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From the Dean

By rpietrucha on December 1, 2015 9:00 AM | Permalink

Patricia Iannuzzi, dean of the UNLV University Libraries

This month has me thinking about the many ways the UNLV University Libraries reaches its constituents as well as what we can and will be doing to push forward in 2016.

In the last issue of eConnections, I shared some of the results of our information literacy initiatives, which help ensure students develop the research and problem-solving skills they need to succeed academically and professionally.

In this issue, I share information about our Scholarship Boot Camps, which help students secure the critical funding they need to complete their education.

In addition to direct librarian-to-student interactions, the University Libraries works with classroom faculty through programs such as our Faculty Institutes to ensure that UNLV’s learning outcomes are embedded into all undergraduates’ educational experience. We know that by partnering with faculty on what and how they teach students, the Libraries’ reach can extend far beyond what our individual library faculty would reasonably be able to achieve on a one-on-one basis.

Faculty Institutes: Partnering With Faculty, Ensuring Student Success

By rpietrucha on December 1, 2015 8:00 AM | Permalink

Amanda Melilli, head of the Curriculum Materials Library (pictured left, in the center), and Susie Skarl, urban studies librarian (pictured right, on the left), partnered with classroom faculty this summer to develop culminating experience assignments for UNLV seniors.

As part of its efforts to increase graduation rates, UNLV continues to reform its educational strategies. Faculty are increasingly intentional and transparent about embedding shared learning outcomes such as critical thinking, inquiry, and lifelong learning for all undergraduate students. The result: a workforce prepared to tackle the business challenges today’s employers face.

Scholarship Boot Camps Help Students Secure Funding, Complete Their Degrees

By rpietrucha on December 1, 2015 7:00 AM | Permalink

Left: A UNLV student reviews one of the University Libraries' many scholarship resources. Right: Marydean Martin and Charlie Silvestri began supporting the University Libraries when they were UNLV students. In addition to Martin’s donation last winter to fund the Libraries’ Scholarship Boot Camps, the couple made a donation this summer to name the group study room in Lied Library pictured above. Both are staunch supporters of education in Southern Nevada, with a high school named in honor of Silvestri and Nevada State College’s library named in honor of Martin.

Over the last five years, UNLV developed a comprehensive retention, progression, and completion plan to promote student success and increase graduation rates. However, this plan does not address the most critical obstacle students face when pursuing a degree: the cost of higher education.

Planning a Health Sciences Library for Southern Nevada

By rpietrucha on December 1, 2015 6:00 AM | Permalink

Students work with anatomical models at UNLV’s Lied Library.

UNLV’s School of Medicine has generated a lot of excitement—and rightfully so. The impact of such an investment will reach well beyond campus, transforming the local economy and rehabilitating the state’s ailing health care system.

The medical school will not be able to achieve this, however, without a health sciences library to support student, faculty, and community research and professional development. UNLV University Libraries Dean Patricia Iannuzzi is leading the strategic planning efforts for this library, which will be Southern Nevada’s first comprehensive and integrated health sciences library.

Eileen and Tom Raney Give the Gift of Education

By rpietrucha on December 1, 2015 5:00 AM | Permalink

Tom and Eileen Raney are supporting UNLV sophomore Jason Meza’s undergraduate education through their gift to the Libraries.

When longtime arts philanthropists Eileen and Tom Raney retired and moved to Las Vegas nine years ago, they had not anticipated that their legacy would reach beyond the arts—the common interest that had caused their paths to cross. The couple first met at one of Tom Raney’s many performances as a percussionist with the L.A. Chamber Orchestra and L.A. Opera, the two conversing as he played in the pit and she sat in the front row. “It was a conversation that went on for a couple of hours, interrupted by a ballet,” recalled Eileen Raney, a former management consultant in health care who held the title of national managing partner of research and development at Deloitte (responsible for innovation, market research, and thought leadership) before retiring.

Staff Spotlight: Xan Goodman

By rpietrucha on December 1, 2015 3:00 AM | Permalink

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.

Events Scrapbook: Research Week Open House

By rpietrucha on December 1, 2015 2:00 AM | Permalink

Clockwise, from left: 1) Yuko Shinozaki (library technician) assists a student in using one of the Libraries’ many research databases. 2) Silvia Southwick (Digital Collections metadata librarian, pictured left) and Cory Lampert (head of Digital Collections, pictured center) share information about Special Collections with students. 3) Laura Gittins (library technician) explains how the Libraries’ student employees gain valuable research and information literacy skills through their library work that helps them excel in their academic careers. 4) A UNLV faculty member explores the Libraries’ digital collections on a multitaction screen.

General Announcements

By rpietrucha on December 1, 2015 1:00 AM | Permalink


Claytee D. White was recognized as the “Best Keeper of Our History” in Vegas Seven’s 2015 “Best of the City” issue. As director of the UNLV University Libraries’ Oral History Research Center, White has spent more than a decade collecting the stories of Las Vegas residents and preserving the history of Southern Nevada. Read more about her here.