Welcome to the second issue of eConnections. I hope you had an opportunity to read our inaugural e-newsletter in the fall, and that it provided you with insight into the mission and work of UNLV Libraries in service to students, faculty, researchers from around the world, and Southern Nevada residents.
This issue is a testimony to the critical role the Libraries play in supporting the intellectual vitality and innovative thinking of the university. It is also telling of a dedicated staff of librarians and other professionals who devote countless hours to develop and implement effective programs that enhance the learning experience for UNLV students and for lifelong learners in the region.
In particular with this issue, we hope you’ll come to understand the work of the Preservation Lab and Digital Collections Department to save the region’s unique and colorful history; and that you learn about their outreach efforts to engage the community. Preserving and providing access to historical materials is one of the most important contributions UNLV Libraries offers.
I am delighted to introduce two new acquisitions: the Shelley Berkley Congressional Papers, which document the congresswoman’s legacy during her seven terms in office; and the Bill Moore Papers, a collection of fascinating artifacts from the career of a Las Vegas show producer that spanned more than 20 years. We are deeply grateful for their generous decision to deposit their materials in our Special Collections division for the benefit of current and future generations of researchers.
You will also learn about the launch of the Las Vegas Gaming Electronic Press, which will provide an official outlet for the study of gaming and gambling. Spearheaded by Center for Gaming Research (CGR) Director David Schwartz and assisted through an expert editorial board, the Press will facilitate the collection and dissemination of primary resource information on these topics on a global scale.
2013 marks the CGR’s 25th anniversary. In February, UNLV Libraries hosted a reception in recognition of individuals whose support have made the work of the Center possible. Many have also made contributions that enable the Libraries to address its most pressing needs. To all, I extend a sincere thank you.
Speaking of private support, we also wanted to share the lighthearted yet warm story of Phillip Toussant and Gregan Wingert because it illustrates how gifts to the Libraries—of all sizes—make a meaningful difference to both the donor and to the work we do.
UNLV Libraries is now recognized as one of the leading academic research libraries in the world. Many of our initiatives serve as models for peer institutions to follow. This is possible thanks to an amazing and tireless staff. Four who were recently recognized for their outstanding contributions are listed in the “Accomplishments” section. Please join me in applauding their talents, creativity and hard work.
As you can see, this issue is brimming with our latest news—and I’ve mentioned only a few highlights. I hope you enjoy reading this eConnections and invite you to share it with you friends and colleagues.
Warm regards and best wishes,
Dean, UNLV Libraries