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Between the Lines, News from YOUR Research Library: Discover

By BTL on February 24, 2014 9:00 AM | Permalink

Welcome to the latest issue of Between the Lines, an e-newsletter created specifically with UNLV staff, faculty, administrators, and graduate students in mind. As the spring 2014 semester progresses, we encourage you to discover some of the ways the UNLV University Libraries partner to support your teaching and research needs.

In this issue, themed DISCOVER, we share the recent accomplishments of past winners of the Libraries Calvert Award for Undergraduate Research as we begin accepting new research projects for consideration of our annual award.

Calvert Undergraduate Research Award Winners… Where Are They Now?

By BTL on February 22, 2014 9:25 PM | Permalink

Established in 2006, the UNLV University Libraries Lance & Elena Calvert Undergraduate Research Award recognizes sophistication and originality in student research projects. Winners demonstrate evidence of library research skills, adept use of library resources, and reflection upon the strategies utilized to investigate a research problem. Winners receive a cash prize and public recognition of their excellent work as projects are digitally published through DigitalScholarship@UNLV, the digital repository for UNLV scholarship and research. The Libraries are currently accepting applications for the 2014 Calvert Award. Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on April 24, 2014 and award winners will be honored at a reception.

We recently caught up with three past Calvert Award winners to see what they are doing now.

Jennifer Fabbi Presents at European Conference on Information Literacy

By BTL on February 22, 2014 9:24 PM | Permalink

Dr. Jennifer Fabbi, UNLV University Libraries’ associate dean for Research and Education, delivered a paper and conducted a workshop at the European Conference on Information Literacy in Istanbul, Turkey, last October. Her paper, "Fortifying the pipeline: A quantitative exploration of high school factors impacting the information literacy of first-year college students" was recently accepted for publication in College & Research Libraries, a top-tier journal in the field of librarianship and information science. The workshop, titled “Curriculum Mapping to Integrate and Communicate Information Literacy Learning” was delivered with colleagues Anne Zald (Northwestern University) and Steven Hoover (Syracuse University). "The workshop was a wonderful opportunity to engage with the profession globally and to identify and discuss our common issues," Fabbi said.

English Composition II Students Discover Research Starts at the Library

By BTL on February 22, 2014 9:23 PM | Permalink

More than 1,450 students enrolled in English Composition II (ENG 102) will attend a library instruction session as a key component of their curriculum this semester. The interactive session provides students an opportunity to focus their assignment topics and sharpen their research skills with a librarian.

ENG 102 is a high-impact course that builds upon the students’ existing critical thinking, reading, and writing capabilities by teaching students to evaluate, cite, and document primary and secondary research sources.

ENG102 has included a required library component since the late 1990s. In 2012, when Erin Rinto became undergraduate learning librarian, it became possible to offer more consistent library experiences to all ENG 102 students. Rinto and Ruby Fowler, assistant composition director in the Department of English, reshaped how the library could better support students as they learn to conduct research.

Discover and Explore “Documenting the African American Experience in Las Vegas,” an Online Research Portal

By BTL on February 22, 2014 9:22 PM | Permalink

The UNLV University Libraries recently unveiled a new web portal that connects stories and historical evidence of the African American experience in Las Vegas. “Documenting the African American Experience in Las Vegas,” a project funded by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, is a result of the collaborative efforts of many individuals and institutions. Local libraries, museums, and organizations  have worked together to collect and contribute historical resources to create the first, and most comprehensive, repository of this history.

New Library Guide Offers Quick Access to Mobile Optimized Databases for UNLV Researchers

By BTL on February 22, 2014 9:21 PM | Permalink

If you find yourself searching for scholarly articles, newspaper collections, or legal or business information from the UNLV University Libraries’ database collection while using an Android, iPhone, or other mobile device, you’ll benefit from a new online guide with links to the mobile versions of many popular databases.

Mobile optimized versions of search interfaces display text and images in a way that makes it easy for researchers to skim search results and save resources for later use. Apps from publishers like Nature, Springer and SSRN alert you to new content that’s relevant to your interest and connect you to UNLV’s subscription content with less wrestling with paywalls. The guide offers a selection of the best mobile sites and apps available and the Libraries have tested the sites on both Android and Apple devices.

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Discover 5 of the Libraries’ Treasures on Early Las Vegas History

By BTL on February 22, 2014 9:19 PM | Permalink

The challenges of desert life are apparent in this photo showing a man, woman and dog sitting outside a tent near Las Vegas creek, ca. 1904-05. [Helen Stewart Photo Collection/UNLV Special Collections]

By: Su Kim Chung, head, special collections public services

Looking back on 150 years of rich Nevada history in its sesquicentennial year, it’s clear that Las Vegas has played a large role in making the state what it is today. UNLV has contributed to this history as both the first institution of higher education in Southern Nevada as well as a repository for valuable materials documenting the state’s history.

UNLV University Libraries’ Special Collections, founded in 1967, is considered the oldest repository for historical documents in Southern Nevada. Its earliest collecting efforts centered on the lives of the pioneers who had settled in the area in 1905, when a land auction officially marked the birth of Las Vegas.

After nearly 50 years, the collections now hold thousands of books, manuscripts, photographs, maps, posters, ephemera, newspapers, oral histories, videos, and more. For those people who associate Las Vegas only with gambling and the Strip, it can be hard to imagine a time when the railroad and the surrounding desert were the dominant features of the area. Here are five collections that will set them straight.

1. Union Pacific Railroad Collection
The single most important collection on early Las Vegas contains the official corporate records of the Union Pacific Railroad. These document the purchase of the land (the original Stewart ranch) and the construction of the original depot and town that became modern Las Vegas. Comprised of nearly 175 linear feet of documents, maps, and architectural drawings, the collection also contains the records of the Las Vegas Land & Water Co., a subsidiary of the railroad, formed in 1905 to handle all the railroad's land transactions. [Pictured: The first Las Vegas railroad station was built from an old train car placed on a siding, circa 1905. UNLV Special Collections]

2. Squires Family Papers & Photographs
C.P. or “Pop” Squires and his wife, Delphine Squires, arrived in 1905, the year Las Vegas was founded. Squires, long-time editor of the Las Vegas Age (predecessor to the Las Vegas Review-Journal), was instrumental in lobbying for the construction of Hoover Dam, while Delphine Squires was a founding member of the Mesquite Club, the oldest women’s club in Las Vegas. The collection contains their personal papers and photographs, offering a rich look into the lives of two of our early pioneers. [Pictured: Delphine Squires in the window frame of their home under construction at 411 Fremont Street, circa 1906. UNLV Special Collections]

3. Helen Stewart Papers & Photographs
The personal papers and photographs of Stewart, known widely as “the first lady of Las Vegas,” document her Las Vegas ranch and its surroundings before she sold it to the railroad in 1902. The photographs are particularly notable in providing visual evidence of the early Las Vegas landscape surrounding the old Mormon Fort, which included the Las Vegas Creek, orchards, and cattle as well as Stewart’s legendary Indian basket collection. [Pictured: Helen J. Stewart, circa 1905-08. UNLV Special Collections]

4. Las Vegas City Commission Minutes
These large, imposing volumes provide the official record of the first governing body of the city after its incorporation in 1911 through 1958. Early city ordinances against burros, swearing, and expanding the borders of the city’s red light district illustrate the frontier nature of early Las Vegas. [Pictured: Las Vegas City Commission minutes, 1911. UNLV Special Collections]

5. Ferron-Bracken Photograph Collection
The Ferrons and the Brackens were neighbors and pioneers of early Las Vegas. Their photograph collection of more than 200 images provides a compelling visual portrait of the early Las Vegas landscape – its people, its buildings, and the community activities that provided recreation and leisure for early residents. [Pictured: Walter Bracken (right) and another early Las Vegas resident are pictured near the banks of the Las Vegas Creek, ca. early 1900s. Accompanied by two dogs and carrying shotguns, they may have been out hunting. UNLV Special Collections]

Discover the Collections
Special Collections houses unique, rare, and specialized research material that documents the history, culture and physical environment of the city of Las Vegas, the Southern Nevada region, the gaming industry, and the University of Nevada Las Vegas. The collections include books, pamphlets, posters, serials and periodicals, scrapbooks, archives and manuscripts, maps, architectural drawings, photographs, video and audio tapes. You can also search hundreds of historical images and documents within its online digital exhibits.