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Between the Lines, News from YOUR Research Library

By BTL on February 6, 2017 4:35 PM | Permalink

As UNLV strives to reach top tier status, the University Libraries’ commitment to our students and the university’s educational mission is as strong as our focus on research. UNLV is committed to graduating students who can navigate in a complex information environment and make informed, evidence-based decisions in academics, work, and life.

This issue of Between the Lines focuses on new resources and services provided by the University Libraries that support the university’s research mission for both our faculty and students.

The article about data sets details some of the electronic digital databases and statistical resources licensed by the University Libraries on behalf of faculty researchers. These resources are available to students, and faculty can design assignments that require exploration and application of the information found within them.

Dataset Access Offers Research Opportunities for Students, Faculty

By BTL on February 6, 2017 4:19 PM | Permalink

Providing faculty and students with access to a large variety of datasets is an important service offered by the University Libraries. Through the University Libraries website, researchers have access to diverse and multi-format collections that enable the production of high quality, widely disseminated research and scholarship.

Datasets generally describe aggregated statistical information, presented in tabular form that is searchable and manipulable by users. The University Libraries has expanded access to datasets through paid subscriptions to data resources, as well as compiling links to governmental and nonprofit sources. 

UNLV University Libraries provides access to the following collection of datasets:

Mendeley Offers Unique Tools, Collaboration Opportunities for Researchers

By BTL on February 6, 2017 4:11 PM | Permalink

Faculty and students have access to a new online tool purchased by the UNLV University Libraries that assists with research and scholarship organization, discovery, and collaboration. Mendeley is an online reference manager and academic social network tailored to meet the increasingly varied needs of academic researchers.

While the University Libraries, in partnership with OIT, will continue to support RefWorks, this new tool offers several additional features. These features include:

Develop a Customized Course Guide to Support Student Learning, Research

By BTL on February 6, 2017 4:03 PM | Permalink

The University Libraries assists faculty with designing a customized online course guide for classes offered at UNLV. These guides support instruction and research at the undergraduate and graduate level. Course guides are developed by a liaison librarian or teaching and learning librarian at the request of and in partnership with a UNLV faculty instructor.

Course guides provide tailored resources for specific courses, research projects, or assignments that meets the needs of the instructor and the students. Using library resources builds confidence that students understand the research process and are accessing high-quality information sources that are appropriate for a college-level course.

Course guides provide students with:

Nominations Open for Calvert Undergraduate Research Awards

By BTL on February 6, 2017 3:53 PM | Permalink


Nominations are now being accepted for the Lance and Elena Calvert Undergraduate Research Awards. The University Libraries present the awards annually to undergraduate students who have completed significant research projects that make sophisticated and interesting use of library collections. Students are honored in three different categories:

  • Emerging Scholars (first-year, sophomores, and juniors)
  • Advanced Undergraduates (seniors)
  • Creative Works (students at any level who have created a design, performance accompanied by program notes, creative work such as writing or art in any format, or film)

Winners of the award receive a cash award of $750 for Emerging Scholars and $1,000 for Advanced Undergraduates and Creative Works, as well as recognition at a special reception during the spring semester.

Faculty Build Course Assignments at Special Collections Retreat

By BTL on February 6, 2017 3:42 PM | Permalink

Faculty from the UNLV College of Liberal Arts and College of Urban Affairs recently had an in-depth opportunity to explore UNLV University Libraries Special Collections and build course assignments during the second annual faculty retreat hosted in January.

“We invited our faculty to participate in this retreat so they can learn more about the amazing historical resources housed in Special Collections,” said Su Kim Chung, head of public services for Special Collections. “During the retreat, participants worked on developing assignments for their courses drawn from materials in our collections on gaming, Las Vegas, and southern Nevada.”

The retreat was led by Chung and Priscilla Finley, humanities librarian, with assistance from Heidi Johnson, social sciences librarian, and Susie Skarl, urban affairs librarian. Funding for two-day retreat, hosted Jan. 11-12 in Lied Library, was provided by the Libraries Advisory Board.

Partnership to Expand Adaptive, Assistive Technologies for Library Users

By BTL on February 6, 2017 3:39 PM | Permalink

The University Libraries is working with campus partners to increase the number of adaptive and assistive technologies available to assist students, faculty, and other users with utilizing library facilities, resources, and services.

The Consolidated Students of University of Nevada (CSUN), UNLV Office of Information Technology, and the Disability Resource Center have partnered with the University Libraries to identify needed services and expand the selection of these technologies.

Adaptive and assistive technologies include any tool that enables a student to undertake work that would otherwise be difficult or impossible to accomplish. These tools offer users greater independence, enabling increased productivity, engagement, and overall achievement.

The proposed additions encompass an assortment of adaptive tools, with selections that will be available in Lied Library and OIT's general computer labs. The proposal includes:

UNLV Libraries Faculty Accomplishments

By BTL on February 6, 2017 3:25 PM | Permalink

Annette Day and Carol Ou’s article, “Determining Organizational Readiness for an ILS Migration—A Strategic Approach,” was published in the November 2016 issue of College & Undergraduate Libraries.

Amanda Melilli, head of the Teacher Development and Resources Library, has been appointed to the Young Adult Services Library Services Association’s (YALSA) Great Graphic Novels for Teens Committee for 2017 - 2018. Each year, this YALSA national committee reviews and recommends graphic novels and illustrated nonfiction for young adults aged 12 to 18.