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Recent winners:

2019 - Carol Ou

Carol Ou was nominated for her leadership, her collaborative efforts across the organization, and her major contribution to the success of the Libraries’ migration to the Alma/Primo library services platform. As Head of Discovery Services, her leadership in moving the Libraries toward adopting the Resource Description and Access (RDA) standard and her work on the LC/NACO (Library of Congress/Name Authority Cooperative) authority file help our users discover content and positions the Libraries’ catalog metadata to be utilized in future linked data projects.  Her leadership and work on the migration to Alma/Primo, the Libraries’ central productivity and discovery tool, ensures that UNLV’s instance of this library services platform is optimally configured and maintained.

2018 - Samantha Godbey

Samantha was nominated for her contributions to her liaison areas at the UNLV College of Education and her significant contributions to scholarship. In 2016 Samantha collaborated with a College of Education faculty member to co-found a new refereed, open access journal, the Journal of Research in Technical Careers (JRTC), hosted in the UNLV Institutional Repository. Her co-founding of JRTC is a significant accomplishment and contributes directly to the education profession. Her scholarship trajectory is strong: she has two solo-authored peer-reviewed journal articles (one forthcoming in 2018) and two additional co-authored peer-reviewed journal articles (one forthcoming in 2018). Additionally, Samantha has presented at two international conferences and was invited to present a two-day workshop at the University of Paris, by the American International Consortium of Academic Libraries (AMICAL).

2017 - Marilyn Vent

Marilyn was nominated in recognition of her work in the library's Discovery Services department, where she ensures the discoverability of items in the collection through her work cataloging materials. Her commitment to the accuracy and consistency of metadata and bibliographic records was noted, which is especially impressive given her over 30 years at UNLV Libraries. Although she does not directly interact with patrons, her work on metadata projects, cleaning up records, and providing support for the library faculty and staff directly impacts the experience of all students, faculty, and researchers who use the library collection.

2016 - Rosan Mitola

Rosan was nominated by multiple colleagues in the Library who spoke of her many accomplishments in the past year. Some highlights include work on both the co-curricular outreach plan and the Mason Undergraduate Peer Coach Research Program, among many other notable activities that included Library and campus-wide collaborative efforts. Rosan’s endeavors demonstrate a clear dedication to the student-centered mission, both in terms of profession development and personal growth. Rosan’s commitment to diversity initiatives such as the Banned Book Buffet, the LGBTQI Pride Panel Discussion, and work with Multicultural Student Programs were also noted. All of these accomplishments are especially remarkable in light of Rosan’s service and scholarship record for 2015, which included five peer reviewed presentations. From the nomination letters it was clear that Rosan has made a lasting impact on both the library and UNLV community. Rosan’s colleagues noted her “dedication to supporting student engagement and extending the reach of many Library programs demonstrates an exceptional capacity for collaboration, leadership, and initiative.”

2015 - Su Kim Chung
Su Kim was honored for her exemplary work as head of Public Services in Special Collections. Su Kim's accomplishments include her work on the redesign of the Special Collections web site, implementation of new policies and procedures in Special Collections reference services, involvement in important promotional events in and outside the library, commitment to student and community engagement, and tireless dedication to promoting Special Collections materials.


2014 – Cory Tucker
Mr. Tucker has made valuable contributions to the UNLV Libraries, the field of librarianship, and the university community. In the area of scholarship, Tucker has published numerous articles and presented at major conference. His scholarly record includes articles in eight peer reviewed journals; thirteen book reviews; eight articles in non-refereed journals, and twelve conference presentations. Tucker has made national service contributions to the collection management section of the association for library collections and technical services (ALCTS), part of the national American Library Association. His campus service activities have included the UNLV Graduate College New Program Committee and Senior Faculty Senate Representative for the Library from 2008-2010.

2013 – Cory Lampert
Ms. Lampert was honored for her expertise and skill in moving a project from conception to implementation to assessment, the establishment of a highly cooperative and productive work environment, and her efforts to make library collections available as widely as possible. In addition, Lampert has a substantial record of scholarship, a role in consistently securing grants, and a commitment to local, regional, and national service. Due to Lampert's work the University Libraries' digital collections have received national recognition and stature.