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Lied Library News

By econnections on March 26, 2013 5:50 PM | Permalink

Lied Library is the academic center of the UNLV campus. Approximately 8,000 students, faculty and community visitors enter its doors everyday—to study individually or in groups, to conduct research or to attend an instructional workshop. With more frequency it is a place where higher education, K-12 teachers with their students, and other Southern Nevada residents convene to share and discover knowledge. This spring semester has been no exception; here are some highlights:

Building on the impact and success of the 2012 UNLV Libraries Faculty Institutes, in January Lied Library welcomed professors and administrators from across the campus to the Faculty Institute Second Year Experience. Created and administered by the UNLV Libraries Research and Education Division, these half-day seminars support faculty in all colleges to design courses and assignments with an emphasis on learning outcomes, active learning and assessment of student learning. Academic faculty were partnered with librarians to construct curriculums that empower students with information literacy skills.

To learn more about the UNLV Libraries Faculty Institutes, visit

Also in January, UNLV Libraries hosted “Night at the Library,” welcoming dozens of local K-12 students to Lied. A collaboration with Nevada History Day coordinators and local museums and libraries, this event connected these students, their parents and Clark County School District teachers with our librarians, who helped them understand how to use information resources to conduct historical research.

On Saturday, February 23, UNLV Libraries and Dean Patricia Iannuzzi welcomed more than 150 Libraries supporters at a special reception to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Center for Gaming Research. The Center attracts gaming researchers worldwide to Las Vegas and, specifically, to UNLV Libraries. 2013 marks the Center’s 25th anniversary. Its gaming collection is the world's premier research repository of information relating to gambling and commercial gaming. They document the history and statistical basis of games and gambling; the economics and regulation of the gaming industry; the psychological, social, and political effects of gambling; and the history of specific hotel and casinos. Because of the global scope of today's gaming industry, the collection embraces not only Las Vegas and Nevada gaming, but gambling throughout the world. Guests were greeted by Dean Iannuzzi and UNLV President Dr. Neal Smatresk, with remarks offered by the Center's director Dr. David Schwartz. Click here to see photos from this event.

For more information about the Center for Gaming Research, visit

Scholars selected to complete residencies at UNLV Special Collections as part of its Gaming Research Fellows Program for the 2012-2013 academic year have delivered fascinating talks this spring semester, with three more fellows slated to present in April and May.

In January, York St. John University Senior Lecturer Beverly Geesin presented “Surveillance and the Marketing of Vice.” She examined contemporary forms of surveillance and developed a framework for understanding individual practices of resistance with a focus on everyday life, urban space and consumption.

West Texas A & M University Philosophy Professor David J. Hart’s talk, “An Illegitimate Child: Epilepsy, Gambling, and the Birth of Probability,” offered an insightful perspective. His primary research interests are early modern thought, the history of empiricism, and the intersections of philosophy and literature.

From Central Connecticut State University, Assistant Professor of Political Science Diana Tracy Cohen will present a talk on “Advertising Parenting in Las Vegas: An Analysis of Time and Space.” Cohen, who conducts research in the areas of Internet and media politics, campaigns and elections, sport, family and gender, is working on a book project that examines a population that she calls Iron Dads – men who balance work, family and endurance sport.

The Gaming Colloquium Series are free and open to the public. They are held at 3:30 p.m. at the UNLV Special Collections Reading Room in the UNLV Lied Library. For more information on upcoming talks, visit: