Libraries Honors Three Faculty With 2023 Awards

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From left: Xan Goodman, Sarah Jones, and Samantha Godbey

The University Libraries has honored three faculty members for outstanding librarianship, service and scholarship. This year's honorees include Xan Goodman, Health Sciences Librarian, Sarah Jones, Technical Services Librarian, and Samantha Godbey, Education Librarian

McPhee Librarian of the Year

Xan Goodman has been selected as the 2023 recipient of the McPhee Librarian of the Year Award. Goodman was nominated for her dedication, research-informed, and community-responsive approaches to librarianship that make the UNLV Libraries a respected and valuable part of our university community, the Las Vegas community, and the broader health sciences librarian community. She has been instrumental in helping students navigate library resources and search the literature, as well as mentoring a junior librarian on the best approaches for successful library instruction. She is an integral part of the School of Medicine Library and its mission to support the academic health center enterprise and helped secure the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Pacific Southwest Region Express Outreach Award to support population health initiatives through "Building a Healthier Las Vegas through Participatory-Based Creation of Community Health Workforce Training.” Goodman provides research mentorship to health sciences graduate students as a member of master’s- and doctoral-level committees and has earned acknowledgments from additional students in their theses and dissertations.

Outstanding Faculty Scholarship Award

Sarah Jones is the recipient of the 2023 Outstanding Libraries Faculty Scholarship Award. Jones’ scholarship has appeared or been accepted for publication in top journals in the archival field including the American Archivist, the leading professional journal for archivists, along with the Journal of Contemporary Archival Studies, and Provenance: Journal of the Society of Georgia Archivists. She had one article published in a peer reviewed journal, three articles accepted for publication in peer-reviewed journals, a book chapter accepted, and she completed an exhibit within the Libraries.

Outstanding Faculty Service Award

Samantha Godbey is the recipient of the 2023 Outstanding Library Faculty Service Award. Godbey is active in service and leadership opportunities both nationally and at UNLV. She served as the Libraries’ senior senator on the UNLV Faculty Senate, vice-chair and chair of the Association of College & Research Libraries’ Education and Behavioral Sciences Section (EBSS), and chair of the EBSS Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Task Force. She was also a member of the ACRL Instruction Section Inclusive Pedagogy Committee and served as the education subject editor for Resources for College Libraries, a list of core titles for undergraduate study.

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