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Iannuzzi to retire as dean of UNLV University Libraries Sept. 1st

By Michael Yunkin on February 14, 2017 9:56 AM | Permalink

Patricia Iannuzzi, dean of the University Libraries at the University of Nevada, Las VegasPatricia 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.”

Writers Imagine Las Vegas: Our City in Fiction Exhibit

By Michael Yunkin on February 14, 2017 9:42 AM | Permalink

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.”

Open Access to Research

By Michael Yunkin on January 11, 2017 1:08 PM | Permalink

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.

Lied Library Hours & Services for Winter Break

By Michael Yunkin on December 16, 2016 2:38 PM | Permalink

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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.

Check out the new Leisure Zone

By Michael Yunkin on December 6, 2016 8:36 AM | Permalink

Lied Library Leisure Zone

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.

Study Week Stress Relief

By Michael Yunkin on November 29, 2016 10:13 AM | Permalink


“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.

Please I'd Like to Grow: Conversations and Reflections on Student Activism at UNLV

By Michael Yunkin on November 1, 2016 2:09 PM | Permalink

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.

Exhibit examines 60 years of student activism at UNLV

By Michael Yunkin on October 10, 2016 3:37 PM | Permalink

Funding for higher education, opposition to the Vietnam War, racial and social equality, gender and sexuality, and the environment are a few of the causes that have sparked students at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas to rally for change. A new exhibit at the UNLV University Libraries celebrates the history of student activism at the university, from its early days as the University of Nevada, Southern Division and Nevada Southern University to the present.

Libraries receives NEH grant to continue newspaper preservation project

By Michael Yunkin on October 10, 2016 2:45 PM | Permalink

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The UNLV University Libraries has been awarded a $210,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to continue work on a project to digitize historical Nevada newspapers.

The two-year grant is a continuation of funding for the Nevada Digital Newspaper Project, an extension of the National Digital Newspaper Program sponsored by NEH and the Library of Congress. In 2014, UNLV University Libraries received a $311,000 NEH grant to launch the newspaper digitization and preservation project.

“Newspapers have long played a role as a record of historical events, and the people and places that shaped our state,” said Patricia Iannuzzi, dean of the UNLV University Libraries. “The Nevada Digital Newspaper Program is preserving the history documented in the many pages of these Nevada newspapers for future generations.”

The 2016 Election: Why Las Vegas Matters

By Michael Yunkin on October 6, 2016 8:12 AM | Permalink

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Thursday, October 13, 2016
12:30-1p.m. (reception); 1-2:30 p.m. (panel discussion)
Greenspun Hall Auditorium, UNLV campus.

Brookings Mountain West will host, “The 2016 Election: Why Las Vegas Matters,” a panel discussion including experts in U.S. politics and presidential campaigns designed to highlight the increasing importance of Las Vegas and Southern Nevada in national elections. Panelists will discuss a variety of issues important to Las Vegas and the nation, including such topics as: immigration reform, national security, health care, economic opportunity, education, infrastructure, climate change, and others. In addition, participants will discuss the importance of changing demographic patterns among our total population and voting population, and how these shifts affect local and national politics.