A Quarterly Publication of the Nevada Library Association 

September 2018


Get ready for the biggest (and best) library event in Nevada!

 Nevada Library Association's

2018 Annual Conference
Friday, October 12th - Sunday, October 14th, 2018

The Westin Las Vegas Hotel & Spa
160 E. Flamingo Road
Las Vegas, NV  89109

Register on the NLA website  

Voting is Open for Nevada Young Readers Award 

NYRA is all set to have Nevada kids vote for their favorite books for 2019! Please visit for voting information. Voting for Picture and Young Reader categories is by school or library group. Intermediate and Young Adult readers vote individually. 

Printable bookmarks are available on the NYRA site, and you can request a NYRA poster be mailed to you by contacting Judy at judykeegan@perma-bound.comThe bookmarks and poster can help libraries advertise this fun "contest." We appreciate you promoting this activity and trust you'll find the books especially inviting for your young readers.

We are also accepting new book suggestions for the 2020 Award. Kids can submit a book that they would like to see in 2020 by logging on to the site. The only requirement is that it is published between 2016-2018. Submittals for this year are being accepted through November 15th.

If you want to be a reader in any of the categories, please contact Joy at or Sharlene at

Submitted by Joy Lane, NYRA Chair

UNLV Libraries Awarded $50K Grant for Latinx Voices Project

The Las Vegas Centennial Commission has awarded UNLV University Libraries a $50,000 grant to support the Latinx Voices of Southern Nevada project. Latinx Voices of Southern Nevada is an oral history and community engagement project aimed at expanding the diversity of the voices that UNLV University Libraries Special Collections and Archives preserves. UNLV students will be hired and trained to conduct oral history interviews with individuals representing a range of Latinx cultures and backgrounds.

UNLV Digital Collections Receives $80K LSTA Grant to Support Large-Scale Digitization Training

The UNLV University Libraries Digital Collections department has received an $80,685 Library Services and Technology Act Grant to support a large-scale digitization project. The project, “Building the Pipelines: Large-Scale Digitization Models for Nevada Cultural Heritage,” will build upon UNLV University Libraries’ existing efforts to ramp up digitization capacity across the state of Nevada.

Mellon Foundation Awards $750K Grant To Support Collections As Data

Thomas Padilla, Visiting Digital Research Services Librarian at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas will lead Collections as Data: Part to Whole, a three-year national collections as data effort.  Thomas is joined by Co-Principal Investigator Hannah Scates Kettler, from the University of Iowa, Laurie Allen, from the University of Pennsylvania, and Stewart Varner, from the University of Pennsylvania. The effort is supported by a $750,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Collections as Data: Part to Whole marks the first Andrew W. Mellon Foundation funded program in the State of Nevada.

Lenker Receives 2018 Johns Hopkins University Press Award For Best Article

Teaching and Learning Librarian Mark Lenker was recently the recipient of the 2018 Johns Hopkins University Press Award for Best Article. He received the award for "Developmentalism: Learning as the Basis for Evaluating Information", which was published in the journal  "portal: Libraries and the Academy".

Submitted by Sean Kennedy, UNLV Libraries

Meet Kip Noschese

Artist, Author, and Henderson Libraries Board Member

By Stephen Platt, Green Valley Library Manager

Kip Noschese is a Henderson Libraries library board member, free-lance illustrator for popular television, author and illustrator, and fine artist. Recently, Kip volunteered his time to create a huge space themed mural on the west side of the children’s library at the Green Valley Library in Henderson, Nevada. Where there was once patched blue paint and a simple wood bulletin board, a burst of color has emerged. From Kip’s brush, swirls of stars, planets, asteroids and pleasing, clean-lined characters have taken form, and the effect can drop your jaw if you aren’t expecting it. The whole thing is so good I had to write about it, so I sat down to interview Kip one random Friday when we were able to get together.

Kip starts by telling me he created this mural specifically for the older kids, which is why it is in the homework help study area. In fact, it is all around the study area, where an Asteroid belt (“Asteread belt” as he terms it, because it features books) arches from top to bottom, more than 25 feet above the ground.

 Author Kip Noschese and his “Catstronaut,” a cat in outer space in a space suit.

One of the things you will find in the mural is that all eight planets are represented, as well as Pluto, because he "didn’t want to leave it out.” If you look hard enough you will find it. He took inspiration from the drop down dish lighting fixtures because they seemed like a natural sun shape.

On libraries - “I’ve always been a fan of libraries,” Kip says. He has been in libraries all over the United States and around the world. “I’ve realized them as important part of society.” Kip’s mother fostered this love, as she was a kindergarten teacher. She exposed him to books at an early age and he grew up in a house full of picture books, where he developed a love for this type of illustration. One book in particular, Tikki Tikki Tembo, was his favorite, and he quotes it for me line for line.

Looking to the future, Kip plans to continue his mural on the other side of the children’s library. The Bright Spots nook, where toddlers and small children get to experience the library for the first time, will feature an ocean theme with vintage Tiki accents. We can’t wait to see it.

Submitted by Stephen Platt, HDPL