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Business by the Book: Helping Small Businesses Succeed

By econnections on March 25, 2015 3:04 PM | Permalink

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Who can a small business on a tight budget turn to for help with marketing, research, problem solving, and more? If that small business is in Las Vegas, the answer is simple: UNLV University Libraries’ Business by the Book workshop series.

Just take it from Lora Hendrickson, marketing consultant for Radioactive Productions, a small creative media services business in town. She attends as many sessions of the Libraries’ Business by the Book workshops as she can and has even been a guest speaker, paying forward all she has gained from the program and UNLV’s “progressive” library faculty.

From the Dean

By econnections on March 25, 2015 3:04 PM | Permalink

Patricia Iannuzzi

This past October, at an event held at the UNLV University Libraries, Mayor Carolyn Goodman said something important. When discussing how the Las Vegas community grew to be what it is today, she said, “Everybody worked hard and worked in their own way, and everybody played a part in the building of this community.”

Her statement was an important reminder of how essential it is to embrace everyone, engage everyone, and educate everyone. As the only research library in Southern Nevada, the University Libraries are committed to lifelong learning for all members of our UNLV and greater Southern Nevada community.

South to Southwest: A Benefactor’s Story

By econnections on March 25, 2015 3:03 PM | Permalink

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by Laurel Lamb, development specialist

As a child growing up in rural Georgia in the 1940s, Donna Newsom had no experience with libraries. It wasn’t until later, when she attended high school in Macon, GA, that she had access to her first library. She was so delighted with the wealth of books, the librarians, and the ability to borrow books that she quickly fell in love with libraries.

Newsom’s avid reading and love of books helped her greatly throughout her life, most especially in college and nursing school. Now Donna is a devoted supporter, friend, and Dean’s Associate of the UNLV University Libraries.

Celebrating Southern Nevada History Through the Oral History Research Center

By econnections on March 25, 2015 3:02 PM | Permalink

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Attendees at the UNLV University Libraries OHRC celebration joined in a few laughs with Mayor Carolyn and former mayor Oscar Goodman as the couple shared their stories of Las Vegas and more with the OHRC Director Claytee White.

Last October, more than a hundred people came to Lied Library to witness a bit of their city’s history in the making. As part of the 10-year anniversary celebration of the UNLV University Libraries Oral History Research Center (OHRC), Director Claytee White conducted a live oral history interview with Mayor Carolyn and former mayor Oscar Goodman, uncovering entertaining gems about the couple’s move to Vegas, their lives in this community, and more.

Mason Peer Coach Program Still Going Strong

By econnections on March 25, 2015 3:00 PM | Permalink

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There is much truth in the saying “To teach is to learn twice over,” and all one has to do is speak to any of the seven bright, articulate Mason peer coaches currently at the UNLV University Libraries to recognize it.

Founded in 2006 and endowed by Flora and Stuart Mason, the Mason Undergraduate Peer Research Coach program has provided a full four years’ worth of assistance to more than a dozen at-risk students across all fields of study, supporting their retention and cultivating their development by engaging them as educators of their peers.

National History Day Events at UNLV University Libraries

By econnections on March 25, 2015 2:59 PM | Permalink

Each year, hundreds of thousands of elementary and high school students across the United States create exhibits, papers, performances, documentaries, or websites on historical subjects in the hopes of winning the National History Day contest. Since 2012, the UNLV University Libraries have supported Clark County School District (CCSD) students with workshops and access to resources so they can excel in this competition.

National History Day“It is important for UNLV University Libraries to support the school district in this way because our future students are there right now,” said Melissa Bowles-Terry, head of Educational Initiatives. “We want students to be well prepared for UNLV, and the Libraries can help achieve this by introducing them to the excitement of history and research.”

University Libraries Invited to Join International Research Initiative

By econnections on March 25, 2015 2:57 PM | Permalink

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UNLV University Libraries were recently invited to join Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) Research, a special collaborative dedicated to identifying technological challenges within libraries and providing the information that helps libraries enhance their services.

Nationally recognized and identified for cutting-edge work and innovative technologies that have transformed the field, UNLV University Libraries join a prominent group of participating libraries that includes Oxford and Yale.

“From time to time, those of us in OCLC Research who are focused on the institutions engaged in the OCLC Research Library Partnership ask ourselves which institutions we think should be in the partnership,” OCLC Research’s invitation letter noted. “For some time, the UNLV University Libraries have been on our (very short!) list.”

Events Scrapbook: “Our Lives, Our History”

By econnections on March 25, 2015 2:56 PM | Permalink

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On February 21, 2015, the UNLV University Libraries hosted “Our Lives, Our History,” a panel discussion on women’s labor in Las Vegas. The panel included Dr. Joanne Goodwin, author of “Changing the Game: Women at Work in Las Vegas, 1940-1990”; the archivists involved in the creation of the book; and some of the women who changed the face of Vegas’ labor landscape. More than a hundred women’s oral histories gathered via the Women’s Research Institute of Nevada (WRIN) Las Vegas Women Oral History Project were then transferred to the Libraries’ Oral History Research Center, joining a collection of nearly 3,000 oral histories that document the history and culture of Southern Nevada.

 

Staff Spotlight: Amanda Melilli

By econnections on March 25, 2015 2:55 PM | Permalink

Amanda Melilli

When Amanda Melilli first came to the UNLV University Libraries in 2009, she found herself surrounded by blueprints, exhibits, and architectural models. Today, graphic novels, puppets, and young adult literature are her educational tools of choice.

Despite her shift from operations supervisor at the Architecture Studies Library (ASL) to head of the Curriculum Materials Library (CML), one thing has remained the same: Melilli is dedicated to helping others succeed no matter what it takes.

“It is all about mentoring people and making everything a learning experience,” Melilli said. “The library is no different than the classroom.”

Staff Spotlight: Michelle Light

By econnections on December 8, 2014 1:47 PM | Permalink

Michelle Light

Every day UNLV Libraries’ new director of Special Collections, Michelle Light, comes to work, it’s a bit of a homecoming. A Las Vegas native, Light has not only seen the transformation of the city, she has spent many years living it. Although her studies and career initially took her far from our city, Light could not stay away from her life’s calling to collect and preserve Southern Nevada’s history.

Light began her work in libraries as a graduate student of history at University of Michigan and quickly realized she stood at the forefront of a major academic revolution. “I took a job in Michigan’s digital library right in the early days of the World Wide Web,” Light said. “I realized how digitization of key historical texts and images would fundamentally transform scholarship—that is, how knowledge might be discovered, created and shared. I wanted to be a part of that.”