Last October, the UNLV Libraries hosted an open house and tour for new UNLV faculty. It was meant to be a casual event for recent arrivals to meet the liaison librarians for their disciplines and learn about the range of library services available to them.
Liaisons were eager to learn about the needs of the new faculty, and they asked questions and took notes to learn more about their research areas and their expectations related to collections and services.
The interactive tour brought the sheer scale of Lied Library down to size, as each stop hosted by Libraries staff members provided a setting for small groups of faculty to ask questions about the different kinds of support the Libraries provide for their research, their teaching and their use of information technology.
Jennifer Fabbi, Associate Dean of Libraries, commented, “This was the first year the Libraries developed their own event for new faculty. The purpose was both to familiarize them with us and to understand from them their expectations of a research library. We also explicitly showed them how the Libraries have evolved over time to fulfill our vision in support of the campus."
UNLV Libraries’ stated vision is to bring people and information together in innovative ways. For Dr. Stephen Benning, a new Assistant Professor for the Department of Psychology, this goal has been met. He stated that the orientation “helped show me the diversity of resources available for all kinds of needs." Benning teaches courses, oversees student research, and conducts original research for active grants for the Department of Psychology. As principal investigator for the Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant project titled “Modeling Hedonic Processing and Anhedonia in Depression,” his research takes place both in the laboratory and library environments, requiring the use of diverse tools and research techniques.
The featured tour stops showcased many services for faculty that the UNLV Libraries have developed within the last two years. Feedback from participants suggested that even experienced faculty members are likely to be surprised by the range of available services and partnership opportunities available to support their research and teaching.
Below, through images, text, and links for more information, you may take a virtual tour of some of these services and initiatives.