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Evolve with Us: An Innovative Open House Tour for New Faculty

By BTL on March 11, 2013 10:45 AM | Permalink

Last October, the UNLV Libraries hosted an open house and tour for new UNLV faculty. It was meant to be a casual event for recent arrivals to meet the liaison librarians for their disciplines and learn about the range of library services available to them.

Liaisons were eager to learn about the needs of the new faculty, and they asked questions and took notes to learn more about their research areas and their expectations related to collections and services.

The interactive tour brought the sheer scale of Lied Library down to size, as each stop hosted by Libraries staff members provided a setting for small groups of faculty to ask questions about the different kinds of support the Libraries provide for their research, their teaching and their use of information technology.

Jennifer Fabbi, Associate Dean of Libraries, commented, “This was the first year the Libraries developed their own event for new faculty. The purpose was both to familiarize them with us and to understand from them their expectations of a research library. We also explicitly showed them how the Libraries have evolved over time to fulfill our vision in support of the campus."

UNLV Libraries’ stated vision is to bring people and information together in innovative ways. For Dr. Stephen Benning, a new Assistant Professor for the Department of Psychology, this goal has been met. He stated that the orientation “helped show me the diversity of resources available for all kinds of needs." Benning teaches courses, oversees student research, and conducts original research for active grants for the Department of Psychology. As principal investigator for the Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant project titled “Modeling Hedonic Processing and Anhedonia in Depression,” his research takes place both in the laboratory and library environments, requiring the use of diverse tools and research techniques.

The featured tour stops showcased many services for faculty that the UNLV Libraries have developed within the last two years. Feedback from participants suggested that even experienced faculty members are likely to be surprised by the range of available services and partnership opportunities available to support their research and teaching.

Below, through images, text, and links for more information, you may take a virtual tour of some of these services and initiatives. 

  • New faculty members are welcomed by Dean of Libraries Patricia Iannuzzi.

  • Greg Voelker presents the LASR technology to new faculty. Learn More.

  • They witness the giant arm of the LASR machine as it locates and produces one of the items housed within it.

  • They also learn about how the library identifies the needs of faculty and researchers to plan for print acquisitions and the creation of digital collections.

  • Marianne Buehler presents Digital Scholarship@UNLV and collection development. Learn More.

  • Faculty members learn how they may submit their work to the libraries to be preserved through UNLV's institutional repository. Learn More.

  • Collaborative learning in interactive classrooms is “hands on.” Subject librarians demonstrate how they guide students in customized sessions to help reinforce learning outcomes and research goals using the environment and tools available in collaborative learning classrooms. Learn More.

  • Rosan Mitola and Yuko Shinozaki share their knowledge about user services. Learn More.

  • Yuko Shinozaki explains how librarians meet the needs of researchers, faculty and students by facilitating acquisition of materials the Libraries do not own.

  • Dan Werra guides faculty through the Media Lab, showcasing the accessibility of production tools for faculty and students. Learn More.

  • Anne Zald introduces new faculty to the concept and purpose of Faculty Institutes and explains curricular integration of information literacy learning outcomes in collaboration with librarians. Learn More.

  • Classroom support and the creation of library guides and workshop activities are available to faculty who would like to better instruct students about research techniques and tools available at the Libraries.

  • Peter Michel and Cory Lampert guide new faculty through the worlds of Special Collections and Digital Collections. Learn More.

  • They discuss the process by which digital collections are created, using the example of the most recent Building the Skyline project. Learn More.

  • The tour also took a quick stop at the Graduate Student Commons, an area designed for collaborative use by graduate students and faculty mentors.

  • Jeanne Brown and Michael Yunkin present QuickSearch describe the continuous improvement efforts of web developers, and host a Q&A about website usability preferences of faculty. Learn More.

  • Library Peer Coaches Tavarius Bolden and Denise Zamora distribute gift bags.