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UNLV Libraries Articles from Inside UNLV for 2007


January 2007

Across Campus: Faculty Encouraged to Sponsor Students for Research Award

University Libraries is accepting entries for the 2007 Libraries' Award for Undergraduate Research. Up to four $1,000 cash prizes will be awarded for projects demonstrating sophisticated information literacy skills. Faculty members can support undergraduate research by sponsoring student entries. The deadline is Feb. 2 for research projects conducted in 2006. Spring 2007 projects can be submitted by April 16, or in 2008 for the 2007-08 awards.

University Libraries created this award in partnership with the Division of Research and Graduate Studies to recognize excellence in projects that incorporate the use of the Libraries' collections. The award review committee considers the product of the research, but focuses on the research process: the demonstration of library research skills, use of library resources, and the strategies used to investigate a research problem. Expectations for achievement are commensurate with the applicant's class year and the requirements of the discipline.

Winners will be recognized at a reception in May and submitted projects will be displayed in Lied Library.

The 2006 winners were:

  • Christina L. Dykstra, "The Physical and Social Factors InflTradition and Ideology" (Sponsor: Barbara Roth of anthropology)
  • Alexi K. Nedeltchev, "Synthesis and Characterization of Poly(pyridinium salt)s with Anthracene Moieties Exhibiting Both Lyotropic Liquid-Crystalline and UV Light Emitting Properties" (Sponsor: Pradip Bhowmik of chemistry)
  • Jacob T. Smigel, "Conglobation in the Pill Bug (Armadillidium vulgare) as a Terrestrial Adaptation" (Sponsor: Allen Gibbs of the School of Life Sciences)

For information, visit www. or contact Diane VanderPol at diane. or Priscilla Finley at


February 2007

Across Campus: Protect Your Privacy, Activate Your University Libraries PIN

Library patrons now need a personal information number (PIN) to perform self check-out and selected online functions. This new requirement began Jan. 29.

Activating a self-selected numeric PIN can be done online in seconds and offers privacy protection and reduces risk of identity theft. It also protects against someone checking out materials using your card and leaving you responsible for payment. "The PIN is an important step in protecting both our patrons' privacy and Libraries' assets," said Patricia Iannuzzi, dean of University Libraries. "People want and appreciate security measures and the technology is in place to make activating a PIN easy and fast. We're expecting a virtually seamless transition to the PIN system." Your PIN is necessary for self-checkout and such online functions as renewing books, accessing your patron record, and placing holds on materials.

Staff will be available in person and by telephone or instant messaging for those requesting assistance in setting up a PIN. Your RebelCard ID will continue to be required for in-person checkout. For more information, visit

Spotlight On Accomplishments

Patricia Iannuzzi (Libraries) delivered the keynote address, "Changing Learning, Changing Roles: It Takes a Village," at the fifth Information Literacy Conference at the Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez Libraries in Juarez, Mexico, in October. The international event was sponsored by the University of Juarez and the U.S. Consulate. The theme was Assessment and Evaluation: Key Elements to Information Literacy Programs. Topics included initiatives under way in Latin America and Europe, specifically, the "Bologna Process." For more information, visit

From Microforms to Marriage


Christine Wiatrowski, Lied Library, & Eugene P. Moehring, History Department

I first met Gene on the third floor of the old library where I was working in the periodicals/microforms area. He was hunched over one of the old microfilm readers, doing research. The old readers looked like a huge box and he was embedded in the depth of one, trying to read the microfilm. He didn't really look up much, so I intruded and introduced myself as the new person in charge of microforms. I asked him if I could call him by his first name. I think that he was a little taken aback but he said that it would be OK. I found out much later that he was nocturnal and spent considerable amounts of time at the microforms machines in the late evening.

Since I worked days, our paths rarely crossed. (At occasional university functions) we engaged mostly in "small talk" about the library. I still didn't see him much until the early 1990s when the history department bought the library more than a half million dollars in materials, primarily microforms. He was department chair at the time and would occasionally come to the library to discuss the collection. Because he was very concerned that the new microform resources would be difficult for students to find, I worked on several access tools to help them. This process took a lot of time and effort. Appreciative of the work I had done, he took me to lunch. It was still all business.

Eventually he would come to the library, close to the time he knew I was getting off work, and walk me to my car. We started to go out for birthday lunches (his and mine) and Christmas lunch for a few years. We enjoyed each other's sense of humor. We started talking about marriage and on Oct. 1, 2000, tied the knot. He still makes me laugh.


March 2007

Across Campus: 'Showgirls' Show Their Stuff in Digital Collection

University Libraries recently launched its newest digital project "Showgirls" at www.library.unlv. edu/showgirls. The fully searchable collection features more than 200 items from seven collections. "No other cultural icon epitomizes Las Vegas like the Las Vegas showgirl and the theatrical productions that exemplified her," said Peter Michel, special collections director.

Using the Libraries' unique special collections of costume design drawings, illustrations, and photographs, this digital collection documents the history of the Las Vegas show and its producers — from the nightclub dance lines in the modest showrooms of the early hotels to the high-tech amphitheaters of today's Strip. As colorful backdrop tableaux for Frank Sinatra or as kinetic parodies of nouveau fashion, the showgirl has become synonymous with extravagant costumes, extreme in their fashion and in their setting of the female body, Michel said.

"Showgirls" features unique drawings and photographs from Donn Arden, producer of Lido and Jubilee!, and from the Sands Hotel collection, including rare photos of a young Frank Sinatra rehearsing with the famous Copa Girls in a Las Vegas revival of the original Ziegfeld Follies.

More info: Contact Peter Michel at


April 2007

Across Campus: Hit the Highlights with Help from Architecture Studies

New to Las Vegas? Not so new, but want to know more about this sprawling desert town beyond the Las Vegas Strip? Curious about the varied styles of architecture you see? An excellent place to start your exploration is the Architecture Studies Library (ASL) website, which provides directions for 11 self-guided driving and walking tours, complete with printable brochures, maps, and photographs at

The tours are divided into nine areas of the valley: downtown, North/Northeast, Summerlin, West, South, UNLV, East, Green Valley/Henderson, and Northwest. Within each area, important buildings are highlighted, many of which garnered prestigious awards for local architects.

One way to find out more about your community is to tour its buildings, noting the distinctive architectural elements that changed through the decades. You might want to begin with the UNLV self-guided tour. The campus has grown dramatically over the years, and you'll see many styles of architecture. The Mormon Fort (downtown tour), built in 1855 on what is now Las Vegas Boulevard, is another great place to start. With its visitor center, built in 2005, it is open to the public and offers a perspective on life in our valley 50 years before the 1905 land auction that was the start of downtown Las Vegas.

Spotlight On Accomplishments

Jeanne M. Brown (Architecture Studies Library) authored "Indicators for the Evolution of the Academic Architecture Library," published in the fall 2006 issue of Art Documentation, a publication of the Art Libraries Society of North America. The article looks at a variety of factors and their potential role in shaping evolving architecture library services and functions. Libraries have embraced many changes — some brought about by technology and some the product of developments in higher education and learning. The specialized architecture library adds yet another dimension to be considered — changes in the discipline of architecture.


May 2007

Across Campus: Stardust Memories Live on in Special Collections

The Stardust Hotel and Casino may have disappeared in a cloud of dust and debris in March, but its memory lives on in a large collection of historical documents, photographs, and videos recently donated to the special collections division. Materials including correspondence, memos, brochures, newsletters, news clippings, and ephemera provide extensive documentation on the hotel's activities as a major force in Las Vegas gaming and entertainment in its almost 50 years on the Las Vegas Strip.

Photographs in the collection document the hotel from its opening in 1958 until its closure in 2006. They depict interior and exterior views of the hotel, publicity stunts, famous visitors, restaurants, entertainers, and production shows such as the world-famous Lido de Paris. Other visual materials include video and film footage of the hotel in its heyday in the 1960s, as well as various entertainers and shows that were featured at the hotel.

Other interesting artifacts include original hotel bills from the 1960s, postcards, show programs, and menus from a number of the hotel's famed restaurants, including the Polynesian-themed Aku Aku.

More info: Contact Su Kim Chung at sukim.chung@unlv. edu. View a variety of digital collections and exhibits at


Spotlight On Accomplishments

Jonnie Kennedy (Libraries) was named classified employee of the month in the technical service category for April. She retired that same month, moving to Springfield, Mo., to help her children in their bookstore. A library technician I, she worked nearly 12 years with University Libraries. Her duties included processing all university theses and dissertations for the library, providing reference service, supervising student workers, checking in all special collections serials, and maintaining a number of collection databases.

Su Kim Chung (Libraries) received the 2007 McPhee Librarian of the Year Award. A manuscripts librarian in the special collections division, she collects and preserves many important archival materials that document the history of Las Vegas. Her most recent accomplishment was the acquisition of a collection containing the promotional archives of the recently closed Stardust Hotel and Casino. The award is given to UNLV library faculty members who have made a major contribution to the library, the university, the community, or the profession during the previous year. Their cumulative record for the past five years is also considered.


JULY 2007

Across Campus: Undergraduate Awards Showcase Research Skills

Three students recently received the 2007 Libraries' Award for Undergraduate Research. The awards, which are presented in partnership with the Division of Research and Graduate Studies, recognize projects that incorporate the use of University Libraries' collections and demonstrate sophisticated information literacy skills on the part of the undergraduate researcher.

The award review committee considers the product of the research, but focuses on the research process — the demonstration of library research skills, adept use of library resources, and reflection upon the strategies used to investigate a research problem.

The students who received the awards at a ceremony in May are:

  • Heidi Ann Manlove, "Hyperandrogenemia, Obesity and PCOS: Consequential Female Health, Reproductive Success and Behaviors from their Fetal Environment to their Granddaughter" (faculty sponsor: Peter Gray, anthropology)
  • Lisa Rios, "The Children of the Anasazi Working Class: A Biocultural Study of Child Health on Black Mesa, AD 900-1150" (faculty sponsors: Debra Martin and Jennifer L. Thompson, anthropology)
  • Melissa Mezger, "Student Attitudes about Alternative Energy Use at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas" (faculty sponsor: Timothy Farnham, environmental studies)

For more information, visit

Spotlight On Accomplishments

Christine Wiatrowski (Libraries) was a co-presenter at the American Libraries Association mid-winter meeting in Seattle. The topic of the forum was "Collecting Electronic Resources Use Data: Outsource or In-House?" Due to the explosive growth and demand for electronic products, libraries across the nation use statistics collection as a key metric for evaluation and analysis. At the meeting, she outlined UNLV Libraries' cost-effective, efficient approach to statistics gathering to more than 100 attendees. Many audience members requested additional information about UNLV's processes.


September 2007

Caroline Smith

Caroline Smith, Engineering Librarian

In 11 years at the California Institute of Technology, Caroline Smith worked with Nobel Prize winners, shook hands with a president, and got run over by Stephen Hawking. "He would race around campus in his wheelchair," Smith said of the famed physicist. "You'd have to get out of the way or you'd get your foot run over, which happened to me. You'd think he's going to slowly motor across campus, but he's going full tilt in life. And why not?"

Such close encounters with greatness aren't what Smith was worried she would miss about Caltech. It was the way she knew virtually everyone on the small campus.

"Coming here, I thought, there's just no way I'll get a handle on this," Smith said. "But after seven weeks I already recognize regulars in the library." Smith selects and maintains Lied Library's collection of engineering books, journals, and computer databases. She also helps students learn research skills they'll use throughout their careers. Working with scientists and engineers is exciting, she said — which usually surprises people. "What does an engineer do? I think the general public doesn't have a great answer for that question," Smith said. "But it's in the fabric of everything. Just look around your office — for everything that moves, everything that was constructed, an engineer was in on it."

Librarians are easily misunderstood, too. "People think we just sit around and read all day and say 'Shh!' But most librarians are interested in everything. Maybe that's what drew us to this profession."


October 2007

lied library at night
Lighting Up the Night

The Rebel Connection helped welcome 28,000 students to campus during the first week of school. Faculty, staff, and students filled more than 400 volunteer jobs, and passed out more than 5,000 campus maps and 25,000 bottles of water. More than 2,800 members of the UNLV community attended Premier UNLV (left), honoring the university's 50th anniversary.

Across Campus: Special Collections Offers Treasures from UNLV's Past

University Libraries makes preparations for UNLV's 50th anniversary a lot easier by providing greater access to the unique materials in the archives. UNLV's special collections department was established in July 1967 as the first repository for historical documents in Southern Nevada, including important materials on the early history of UNLV — the university archives. In summer 2006, Tom Sommer became the newest archivist within special collections and was given the assignment to refine and expand the archives. He focused on organization, classification, and an increased web presence.

He extensively updated the university archives webpages to add photographs and descriptions of the various record series, including university publications. They now include FAQs, a bibliography of published works on UNLV, and timelines on the university's history, buildings, and presidents. Sommer will continue to add more content and links to the university archives webpages over time. In the meantime, the newly revised webpages, should be useful during the 50th anniversary year.

Spotlight On Accomplishments

Kathy Rothermel (Libraries) was selected classified employee of the month in the technical/service category for June. A library technician III, she retired last month after 36 years as a classified employee at UNLV Libraries and three years as a student worker. She earned a bachelor's degree in business from UNLV in 1970.

Amy Johnson (Libraries) was selected as a classified employee of the month in the administrative category for June. A library technician II, she was serving as interim head of the Curriculum Materials Library when she won the award. She assists with the general function of the library and oversees library operations in the director's absence. She also supervises student employees. She has worked at UNLV since January 2005. She earned her Master of Education degree in curriculum & instruction from UNLV in May.


November 2007

Patricia Iannuzzi, University Libraries dean, greets honorees Billie Mae Polson and Carolyn Rogers

Recognizing Retirees

Patricia Iannuzzi, University Libraries dean, greets honorees Billie Mae Polson, left, and Carolyn Rogers, right, at the Libraries' inaugural retirees luncheon on Oct. 17 in Lied Library. Thirty-four retirees were recognized for their contributions to UNLV and the library community.

UNLV Libraries Links You to 7 Million Books

What should you do if the University Libraries doesn't own the book you need? Hard to believe that, with more than 1 million volumes, the Libraries might not have the one you want; but it happens. For many years, Document Delivery Services, a service for interlibrary loans that delivers the requested material in two to four weeks, has been available. These days, that's just not fast enough. Now we have Link+, a consortium of more than 40 libraries in California and Nevada.

UNLV students, staff, and faculty can expect faster delivery of books that University Libraries does not own by using Link+. It offers delivery in just two to four days. The easy-to-use service is free. Just click the Link+ icon displayed in the library catalog. The Libraries essentially added 7 million volumes to its collections by joining Link+. Link+ handles only books; journal articles are delivered electronically within two to four days using Document Delivery Services.

More info: Visit the Link+ website at

Spotlight On Accomplishments

Tom Sommer

Tom Sommer (Libraries) was recently elected to the governing council of the Conference of Inter-Mountain Archivists, the regional organization for archivists in Nevada, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, and Idaho.

Su Kim Chung (Libraries) was recently appointed to the editorial board of the American Archivist, the primary journal of the Society of American Archivists, the national professional organization for archivists in the United States.


December 2007

Across Campus: ASL Celebrates 10th Anniversary

On Sept. 15, 1997, the architecture studies library (ASL) opened the doors to a 16,000-square-foot facility designed by architect Steve Swisher. Students in professor Attila Lawrence's interior design class selected the furnishings. That was the beginning of a 10-year relationship among faculty, students, and a staff dedicated to delivering a variety of services to the campus and the community.

The ASL provides resources on architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning, construction, and interior design, as well as collections on Las Vegas architecture and architects. More than 85,000 individuals from the design disciplines throughout the Las Vegas Valley use the ASL every year. It is a place to experience new design books, DVDs, and periodicals in addition to lectures, special events, and gallery exhibits.

More info: Visit