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@Reality virtual reality space
This space provides the University community with a dedicated room, equipment, software and expertise to properly support experimentation, exploration of virtual reality and augmented reality mediums.

Deliver the services, organization and infrastructure required to support a growing University

In order to support our growing University, we must invest in and deliver the services, organization, infrastructure and physical spaces required to enable growth.

 
John Mackay statue surrounded by iPads to be distributed as part of the University’s Digital Wolf Pack Initiative.

Digital Wolf Pack

The Building Operations team played a key role in the execution of the Digital Wolf Pack Initiative. The University of Nevada, Reno partnered with Apple to create the program that provides a common learning platform and equal access to technology and digital tools for new, undergraduate degree-seeking students and faculty.

During Nevada Fit, the team provided event support as well as space for the storage and distribution of more than 3,500 iPads to incoming students.

 

Lactation/Quiet Room (LQR)

The Libraries Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility Committee and Building Operations partnered with the University’s Committee on the Status of Women and Facilities Services to create a new LQR or Lactation/Quiet Room on the first floor of the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center (Room 103). The LQR is now available for use by new mothers or the general campus community needing a private location for prayer, to administer medication, or other “quiet” needs. The LQR is equipped with a refrigerator, microwave, and Medela Lactina Select pump.

 
The Pillsbury Tower Quiet Reading room.

The Pillsbury grand re-opening supports graduate students

The Pillsbury Tower Quiet Reading Room (MIKC500) celebrated a Graduate Student Association sponsored re-opening on March 7, 2022. A new card reader, website and access request form contributed to the immediate success of this space now dedicated specifically for graduate student quiet study and writing.

The Faculty and Graduate Carrels and Lockers (MIKC421) were refreshed with a new website, access form and Graduate Student Association promotion.

 
The interior of the Prim Library on a sunny day.

Prim Library

In June 2022, University Libraries assumed responsibility for the award-winning Prim Library building and its collections at the new University of Nevada, Reno at Lake Tahoe. A dedicated Libraries team supported the institutional teach out, community engagement, and long-term goals of the beautiful Wayne L. Prim Campus in Incline Village, Nevada.

University Libraries identified and collected Sierra Nevada University historical artifacts and signage, administrative records, faculty collections, SNU-published serials, student special projects and theses for physical and digital preservation.

 

Going to the cloud

Collections and Discovery adjusted and re-designed workflows to take full advantage of the Libraries’ new, cloud-based library services platform, Alma. This platform allows the Libraries to centralize most work in a single, modern interface that is flexible enough to accommodate new technologies as they arise.

 
A maker wrangler and students work in the textile suite at the makerspace.

The Makerspace @ DeLaMare Library

In 2022, the DeLaMare Library Makerspace was regularly utilized by students and researchers for a variety of projects. The space expanded by adding new textiles equipment, including embroidery and Serger machines, as well as additional 3D printing capabilities.

The footprint of the Makerspace was increased to facilitate increased use by classes from a variety of disciplines.

 

Collections as data

The Collaborative Archives Team, a cross-departmental group within the Libraries, worked together to digitize archives materials for online access. The “Collections as Data” web page contains scientific data organized into downloadable sets scholars can use with newer computer-based research methods.

 
An old book sitting on a table.

Special Collections and University Archives

Special Collections and University Archives acquired materials fitting into each of SCUA's collection areas. People, places, northern Nevada, and Nevada literature and authors saw the most acquisitions. The largest collection acquired was 21 feet in length and contained material for the Lahontan Audubon Society Records.

Special Collections and University Archives improved the way the Libraries present audio files online. Student workers logged more than 700 hours editing oral history transcripts to enable real-time captioning during playback.