Mellanye Lackey has joined the University of Nevada, Las Vegas University Libraries as the new Director of the Health Sciences Library.
“We are thrilled to have Mellanye Lackey join us and provide leadership during this transitional time for our Health Sciences Library,” said Maggie Farrell, Dean of UNLV University Libraries. “Her expertise and experience will be pivotal in building interdisciplinary collections that will serve the needs of our students and faculty, as well as Southern Nevada healthcare professionals.”
In her new role, Lackey will oversee faculty and staff at the Health Sciences Library and InfoCommons, which serves the Division of Health Sciences, including the UNLV School of Medicine, School of Dental Medicine, School of Nursing, School of Allied Health Sciences, and School of Community Health Sciences. The Health Sciences Library and InfoCommons opened in 2017 when UNLV welcomed its inaugural School of Medicine class.
“This is an exciting time to be joining UNLV and working with the students, faculty, and administration working to create a better healthcare outcomes for Nevadans,” said Lackey. “With the university’s recent designation as a Carnegie R1 institution, and with the UNLV School of Medicine completing its second year of classes, there are many opportunities for the Health Sciences Library to be a center for student learning and partner on health sciences research.”
Lackey joins UNLV with more than 13 years of experience working in university health sciences libraries. She is currently a leadership fellow with the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries, and previously worked at the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library at the University of Utah as the Associate Director of Education and Research. She has also held positions at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Health Sciences Library, and was an Associate Fellow at the National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health.
She has also served as an adjunct faculty member for the University of Utah School of Medicine, and the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Lackey earned her Bachelor of Arts in Women’s Studies from Mount Holyoke College, and her Master of Science in Information from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is a member of the Medical Library Association, and the American Public Health Association, been a peer reviewer for Internet Reference Services Quarterly, and has served in several positions for the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Medical Library Association, CABI Global Health Database Advisory Board, and the Triangle Research Libraries Network Global Strategies Group.