2012 – Lateka Grays
Among her contributions, Grays:
- Designed a virtual library presence for the William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration, Singapore Campus and is the liaison for the students, faculty and staff of the Singapore and Macau campus.
- As part of the former Collection Management Department, Grays coordinated training activities on library resources for the UNLV campus with publishers such as ProQuest, Ebsco Publishing, Elsevier, LexisNexis and Thomson Reuters.
- Serves as faculty advisor for UNLV Black Student Organization and contributes time and expertise for other UNLV organizations including Rebel Connection, Marketplace Career Day and Career Services.
- Volunteered her time and coordinated activities as the registration supervisor for the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) UNLV Robotics competition.
Additionally, her work as the inaugural coordinator of the Mason Peer Research Coach program has been integral to the success of undergraduate students from first generation or at risk populations. Along with numerous conference presentations and book reviews, Grays has published peer-reviewed journal articles on the provision of library services for distance education students and gaming researchers.
2011 – Jason Vaughan
Among his many contributions, Vaughan:
- Explored, researched and recommended the UNLV Libraries’ acquisition of a new Discovery Platform to enhance the discovery of the libraries’ collections, becoming a nationally recognized expert on the subject.
- Co-authored two successful Library Services and Technology Act grants to provide funds for the digitalization of library collections – Menus: the Art of Dining and The Historic Landscape of Nevada.
- Provided national leadership in the area of digitalization of library collections and served as chair of the statewide Digital Advisory Committee.
- Led the Libraries in promoting digital collections through innovative social media platforms like Flickr, and in exploring digital outsourcing.
Vaughan’s scholarly efforts for 2010 include publication of a book, Library Technology Reports: Library Web Scale Discovery Services, four journal articles, three of which were refereed, and four refereed presentations.
2010 – Priscilla Finley
Among her many contributions, Finley:
- Created online walkthroughs that teach students to search effectively for relevant books and journal articles.
- Developed online exercises in collaboration with history graduate students where new history students could practice applying historical methods to sources available from UNLV Libraries.
- Helped design and update the technological environment that librarians teach visiting classes in.
- Worked with faculty to develop research assignments that would be effective in large classes and distance education classes.
Finley's scholarly efforts for 2009 include co-authorship of a book chapter and her continued authorship of book reviews. She served UNLV on the Faculty Senate Scholarship Committee and the Graduate College Curriculum Committee. The Library Faculty note in particular Finley's strong relationships with her colleagues in the College of Liberal Arts as well as her innovative use of technological applications for instruction.
2009 – Susie Skarl
Skarl was honored for her dedication to the profession and to the University Libraries. As liaison to the faculty, staff, and students of the College of Urban Affairs she operates with a high level of engagement focused on research assistance and instruction. Skarl wrote and successfully implemented a proposal that integrated information literacy at the curricular level. She used assessment data, her experience, and faculty collaboration to help retool the research component of the foundation class, Fundamentals of Oral Communication, into an evolved and more relevant course structure. In all she taught nearly 50 classes in the past year, across several disciplines--in addition to managing the library instruction schedule in the absence of a department head. Besides her work as a liaison and her key role in the library’s Instruction Department, Skarl managed to actively mentor several of her colleagues and library interns, staff the reference desk, and continue with her instrumental work with UNLV’s Entertainment Studies group. In the past year she has authored two book chapters and delivered three refereed presentations. She has been serving on ACRL's Teaching Methods Committee, and she was on UNLV's Faculty Senate Program Review Committee. For the University Libraries she was co-chair of the search for a new head of Instruction, and she was on the Library Faculty Merit Committee.