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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?

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.

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.

Staff Highlight: Michael Frazier Receives CIMA Service Award

By Su Kim Chung on May 30, 2014 10:09 AM | Permalink

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.

CIMA Service Award for Michael Frazier

Staff Highlight: Dave Schwartz Talks about Writing Grandissimo

By Su Kim Chung on May 29, 2014 9:49 AM | Permalink

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.

Staff Highlight: David Schwartz selected to serve on the Nevada Gaming Policy Committee

By Michelle Light on April 1, 2014 12:00 AM | Permalink

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.