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Library Faculty Honored for Service, Scholarship

By skennedy on March 7, 2018 1:31 PM | Permalink
  • Samantha Godbey, Xan Goodman, and Cyndi Shein

The UNLV University Libraries is honoring three library faculty members for their contributions to service to UNLV and the community, faculty scholarship, and work within the library profession. Samantha Godbey, Education Librarian, Xan Goodman, Health Sciences Librarian, and Cyndi Shein, Head of Special Collections Technical Services, were selected by fellow UNLV faculty and staff to be honored this year. 

Godbey will receive the 2018 McPhee Librarian of the Year Award. She was nominated for her contributions as a liaison to the College of Education and her significant contributions to scholarship. The education librarian and assistant professor has collaborated with a College of Education faculty member to co-found and co-edit a new peer-reviewed, open-access journal, the Journal of Research in Technical Careers, hosted in the UNLV Institutional Repository. Her scholarship record is strong: she recently served as lead editor of a scholarly book discussing the use of threshold concepts to improve library instruction, and she has authored or co-authored four peer-reviewed journal articles. Additionally, she has presented at two international conferences and was invited to present a two-day workshop at the University of Paris by the American International Consortium of Academic Libraries.

Goodman is this year's recipient of the University Libraries Outstanding Faculty Service Award. Goodman was nominated for her significant and impactful service record at the local, regional, and national level. She serves as the president of the Northern California and Nevada Medical Library Group, one of the 13 regional chapters of the Medical Library Association. She has several committee appointments and service efforts at the Medical Library Association, including being appointed to the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force, and serves as a jury member for the Cunnigham Memorial International Fellowship and the Ysabel Bertolucci MLA annual meeting grant. At the University Libraries, Goodman currently serves on the Data Team to test and make recommendations for adding dataset sources to the collection, marketing data collection items. She has served on and chaired both the library faculty awards and more recently the research leave committees. In addition to these significant service activities, Goodman also engages in community outreach with encourage local students to pursue higher education. She has served as a judge for an essay contest for middle school students run by the Clark County School District and served on a planning committee for the 2017 Las Vegas Science and Technology Festival.

Shein was selected as the recipient of the 2018 University Libraries Outstanding Faculty Scholarship Award. She was nominated for her excellent scholarship record, which includes two recently published peer-reviewed articles focused on the University Libraries implementation of ArchivesSpace. Since 2014, her publications had a combined 6,231 downloads from 87 countries. Many of those downloads were for her 2014 article, "From Accession to Access: A Born-Digital Materials Case Study." Since its publication, this article has won the inaugural Best General Interest Article Award from the Journal of Western Archives, has become required reading in some graduate-level library studies courses, and become suggested reading for the Society of American Archivists Digital Archives Certification Exam and the online handbook of the Digital Preservation Coalition (a European source for cultural heritage institutions). Her scholarly work is finding a large audience in the archives community and highlighting the important work being done at the UNLV University Libraries.