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Current Libraries News

Josh Hawkins, UNLV
Campus News |

News highlights featuring UNLV students and staff who made (refreshing) waves in the headlines.

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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. 

Libraries In The News

Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street Radio

It’s our first live episode of Milk Street Radio, recorded at The Beverly Theater in Las Vegas! In this special episode, Su Kim Chung shares Las Vegas’s most fascinating restaurants from history; “Top Chef” contestant and Black Sheep chef/owner Jamie Tran answers live cooking questions; and Neon Feast creator Al Mancini takes us on his ultimate food and drinking tour—complete with tiki rooms, hidden gems and one unforgettable dive bar that serve shots out of porcelain toilets.

KLAS-TV: 8 News Now

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.

KVVU-TV: Fox 5

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.

Libraries Experts

An archivist specializing in Las Vegas and Southern Nevada history, and Las Vegas entertainment.
An expert in Nevada photographs and digitization techniques.
An expert in comic books and censorship.
Claytee D. White is an oral historian whose many projects include the history of African Americans in Las Vegas.
An expert in research services, and strategic planning for academic libraries
An expert on digitization in libraries and metadata creation.

Recent Libraries Accomplishments

Amber Sewell (Libraries) gave a presentation entitled "Micro & macro: Game-based learning at UNLV Libraries," a panel presentation for the Library Instruction Round Table's President's Program at the American Libraries Association annual conference at the end of June. This presentation covered two of Amber's efforts to incorporate game-based…
Niki Fullmer and Brittany Paloma Fiedler (both Libraries) co-authored a chapter, “Is it for Me?: Alienation, Assimilation, and Ambition in Academia”, published in the book, Serving Hispanic, Latine, and Latinx Students in Academic Libraries from Litwin Books and Library Juice Press.
Cory Lampert (Libraries) is a member of a group that was presented with the 2024 Dynamic Unit and Impact Award for Quality and Impact of the Work Award from the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA). The IFLA Information Technology Section, which Lampert is chairing this year, received the award at the IFLA…
Su Kim Chung (Libraries) was a guest on the first live episode of Milk Street Radio podcast recorded at The Beverly Theater. The episode, Live From Las Vegas! Dive Bars, the Best Table in Town and Old-Time Vegas Faves, featured a discussion with Chung on the history of some of Las Vegas’s most fascinating restaurants.
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…