What Happens in Vegas Becomes a Poster Session

How is a Las Vegas casino like a national park, and what can a park ranger teach a college student about business information literacy skills?

These questions may seem like fodder for jokes by late-night comedians or debates among philosophers, but leave it to a librarian—especially one who works at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, which has a program in hotel administration—to not only connect the dots, but distill them into a poster.

“This poster will explore the idea of adapting the framework used by the National park Service to train park rangers to develop interpretive talks to create a research project that integrates communication and business information literacy skills,” says Lateka Grays, the hospitality librarian at UNLV. “The goal is for students to conduct an interpretive talk of a hospitality-related business or casino/hotel property in the same manner that a national park is the focus of traditional interpretive talks.”

Lateka will present her poster, “Interpreting the Las Vegas Strip,” on Tuesday, June 14, at the Business & Finance poster session at the SLA 2016 Annual Conference in Philadelphia. Her poster is one of roughly 10 that will be presented at the session, on topics ranging from developing a reference service model that allows patrons to schedule one-on-one sessions with librarians to building financial and entrepreneurial literacy skills among college students to using a concept mapping tool to teach the underlying foundations of business information.

Visit the SLA 2016 Website to view the full lineup of conference sessions and explore registration options, including one-day passes.

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