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UNLV Libraries Faculty Rank 12th Nationally for Scholarly Productivity

By econnections on December 4, 2012 2:01 PM | Permalink

UNLV librarians are always ready to help students and community users with their research, but did you know they are also academic faculty and active researchers in their own right?

UNLV Libraries proved to be one of four dark horses in a recently published eight-year study by librarians at the University of Illinois at Chicago. In the new study, UNLV Libraries has been ranked 12th in the nation for number of academic librarians who published articles in selected academic journals from 2003 to 2011.

The University of Illinois study examined articles published in 32 refereed journals in the field of library and information science. The term “refereed” means the article or manuscript is evaluated by independent experts for quality of scholarship, reliability or findings and relevance to the field. Out of 2,373 total articles with at least one academic librarian as an author, UNLV librarians were authors or co-authors of 32.

UNLV Libraries is proud to present "DREAMING THE SKYLINE"

By econnections on December 4, 2012 1:52 PM | Permalink

"Dreaming the Skyline" is a digital collection of drawings, sketches and photographs that capture the history of resort architecture in Las Vegas, Lake Tahoe and Atlantic City–and its wider impact on the world. The collection highlights the work of two renowned Las Vegas architects: Martin Stern, who designed the Hilton International and the original MGM Grand, now Bally’s, and Homer Rissman, whose designs include the Flamingo towers and the original Circus Circus tent. "Dreaming the Skyline" provides easy online access to the rich architectural collections of UNLV Libraries Special Collections.

SPECIAL COLLECTIONS: Goldfield Consolidated Mining Company Archives

By econnections on December 4, 2012 1:48 PM | Permalink

Nevada has a rich history that runs deeper than the railroads and mines that helped create it. The UNLV Libraries chronicles much of that history in its Special Collections department, which houses 12,000 linear feet of manuscript in archival material in more than 600 discreet collections; more than 120,000 photographs, 1,500 maps and 40,000 volumes.

A recent addition to Special Collections is the Goldfield Consolidated Mining Company archives, which includes everything from invoices, receipts and canceled checks to memos, insurance policies and mining engineer reports of the once influential company which operated in the early 1900s.


By econnections on December 4, 2012 1:41 PM | Permalink

When longtime Los Angeles residents Eileen and Thomas Raney retired in 2007, they realized they could live anywhere they wanted. Seeking a simpler life and a city with a population far less than Los Angeles, they turned to Las Vegas, which Eileen and Tom had visited often since childhood.

Appreciating Las Vegas for its natural beauty as well as its ease of lifestyle, the Raneys made a new home for themselves in the Red Rock area. Since settling in, the couple has found a wide range of activities and friends to keep them busy. They also added Parker, a labradoodle, to the family. One of the first couples they met in Las Vegas were Flora and Stuart Mason, who introduced Eileen to UNLV Libraries dean Patricia (Patty) Iannuzzi.

Fortunately for UNLV Libraries, Eileen isn’t very good at being retired; when Patty invited her to join UNLV Libraries’ Advisory Board two years ago, she accepted because she believes in and respects the libraries’ mission.

Rebel Volleyball Team Member Receives Valuable Research Help

By econnections on December 4, 2012 1:34 PM | Permalink

On most days, Madeline Westman can be found in one of her favorite spots on the first or second floor of Lied Library. As a middle blocker on the volleyball team and a member of the Honors College, the Wauconda, Ill. native takes up in one of her favorite spots to study between classes or after practice. On many of those days, she goes in to see Kate Wintrol, instruction librarian in the research and education department, who assists her with one of her many research projects.

Extra help from librarians and a quiet favorite spot help Westman stay above the 2.0 GPA needed to keep her spot on the volleyball team. Her UNLV athletic career depends on the quality of her academics, and she finds the bulk of her help at Lied Library.

“If you’re ineligible, you can be out for an entire season. Then, it’s gone. You can’t get it back,” she said. “A lot of the honors classes are writing oriented. We do a lot of research papers. Kate has been a huge help to me.”

STAFF SPOTLIGHT: Patrick Griffis

By econnections on December 4, 2012 1:24 PM | Permalink

As a teenager at Bonanza High School, Patrick Griffis had aspirations of working in business development, helping entrepreneurs successfully grow and expand their businesses. He thought he was on the right path to his goals—he earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Southern California in 2002 and came home to Las Vegas to pursue a master’s degree in accounting at UNLV.

As a student, Griffis worked in the libraries at both universities, and in 2004, he was encouraged to enroll in the University of North Texas online master’s degree program in library information science. The two-year program had him hooked, and he decided not to return to accounting. By 2006, Griffis had moved through the ranks from paid intern to business librarian.

CCSD Students Visit Lied for In-Depth Look at a College Library

By econnections on December 4, 2012 1:22 PM | Permalink

On any given day, a group of 100 wide-eyed middle school students can be seen carefully exploring Lied Library on the UNLV campus. They are a part of UNLV Libraries’ partnership with Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP). Although the organization offers services from campus tours to SAT and ACT prep, the partnership with UNLV Libraries is very specific: give students an in-depth look at a college library.

This year, students from Bailey, Brinley, Findlay, Fremont, Gibson, Knudson, O’Callaghan, Orr, Sedway, Von Tobel and West Preparatory Academy middle schools visited Lied Library as part of GEAR UP events at UNLV. Next year, GEAR UP will welcome high school students, as the organization continues to follow these young men and women throughout their academic careers.

UNLV Libraries and GEAR UP share an important mission: community education. While UNLV Libraries strives to educate students and serve the community at large, GEAR UP’s mission is to significantly increase the number of low-income and at-risk students who are prepared to enter and succeed in college.

Business by the Book

By econnections on December 4, 2012 1:10 PM | Permalink

While UNLV Libraries’ dedication to serving the UNLV community is readily apparent, its work with the Southern Nevada business community isn’t nearly as obvious, although it’s just as important.

Many people are not aware of the resources available to the public for free at Lied Library. In an effort to unleash this well-kept secret, UNLV Libraries launched Business by the Book, its free business workshop series last spring.

“UNLV Libraries plays a role in raising the local standard of living by helping Southern Nevada’s business community become more competitive,” said Patricia Iannuzzi, UNLV Libraries’ dean. “We established the Business by the Book workshop series to provide additional support to the local business community by teaching them how to effectively use the many online resources available to them here at UNLV Libraries.”

Bridging the Information Literacy Gap: Reaching Out to Help Prepare Students for Higher Ed

By econnections on December 4, 2012 12:58 PM | Permalink

Clark County School District teachers and librarians face some real challenges that have pushed them to become more resourceful even while coping with reduced staff, materials and funding. An intensive three-day workshop with UNLV librarians is helping them develop consistent and measurable ways to help K-12 students learn information skills and prepare for more rigorous college-level research.This summer the UNLV Libraries, with sponsorship from the UNLV Libraries Advisory Board and cooperation of the Clark County School Librarians Association (CCSLA), took the first step in a strategic initiative to help teachers and librarians develop curricula that will better prepare them for college and the real world.