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Between the Lines, News from YOUR Research Library: Inspire

By BTL on November 19, 2014 11:45 AM | Permalink

Welcome to Between the Lines, an e-newsletter created specifically with UNLV faculty, staff, administrators, and graduate students in mind.

In this issue, themed INSPIRE, we highlight the fellowship opportunities we offered graduate students this summer. We invite you to learn about our subscriptions to streaming video and feature film resources and we share how chemistry students are benefiting from new molecular kits in the library. 

Between the Lines will return in the spring with updates on important library news. Until then, visit the Libraries’ News Blog (available at for new information weekly.

We are gearing up for a spring semester filled with activities and programs that fulfill our mission to define the new academic research library—bringing people and information together in innovative ways.

Warmest regards,

UNLV Libraries Inspire Summer Graduate Fellows in their Roles as Researchers and Historians

By BTL on November 19, 2014 11:43 AM | Permalink

This summer, the UNLV University Libraries provided multiple fellowship opportunities for UNLV graduate students. Faculty librarians in three departments hired and directed graduate students to work on a variety of key projects.

Partially funded by the Library Advisory Board, graduate students worked as information literacy fellows and in Special Collections.

The Special Collections graduate students worked as researchers, archivists, and historians as they processed hundreds of unique items. Special Collections faculty and staff taught the students national professional descriptive standards and trained them to use the ArchiveSpace collection management system.


UNLV Libraries Offer New Subscriptions to Streaming Videos and Feature Films

By BTL on November 19, 2014 11:29 AM | Permalink

Would you like to use a popular feature film as part of your course? Did you know the library provides access to thousands of streaming videos? The UNLV University Libraries offer an extensive collection of educational videos and feature films on a variety of subjects. Faculty have the flexibility to use clips in the classroom or assign the videos as out-of-class viewing since students can access the video online.

“We can stream feature films for a course through WebCampus for a set period of time, typically a semester or a year. We provide this as an on-demand service for instructors and faculty,” said Brian Schuck, head of new media.

Highlighted below are two additions to our collection of streaming educational videos and feature films.

Swank Digital Campus

New Three-Dimensional Model Kits Let Students Visualize Molecules

By BTL on November 19, 2014 11:25 AM | Permalink

Organic chemistry students are benefiting from new three-dimensional molecular model kits that they can borrow from the UNLV University Libraries. Multiple sets are on course reserve and available for students to check out. The new models are a result of a collaboration between chemistry professor Jun Yong Kang and STEM librarian Sue Wainscott to help students learn and understand molecular formulas.

“We want students to benefit from studying and learning about molecular structures by seeing them in 3D and being able to turn them over in their hands,” said Wainscott.

The models are sized for concept and portability. Kang recommended the molecular model kit on his organic chemistry syllabus this semester and is encouraging students to use them in the library. Kang said, “The molecular model set enables students to analyze important conformations in organic chemistry such as chair conformation, Newman projection, and anti-peri-planar orientation.”

Upgraded WiFi in Lied Library Complete

By BTL on November 19, 2014 11:24 AM | Permalink

You asked for it, you got it.  After a year of planning and implementation, Lied Library has completed its wireless upgrade to keep pace with the proliferation of smart phones and tablets and multiple devices used by the thousands of students in the building each day.  As noted in user surveys, the seven year old infrastructure was in need of more robust coverage in more places.

The wi-fi system is faster, more reliable, has broader bandwidth, conforms to the latest standards, and offers more coverage in all parts of the building.  The upgraded network should keep pace with the increased number of library services and collections designed for cross platform use (e.g., databases optimized for mobile devices).

Explore our Mobile Optimized Database Resource Guide to see which databases are compatible with mobile devices. 

UNLV Libraries Faculty Accomplishments

By BTL on November 19, 2014 11:23 AM | Permalink

• Melissa Bowles-Terry offered a workshop at the European Conference on Information Literacy titled "Improve your instruction with classroom assessment techniques." Along with her co-presenter, Cass Kvenild from University of Wyoming, she presented best practices for using assessment techniques in the library.

• Samantha Godbey gave a presentation titled "Teaching Teachers: A Study of Factors Impacting the Information Literacy of Teacher Education Students," along with former UNLV Libraries Associate Dean Jennifer Fabbi.

• Patrick Griffis’ article, “Information literacy in business education experiential learning programs,” was published in the current issue of the Journal of Business & Finance Librarianship.