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UNLV Libraries Articles from Inside UNLV for 2003


New Library
Staff
January, 2003. Seven excellent new classified staff members have joined the UNLV Libraries. Two of the new staff members, Victoriya McAnany and Jessica Adler, were recruited from the Libraries own student employee workforce. Victoriya joined the Circulation Department and Jessica works in the Library Administration office. Both Victoriya and Jessica are completing their undergraduate degrees at UNLV. The Library Administration office also hired Osra O’Neal in 2002. Osra manages the Library Administration front office, the UNLV Libraries files and records, and provides clerical support. Osra worked for Student Financial Services before joining the Libraries. The Knowledge Access Management division of UNLV Libraries hired three new staff members: Kelly Robinson, Debbie Hunt and Michael Yunkin. Kelly joined the Libraries from the CCSN Cheyenne Campus Library. Kelly catalogs new library materials into the UNLV Libraries on-line catalog. Debbie also catalogs new materials but her focus is cataloging serials materials. Debbie was previously employed with Weber State University’s Stewart Library as the Media/Reserve Services Coordinator. Michael Yunkin is a digital projects intern and will assist the Digital Projects Librarian, the Libraries’ Webmaster and the Head of Cataloging to increase digital access to the Libraries’ resources. Michael Frazier joined the Libraries’ Special Collections Preservation Laboratory. Michael treats library materials and supervises student employees. All seven of the new library employees are pursuing degrees either here at UNLV or through a web-based Master’s of Library Science program offered through University of North Texas.
Internet
Access
to
Microforms
March, 2003. In an effort to promote our scholarly research collections on microfilm and to be more responsive to the needs of the UNLV community, Lied library is linking microforms library catalog records to full text resources that are available on the Internet. Accessing these sources is as easy as selecting the URL listed on the library catalog record. Historians, liberal arts scholars and students can examine a large collection of pre-1922 materials whose subject matter ranges from colonial life, to slavery and gender issues, to the exploration, settlement and development of the American West. Literary scholars can peruse the substantial body of prose fiction written by Americans between 1851 and 1875. These works include such noted authors as Harriet Beecher Stowe, Mark Twain, Bret Harte, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Herman Melville, as well as a host of more obscure authors. The collection as a whole offers a broad overview of the development of American society.

This effort was made possible through the Library of Congress’ American Memory Project, the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) and the efforts of UNLV Library staff in the departments of Research & Information and Bibliographic and Metadata Services. Over 1000 records have been added to UNLV Library catalog so far with another 2000 records planned for inclusion.

Movies
to your
classrooms

 

April, 2003.The Libraries boast a sizeable collection of media resources including over15,000 audio items and over 10,000 moving image items (film/video/DVD). The collection was built with UNLV’s academic offerings in mind and includes selections from Films for the Humanities, PBS, Jamey Aebersold Jazz and other publishers and distributors of quality media. If you’re aware of a media item that might be a valuable addition to the collection, feel free to contact your subject librarian with a request. Faculty and staff may arrange to preview items, place items on reserve for student viewing and check items out to be used in the classroom.

In general, items are used in-house on the Libraries’ Safari media distribution system. In the coming months, enhancements to this system will allow the Libraries’ Media and Computer Services Department to send audio and visual signals out over the network to select CBC classrooms. When using these Safari-ready rooms, instructors will not need to come over to check material out or to request a VCR and monitor from ITS. Controls such as start, stop, fast-forward, and others are still in the hands of the instructor using a remote or a software program. The media is sent through the network and takes advantage of the computer projectors and speakers already in the room. For more information on using the Safari system within the Libraries or in select CBC rooms, contact Jennifer Church at 895-2183.

Electronic
Journals
May, 2003. It is now easier than ever to access periodicals subscribed to by the University Libraries! Users who select the "Title of Print and Electronic Journal" option in the library catalog may now browse the list or enter a title or keywords in a search box. For example, a search for the American Journal of Human Biology will retrieve links to both an online subscription via Wiley Interscience Journals and a record of the Libraries’ paper holdings. The new search tool, hosted by Serials Solutions, offers quick access and an easy-to-read summary of which volumes of a journal are included in any of the dozens of electronic journal repositories and archives to which the Libraries subscribe.

For patrons who begin their research in the office or at home, this tool provides fast access to networked journal collections from providers like JSTOR, ScienceDirect, Project Muse, EBSCO Academic Search Elite, Blackwell-Synergy, and other publishers and aggregators. The search lets users quickly identify those journals that the Libraries have purchased online, full text access to and links them directly to the entry page for that periodical or database.

Browsing current issues of journals online is now more convenient, and the process of tracking down articles from citations is less arduous. Researchers may search by exact title, by keywords in the title, or by ISSN. The new feature can be found by choosing the "BOOKS" button from the UNLV Libraries home page at http://www.library.unlv.edu and selecting Title of Print and Electronic Journals.

Librarian
Awards

June, 2003. The University Libraries are proud to recognize Jeanne Brown, Head Architectural Studies Librarian as the recipient of the 2003 McPhee Librarian of the Year Award. The McPhee Award is given annually to a tenured member of the library faculty who has made a major contribution to the library, the university, the community or the profession. In a letter nominating Jeanne, a colleague enumerated some of Jeanne’s many contributions to the Libraries and the profession including “the effective leadership of the Architecture Studies Library (ASL), the creation of a nationally recognized architecture website, the design of a comprehensive instruction program designed to provide both classroom and online-tutorial sessions… published articles in numerous journals including Portal, Art Documentation, The Reference Librarian, …[and] a regular column for the publication Archi-Tech: Bridging the Gap Between Design and Technology.”

The Libraries also congratulate Diane VanderPol, Head of the Libraries’ Instruction Department for being selected as the winner of the Libraries’ Innovative Solutions Award. The Innovative Solutions Award recognizes a library faculty member for demonstrated innovation and creative thinking to solve a problem or challenge, or to improve upon an existing practice in the provision of library services and resources. The letter nominating Diane mentions several projects that demonstrate a “…sense of humor, philosophical grounding, and organizational efficiency that VanderPol brings to her projects at the University Libraries.” The letter concludes, “Her demeanor and accomplishments reflect the friendliness, the energy, and the willingness to experiment that make VanderPol an important feature of the public face of Lied Library.”

Congratulations to our award winners!

Prominent
visitors
July, 2003. The UNLV Libraries have recently hosted visits from two prominent individuals within the library profession. While visiting UNLV in April, Judith Russell, Superintendent of Documents at the Government Printing Office (GPO) met with Vicki Nozero, Head of Research and Information, and Susie Skarl, Federal Depository Librarian. Following a tour of Lied Library, Ms. Russell discussed the future plans of GPO’s Depository Library Program and learned more about the depository collection and the government information needs of patrons at the UNLV Libraries. Ms. Russell visited Las Vegas prior to attending the Spring Depository Library Council meeting that was held in Reno from April 6-9, 2003. This year’s meeting focused on the theme: "Visualizing the Depository Library of the Future." Highlights of the Council meeting included discussions of the following topics: the Depository Library of the 21st Century; the reorganization of GPO; the needs of depository libraries; and the dissemination and preservation of government information. On May 30, Mitch Freedman spoke at UNLV on the issue of "Better Salaries and Pay Equity for All Library Workers." Freedman is currently the President of the American Library Association (ALA), the oldest and largest library association in the world with more than 64,000 members. The topic of pay equity in the library profession has been Freedman's Presidential Initiative and has evolved into a national movement within the field. This program, sponsored by the Southern District of the Nevada Library Association, was also broadcast to sites in Reno, Carson City and Elko, Nevada, with the goal of educating and empowering library workers across the state.
2003 L. Percy Award September, 2003. In June the University Libraries were awarded a 2003 L. Percy Award from the Library Public Relations Council, a national organization that annually recognizes top print public relations materials from libraries in the United States and Canada.

The honored material, which includes posters, calendars, note cards, and bookmarks, features Lied Library at night with a south Las Vegas strip background, with the caption, “University of Nevada, Las Vegas: Enlightenment @ your library.”

The material was produced and distributed locally in conjunction with a new national multi-year academic library campaign developed through a partnership with 3M Library Systems, the American Library Association, the Association of College and Research Libraries, the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, and the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions. The long-term goals of the national campaign include promoting awareness of the unique role of the library and its contributions; increasing visibility and support for libraries and librarians; a stronger approach to marketing library programs and services; and introducing academic and research librarianship as a desirable career.

The winning piece was photographed by Jack Krawczyk, designed by Josh Rankin, and produced by UNLV Publications/Reprographics.

Competitive Intelligence (CI) seminar October, 2003. The Libraries Faculty Seminar Series is winding down but there’s still time to sign up for sessions on Competitive Intelligence and Online Medical Journals. The Competitive Intelligence (CI) seminar, on Monday, October 6, 12:30-1:30 P.M. will showcase library materials used to enhance marketplace competitiveness through a greater understanding of a firm's competitors and the competitive environment. Cory Tucker, Business Librarian, will discuss the legal collection and analysis of information regarding the capabilities, vulnerabilities, and intentions of business competitors, conducted by using information databases and other "open sources." On Wednesday, October 15, 12:30-1:30 P.M., Eva Stowers, Subject Librarian for the Health Sciences, will present Online Medical Journals, a seminar on the full-text medical literature available via the Libraries’ web resources. Both seminars meet in the Pioche Room on the first floor of Lied Library. Please sign up in advance by calling 895-2123. Don’t forget that the Libraries’ Instruction Department also offers workshops, clinics and tours for students throughout the semester. See www.library.unlv.edu/inst/ for the full schedules of both faculty and student sessions as well as handouts and tutorials on research, evaluating web sites, citation styles, and more.

Chronicle of Higher Education's site license test program. November, 2003. The University Libraries have recently joined the small group of universities that are participating in The Chronicle of Higher Education's site license test program. The Chronicle of Higher Educationis the premier news source for college and university faculty and administrators. Currently, only seven institutions, including Columbia, Johns Hopkins, and Stanford universities, have purchased campus-wide access to The Chronicle for their students, staff, administrators, and faculty. Additional participants have been sought so that The Chronicle can further study the impact that campus-wide site licensing will have on their individual print subscription business. All editorial content at http://chronicle.com is now available from any on-campus computer. In addition, The Chronicle is available from off-campus to members of the UNLV community when they log on through the Libraries website at http://www.library.unlv.edu. Call 895-2101 for questions regarding access from off-campus.

30 new databases and electronic journal collections December, 2003. The University Libraries' collection of electronic resources has increased significantly with the recent addition of over 30 new databases and electronic journal collections. Providing access to information in a wide range of disciplines, the new resources were selected in response to the changing information needs of faculty and students as UNLV continues to expand its instructional programs and research agenda. The Sage Full-Text Collections include article content from over 75 journals in sociology, political science, communications, and criminology. SpringerLink provides full-text article content for over 500 scientific, technical and medical journals published by Springer-Verlag. Site licenses for online access to the journals Nature, New England Journal of Medicine and JAMA have also been added. New databases include LION (Lit Online), PsychArticles and American Film Scripts.

For more information about these and other electronic resources, visit the Libraries website at http://www.library.unlv.edu or contact a subject librarian listed at http://www.library.unlv.edu/about/biblio.html