MISO Survey Results

What do UNR faculty and students think about library and technology services? In February, teaching faculty and a sample of undergraduate and graduate students took the “MISO” survey (Measuring Information Service Outcomes), which was designed by Bryn Mawr College. Response rates at UNR were as follows: faculty – 50.6%; graduate students – 42.8%; undergraduate students – 33.0%.

The faculty and student infographics below provide visual summaries of the key take-aways. UNR faculty and students believe that library, technology, and media services are important to their academic work and they are mostly satisfied with the services they receive. However, many do not feel fully informed about the types of services and support that are available to them, and they want to learn more about various technology and research tools.

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Ebook Pricing

KindleEbook pricing has been a bone of contention in the library world for years. Things got even testier this week when members of the Boston Library Consortium sent an open letter to the Chronicle of Higher Education. Several publishers, they note, are increasing the fees for short-term use of their ebooks. Another library consortium, Orbis Cascade in the Pacific Northwest, is naming names in a recent news release.

At issue is a purchasing model that many academic libraries have adopted (and publishers participate in willingly), which enables the library to pay short-term loan fees for ebooks that are only used a couple of times. These fees are typically 10% or less of the list price of the ebook. Thus, with only a couple of uses, the library pays less than the list price of buying the ebook. Usually, these plans have a point where a designated number of uses will trigger a full purchase of the book. It helps libraries maximize their access to books within a constrained budget.

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The Art of Gaming +

The Art of GamingThe Special Collections department at the University Libraries invites you to an exhibit showcasing over 80 pieces of imaginative and whimsical interpretations of gambling and casino life, along with conceptual and advertising art of the industry. The show centers around sculptures that were commissioned by the Stremmel Gallery for Harrah’s in 1995. It also features the artistry of slot machines, casino shows, showgirls, neon signs, historical photos and more.

The exhibit will be located throughout the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center and open for viewing during regular library hours.  And now, it is also available in an online gallery.

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Reference and Instruction Librarian Position Open

We’ve got a position open in our reference department. See below for the details in brief, and then follow the link to the official listing for further information. And thanks for your interest!

Reference and Instruction Librarian

The University of Nevada, Reno seeks a creative, user-centered librarian for a temporary position as Reference and Instruction Librarian. Primary responsibilities are to assist members of the university community seeking help at the Library and Research Services desk, through online chat, in scheduled consultations, and via phone and email; perform liaison responsibilities, including course-related instruction and collection development for the university’s Health Science programs (including Community Health Science, Nursing, and Aging); teach general library instruction sessions and workshops, including library instruction for Core Writing; develop print and digital instructional materials; and participate in outreach events sponsored by the Libraries and Research Services.

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DeLaMare Library Hosts 24-Hour Hackathon on March 2

DeLaMare Library will host a 24-hour Hackathon on Saturday, March 2, from 12 p.m. until Sunday, March 3, 12 p.m. The event, which is presented by PC Doctor and EDAWN, and hosted by Microsoft, will bring together developers from our community for 24 hours to “hack” together apps for the new Windows 8 platform.

For more event info, visit the 2013 Reno Hackathon event page.

Holiday Book Tree on Display at the Knowledge Center

Stop by the Knowledge Center to take a look at the 2012 Holiday Book Tree, which stands nearly 14 feet high and has nearly twice the number of books as last year’s tree. Made from 600 volumes of the pre-1956 National Union Catalog, this year’s tree features 300 battery powered LED lights inside the tree stacks, which are turned on in the evening.

Take a look at the time lapse video of the tree construction.

Thanksgiving at the Libraries

The University Libraries received a gift of $1.7 million from the late Betty Heaston. Betty, a Vermont native, moved to Reno in the 60s with her late husband, Jack, an engineer who invented equipment and secure systems for Keno games. Because Betty graduated from high school during the Great Depression, she was unable to pursue her dream of attending college. She did go on to become a strong supporter of higher education, always encouraging young people to go to college. A small portion of the gift will be used to meet current needs in the Knowledge Center and the rest will be used to establish the Betty Y. Heaston Endowment. We are extremely grateful for this generous gift.

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25th Nevada Writers Hall of Fame

Miserable weather did not deter nearly 200 fans of literary Nevada who braved the snow and filled the auditorium in the Raggio Education Building to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame. Introduced by President Emeritus Joe Crowley, 2012 Hall of Fame recipient Bill Douglass and Silver Pen recipients Claire Vaye Watkins and Elizabeth Raymond accepted their awards and entertained the crowd with speeches and readings.

Celebrations were held before and after the ceremony as guests mingled with current and previous inductees and Silver Pen recipients. Watch KNPB News Director Brent Boynton’s interview with Bill Douglass and Cheryll Glotfelty, author of Literary Nevada, on A Conversation.

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Current SpringerLink accounts will not carry over to new platform

The Libraries have received notice from Springer-Verlag Publishing that all of their online journals and books will be moving to a new platform. The Libraries will take care of changing the URLs in our system, so most users will see no change in their access to Springer titles.

My SpringerLink Users:

Unfortunately, if you have created an individual My SpringerLink account, your existing account and anything you have saved there will disappear and you will need to create a new account on the new platform. You can do so now at link.springer.com.

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The 3D Printers Are Buzzing

To say they 3D printers are the most popular kids on campus is an understatement; they have barely had a minute to breath since they arrived at DeLaMare!

While the campus buzzes all things 3D, beyond UNR there seems to be a great deal of interest as well. Take a look at some of the coverage so far (with more to come):