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Holiday Book Tree 2012Holiday 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.

Betty Y. HeastonThanksgiving 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.

Read more in Nevada Today.

Nevada Writers Hall of Fame Ceremony 201225th 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.

For more information about the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame, visit our Hall of Fame online exhibit.

View the 2012 Nevada Writers Hall of Fame photo gallery.

Second Annual Smallwood Multimedia Boot Camp

Eight local high school students attended the second multimedia “boot camp” from June 11–21 at the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center. The eight students, selected through a competitive application process, received one-on-one instruction using an array of @One's amazing resources. The camp is free, thanks to a grant from the Frances C. and William P. Smallwood Foundation. The attendees are also allowed to use the Knowledge Center throughout their senior year in high school.

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Far Out! The University Art SceneFar Out! The University Art Scene | Reno, Nevada 1960–1975

Between July 1 and September 9, Special Collections will host an exhibition featuring the works of local artists active on the University art scene in the 1960s and early 1970s. A sequel to the acclaimed 2011 summer exhibit “Post-war Bohemians in Northern Nevada”, the exhibit will highlight the next generation of leading-edge visual artists, and will feature a wide selection of two- and three-dimensional works and related historical materials.

On July 8, 3:30-6:00 pm, we will hold a reception in the Whittemore Gallery on the lower level of the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center featuring live music by Sopwith Camel, guided tours, and an opportunity to meet the artists.

Free parking for the reception is available in the parking garage across from the Knowledge Center.

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H. Lee BarnesNevada Writers Hall of Fame Alum News

Nevada Writers Hall of Fame alum H. Lee Barnes (2009) has released his latest book, Car Tag. Dubbed "the quintessential Nevada novel", Car Tag follows three brothers dealing with consequences arising from one tragic event. Read more about Lee Barnes' novel here, or purchase it here.

Save the Date, Events for Your Calendar This Winter

In conjunction with the current Special Collections exhibit, Where the Sage Meets the Sky: Great Basin Landscapes, join us for a series of "Sagebrush Conversations" as local experts and authors discuss Nevada's physical and cultural environment. See the schedule on our event page.

Joe McDonald on FacebookThe Notebook meets Back to the Future

In 1911, a young Joe McDonald and Leola Lewis, a freshman and junior, were meeting at University of Nevada, Reno's Morrill Hall to study in the basement library….

McDonald and Lewis, just starting to court, probably would have had Facebook pages if they could have. The University's Special Collections and University Archives Department provides a new opportunity, 99 years later, for Joe, who would become president of Reno Newspapers, Inc., and Leola, his wife-to-be, to have those pages.

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Waddie MitchellNevada Writers Hall of Fame Honors Cowboy Poet Waddie Mitchell

Acclaimed cowboy poet Waddie Mitchell has come a long way since growing up and working on Nevada's ranches, now performing internationally for audiences across the globe. But he will be home in Nevada to be inducted into the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame next month at the annual Nevada Writers Hall of Fame Awards, 6-8 p.m., Nov. 17, at the University of Nevada, Reno's Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center. David Philip Mullins and Matthew O'Brien, two emerging writers who shed light on the darker sides of Las Vegas in their books, will receive this year's Silver Pen Awards.

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Save the Date - 2011 Nevada Writers Hall of Fame

Now in its 24th year, this year's Nevada Writer's Hall of Fame reception and induction ceremony is set for November 17, 2011, 6 – 8pm in the Leslie Harvey and Robert George Whittemore Tower Entry & Wells Fargo Auditorium in the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center.

For information or to purchase tickets call (775) 682-6014.

Smallwood Boot CampHigh School Students Get Access to @One's Finest

Eight local high school students are attending a multimedia “Boot Camp” this week at @One. The students were chosen through a competitive application process to be participants in the first Smallwood Foundation Multimedia Boot Camp, where they are receiving rigorous instruction and hands-on experience in a wide range of media and research activities.

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Morrill HallUniversity Libraries History

Special Collections has designed a new online exhibit highlighting some of the rare and unique Nevada photos archived within the library. The University History exhibit is a collection of articles primarily written by history students currently attending UNR, each presenting a gallery of related photos from Special Collections.

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Special Collections Featured in the Reno Gazette-Journal

The current Special Collections exhibit, “Wow! You Have That Here?“, has been featured in the Reno Gazette-Journal. You can read the article (“A trove of treasures: UNR Special Collections exhibit features historical artifacts“)–which details some of the historically significant items on display, including a publisher's dummy of Mark Twain's Roughing It, as well as sundry University memorabilia–online at RGJ.com.

Kathy RayKathy Ray Appointed Dean of Libraries and Teaching and Learning Technologies

The University Provost Marc Johnson announced that Kathy Ray, senior director of Libraries, will assume the responsibilities of dean for the next two years. Kathy was appointed senior director of Libraries last August after a national search. She was drawn to the University of Nevada, Reno because of Steve's unique vision for the Libraries.

Read Kathy's Bio.

Steve ZinkSteve Zink, Vice President for Information Technology and Dean of University Libraries has accepted a new assignment: Vice Chancellor for Information Technology for the Nevada System of Higher Education.

Steve has played a pivotal role in the accomplishments of the University Libraries for nearly 30 years, including the building of the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center. The University Provost Marc Johnson announced that Kathy Ray, senior director of Libraries, will assume the responsibilities of dean for the next two years. Kathy was appointed senior director of Libraries last August after a national search. She was drawn to the University of Nevada, Reno because of Steve's unique vision for the Libraries.

Read Steve's Farewell Letter.

Small Talk, Big Ideas: Conversations with University Authors

Join us in our second season of fascinating discussions with University of Nevada authors. Five remarkable authors cover topics including digital media, the effects of climate change on Lake Tahoe, international terrorism, western landscapes, and great rivalries in American sports. All Small Talk discussions will take place in the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center. Free parking will be available on the top floor of Brian J. Whalen Parking Garage.

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Author PortraitReading and Book Signing with Author Michon Mackedon

Two days prior to the 60-year anniversary of nuclear testing in Nevada, the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center will be hosting a book talk with the author of the recently published book Bombast: Spinning Atoms in the Desert; the culmination of a ten- year exploration by Professor Emeritus Mackedon into how the atomic industry actively manipulated words and imagery to "make the unsafe appear safe and the unthinkable thinkable."

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Bo YiFreshman Wins "Summer Scholars" Writing Prize

Bo Yi, a freshman from Las Vegas, is the winner of the Summer Scholars Media and Writing Contest and will receive a check for $500 from the Friends of the University of Nevada, Reno Libraries.

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National Science Foundation Award

The Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) received a National Science Foundation award of $1,176,470 for "Enhancement of Cyber Connectivity within the Nevada System of Higher Education." Funding started on September 1, 2010.

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