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UNLV Libraries Articles from Inside UNLV for 2006
Across Campus: Excellence in Undergraduate Research Reaps Reward
Faculty and staff members can help undergraduates who excel at research by recommending they apply for the new Libraries' Award for Undergraduate Research. The award, co-sponsored by the office of research and graduate studies, was created to recognize students who demonstrate sophistication and originality in research projects. As many as four $1,000 prizes will be awarded.
Applicants must excel in research projects that incorporate the use of University Libraries' collections and demonstrate information literacy skills. The review committee considers the product of the research, but focuses on the research process: demonstration of library research skills, adept use of library resources, and reflection on the strategies used to investigate a problem.
The award is intended for current undergraduates who will have completed a research project for a credit course at UNLV during summer 2005, fall 2005, or spring 2006. Submitted projects will be exhibited at the library. Applicants must have a course instructor or project adviser support their application. A panel of faculty, librarians, students, and staff will judge entries.
Expectations for achievement will depend on the applicant's class year and the requirements of the discipline. For more information on the award, visit www.library.unlv.edu/ award or contact the chair of the award committee, Diane VanderPol, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Campus Scene Photos by GERI KODEY & AARON MAYES UNLV Photo Services
Student workers Francisco Gonzalez of the Urban Affairs Advising Center, Henry Jimenez of the office of international students and scholars, and Andres Moses of the libraries' special collections department enjoy the party.
Across Campus: Pilot Program Started for Peer Research Coaches
A pilot program to address undergraduate student retention is being launched with the generous support of Libraries Advisory Board member Flora Mason and her husband, Stuart. The program will recruit students and train them to serve as frontline research coaches to their peers.
Professional literature shows that college students who work in libraries, especially assisting in classrooms or at reference desks, find their own research skills and academic performance are strengthened. The program will include mentoring by librarians. Like successful peer mentoring at other academic libraries, UNLV's program can help address the retention issue by improving the research and interpersonal communication skills of the peer research coaches while also providing role models to other "at-risk" students.
The program will recruit and train at-risk, but motivated, first- and second-year students to serve as frontline research mentors to their peers. By focusing on bright, enthusiastic students who are considered to be at risk of not finishing their degrees, it is hoped that the program will make a measurable impact on both the student mentors and their peers.
Detailed program planning is under way to recruit the first cohort of coaches for fall semester.
Across Campus: Patrons See the Light
If you think you've notice an improvement in the lighting in Lied Library, you're right. Since fall, libraries' facilities manager Jimmy Jones has been working with contractors hired by the state Public Works Board to improve lighting throughout the building. Although the design of the building takes full advantage of natural light streaming through the windows, on those rare cloudy days in Las Vegas, as well as throughout the evening, students found it difficult to see what they were working on in some areas of the library. In keeping with a commitment to maintain this beautiful — and popular — building, and upgrade it when possible, a survey of the lighting levels on every floor and into every corner was undertaken in early fall.
Results showed the need to refocus, replace, and in some cases add, new lighting. Specific areas to be addressed included hanging lights in the book stacks and in study areas, adding fixtures over the circulation desk, and placing fixtures on some study tables and individual study carrels.
Work began in November and continued through February. Now if you walk into Lied Library on a cloudy day or when it's nearly midnight, you don't need to bring your flashlight to find the book you need.
Across Campus: Patrons Asked to Weigh In on Future Improvements
The Libraries want to know what you think — look for the LibQUAL+ survey this month and speak up about how the Libraries can better serve you. During April, the UNLV Libraries will once again survey the opinions of students, faculty, and staff. This web-based survey helps libraries better understand user perceptions of library service quality and enables information to be collected and interpreted systematically over time. More than 500 academic libraries, including University of Arizona, BYU, Columbia University, Georgetown University, USC, and University of Utah have used LibQUAL+. UNLV previously conducted the survey in 2002 and 2004. Survey results led to the reorganization of subject librarians to align with UNLV colleges and to improvements to the collections, particularly serials. They also helped the libraries understand the need for an audience-based communications plan. Throughout April, the web-based survey will be available to users selected at random in proportion to the user group they represent. People who are selected are strongly encouraged to participate.
Across Campus: Wireless Goes Live at the Libraries
As part of the UNLV campus network enhancement, wireless access is now available throughout Lied Library as well as the Music Library and the Curriculum Materials Library. The Architecture Studies Library has had wireless access for some time. The most visible results are seen in Lied Library. Although the Book ‘N Bean has been wireless since last summer, many students, faculty, and staff now enjoy the freedom to surf the Web and access digital resources no matter where they are in the library. The project included installing 84 access points and antennas, configuring the access points to the campus enterprise network, and sample testing of the access points.
Libraries Dean Patricia Iannuzzi, said, "We are thrilled to be able to offer wireless at all the libraries. This couldn't have happened without a strong partnership between the Libraries and the office of information technology. Vice Provost Lori Temple is a terrific advocate of the Libraries and the students, faculty, and staff who use our facilities." Faculty, staff, and students only have to register to get access. Getting started with wireless is easy. Launch your web browser and go to wireless. unlv.edu — the wireless account setup page. Then, just follow the instructions. You will need to know the "L" number on your RebelCard. In no time you'll be surfing to your heart's content.
Fireworks traditionally light up the night at Premier UNLV.
Across Campus: Oral History Collection Continues to Grow
Las Vegas' centennial in 2005 put a spotlight on the history of Southern Nevada. The Oral History Research Center, located in the libraries' special collections section, is all about the history of the area. Established in 2003, the center conducts and collects interviews of individuals who provide first-hand knowledge of various historical topics related to the region. Director Claytee White conducts interviews, trains other interviewers, and oversees all projects. She describes this method as the best — and sometimes only — way to gather and preserve certain kinds of information.
The center began with the Boyer Early Las Vegas project; its more than 100 interviews capture a broad range of people who remember the "early days" in Las Vegas. Currently the center is collecting the oral history of UNLV in preparation of the university's 50th anniversary in 2007. Some projects involve smaller groups of people whose experience revolves around a specific area of interest such as "Living to Dance" and "Las Vegas Showgirls." For a more somber project, White is training individuals to interview any remaining Holocaust survivors in the area as well as second-generation family members of Holocaust survivors.
She also is working with the Blue Diamond History Committee whose members have been trained to collect the histories of their gypsum mining community. This enthusiastic group has been awarded grants to support and expand their efforts. There is discussion about developing projects with the Culinary Union Local 226 and with Boyd Gaming — two different aspects of the tourism industry. Visit the Oral History Research Center at UNLV online at library.unlv. edu/oral_histories/index.
Cheryl Taranto, music liaison and head of the Music Library, displays an oversized volume of the works of composer George Crumb.
History major Kelly Kerrigan studies at the Lied Library's popular Book N Bean. It, like the rest of library, has wireless capability.
More Than Just Library Books
By Diane Russell
Marketing & PR Since it opened in 2001, UNLV's Lied Library has become a mecca for those who thirst for coffee or hunger for knowledge.
During fiscal year 2004-05, nearly 1.5 million people passed through its doors. If you add in University Libraries' three branches — the Architecture Studies, Curriculum Materials, and Music libraries — that number grows to almost 1. 7 million. (The Law Library is part of the Boyd School of Law rather than being part of University Libraries.)
Among its 122 full-time workers, University Libraries employs 17 who are of particular interest to faculty members — the subject liaisons. They teach students how to use information resources when invited to classes by faculty members, offer individualized research assistance, and help develop the libraries' collections. Faculty are encouraged to contact their liaison. Those unsure of their liaison can call ext. 5-2191 or visit library.unlv. edu/about/biblio.
University Libraries' collection now exceeds 1.3 million volumes spanning everything from books and journals to hotel ashtrays in the gaming section of the special collections department. Patrons can use the libraries' computers or bring their own. Approximately 800 wired drops are available. And, if you have wireless capability, you've hit the jackpot. Lied Library is wireless throughout, including in the popular Book N Bean.
The library uses radio frequency identification and a Digital Library Assistant from 3M to scan whole shelves of books. The scan is then checked against the master catalog to ensure that all items are in the right place.
Nancy Ochoa demonstrates how the Lied Automated Storage and Retrieval (LASR) system works. LASR provides high-density storage for items that are used infrequently. The items are quickly retrieved by robotic crane. Without the compact storage such items probably would have to be stored off campus.
Senior Suzanne Fayle, an English major, finds a quiet corner to study. The five-story, 302,000-square-foot library, which opened in January 2001, received awards for its architecture. The building was designed by Wells/Pugsley Architects of Las Vegas and Leo A Daly Architects of Omaha, Neb.
New Faces: Darcy Del Bosque
Here's a tip from Darcy Del Bosque: Never ask a librarian to use the staff microwave to dry a book that you dropped into the toilet. She once had to explain to a library patron why that is not an effective way to dry a wet book.
The UNLV web services librarian said she will be managing and improving the Libraries' website. Her job also involves supporting distance learners and ensuring that their information needs are met, even though they aren't on campus.
Del Bosque, who received her master of library science degree from Indiana University, was previously the head of electronic information and reference services at the University of Texas at San Antonio.
"I knew I wanted to work at a university, but I never could quite limit myself to one field," she said. "With librarianship I learn something new every day and am able to assist students, faculty, and staff with questions and problems." Helping faculty, staff, and students understand how best to use the web in their research is an important focus for today's university librarians, she said. "Not all the information you need will be found on the web," she said. "Librarians are trained to help you find the best information on the Internet and elsewhere."
Across Campus: Major Acquisitions Increase Research Resources
University Libraries has strengthened access to vital research materials with a significant number of major acquisitions of licensed electronic databases, e-books, and e-journals during the past year. These resources, made possible through the support of UNLV administration, deepen the Libraries' holdings and represent an investment in the university's research infrastructure.
"These collections should not only help faculty and graduate student research, but can be used to place research-based learning at the heart of some undergraduate courses," said Patricia Iannuzzi, dean of Libraries. One database addition is the Century of Science, which extends the Web of Science citation index back to 1900 for the 200 most-cited journals. Researchers may now access the electronic journal backfile of some of the most prestigious and highly cited scholarly publishers in the world.
Online access to newspapers was expanded, including the entire backfile of the Chicago Tribune and a collection of more than 1,000 early American newspapers. Digital collections of books, plays, and historical papers and diaries also were increased. Acquisitions include the ebrary collection of 30,000 new e-books as well as access to 6,000 new electronic books in the sciences, medicine, technology, and social sciences from Springer Publishing. Access was licensed to more than 200,000 British parliamentary papers, substantial historical collections of women's and immigrants' letters and diaries, as well as important literature collections focusing on African writers and Asian-American playwrights.
Across Campus:Libraries Provide Support From Shadow Lane to Singapore
University Libraries provides virtual support to two of UNLV's offcampus sites: the School of Dental Medicine on Shadow Lane and the newly created UNLV Singapore. The Libraries' two online branches can be accessed from the Libraries' homepage at library.unlv.edu. The Shadow Lane library webpage was created to allow students and faculty to access library resources without coming to the main campus to do their research. The Libraries' online dental, scientific, and biomedical journal collection is extensive, providing immediate access to current literature. A relatively new section of the webpage is dedicated to the orthodontics program.
"I communicate with the Shadow Lane patrons primarily via e-mail and telephone, providing reference and literature search assistance," said Eva Stowers, medical librarian and liaison to the School of Dental Medicine. "In the future, I hope to provide online training sessions." The Shadow Lane library page is accessible from the School of Dental Medicine webpage at dentalschool.unlv.edu by clicking on "virtual library."
The Libraries support UNLV's first international campus with a webpage, library.unlv.edu/ singapore/index, developed to address the immediate needs of the Singapore students, providing access to electronic databases and delivery of journal articles.
"Our next step is to work with the college and the national library, which houses the Singapore campus, to develop a print collection for the program," says Lateka Grays, hospitality librarian and liaison to the Harrah College of Hotel Administration.
Wild, Wild Weather Campus photographers Geri Kodey and Aaron Mayes have captured some wonderfully atmospheric moments around campus of late — the Lied Library amid dramatic clouds.
Across Campus: UNLV Libraries Brings Resources to Entrepreneurs
Would you have thought spending time at the library might help an entrepreneur make a technology based business a success? University Libraries began partnering with Technology Ventures Corp. (TVC) in fall 2005 and is now part of its entrepreneurial education program called the Center for Commercialization and Entrepreneurial Training (CCET).
The center provides an extensive curriculum to familiarize the new and experienced entrepreneur with the various aspects of forming, planning, financing, operating, and expanding a technology-based business. In addition, University Libraries offers a monthly market research seminar, developed and taught by UNLV librarian Cory Tucker. Tucker's seminar highlights library resources that are available to help TVC clients with their business planning.
The seminar focuses on company information, industry information, and market research. Founded by Lockheed Martin Corp., TVC's mission is to help start-up companies that are developing technology in Nevada, California, and New Mexico. For more information on CCET educational programs, contact Cory Tucker, at email@example.com