Kelly Robertson, UNLV Libraries Classified
Employee of the Year
Libraries are proud to recognize Kelly Robertson as UNLV Libraries Classified Employee of the Year. Robertson, who works in the Bibliographic and Metadata Services department, was chosen for her dedication to the Libraries and to advancing its goals. She has also demonstrated exceptional creativity in developing new services and ideas. Kelly is described by her peers as friendly, helpful and enthusiastic.
Robertson learned she was chosen at the UNLV Libraries annual employee recognition reception in June. “I was very surprised when I heard my name called at the awards ceremony,” she says. “I believe I’m only the second person in our division to be selected for this honor.”
What makes this award particularly meaningful is that it comes from peers. Every year, members of the Libraries Classified Staff Council initiate an award committee that is comprised of classified staff volunteers. The committee sends a call for nominations and all classified staff submit their vote.
“The extensive work we do every day to serve UNLV students, the Southern Nevada community and researchers from around the world could not happen without an amazing staff—and, truly, Libraries staff members are an exceedingly dedicated group of people,” says Dean Patricia Iannuzzi. “Everyone deserves recognition because they are each tireless in making important contributions. I know classified staff members took a lot of consideration when voting for this year’s winner,” she adds. “Kelly’s distinguished service represents our shared values. I extend my heartfelt congratulations to her for being recognized in this wonderful way by her colleagues.”
Robertson has served the Libraries for more than 10 years. She explains that books have always been a part of her career path. It began when she worked for a bookstore and later accepted a position at the College of Southern Nevada Cheyenne Campus library. It was during this time that she discovered MARC records and cooperative cataloging—a way in which libraries collaborate to create bibliographic and authority records that can be used by others. Records and materials collected at different institutions can then be shared.
Fascinated by how this system works, Robertson says she became determined to learn how to catalog. “And that lead to my position here at UNLV,” she reflects. “I’m really fortunate to work with people who are focused on developing good user tools and share my love of metadata. It’s also great to be in a place where I have support to develop my own ideas and to implement them,” says Robertson. “Sometimes they’re good ideas and sometimes not, but I’m always given the opportunity to find out, and something new is always learned in the process.”
Robertson says being recognized as classified employee of the year has been her proudest moment at UNLV Libraries. “It means a lot to me to receive this award because it says the work we do in the ‘back room’ is recognized and valued,” Robertson adds.
Phi Kappa Phi Inducts Cory Tucker
UNLV Libraries Head of Collection Management Cory Tucker was inducted as a member of the UNLV Chapter 100 of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. Highly selective and prestigious, Phi Kappa Phi is recognized by graduate and professional schools as well as employers. It is the only national honor society that recognizes excellence in scholarship in all fields of study.
Tucker’s tenure at UNLV Libraries began in 2001 as the Business Librarian. In 2007 he accepted his current leadership role as Head of Collection Management, responsible for the administration and coordination of acquisitions, collection development and interlibrary loan activity. He also provides oversight of the Libraries’ collections budget and serves as the primary contact for publishers and vendors. Additionally, Tucker leads statewide coordination efforts through the Nevada Council of Academic Libraries.
Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence 2013
Emerging Technologies Librarian Darcy del Bosque (L), Susie Skarl (R), who is the interim head of User Services, and recent student assistant Sam Lief, received the Highly Commended Award for their article “Libraries atwitter: Trends in Academic Library Tweeting.” Every year, Emerald Literati invites journal editors to nominate what they believe has been that title’s Outstanding Paper and up to three Highly Commended Papers from the previous year.
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