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What's New in Special Collections

Six Secrets from Special Collections with Carlos Lemus

By Su Kim Chung on May 5, 2016 4:52 PM | Permalink

Carlos Lemus, Application Programmer, UNLV Libraries Special Collections. (Next to Carlos is a cutout of Carmella Rickman from the Carmella Rickman Papers, MS-00541)

In our Secrets from Special Collections series, UNLV Libraries Special Collections staff members reveal a few lesser-known aspects about the archives and offer up personal insight into research and discovery, sharing answers, based on their own experiences, to six intriguing questions. Here, Carlos Lemus, Application Programmer, gives us a glimpse into life working among the rare treasures of the library and the system that stores the maps to these treasures.

When you first began working in Special Collections, what was the one item or collection that made your jaw drop, and why?

Six Secrets from Special Collections with Emily Lapworth

By Su Kim Chung on April 6, 2016 12:28 PM | Permalink

 

Emily Lapworth, Digital Special Collections Librarian - UNLV Libraries Special Collections

In our Secrets from Special Collections series, UNLV Libraries Special Collections staff members reveal a few lesser-known aspects about the archives and offer up personal insight into research and discovery, sharing answers, based on their own experiences, to six intriguing questions. Here, Emily Lapworth, Digital Special Collections Librarian, gives us a glimpse into life working among the rare treasures of the library.

1. When you first began working in Special Collections, what was the one item or collection that made your jaw drop, and why?

UNLV Special Collections in the News

By Su Kim Chung on September 21, 2015 5:09 PM | Permalink

 

Image  featured in the Mid-Century modern exhibit in Special Collections. from the Glenwood Development brochure, Farnsworth Collection, MS-00177

We are thrilled that the work of Special Collections staff has been the subject of recent feature articles in the local Las Vegas press:

The French Connection exhibit curated by Karla Irwin was highlighted in the Las Vegas Weekly : UNLV Exhibit Takes Historical Look at the Feather-Decked Icon of the Vegas Showgirl.

Staff Highlight: Our Award-Winning Staff

By Su Kim Chung on July 23, 2015 4:34 PM | Permalink

 

Some of our award-winning staff:  Su Kim Chung, Lindsay Oden, Cyndi Shein, and Michael Frazier. Not pictured: Silvia Southwick. 

The spring 2015 semester saw a number of Special Collections staff honored for their work both in the UNLV Libraries and campus-wide. Please join us in congratulating our staff on their accomplishments!

Special Collections Head of Public Services Su Kim Chung was selected as "McPhee Librarian of the Year" by her peers in the UNLV Libraries.  She was nominated by Director of Special Collections, Michelle Light. 

Silvia Southwick, Digital Collections Metadata Librarian, was honored for her significant scholarship contributions (including important work on linked data) with the UNLV Libraries Outstanding Faculty Scholarship award.

Staff Highlight: Visiting Special Collections Librarian Emily Lapworth

By Su Kim Chung on January 14, 2015 1:49 PM | Permalink

We are pleased to welcome Emily Lapworth who has been appointed Visiting Special Collections Librarian and will serve as an archivist for the Southern Nevada Jewish Community Digital Heritage Project.  Emily will focus on acquiring and processing archival records as well as preparing biographical entries, organizational histories, and finding aids for the project. Emily's first day on campus for her 18-month appointment was January 5, 2015.

Emily has an in-depth knowledge of archival theory and digitization practices, experience working with donors, and skills developed while working with a wide variety of archival collections, including collections that focus on the Jewish experience in America.  She earned her bachelor's degree from Brandeis University and her Masters of Library Science from Simmons College.

Staff Highlight: David Schwartz Receives Nevada Press Association Awards

By Su Kim Chung on September 23, 2014 12:41 PM | Permalink

Special Collections is excited to announce that our colleague, David G. Schwartz, director of the Center for Gaming Research, recently received two awards in the Nevada Press Association’s 2014 Better Newspaper contest, thanks to his work in Vegas Seven magazine.

Schwartz was recognized in the categories of Best Local Column for his bi-weekly Green Felt Journal and Best Feature Story for “The Book That Tried to End Vegas,” a look back on the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of Ed Reid and Ovid Demaris’s The Green felt Jungle. On the whole, Vegas Seven received 18 NPA awards this year, including a first-place General Excellence honor for urban weekly publications.

Behind the Scenes in Special Collections

By Su Kim Chung on July 24, 2014 10:15 AM | Permalink

Front Row: L to R: Dallas Reiber, Christina Molina, Ian Baldwin,Kayla McDuffieSecond Row: L to R: Karla Irwin, Hana Guiterrez, Lindsay Oden, and Hannah Robinson. Not pictured: Jocelyn Ascensio

Staff Highlight: Michelle Light to be Inducted as a Fellow of the Society of American Archivists

By Su Kim Chung on June 13, 2014 11:53 AM | Permalink

The Special Collections staff is excited about the following honor that will be presented to our Director and wanted to share the news widely! For those of you who may not be familiar with the Society of American Archivists - it is the national professional organization for archivists in the United States and has over 6000 individual and institutional members from archives and libraries throughout the US and internationally.