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New from Digital Collections: 1 October Twitter Data Tutorial Series

By Su Kim Chung on April 9, 2019 11:57 AM | Permalink

Learn how to design, collect, document, and analyze a collection of Twitter data by Miranda Barrie 

Navigating a collection of over 14 million tweets can seem like a daunting task. When the UNLV Libraries published its first-ever collection of Twitter data, we knew there was a need to make the data accessible to faculty and students across campus. The 1 October Twitter Data Tutorial Series features ten tutorials that take you step-by-step through the design, collection, and documentation process of curating a collection of Twitter data. Tutorials seven through ten feature tools to help students analyze the data they collect.

Collection Design: Curating a Collection of Twitter JSON Data

By Su Kim Chung on March 4, 2019 10:26 AM | Permalink

Learn how to curate a collection of Twitter JSON data by Miranda Barrie


Before you start collecting Twitter data, it is important to clearly define your research questions to ensure that the tweets returned from Twitter’s Application Programming Interface (API) meet your needs as a researcher. The second tutorial in the 1 October Twitter Data Collection series will walk you through the collection design process and provides a checklist to help organize your collection. For the purposes of this tutorial, the process will assume that the collection will be created using Twarc, an open-source tool from Documenting the Now which allows users with Twitter developer access to collect Twitter data.

New From Digital Collections: Introduction to the Command Line

By Su Kim Chung on February 4, 2019 2:48 PM | Permalink


Learn how to navigate your computer using the Command Line by Miranda Barrie 

How do you create a new folder? Pick the option below that applies to you:

            a.Right-click on my desktop and click ‘Create New Folder’
            b.Click on the tool button and then click ‘New Folder’
            c.Will it into existence, I have the power within me
            d.I don’t. I like my files to be free range.

New from Digital Collections: Learn how to collect Twitter data by Miranda Barrie

By Su Kim Chung on December 3, 2018 3:07 PM | Permalink

Why We Archive: Preserving the stories of a community coming together By Miranda Barrie

You can access the first tutorial in the 1 October Twitter Collection series here.

On October 2, 2017 I woke up in Santiago, Chile to a notification that there had been a shooting in my hometown of Las Vegas. I opened the Twitter application and began scrolling through my timeline, looking for mentions of the size and scale of the shooting. I started to see the numbers of injured persons rise as I repeatedly swiped down to refresh the site. I had no idea where my family members were, and no one was picking up the phone. Feeling panicked, I began doing the only thing I felt I could do at the time: amplifying the needs of the community by retweeting calls for blood donations from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.

Getting Social with Special Collections

By Su Kim Chung on February 29, 2016 5:33 PM | Permalink


UNLV Libraries Special Collections Facebook Page (March 2016 snapshot)

With an amazing variety of historical material ranging from maps and photographs to costume designs and rare books and much more, UNLV Libraries Special Collections is never short of material to enlighten and entertain our researchers about Las Vegas,  southern Nevada, gaming, and UNLV history.  For many years we have made our materials more accessible to the public by digitizing thousands of items and making them available in our digital collections for researchers all over the world. 

New Report: Las Vegas Casino Twitter Use

By David G. Schwartz on May 4, 2012 2:18 PM | Permalink
I've posted a new report:

Las Vegas Casino Twitter Use
May 2012 report with data on followers, frequency, and longevity of accounts 

This is a long-awaited follow-up on the pilot project from 2010, and the first collaboration with new Associate Analyst April Lin, who is the report's co-author. Here's the executive summary:

Nearly all Las Vegas casinos use Twitter. This report contains statistics on how long they've used the service for, how often

Social Networking Vs. The Web Site

By Darcy Del Bosque on June 1, 2009 10:15 AM | Permalink
In Is Social Media Making Corporate Websites Irrelevant? Ostrow looks at how some companies have shifted to favor social networking over the traditional web site.  Although there are drawbacks to social media (most of the time your users have to have accounts), marketers are finding value in using social networking to connect with customers.  Some have even dropped mention of the corporate web site on their business cards and replaced them with the URL for their Twitter accounts.  Ostrow goes on to review a current marketing campaign of Vitamin Water in Facebook and how it has been successful.