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Current Libraries News

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People |

The hospitality researcher uncovers human interaction in the context of tourist attractions.

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Campus News |

University Libraries adds first-person accounts to the historical record of the Dec. 6 campus shooting. 

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People |

The human resources director for University Libraries finds magic in her Vegas life.

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People |

The original 'It Girl' — and subject of Taylor Swift’s latest song — has strong ties to Southern Nevada. Discover more from the UNLV Special Collections & Archives.

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UNLV History |

The former student body president and longtime donor passes away, 60 years after UNLV's first commencement. 

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Business and Community |

The center's newest project will chronicle the extensive and rich history of sports in Las Vegas. 

Libraries In The News

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To many, he was known as “The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” to others, “The Hillbilly Cat,” “The Memphis Flash,” “Elvis the Pelvis,” or simply “The King.” In Las Vegas, the Entertainment Capital of the World, Elvis Presley will always be remembered for the many years he spent performing to sold-out audiences from 1969 to 1977.

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As the Tropicana closed its doors, 67 years of history were left behind. It is history that will now be home to UNLV’s library. “History is important, right, it’s the way we tell our story based on these pieces of evidence and having the records from the Tropicana itself enables historians and scholars. members of the community to understand the impact the Tropicana had in Las Vegas,” Sarah Quigley the director of special collections and Archives said.

Frank Sinatra was certainly a driving force in the progress toward equality in Las Vegas. But contrary to a popular myth, the singer didn’t end the shameful legacy of segregation on the Strip. It took political action to do that. Around 1955, Sinatra refused to perform with the Rat Pack at the Sands unless the casino hotel allowed group member Sammy Davis Jr. to also stay there. In response, Davis was given his own suite.


It has been over five months since a gunman opened fire at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, killing three professors. Now, the UNLV Oral History Research Center is launching a new project that hopes to "enhance the historical record around that day with first-hand accounts of the tragedy, campus and community response, and recovery efforts."

Las Vegas Weekly

Professional sports in Las Vegas couldn’t be a hotter topic than it is today. But while locals and fans celebrate recent championships and successful events and look to future expansion, it’s easy to overlook the significant history of sports in the Valley and how we got here.


On a Sunday afternoon this month in North Las Vegas, Anna Bailey could be found at the back of the Aliante Casino, Hotel and Spa’s theater rehearsing her moves. Bailey, a dancer who has had a pioneering and historic career, had emerged from a half-century retirement to perform in a revival of “Follies.” Although you would never have guessed by watching her that the 97-year-old had not performed since the 1970s.

Libraries Experts

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Claytee D. White is an oral historian whose many projects include the history of African Americans in Las Vegas.
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An archivist specializing in Las Vegas and Southern Nevada history, and Las Vegas entertainment.

Recent Libraries Accomplishments

Joseph Kevin Sebastian (Libraries) presented "Crafting a Queer Information Literacy (QIL) Framework: An Exploration of Embodiment, Digital Learning, and Information Literacy in Academic Spaces" at the 2024 Gender and Sexuality in Information Studies Colloquium.
Lynn Comella (Interdisciplinary, Gender, and Ethnic Studies) was interviewed by the Boston Globe about the new Sexual Entertainment and Economies Collection in UNLV Special Collections and Archives. UNLV is joining with Harvard's Schlesinger Library, Cornell, the University of Toronto, and the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University in documenting…
Su Kim Chung (Libraries) was awarded a 2024 Historic Preservation Award for Preservation Education by the City of Las Vegas Historic Preservation Commission. Chung received the award for her more than two decades of work at the forefront of preserving the history of Las Vegas. She was commended in particular for her efforts preserving the city's…
Amber Sewell (Libraries) presented "Level up your instruction: Designing playful learning experiences with games-based learning and gamification" at the California Conference on Library Instruction. This workshop led teaching librarians through the process of considering which play-based strategies work best in different instructional…
Vy Nguyen (Libraries) is the winner of the Libraries' 2024 Classified Staff of the Year award. She was nominated for her dedication to supporting students both in the Libraries and across the university.
Su Kim Chung (Libraries) delivered the keynote address, "The Women Who Saved History: Jeanne Wier and the Nevada Historical Society," at the Nevada Historical Society's 120th birthday celebration in Reno. Wier was a longtime advocate for the preservation of Nevada’s history through her tireless work on behalf of the Nevada Historical Society…