On Tuesday, August 22, 2023, staff members from the Nevada Legislative Counsel Bureau Research Division visited the Nevada State Library, Archives and Public Records to get a behind-the-scenes look at the programs that make up the agency.
Nevada State Archives Manager Cynthia Laframboise, showed off various historic items stored in the State Archives, including the 36 Star Flag that flew over Fort Ruby when Nevada became a state on October 31, 1864. Other highlighted items included the Nevada State Constitution, a glass plate negative from the Nevada Highway Department (now the Nevada Department of Transportation), as well as records generated by the Nevada State Legislature. The Archives portion of the tour concluded with a visit to the storage area and vault where the historic records are kept. State employees and public researchers can Search the Archives online, where many of the State Archives’ holdings are described.
Paula Doty, Technical Services Program Manager, showed participants the Nevada and government publications library collections and spoke about services offered by the library, such as document delivery and interlibrary loan. Resources available to state employees include Nevada-specific print and ebook collections, government publications in print and electronic formats, and databases including current and historical Nevada newspapers. Tour participants learned how to apply for a library card, find a database, and ask for help from a librarian.
Participants also learned about the books for the visually impaired program offered by the National Library Service, Library of Congress which offers over 100,000 titles in audio and 30,000 titles in braille. Nevada citizens participate in this free program through the Nevada Talking Book Services.