The University Libraries will be offering a new Faculty Institute entitled Creative Research Assignments: Looking Beyond the Research Paper. Applications are now being accepted from UNLV faculty for the institute, which runs May 15 and 16 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Selected faculty who participate are eligible for a $1,000 - $1,500 stipend.
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The UNLV University Libraries will host Sin City Apocalypse: Writing and Editing Las Vegas Dystopian Futures on Tuesday, March 28, at 4 p.m. in the Goldfield Room at Lied Library.
Dr. Jarret Keene, assistant professor in residence of English at UNLV, will survey memorable fictional and cinematic images of the neon heartland in this colloquium hosted in conjunction with Writers Image Las Vegas: Our City in Fiction, an exhibit on display at Lied Library through June.
The lecture will examine shattering representations fashioned by artists anxious over social and political collapse. From the menacing supernatural paramilitary cult in Stephen King’s The Stand to the breathless Doom Town refrigerator sequence in Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull, Sin City continues to serve as a locus for catastrophe.
In honor of Women's History Month, the UNLV University Libraries and Department of Art are hosting the second annual Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon on Thursday, March 16, from 4-8 p.m. at Lied Library in the Amargosa Room. Refreshments will be available.
Art+Feminism is a campaign to improve coverage of women and the arts on Wikipedia and to encourage female editorship. In 2016, edit-a-thons occurred in over 175 locations, including 28 countries on all 6 inhabited continents. There were an estimated 2,500 participants globally, with approximately 2,000 new articles created and 1,000 articles improved.
Patricia Iannuzzi, dean of the University Libraries at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, has announced that she will retire on Sept. 1, 2017. Iannuzzi has been the University Libraries dean at UNLV since 2005.
“During her 12 years in Las Vegas, Patty has built a library system that is central to student learning at UNLV,” said UNLV Executive Vice President and Provost Diane Chase. “Her leadership on campus has helped advance the university’s mission in all areas of research, teaching, and community engagement, and she leaves behind an enduring legacy for our students, faculty, and staff.”
A city unlike any other, Las Vegas has captured the imaginations of writers across the globe. The neon lights of the Strip, the growing suburban neighborhoods, the bustling casinos, the mountains and Lake Mead, and the boxing arenas and entertainment venues have all served as inspiration for writers attempting to capture the spirit of Las Vegas in fiction.
“I love reading books set in Las Vegas! You get unexpected takes on familiar places,” said Priscilla Finley, humanities librarian at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. “I think writers are attracted to using Las Vegas as a setting because it’s an in-between space, with the dazzling machinery of the Strip feeling separate from the ordinary world. It offers many possible directions for a writer to explore with character development and creative storylines.”
Ensuring academics and other researchers have immediate access to free, online articles is one of the goals of open access. Digital Scholarship Librarian Andrea Wirth shares insights on open access, why it is such an important issue for higher education institutions across the globe, and how the University Libraries support open access to UNLV faculty and student research.
What is open access?
Open Access refers to scholarly literature that is both free to read and free of most copyright restrictions. While open access conversations hit the mainstream in the early 2000s and focused primarily on access to journal articles, other types of scholarly publications can be made open access. For example many universities, including UNLV, make theses and dissertations freely available to read through an institutional repository. Other areas of the “open” movement include open data, open educational resources, open source, and more.
The University Libraries will observe a modified schedule for the winter break and intersession hours. Beginning on Sunday, Dec. 18 and running until Martin Luther King Day on Monday, Jan. 16, 2017, University Libraries will modify hours including closing on some weekend days and state holidays.
Essential library services will be available for faculty, staff, students, and the general public including general reference and research assistance, computer assistance, and circulation services. Collections located within Lied will be accessible during this period. UNLV faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to check out any circulating materials they will need during the semester break prior to Friday, Dec. 16.
All University Libraries will be closed on Dec. 18, 24, 25, 26, and 31, and Jan. 1 and 2, 2017.
This August marked the start of the 16th fall semester in Lied Library, which, as you may have noticed, has received a number of public space enhancements during the past few years. University Libraries is driven by the principle of continuous improvement, and work to provide the best learning environment for our students, faculty, staff, and community.
One of the many ways that our libraries support students in their academic endeavors is by providing a variety of learning spaces for them to explore, discover, connect, and create. We offer a diverse selection of spaces for students – places where they can recharge their minds as well as their devices, places where they can collaborate with their classmates, and places where they can reflect in solitude.
“Paws” for a Study Break: relieve stress with a therapy dog from Love Dog Adventures.
- 11a-1p | Tuesday, 12/6 – Amargosa Room, 1st floor, Lied Library
- 1p-3p | Wednesday, 12/7 – Amargosa Room, 1st floor, Lied Library
Yoga for Stress Relief, sponsored by Fitness4Finals: improve your cognitive function before your exams with a 45-minute yoga session. Mats will be provided.
- 9a, 10:15a, 11:30a, 1p | Thursday, 12/8 – Amargosa Room, 1st floor, Lied Library
Guided Meditation, sponsored by Fitness4Finals: feel focused and well rested before your exam with a 20-minute guided meditation.
The University of Nevada, Las Vegas University Libraries will host a panel discussion on the history of student activism at the university on Sunday, Nov. 20 from 2-4 p.m. in the Goldfield Room of Lied Library.
“Please I’d Like to Grow: Conversations and Reflections on Student Activism at UNLV” will feature current UNLV students, alumni, and faculty discussing the relevance of student activism on the campus from its earliest days to the present.
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