University Libraries’ health and life sciences librarian, Xan Goodman, supports students in UNLV’s five current health sciences colleges: the School of Community Health Sciences, School of Nursing, School of Dental Medicine, School of Life Sciences, and Department of Allied Health. Goodman earned her bachelor’s degree in international relations from Michigan State University and her master’s degree in library and information science (MLIS) from Wayne State University before moving to Las Vegas.
Goodman brings a wealth of experience to her role at the University Libraries and works tirelessly to ensure that students and faculty have the skills and resources they need to excel. She teaches library sessions in nursing capstone course NURS427 (Nursing Leadership and Transition into Practice) as well as NURS313R (Nursing Care of the Adult Medical Surgical Patient); conducts workshops on research databases for specialized subjects such as systematic review; gives presentations to the colleges she liaises with; and attends events and orientations to reinforce relationships initiated in the classroom. She regularly leverages technologies to communicate about the Libraries’ tools and resources as well as conduct virtual meetings, though she also began piloting office hours at the interim health sciences library at Shadow Lane this fall. Goodman has also worked with students attending the Libraries’ Scholarship Boot Camps and has even helped community members register for health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act.
“I love my job,” Goodman said. “It covers many areas, so I am constantly engaged in learning as well as teaching. As UNLV’s medical school and health sciences library develop, I look forward to continuing to grow within this field.”