Reception to Welcome Libraries' New Director of Special Collections

The campus community is invited to join UNLV Libraries for a reception welcoming Michelle Light as the new director of Special Collections.

The reception will be held in the Special Collections Reading Room on the third floor of Lied Library from 2-4 p.m. Wednesday, March 6.

Light comes from the University of California, Irvine (UCI), where she was head of Special Collections, Archives and Digital Scholarship. In addition to her six years at UCI, her 14-year career in special collections and archives includes positions at the University of Washington, Northeastern University, and Yale University. 

She has an MS in Information Science from the University of Michigan, an MA in History from the University of Michigan, and a BA in History from the University of Oregon. A graduate of Bonanza High School, Light grew up in Las Vegas.

Peter Michel, director of Special Collections since 1995, will be stepping into a new role to lead the Libraries’ efforts to expand its physical and digital exhibits programs, and he will continue in his role as scholar, author, and historian for the Libraries through his work on digital collections and grants. 

Under his leadership, Special Collections has focused on Las Vegas as an urban phenomenon expanding collections in architecture, theater production/costume design, maps, mining, and fine press. During his tenure, the Center for Gaming Research and the Oral History Research Center have evolved to be major research centers at UNLV. He will bring his in-depth knowledge of Las Vegas history and the collections to bear on the curation of a robust program of physical and digital exhibits for UNLV and for the broader Southern Nevada community.

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