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Between the Lines, News from YOUR Research Library: Celebrate

By BTL on November 16, 2015 10:19 AM | Permalink

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

In this issue, themed CELEBRATE, we highlight the acquisition of statistical datasets offering researchers access to nearly 19 billion data points. The Libraries also celebrate the first ten thousand pages of digitized Nevada newspapers being published and accessible through a two-year, $311,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Data Resources at University Libraries

By BTL on November 16, 2015 10:16 AM | Permalink

University Libraries’ strategic collection development is a fundamental component of UNLV’s efforts to become a top tier research university. Providing access to datasets is one aspect of this collection development. The recently purchased Data-Planet Statistical Datasets is a web-based tool utilizing an easy-to-use interface to provide access to data from licensed and public domain datasets. Data-Planet contains more than 18.9 billion data points from 3.9 billion time series, sourced from more than 70 organizations. There are billions of charts, maps, views, rankings, time series, and tables available for use. With this dynamic tool a user can mine the data including scanning the contents of specific data collections, search by selected subjects and variables of interest, and view data in side-by-side tables and charts. 

Nevada Digital Newspaper Project Celebrates Milestone in Digitization Project

By BTL on November 16, 2015 10:06 AM | Permalink

In 2014, University Libraries was awarded a two-year, $311,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), becoming part of the National Digital Newspaper Program, a partnership among the NEH, Library of Congress, and, at present, forty statewide and territorial partners from across the United States. The goal of the grant is to select, digitize, and deliver 100,000 pages to the Library of Congress over the course of two years.

The project funded by this grant, The Nevada Digital Newspaper Project (NVDNP), is a collaboration among UNLV University Libraries (serving as lead), the Nevada State Library & Archives, and the University of Nevada, Reno Knowledge Center. A statewide Advisory Board (including historians, educators, and the Nevada State Archivist) selected four titles that adhered to program guidelines, e.g., a publication date range of 1836-1922, while representing Nevada’s unique history and broad geographic range:

University Libraries’ Special Collections – It’s Not Just for Historians

By BTL on November 16, 2015 9:44 AM | Permalink

Special Collections has been documenting the history of Las Vegas, southern Nevada, and gaming for nearly fifty years. Its collections range from books and journals to manuscripts and photographs to maps, oral histories and other types of historical material, all of which capture the rich story of our region. Historians have typically been heavy users of Special Collections because its resources are the essential building blocks of their work – enabling them to use primary source evidence to craft a narrative and prove a thesis. Yet Special Collections is not just for historians. Instructors from a variety of disciplines at UNLV use our collections both for their own research, and as a way to expose their students to a world of information that does not come from books or databases but rather from original documents such as photographs, correspondence, diaries, and other archival material.

Meet Andrea Wirth, Digital Scholarship Librarian

By BTL on November 16, 2015 9:29 AM | Permalink

We are pleased to welcome (back) Andrea Wirth to the UNLV University Libraries as our digital scholarship librarian. Andrea is excited to be at the forefront of scholarly communication, open access publishing, author’s rights issues, and partnering with faculty to place their research in UNLV’s institutional repository, Digital Scholarship@UNLV.

Andrea joined the University Libraries from Oregon State University (OSU), where she worked for over eight years as a subject liaison librarian for the sciences. Andrea also oversaw the depositing of articles in OSU’s institutional repository and consulted with faculty about copyright management.

University Libraries Faculty Scholarship Accomplishments

By BTL on November 16, 2015 9:24 AM | Permalink

Dave Schwartz published a book, Boardwalk Playground: The Making, Unmaking, and Remaking of Atlantic City (Winchester, 2015).

Silvia Southwick and Cory Lampert published a book chapter this fall, "On the brink of linked open data: evolving workflows and staff expertise" in the book, Cutting-Edge Research in Developing the Library of the Future.

Xan Goodman and Samantha Godbey facilitated a workshop titled “Crossing the Threshold with Threshold Concepts: Redesigning a Library Instruction Lesson Plan” at the European Conference on Information Literacy in Tallinn, Estonia, this October. In conjunction with Susan Wainscott, they have delivered customized versions of this workshop for regional, national, and international audiences in 2015.

Annette Day and John Novak presented "Positioning for Success: Aligning Content Strategies to Meet 21st Century Collection Challenges" at the 35th Annual Charleston Conference in November.

Emily Lapworth and Karla Irwin presented "Growing Pains: Implementing ArchivesSpace at UNLV Libraries Special Collections" at the Amigos Online Conference in September.