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Irwin earns Digital Archives Specialist certificate from Society of American Archivists

By skennedy on April 21, 2017 1:20 PM | Permalink

Karla Irwin was recently certified as a Digital Archives Specialist by the Society of American Archivists.

UNLV University Libraries’ Karla Irwin was recently certified as a Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) by the Society of American Archivists (SAA). Irwin, Special Collections and Archives librarian, earned the DAS certificate after completing a two-year program of coursework and passing comprehensive examinations this spring.

The DAS curriculum, developed by experts in the field of digital archives, is structured around seven core competencies: understanding the nature of records in electronic form; defining for a variety of audiences the requirements, roles, and responsibilities related to digital archives; formulating strategies and tactics for appraisal, description, management, organization, and preservation; integrating technology to provide access to digital collections; planning for the integration of new tools for successive generations of technology; curating, storing, and retrieving original masters and access copies of digital archives; and providing dependable organization and service to designated communities across networks. Participants complete nine required courses from four tiers addressing these competencies.

Letter from the Dean

By skennedy on April 19, 2017 9:15 AM | Permalink

After 12 years at UNLV, I will be retiring as the Dean of University Libraries this fall. Under the leadership and vision of President Len Jessup and Provost Diane Chase, I know the next dean will continue to advance our mission to be a next-generation research library for Southern Nevada.

The past 12 years at UNLV have been a tremendous experience, and this amazing community will remain my home. During this time, the University Libraries has accomplished so much with the help of our alumni and friends.

From expansion of the Special Collections and Archives division to physical enhancements that have placed the libraries at the center of student learning to programs like the Calvert Undergraduate Research Awards, the Flora and Stuart Mason Undergraduate Peer Research Coaches, library fellowship programs, and faculty institutes, I have seen how the University Libraries directly impact UNLV, Las Vegas, and Southern Nevada. You can read more about all of our accomplishments in the official announcement of my retirement.

Senior Mason peer coaches present on peer-assisted learning at national conference

By skennedy on April 17, 2017 10:50 AM | Permalink

Three UNLV University Libraries Flora and Stuart Mason Undergraduate Peer Research Coaches presented a panel discussion on peer-assisted learning at the biennial Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) conference in Baltimore.

Peer coaches Kameron Joyner, Jason Meza, and Katia Uriarte presented “Student-Led Educational Experiences: The Risks and Rewards of Letting Go” with Outreach Librarian Rosan Mitola and Teaching and Learning Librarian John Watts. The three students shared their experiences of co-teaching library information literacy sessions alongside UNLV librarians and reflected on the impact they felt of assisting other students.

Meet the new Flora and Stuart Mason Undergraduate Peer Research Coaches

By skennedy on April 12, 2017 3:28 PM | Permalink

UNLV University Libraries welcomed five new Flora and Stuart Mason Undergraduate Peer Research Coaches this year. Peer coaches selected for the highly competitive program receive four years of financial assistance to complete their college degree, as well as specialized leadership and skills training. The peer coaches serve as library ambassadors at outreach events and co-teach library information literacy sessions alongside librarians, working under the direction and mentorship of Outreach Librarian Rosan Mitola. Learn more about our five newest peer coaches: