From discovering how to be a locksmith professional to owning a forklift, Amy Tureen’s thirst for knowledge is limited just by time and creativity. Through her brand-new position as head of the library intermediary program in University Libraries, Tureen will be helping coordinate scholarly activities in between the intermediary librarians and students, professors, staff, and scientists in scholastic systems across school. Most just recently from Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, Tureen also has held positions at California Lutheran University and the University of Calgary in Canada.
UNLV was a values match for me. The values and concerns that I hold dear are ones shared by the institution. UNLV has a nationwide track record for commitment to variety and a similarly robust credibility for its dedication to serving first-generation university student. These are values that are extremely important to me both personally and expertly. Within the University Libraries there is a lot of emphasis on the significance of mentoring and professional growth. I am very thrilled to work for an organization that is so dynamic and fast-growing. Even in the little time that I have been here, it is obvious that UNLV is a school on the relocation.
What is your role in the University Libraries?
I serve as the head of the library intermediary program, which indicates I have the good luck to supervise a group of curators who function as the main contact between University Libraries and UNLV’s numerous academic departments, programs, schools, and colleges. While my schedule has the tendency to vary from day to day, my most typical tasks are being a supporter for the intermediary team, partnering with other library associates, and teaming up with our intermediary librarians to ensure they have access to the resources and info they need to support each of their associated programs.
Exactly what is the biggest obstacle in your field?
It is the nature of both my task and the jobs of the people on my group to keep a lot of plates spinning simultaneously. We’re constantly engaging with different stakeholders, managing great deals of similarly crucial priorities, and naturally attempting to both develop and carry out long-term and short-term plans. It can certainly be a challenge, however it’s likewise what makes every day so different and intriguing.
What about UNLV strikes you as different from other places you have worked?
UNLV appears to interact more with the surrounding neighborhood. The level of interaction between particular scholastic systems and local companies is impressive, especially when it pertains to interactions that make it possible for students to get a reasonable, hands-on experience of the working worlds they are studying to sign up with. I hear more chatter about off-campus social events than I have heard at some of my previous tasks where “going into town” only took place on weekends.
Inform us about a time in your life when you have actually been daring.
I do not considering myself especially daring, but I have actually been told my desire to bring up stakes and move alone cross-country is something some people consider to be either strong or risky. In the previous lots years or so I have actually moved in between California, Massachusetts, Georgia, Canada, and now Nevada. It’s difficult to start your life over far from everybody you know, but it is quite invigorating. You end up picturing all sorts of new possibilities on your own that you might not otherwise have actually thought about.
Tell us about a things in your office that has significance for you and why.
In my office, squirreled away in various locations, I have a couple of hockey pucks. They are mementos from the 2 years I volunteered as an off-ice authorities for the Southern Professional Hockey League. I assisted record statistics like men on ice, goals, and charges during home games for the Macon Chaos (a minor league team). The pucks, which are from numerous games throughout both seasons, are dearly loved suggestions of both the experience and the fellow members of my former off-ice officials team. I actually miss those people.
Where did you grow up and exactly what was that like?
I matured in Palm Desert, a city in California’s Coachella Valley. When I was growing up there it was understood primarily for golf, date farms, and being a popular location for “snowbirds.” It was a quite terrific place to mature (even if the summer seasons had the tendency to be rather hot). When I check out the location now, I am amazed to see just how much it has grown and how many more people live there year-round, rather than just during the winter.
Most likely when, back during my English accessory faculty days, a trainee in among my classes informed me that he had actually read every book in my class cover-to-cover, something he had not done for a school reading assignment considering that intermediate school. He had actually constantly thought he wasn’t much of a “book guy,” however he was changing his mind on that assumption about himself. It was the very first time I seemed like I had made a genuine and significant influence on the life of a student. I still periodically get emails from him asking for recommendations for brand-new books to attempt.
What do you perform in your spare time?
Like the majority of curators, I spend a significant part of my extra time reading. I likewise like to attempt and discover brand-new abilities that I would not otherwise have the chance to discover in the course of my profession. In recent years, for instance, I finished an expert certificate in locksmithing, made a forklift owning license, discovered how to play the violin, took a series of cooking and baking classes at Le Cordon Bleu, ended up being a notary public, and had actually simply started to discover how to play the bagpipes when I accepted the deal to join UNLV. I’m hoping I will be able to continue to pursue that last interest here in Vegas, although perhaps my brand-new neighbors would prefer I choose a different (and quieter) hobby.