work of UNLV Libraries in service to students, faculty, researchers from around the world, and Southern Nevada residents.
This issue is a testimony to the critical role the Libraries play in supporting the intellectual vitality and innovative thinking of the university. It is also telling of a dedicated staff of librarians and other professionals who devote countless hours to develop and implement effective programs that enhance the learning experience for UNLV students and for lifelong learners in the region.
On the second floor of Lied Library there is a table with a plaque that reads, “In honor of Gregan Wingert.” And the story behind this plaque shows how students, alumni and patrons — just about anyone in the community — don’t have to donate millions of dollars to honor a friend or loved one and, at the same time, support UNLV Libraries. There are various ways the public can demonstrate support and come away with a lasting and meaningful memory.
The word “kitschy” is to Vegas as “the Big Apple” is to New York City. The word encompasses the glitzy – at times, outlandish – personality the city developed during the last seven decades. UNLV Libraries’ Special Collections Department recently received a collection that recalls a time when kitschy and classy overlapped and showgirls performed on ice skates.
The Spinning Beachball, the Blue Screen of Death, Unlawful Kernel Error or just an empty screen – the moment when a computer crashes has many names, and none encompass the feeling of sheer panic as the operator suddenly regrets not backing up the wedding video, the photos of the baby or a decade of vacation memories. At that moment it’s all gone.
Although preservation has a distinct meaning at UNLV Libraries, there is a community element as well. Every individual has a history, and these days, that history is contained in millions of ones and zeros that make up digital files on our computers, smartphones and cameras. And, just like a 200-year-old manuscript, that history deserves to be saved.
Although the average American family doesn’t have access to the equipment Digital Collections at UNLV Libraries uses, the idea of personal history preservation can be less daunting than many people realize, said Cory Lampert, head of digital collections at UNLV Libraries.
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.
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