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|University Libraries’ Reserve Services going digital!||February, 2002
The University Libraries’ Reserve Services is going digital! Over the next several semesters, we’ll be phasing in the use of a product called eRes. This web-based software helps manage and present scanned reserve readings and allows us to make reserve items available to students any time, any place. Students will use the software to look up reserve items by course name, department or instructor. They will log in to the system using their barcode, after which they can view reserves online and print them out. The reserve readings themselves will be in PDF format, we will do all the scanning using a high-speed scanner. The quality of documents will not be much better than the original photocopy-they will be black and white, and we are scanning at the lowest resolution possible for smaller files. What people can expect is an electronic copy of a photocopy. The reserve process for instructors will be the same as it is now- we will scan and process any photocopies submitted for reserve. Paper reserves cannot entirely be eliminated-there are some things we can't scan because they are too long, too large, or they don't translate well into PDF. We will make the move to eRes slowly to ensure a smooth transition but we hope to have at least half of our documents on electronic reserve by fall.
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Digital Dissertations contains citations to doctoral dissertations
and master's theses from over 1,000 graduate schools and universities.
UNLV users are now able to download .pdf files of the complete text
of titles published since 1997. Fulltext of theses and dissertations
published by UNLV students are available from 1996 to present. Twenty-four
page previews of the digitized works can be viewed online. About 47,000
new dissertations and 12,000 new theses are added to the database
Utah Academic Library Consortium (UALC)
This reciprocal borrowing agreement supports the consortial mission of fostering research and is intended to maximize library resources on behalf of the faculty, staff and students of the member libraries. Like the expanded access to electronic resources such as netLibrary (through UALC) and Wiley Interscience (through the Greater Western Library Alliance) which were highlighted in earlier columns, it serves as an excellent example of the benefits accrued from our continuing efforts to collaborate with other libraries to get the most “bang for our buck”.
BYU, Utah State, Southern Utah University, Dixie College, Utah State Library, and Weber State University are among the participating Utah Libraries. The complete list of UALC member libraries and the full text of the agreement may be found through links on the Library Circulation Dept. web page at http://www.library.unlv.edu/circ/index.html.
Innovative Solutions 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 Wendy, a colleague praised her as an involved supervisor of six large departments, outlined her work with our state library organization and concluded by saying, “Wendy Starkweather is a person who does a “big job” very well. In her seventeen years here, she has made a substantial contribution to the UNLV Libraries; however her contribution is in more than years. She constantly strives for improvement for the Libraries, is a cheerleader for her state, and provides support for her colleagues.”
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. Jennifer helped the Libraries’ Administration office find a technical solution to manage large numbers of employment documents. Her solution made it possible for Library Administration staff to reduce turn-around time for hiring student workers from two working days to five minutes and caught the attention of the University Human Resources staff.
Congratulations to both our award winners!
|Studies of journal holdings
Online journals have also been added to the libraries’ collections
in the humanities and other sciences, but a study of journal holdings
in those areas remains to be done.
Additions to Core Collections
The University Libraries have recently made some large purchases of much-needed resources using “student savings” money—funds that have been saved through the hiring of student workers with federal work-study grants.
From this money, the Curriculum Materials Library, located in the Carlson Education Building, received $30,000 for the first installment of its core juvenile literature collection. The collection, which was started in the 1960s, was very outdated, and the money was used to purchase approximately 2000 picture books and current informational books in the sciences and technology, supporting the curriculum of teacher education students.
The Music Library, located in the new Beam Music Center, also had its collections targeted for $30,000 of this money. These funds were spent to support new Doctor of Musical Arts programs in the Music Department with an emphasis in voice, woodwinds, or percussion. After assessment of the music collection, approximately 1000 music scores and 200 compact discs were purchased in these specific areas.
The Libraries used the remainder of this money to purchase all United States Geological Survey Digital Orthophoto Quads (DOQs) currently available for the state of Nevada. A DOQ is similar to an aerial photograph, but it has been rectified so that ground features are displayed in their true ground position. The 5,388 Nevada quads are contained on roughly 500 CDs, which will eventually be housed in a cabinet on the second floor of Lied Library. Though originally requested by the Geoscience Department, DOQs will be useful to anyone working with the Nevada landscape.
|Faculty Seminar Series||
The Instruction department would also like to remind faculty that
we offer sessions to help students develop the research and information
literacy skills they need to do quality work for your classes. To
bring your class over for a tailored session, call Diane VanderPol
at x2123. We need at least one week’s notice and the earlier
you call the more likely you are to get your first choice time and
|New Library Faculty||