What's New in Special Collections
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.
Special Collections Director, Michelle Light is a Las Vegas native, and was recently named a fellow of the Society of American Archivists and a Distinguished Alumni of the University of Michigan's School of Information. Read more about her in this Staff Spotlight article in UNLV Libraries eConnections newsletter!
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.
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.
Special Collections conservator Michael Frazier received the Conference of Inter-Mountain Archivists Service Award at the organization's annual meeting in Carson City, NV on May 15-16, 2014. The award is bestowed annually to individuals who have demonstrated considerable service and leadership in the intermountain west region, and who have made significant contributions to the CIMA organization and/or the archival profession.
Our colleague, Dave Schwartz, Director of the Center for Gaming Research, has written an interesting blog post for UNLV News about the research and writing of Grandissimo, his recent biography of larger-than-life casino mogul Jay Sarno. Schwartz talks about the value of oral history interviews to his research, and the importance of what we do in Special Collections in collecting and preserving oral histories of Las Vegas residents.
Seeing Jay Sarno gradually fleshed out as an individual hammered home the importance of conducting and maintaining oral history interviews with a wide cross-section of Las Vegas residents.. we must continue to work diligently to ensure that the legacy of this important generation is preserved.
David Schwartz, Director of the Center for Gaming Research, has been selected to serve on the Nevada Gaming Policy Committee. The committee, which meets at the call of the governor to discuss matters of gaming policy, includes representatives from Nevada’s government, Nevada’s tribal members, gaming regulators, the gaming industry, and the general public. The objective of the committee is to get input from various constituencies, including the public, on gaming policy issues for possible future consideration by the board and commission, as appropriate. He is the author of several books about gambling, including Roll the Bones: The History of Gambling and Grandissimo: The First Emperor of Las Vegas. At the Center for Gaming Research, he manages the world’s largest research collection devoted to gambling and maintains a comprehensive online gaming portal. He is also the gaming and hospitality editor for Vegas Seven, writing the biweekly Green Felt Journal column as well as feature stories.
David Schwartz, Director of the Center for Gaming Research, has been selected as one of "2013 40 Under 40 Leaders in Waiting" by Global Gaming Business magazine. At this year’s G2E conference, Global Gaming Business and the Innovation Group joined with G2E and American Gaming Association leaders to kick off what will become an annual program, 'Emerging Leaders." The program identifies young workers and executives in the gaming industry who have made a mark during their early careers and rewards them with scholarships and recognition for their accomplishments. The goal of this program is to get the industry to begin considering in earnest who might succeed the established leaders. "Emerging Leaders" will be both an ongoing program at G2E every year and will have presence in the pages of Global Gaming Business each month.
When the average person talks about Las Vegas as decadent, sinful, dangerous and seedy, I am always the person in the room who argues the opposites. From my vantage point I see a city that is vibrant, exciting and alive with possibilities. Why the difference in perspective? I see Las Vegas from inside average homes where I go to document the city's history. I see Las Vegas as I record stories sitting at a kitchen table sharing a cup of coffee, or in the den with the family dog jumping on my lap, or on a patio listening to memories while watching a sunset. This is my Las Vegas. My Las Vegas extends from Sun Rise Mountain to Mt. Charleston, from Aliante to Boulder City, and from Blue Diamond to Lake Las Vegas.
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