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Between the Lines, News from YOUR Research Library: Discover

By BTL on February 23, 2016 10:29 AM | Permalink

Welcome to Between the Lines, an e-newsletter created for UNLV faculty, staff, administrators, and graduate students.

In the fall, we asked you to complete the Ithaka S+R Faculty & Graduate Student Survey. We are analyzing the data and dashboards will be forthcoming to explore the results. Until then, we are pleased to share executive summaries and the full reports.

In this issue, themed DISCOVER, we highlight a collection of Mesoamerican codices available for researchers to unfold and examine from pre-colonial and early colonial periods. We also announce an upcoming faculty institute on designing and developing Milestone Experiences that include elements of inquiry and exploration.

Thank You For Your Survey Participation

By BTL on February 23, 2016 8:58 AM | Permalink

Thank you all for your participation in the 2015 Ithaka Faculty & Graduate Student Survey! 

The Libraries administered three surveys by Ithaka S+R to faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates. Each of the surveys had a slightly different question set, but all concentrated on research practices, discovery and access, scholarly communications, and the role of the library. 

The information you provided is extremely valuable and will affect not only the Libraries, but also other areas across UNLV as we build out our campus infrastructure to support our growth toward top tier status.

We know the survey was long and have already provided that feedback to the survey designers at Ithaka S+R, so we are especially appreciative of the extremely strong response rate: 21.4% (356) faculty, 16.1% (631) graduate students, and 11% (2455) undergraduates.

We are analyzing the data and are working to make it available via dashboards.  In the meantime, executive summaries are available for each population:

Students Unfold the Past: Exploring Early Mexican Records

By BTL on February 23, 2016 7:48 AM | Permalink

Only about two dozen pre-Columbian Mesoamerican manuscripts created by the Mixtec, Mayan, and Aztec cultures before and during the 15th and 16th century have survived to be studied today. Often referred to as codices, these screenfolds (long strips of deer leather, cotton cloth, or bark) fold concertina-style, with colorful images on one or both sides and record a wide range of cultural information. While their images have been reproduced in books or are available online, there is no substitute for the experience of handling facsimiles of these original documents. In 2013, UNLV University Libraries purchased several faithfully crafted facsimiles of Mesoamerican codices from the pre-colonial and early colonial periods, enabling our users to experience unfolding and examining the sequences of images. 

Archiving the Web: Preserving UNLV's Public Presence for the Future

By BTL on February 23, 2016 7:27 AM | Permalink

UNLV University Libraries’ Special Collections is responsible for collecting, preserving, and providing continual access to information resources about the university, Las Vegas, and Southern Nevada. Increasingly, many of these resources are in the form of Internet websites which, by their nature, tend to be impermanent and in a constant state of flux. Special Collections has started using Archive-It, a service of the Internet Archive to capture and preserve websites so researchers of the future will have access to historical snapshots of significant web resources. 

Special Collections' Facebook Page Reaches Milestone

By BTL on February 23, 2016 7:20 AM | Permalink

UNLV University Libraries’ Special Collections Facebook page recently reached over 1,000 likes! In addition to promoting events, exhibits, and projects sponsored by Special Collections, it frequently highlights unique items from the collections that mark special dates in Las Vegas history (such as the dedication of Hoover Dam, the premiere of Casino de Paris, and snow in Las Vegas) or pertain to thematic social media days (for example, #nationaldogday and #GivingTuesday).


Two recent Facebook posts that garnered shares and likes.

Meet Pat Hawthorne, Associate Dean for Research & Education

By BTL on February 22, 2016 9:26 PM | Permalink

Pat Hawthorne joined the UNLV University Libraries as Associate Dean for Research & Education in October 2015. She leads the Libraries division of 40 staff and library faculty, including: the Library Liaisons Program, Educational Initiatives, New Media, User Services, and the three branch libraries, all of which focus on the university’s educational, research, service, and community engagement goals. 

UNLV Libraries Faculty Accomplishments

By BTL on February 22, 2016 12:56 PM | Permalink

Rosan Mitola, outreach librarian, has been named McPhee Librarian of the Year for her many accomplishments, including her dedication to supporting student engagement and extending the reach of many Library programs. This annual award is given on a competitive basis to a University Libraries faculty member based on overall outstanding performance, including major contributions to the library, the university, the community, or the profession.

Melissa Bowles-Terry, head of educational initiatives, is the winner of the Outstanding Library Faculty Scholarship Award. Melissa’s scholarship record for 2015 included an impressive five presentations and three publications, including co-authoring a book called Classroom Assessment Techniques for Librarians.