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Between the Lines, News from YOUR Research Library: Learn

By BTL on September 19, 2016 1:41 PM | Permalink

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

In this issue, themed LEARN, we share the results from our assessment efforts to examine student work from courses and departments that participated in our Faculty Institutes. Over the past six years, library faculty have worked with over 100 classroom instructors to co-construct courses and assignments that engage students in critical thinking and offer authentic research experiences.

UNLV Libraries Partner with General Education to Assess Student Learning

By BTL on September 19, 2016 1:38 PM | Permalink

As UNLV’s revised undergraduate general education program has been implemented over the past five years, University Libraries has partnered with the Office of General Education to offer a series of multi-day Faculty Institutes. Librarians and classroom instructors co-construct courses and assignments that engage students in critical thinking and offer authentic research experiences, addressing UNLV’s undergraduate learning outcomes, with a particular focus on critical thinking and inquiry.

Steering Clear of Low-Quality Journals: Resources for Evaluating Journals for Publication

By BTL on September 19, 2016 1:35 PM | Permalink

Librarians remain current on developments in scholarly communication in order to spend limited resources wisely, teach students, provide research support to academic and professional colleagues, and make good decisions about our own scholarship. Specifically, we keep up on changing business models and types of peer review (open, post publication), metrics demonstrating individual accomplishment and that of the institution, journal prices, and other trends in publishing. Recently liaison librarians here at UNLV have received requests from faculty for help evaluating journals in which they may publish their peer-reviewed scholarship.

Open Access Week: October 24-30, 2016

By BTL on September 19, 2016 1:31 PM | Permalink


Beginning October 24, University Libraries will celebrate International Open Access Week, joining with academic and research communities around the world to promote and learn about the potential benefits of Open Access. Open Access scholarship is digital, online, free of charge, entirely compatible with peer review. Open Access has the potential to maximize research investments, increase the exposure and use of published research, facilitate the ability to conduct research across available literature, and enhance the overall advancement of scholarship. To learn more about Open Access Week, visit the official site online.

New Leisure Zone Opening Soon in Lied Library

By BTL on September 19, 2016 1:27 PM | Permalink

This August marked the start of the 16th fall semester in Lied Library, which, as you may have noticed, has received a number of public space enhancements during the past few years. University Libraries is driven by the principle of continuous improvement, and work to provide the best learning environment for our students, faculty, staff, and community.

One of the many ways that our libraries support students in their academic endeavors is by providing a variety of learning spaces for them to explore, discover, connect, and create. We offer a diverse selection of spaces for students – places where they can recharge their minds as well as their devices, places where they can collaborate with their classmates, and places where they can reflect in solitude.

Lied Library’s second floor has received the most enhancements to date, and is nearing completion. The most recent update is the creation of the Leisure Zone, a place to learn serendipitously by providing many sources of information and different options for exploring it. Once open, later this fall, students will be able to take advantage of new furniture options in this space as well.

Lied Library Exhibit: Student Activism at UNLV

By BTL on September 19, 2016 1:22 PM | Permalink

"Please I’d Like to Grow," a new exhibit on the first floor of Lied Library, highlights student activism at UNLV from its founding through the present day. Rebel Yell articles as well as ephemera, including posters, t-shirts, fliers, and other documents from UNLV University Archives, provide evidence of student-led social and political activism around issues such as education, racism and civil rights, war, gender and sexuality, immigration, and the environment. The exhibit, curated by social sciences librarian Heidi Johnson, highlights the voices of students and administrators alike, with their unique perspectives on student activism at UNLV.

UNLV Libraries Faculty Accomplishments

By BTL on September 19, 2016 1:20 PM | Permalink

Mark Lenker’s article, “Motivated Reasoning, Political Information, and Information Literacy Education,” was published in the July issue of portal: Libraries and the Academy.

Amanda Melilli and Rosan Mitola’s article, “Contributing to the Library Student Employee Experience: Perceptions of a Student Development Program,” was published in the in the July issue of the Journal of Academic Librarianship.

Dave Schwartz presented at the 30th National Conference on Problem Gambling as part of the pre-conference "Summit on Sports and Gambling.”

Claytee White and Su Kim Chung presented in a National Endowment for the Humanities Landmarks of American History and Culture workshop in which 72 teachers from across the US studied “Hoover Dam and the Shaping of the American West” with other faculty from UNLV, CSN, and UNR.