The McPhee Librarian of the Year Award is an annual award given on a competitive basis to a library faculty member within the UNLV University Libraries. Consideration is based on overall outstanding performance including major contributions to the library, the university, the community, or the profession. The McPhee recipient for calendar year 2013 is Cory Tucker, head of collection management.
Cory Tucker has served as a library faculty member at UNLV since 2001. He earned tenure and promotion to associate professor in 2007 and achieved full professorship in 2013. As head of collection management, Cory has made a significant impact at UNLV with regards to building and managing the Libraries’ collection. While his job has been particularly challenging recently due to difficult economic times, Cory has led the implementation of innovative services, such as a new patron-driven acquisition service for print and electronic books. This service provides increased access to materials for library users in a cost-effective manner. Cory has published numerous articles and presented at major conferences. In 2013 alone, he published three articles (two in refereed journals), one book review, and gave presentations at two conferences and one webinar.
Cory 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. In addition to the McPhee award, he was also the recipient of the Library Outstanding Library Faculty Service Award for 2013. As discussed in his letter of nomination, “Cory simply goes the extra mile for our users.” Congratulations, Cory!