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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:

Uncovered storage unit adds records to Southern Nevada Jewish Heritage Project

By skennedy on February 28, 2017 4:41 PM | Permalink

When the Jewish Federation of Las Vegas uncovered a forgotten storage unit containing decades of papers and files detailing the organization’s history, they reached out to UNLV University Libraries to add the files to the Southern Nevada Jewish Heritage Project.

“When we learned that a storage unit holding a substantial chunk of Jewish Federation’s history had been located, our archivists were elated,” said Barbara Tabach, Southern Nevada Jewish Heritage Project coordinator. “Finally, we would be able to fill in gaps of the Federation’s history with meeting minutes, photos, correspondence, and planning documents.”

In addition to the organization’s records, the unit may also contain a complete run of the Jewish Reporter, which served as a source of information and news on the Las Vegas Jewish community for more than three decades. 

Building Las Vegas

By skennedy on February 28, 2017 4:34 PM | Permalink

The Tiberti family provided start-up costs for new collecting project that is documenting the urban planning and physical construction of Southern Nevada.

Recognized as one of the region’s most successful developers, J.A. Tiberti left an indelible mark on Southern Nevada. From his early days working with the U.S. Corps of Engineers on the construction of what would become Nellis Air Force Base to the founding of the Tiberti Company, J.A. Tiberti and the Tiberti family have shaped much of the physical infrastructure of Las Vegas and Southern Nevada.

“The Tibertis were one of the earliest families involved in the construction of Las Vegas,” said Patricia Iannuzzi, dean of the UNLV University Libraries. “Multiple generations of the Tiberti family have followed in the footsteps of J.A. Tiberti, developing and constructing the backbone of the city with projects that define community, such as schools, churches, medical facilities, neighborhoods, parks, homes, and businesses.”

Letter from the Dean

By skennedy on November 16, 2016 1:30 PM | Permalink

Planning for the Health Sciences Library continues at a swift pace as the university prepares to welcome the first class of students in the UNLV School of Medicine next summer. With additional staff coming on board, resources and collections being acquired, and infrastructure going into place, the Health Sciences Library will be a primary resource supporting the school, our students and faculty, and health care practitioners across Southern Nevada.

The Health Sciences Library is a key part of addressing the urgent health care needs of our region. In addition to faculty and students, we also need to equip physicians with the most up-to-date knowledge and resources to provide best care for our families, friends, and other area residents. Nevada ranks 38th in the nation for overall health care capacity and 46th for the number of primary care physicians per capita. With 72 percent of our state’s residents residing in Southern Nevada, it is even more essential that we support our physicians with the latest advances in health care knowledge.

Center For Gaming Research Announces 2016-17 Eadington Fellows

By skennedy on November 16, 2016 12:42 PM | Permalink

Image of gaming house during the Renaissance after a miniature on vellum

Image featuring a gaming house during the Renaissance after a miniature on vellum. From the Musée rétrospectif de la classe 100 : Jeux à l'exposition universelle internationale de 1900, à Paris. Rapport présenté by Henry d'Allemagne (Taxe Collection, UNLV Libraries Special Collections).

The Center for Gaming Research at the UNLV University Libraries is pleased to announce that four researchers have been selected as the 2016-2017 Eadington Fellows. The Eadington Fellowships foster scholarship focused on gambling issues and encourage the use of the rare and unique collections housed in Special Collections at UNLV University Libraries.

UNLV Librarian Leads National Task Force on Student Retention

By skennedy on November 16, 2016 12:41 PM | Permalink

Melissa Bowles-Terry

University libraries and librarians play a key role in supporting student retention at higher education institutions according to an initial finding from a research study sponsored by the Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA), a consortium of libraries from large research universities.

Chaired by Melissa Bowles-Terry, head of educational initiatives at UNLV University Libraries, the GWLA Student Learning Task Force has spent the past several years investigating the effect of library instruction on the retention and academic success of college students.

The task force collected student data from 10 participating institutions, including UNLV, regarding library instruction interventions for first-year students during the 2014-15 school year. A total of 1,278 interactions were included in the study.

From the Dean

By rpietrucha on December 1, 2015 9:00 AM | Permalink

Patricia Iannuzzi, dean of the UNLV University Libraries

This month has me thinking about the many ways the UNLV University Libraries reaches its constituents as well as what we can and will be doing to push forward in 2016.

In the last issue of eConnections, I shared some of the results of our information literacy initiatives, which help ensure students develop the research and problem-solving skills they need to succeed academically and professionally.

In this issue, I share information about our Scholarship Boot Camps, which help students secure the critical funding they need to complete their education.

In addition to direct librarian-to-student interactions, the University Libraries works with classroom faculty through programs such as our Faculty Institutes to ensure that UNLV’s learning outcomes are embedded into all undergraduates’ educational experience. We know that by partnering with faculty on what and how they teach students, the Libraries’ reach can extend far beyond what our individual library faculty would reasonably be able to achieve on a one-on-one basis.