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Dean's Message

By econnections on June 19, 2013 3:32 PM | Permalink

UNLV breathes at a slower pace during the summer months. Now in July, the flurry of students rushing to class or in the libraries studying for exams, and the many campus events, seems far behind us.

The university as a whole is more relaxed—and, in many aspects, the Libraries as well. For me, summer offers breathing space to reflect on the work of the past year; to consider our challenges and opportunities; and to identify and prioritize future projects.

This is why much of what you’ll read in this eConnections speaks to our accomplishments in the past two semesters—and to some of the services and initiatives that were launched. When I think back on all that we’ve done, one thing comes to mind: none of it would have been possible without the outstanding faculty and staff at UNLV Libraries; and certainly not without the advocacy of the Libraries Advisory Board and supporters in the community like you.

As you explore this issue you’ll see how we strived for excellence every day. From the services we offered all our patrons to our partnerships with organizations that enlighten society, we reached beyond campus borders to educate, represent, and empower the region’s citizenry.

One example is in the tremendous progress of the African American Collaborative’s efforts to collect and preserve the history of blacks in our community—their experiences, in their voices and in their perspectives. We are deeply proud of the group’s project, “Documenting the African American Experience in Las Vegas,” and the launch of a website through which this rich history can be accessed by all. Libraries are honored to continue to serve as the facilitator for this important endeavor.

In the COLA 100 feature, you’ll come to understand how Libraries play a key role in integrating general education reform at UNLV. And you’ll meet Professor Cian McMahon, who implemented what he learned in Libraries’ Faculty Institutes to transform his own classroom to an active learning environment.

I’m also delighted to share how staff members volunteer to teach Libraries student workers proficiencies that are essential to their success in the job market now and after graduation. This is another example of how empowering students defines who we are and what we do at UNLV Libraries.

You will also meet this year’s Calvert Award for Undergraduate Research winners. These talented men and women are proof that our youth will lead the United States and the world brilliantly into the future.
 
Friends, these are just a few of the many wonderful accounts in this issue of the impact you helped us to make on the lives of all who rely on UNLV Libraries for information and for learning. Stay tuned for announcements on the many exciting events slated for the upcoming academic year. I thank you for your continued support and look forward to seeing you in the fall.