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Harrah’s Entertainment Corporate Archives Ready for Researchers! by Hannah Robinson

By Special Collections & Archives Technical Services on August 24, 2017 8:48 AM | Permalink

The Harrah’s brand began in 1946 with Bill Harrah when he opened a bingo parlor in Reno, Nevada. Ever since the opening of Harrah’s Reno Club, the brand has contributed to and often led trends in casino and gaming marketing and corporate strategies. For example, Harrah’s established a lucrative busing program in the 1950s, created a linked customer loyalty program in the late 1990s, and partnered with Native American nations just after the passage of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act in 1989.

Royer Collection on Gaming ~ Ready for Researchers! by Hannah Robinson

By Special Collections & Archives Technical Services on July 30, 2017 7:21 PM | Permalink

As the gaming industry expanded dramatically in the 1970s and 1980s, Gary Royer provided his casino managing, auditing, and accounting expertise to hundreds of corporations, casinos, and regulatory agencies in the United States. As a consultant and auditing agent, Royer created extensive research files that researchers can now peruse to gain insight about the expansion of gaming in the US in the last fifty years. Researchers interested in the development of gaming policy, changes in casino management and operational control procedures, and the corporatization of the US gaming industry will find a wealth of information in the Gary W. Royer Collection on Gaming. The Royer Collection is housed in the UNLV Libraries Special Collections and Archives and a detailed inventory of the collection is available online.

Laughlin, Nevada documentation from the Royer collection, UNLV

Staff Highlight: Our Award-Winning Staff

By Su Kim Chung on June 22, 2017 1:43 PM | Permalink

 

Two staff members from Special Collections were recognized for their achievements recently. Please join us in congratulating our wonderful colleagues!

Emily Lapworth, Digital Special Collections Librarian, was awarded the UNLV University Libraries Innovative Solutions Award for her efforts to implement large-scale digitization practices in the Culinary Workers Union, Local 226 Project. She was nominated by her supervisor, Cory Lampert, Head of Digital Collections. 

Eadington Gaming Fellow Mark Johnson : In Residence June 19 - July 17

By Su Kim Chung on June 20, 2017 1:15 PM | Permalink

 

Mark R Johnson is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Computing at Goldsmiths, University of London. His research focuses on professional gameplay of all kinds - video games, gambling games, board games - and numerous other topics within "game studies". He's currently working on his first monograph with Bloomsbury Academic, entitled "The Unpredictability of Gameplay". He is also a former professional poker player, a multiple video game world record holder, an independent game developer, and a freelance games writer.

Linked Data Research in Digital Collections

By Su Kim Chung on June 12, 2017 4:21 PM | Permalink

 

Cory Lampert and Silvia Southwick pose with a linked open data map. 

You may be used to thinking of baseball when you hear the word "triples" but you might not after reading this article on the recent linked data research done by our colleagues in Digital Collections. Learn more about the concept of linked open data, the cutting edge research conducted by Cory Lampert and Silvia Southwick, and how they are working toward applying their research into more effective ways that users can search our collections.