Winter, for me, is the perfect time for the act of reflection—for both what has passed and what the future will bring. We slow down to spend time with family and friends, reminding ourselves and each other of all we have to be grateful for and recharging just a brief moment before kicking off another year in high gear.
As 2014 comes to a close, I cannot help but reflect on all the UNLV University Libraries have accomplished thus far and consider how much more, with the generous help of friends like you, we will accomplish in the future.
I am simply astounded by all the Libraries were able to accomplish this year with the help of our friends, only a sprinkling of which you will read about in this issue of eConnections. Our preservation efforts continued in full force: We wrapped up the Rebel Yell digitization project—a project so near and dear to UNLV students that their student governments funded this important work. Our staff began digitizing historic Nevada newspapers through a grant awarded to the Libraries by the National Endowment for the Humanities. With support from our Advisory Board, instructional outreach efforts such as the Libraries’ K-12 Institute continued to assist the Clark County School District to better prepare its students for the future. And, of course, with the help of all our friends, we continued to engage the UNLV community, providing our students with educational events such as the Banned Books Buffet and opportunities to gain invaluable professional experience, including those reaped by graduate students who processed special collections right here in the Libraries this summer.
Of course, 2015 brings with it a whole new set of projects. I look forward to seeing the history of our Jewish community come to life through the Southern Nevada Jewish Community Digital Heritage Project; the Libraries recently received a grant to launch this exciting initiative.
Although another year is about to conclude, the work of the Libraries truly never ends. As always, I am grateful for you, the friends who make the dreams of winter the realities of spring. May your 2015 be as full of possibility and hope as you make ours!
Dean, University Libraries