Welcome to a special fall preview edition of Between the Lines, an e-newsletter created specifically with UNLV staff, faculty, administrators, and graduate students in mind. Whether you’re new to the UNLV community and reading Between the Lines for the first time or are returning to campus to prepare for the fall semester, we invite you to discover key resources, services, and librarians available to contribute to your research and teaching.
Librarians at UNLV have a history of working closely with faculty from across the disciplines to develop courses and assignments that integrate critical thinking and inquiry skills. Librarians have also long been engaged in direct instruction for students, guiding them through the research process and introducing tools and techniques for finding, evaluating, and using information. Working with both students and instructors, our aim is to improve student success.
Our work in these two different types of teaching and learning activities has led to an important partnership with Mary-Ann Winkelmes, UNLV’s coordinator of instructional development and research. Librarians are working with Winkelmes and other campus partners on a series of workshops and faculty events aimed at designing assignments and learning activities that promote students’ curiosity and critical thinking in ways that have been correlated with improved student success.
How do I locate unique historical materials related to my research area? How do I successfully submit an article through a peer-reviewed editorial process? How can I locate grant and fellowship opportunities to support my graduate education and research?
Answers to these questions and many other topics will be addressed through a series of research workshops taught by library faculty this fall.
Nancy Fawley, head, library liaison program, has lined up a series of workshop topics ranging from working with archival sources and oral histories to locating data sources and searching for grant and fellowship opportunities. “We wanted to support the University’s research mission by offering an array of workshops that address the varying needs of our faculty and students,” Fawley said.
The fall series of workshops is the Libraries’ response to requests for additional workshop topics beyond previously offered topics such as effective literature reviews and RefWorks.
Michelle Light, director of special collections at the UNLV Libraries, was inducted last week as a Fellow of the Society of American Archivists (SAA) during a ceremony at the Joint Annual Meeting of the Council of State Archivists, the National Association of Government Archives and Records Administrators, and SAA in Washington, DC. The distinction of Fellow is the highest honor bestowed on individuals by SAA and is awarded for outstanding contributions to the archives profession.
The Society of American Archivists is the national professional organization for archivists in the United States and has over 6000 individual and institutional members from archives and libraries throughout the US and internationally.
Beginning with the spring 2015 semester, electronic course reserves will be available exclusively within WebCampus.
There are many benefits to this approach:
Authors of books and articles often face a final hurdle when it comes to obtaining permission to reprint images. Images of works of art come with a complex set of conditions of use. While an older work may be in the public domain, the creation and use of images of that work may be restricted or licensed by the institution that owns the work. Fees for academic republication routinely run into hundreds of dollars per image.
Does your course require students to do research? The University Libraries offer research assistance to students in a variety of ways and has recently opened a new, state-of-the-art space for students to meet with a librarian for in-depth research assistance.
Below is a statement that you can include in your syllabus about how the Libraries can assist students in their research. Feel free to make any changes you feel are necessary (such as adding names and contact information of specific librarians, specific resources, etc.). Please contact your subject liaison librarian with any questions.
Suggested University Libraries Syllabus Statement: