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Between The Lines, News From YOUR Research Library: Grow

By BTL on November 7, 2016 8:05 PM | 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 GROW, we share with you how our Health Sciences Library is expanding and developing collections and resources for the first class of UNLV School of Medicine students. In addition to these collections, we highlight our growing electronic book collection that currently provides access to more than 750,000 titles.

We invite you to learn about an online toolkit designed to assist faculty and student researchers with constructing a data management plan for grant applications.

Expanding a Health Sciences Collection

By BTL on November 7, 2016 8:03 PM | Permalink



      Preliminary architectural rendering for the UNLV Medical School building. (UNLV)

The Health Sciences Library is expanding and developing collections and resources in preparation for the first class of UNLV School of Medicine students beginning classes in Fall 2017. The expanded collections will include 3-D interactive anatomy resources, biomedical databases, decision support tools, drug information apps, e-books, e-journals, evidence-based, point-of-care sources, print texts, and streaming videos.

In addition to supporting the School of Medicine, the expanded health sciences collections will also benefit all health sciences faculty, staff, and students. So far, the following titles have been added:

Electronic Books at UNLV University Libraries

By BTL on November 7, 2016 7:55 PM | Permalink

Over the past few years, the availability and usage of electronic books has proliferated. UNLV University Libraries is building a strong, relevant electronic book collection that currently provides access to more than 750,000 electronic books. These supplement the University Libraries’ current print collection, which adds nearly 11,000 books per year.

Electronic books are often purchased in subject collections and titles are selected by the liaison librarians. In addition, the Libraries provides access to a selection of electronic books that are paid for only when a specific title is used.

When using electronic books, please note that the University Libraries purchases books from a wide variety of vendors. The ability to print pages or copy and paste materials depends upon the digital rights management software used by the vendor to protect copyright and control access to the books. Vendors employ varying degrees of digital rights management and this may limit your ability to print or copy and paste, and restrict the number of users who can access an electronic book at one time. 

Research Toolkit for Data Management

By BTL on November 7, 2016 7:46 PM | Permalink

In 2013, the Office of Science and Technology Policy asked federal agencies that allocate funds for federal research grants and contracts to require that researchers include a Data Management Plan (DMP) with grant applications. A DMP ensures long-term preservation of the collected data, and provides an avenue for public sharing and reuse of the information collected. 

A DMP is required for federal, state, and local agencies, as well as for several private foundations that provide grant funding for research. These formal documents outline how the researcher will manage their data. It describes how and what types of data will be collected for the study; the format used to store and analyze data during the project; and how the data will be stored and formatted long-term after the research project is concluded. Each funding agency has a specific DMP format or template that is required for grant applications.

UNLV Center for Gaming Research Announces 2016-17 Eadington Fellows

By BTL on November 7, 2016 7:36 PM | Permalink

​Image featuring a gaming house during the Renaissance after a miniature on vellum. From the Musée rétrospectif de la classe 100 : Jeux à l'exposition universelle internationale de 1900, à Paris. Rapport présenté by Henry d'Allemagne (Taxe Collection, UNLV Libraries Special Collections).

The Center for Gaming Research at the UNLV University Libraries is pleased to announce that four researchers have been selected as the 2016-2017 Eadington Fellows. The Eadington Fellowships foster scholarship focused on gambling issues and encourage the use of the rare and unique collections housed in Special Collections at UNLV University Libraries.

Special Collections Faculty Retreat Call for Participants

By BTL on November 7, 2016 7:27 PM | Permalink

UNLV College of Liberal Arts and Greenspun College of Urban Affairs faculty are invited to apply to participate in the second annual Faculty Retreat offered by UNLV University Libraries Special Collections. The two-day paid retreat, scheduled to be held Jan. 11 and 12, 2017, is an opportunity to explore Special Collections’ rich research resources on Las Vegas and Southern Nevada and create relevant, engaging assignments for their students.

Attendees will gain an in-depth look at the Special Collections website and collections, discuss concepts of transparent assignment design and archival literacy as they relate to student research efforts and success, and spend a day exploring archival collections. During the retreat, faculty will design an undergraduate assignment that incorporates the use of Special Collections materials.

Student Learning Task Force Reports Library Contributions to Student Retention

By BTL on November 7, 2016 7:25 PM | Permalink

University libraries and librarians play a key role in supporting student retention at higher education institutions according to an initial finding from a research study sponsored by the Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA), a consortium of libraries from large research universities.

Chaired by Melissa Bowles-Terry, head of educational initiatives at UNLV University Libraries, the GWLA Student Learning Task Force has spent the past several years investigating the effect of library instruction on the retention and academic success of college students.

The task force collected student data from 10 participating institutions, including UNLV, regarding library instruction interventions for first-year students during the 2014-15 school year. A total of 1,278 interactions were included in the study.

Panel Discussion on Student Activism

By BTL on November 7, 2016 7:21 PM | Permalink

A panel event celebrating the UNLV University Libraries exhibit “Please I’d Like to Grow: Sixty Years of Student Activism at UNLV” will be held in the Goldfield Room on Sunday, Nov. 20 from 2-4 p.m.

“Please I’d Like to Grow: Conversations and Reflections on Student Activism at UNLV” will be moderated by Heidi Johnson, exhibit curator and social sciences librarian. The panel will include current and former UNLV students who have participated in student protest activities, as well as a UNLV faculty member who has written extensively on student movements and social justice education.

UNLV Libraries Faculty Accomplishments

By BTL on November 7, 2016 7:20 PM | Permalink

Michelle Light was awarded an Exemplary Service Award from the Society of American Archivists for “her many contributions to the archives profession and her ongoing commitment to the Society of American Archivists."

Erin Rinto, Melissa Bowles-Terry, and Ariel J. Santos’ (2013-2014 Libraries’ Information Literacy Fellow) article, “Assessing the Scope and Feasibility of First-Year Students’ Research Paper Topics,” was published in the November 2016 issue of College & Research Libraries.