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Between the Lines, News from YOUR Research Library: Learn

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

In this issue, themed LEARN, we highlight just a couple of the ways the Libraries contribute to lifelong learning. For example, May 1st marks the opening of a new library exhibit, French Connection: Lido de Paris and Folies Bergère in Las Vegas. This exhibit promises to be an exciting self-directed learning experience. Mark your calendars for the opening event and panel discussion on May 17.

We announce our upcoming summer graduate internship opportunities and share what our 2014 interns learned and how two of them turned their experience into scholarship. UNLV Libraries is very proud to support graduate students in their development of both job skills and lifelong learning skills.

New Exhibit to Explore The French Connection in Las Vegas

Las Vegas has a long history of production shows featuring dancers and showgirls. This type of show with its glamorous costumes and spectacular sets saw the showgirl evolve from a ubiquitous performer to an icon. But where did it all begin? A new exhibit in Lied Library will explore the origins of these spectacular shows and the dancers and showgirls that came with them — all the way from Paris, France.

Photo credit: Folies Bergère program, 1962, from the collection of Las Vegas Show Programs, MS-00333, UNLV University Libraries Special Collections Department

Summer Graduate Assistant Opportunities at UNLV Libraries

Looking for a summer graduate assistant opportunity for your students? University Libraries internships and fellowships provide graduate students with the opportunity to gain important skills in library work, educational research, and scholarship. Thanks to the generosity of the Library Advisory Board, University Libraries will offer paid summer fellowships and internships:

• Four archival interns will work to improve the conservation and discovery of selected primary source materials in Special Collections;
• One intern will focus on the experience of the "Pit Boss" under the supervision of David G. Schwartz, Ph.D., head of the Center for Gaming Research;
• Information literacy fellows will create new online learning modules and assess student work for critical thinking and inquiry outcomes.

UNLV Libraries Offer an Array of Historical & Recent Newspaper Databases

Searching for a newspaper article about an historical event? Exploring current events? Thinking about a new assignment for undergraduates? The UNLV University Libraries has an exceptionally diverse collection of online databases covering more than 8,000 national and international newspapers that fit your every need!

Unique databases provide access to archival newspaper content for major historical events and cultural activities in the United States, including:

• Civil War: A Newspaper Perspective – includes both Union and Confederate newspapers
• America’s Historical Newspapers – newspapers from every state in the U.S. from 1690-1922
• African American Newspapers: The 19th Century – newspapers published from 1827 to 1902
• Hispanic American Newspapers – newspapers published from 1808 to 1980
• Historical digital archives of individual newspapers, including the Chicago Defender, Chicago Tribune, Christian Science Monitor, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, and Washington Post.

You also can discover current events and news by connecting to a wide range of contemporary newspapers through databases such as:

Media Playlist Blog Highlights New Streaming Titles & Resources

Check out University Libraries’ new blog, Media Playlist, to read the latest about our media collection.

Discover new streaming video titles, learn how to be creative with media resources and applications, connect with your students by incorporating media into your coursework, and innovate by utilizing video and audio equipment available for check-out. And be sure to visit the blog for a weekly series, Feature Film Friday, which highlights compelling titles available to the UNLV community online or on DVD.


For tips to linking streaming media in your course, see the Libraries' WebCampus Toolkit. Contact Brian Schuck, head of new media, for additional assistance.

Lifelong Learning for Recent UNLV Graduates

What do recent UNLV graduates say about aspects of their learning that matter most to them after UNLV?

UNLV participated in a large-scale national study conducted by Project Information Literacy (PIL) on college graduates and lifelong learning—defined as purposeful and ongoing learning that aims to improve skills and knowledge for: (1) use in the workplace, (2) engagement in community activities, and (3) participation in personal activities and hobbies.

It may surprise you to discover that the college learning that mattered most to recent graduates was not specifically tied to their major. Regardless of major, the learning they reported as most helpful in “real life” came through doing things like extracurricular projects and challenging academic assignments such as a senior thesis or a capstone experience. This confirms what other studies have also shown: that "learning through doing" transfers even more than content knowledge.

UNLV Libraries Faculty Scholarship Accomplishments

Su Kim Chung, head of Public Services in Special Collections, received her Ph.D. in Information Studies from UCLA in March. She will receive her doctoral hood in June at the UCLA graduation. Chung’s dissertation, “’We Seek to Be Patient:’ Jeanne Wier and the Nevada Historical Society, 1904-1950” explores how Wier shaped a public historical culture in the state of Nevada.

Xan Goodman, Samantha Godbey, and Sue Wainscott presented a workshop at the Association of College & Research Libraries 2015 Conference titled “Crossing the Threshold with Threshold Concepts: Redesigning a Library Instruction Lesson Plan.”

Rosan Mitola and Amanda Melilli presented a pre-conference workshop at the Association of College & Research Libraries 2015 Conference titled “If You Build It, They Will Come… and Succeed: Developing a Co-Curricular Workshop Series to Add Value to the Student Employee Experience.”

Submit your scholarship to Digital Scholarship@UNLV

Now that you have gathered your recent scholarly activities and reported them on your annual achievement report, please consider submitting your scholarship to UNLV’s Institutional Repository - Digital Scholarship@UNLV. Digital Scholarship@UNLV exposes your scholarship to the world by allowing researchers to find it through a Google search. Digital Scholarship@UNLV collects, archives, and catalogs journal articles, theses and dissertations, professional papers, and some capstone projects, representing UNLV’s scholarly and creative output. This repository provides a wider audience and greater impact for your scholarly works as well as assuring its long-term preservation.