Dedication of Nevada State College library celebrates namesake, Marydean Martin

By Mandi Enger

Nevada State College (NSC) held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its recently renovated library on Friday, Dec. 14. Hosted by NSC President Bart Patterson, the Foundation Board of Trustees, and Library Services Director Kate Hahn, the event honored the library’s newly announced namesake, Marydean Martin.  

An original member of the Nevada State College Foundation, Martin and husband Charles Silvestri are longtime supporters of both the college and its library.  

“Marydean Martin generously contributed a significant amount of money to support the expansion of the NSC Library," Patterson said. "Marydean is a tireless advocate to support the value of learning for future generations of NSC students. Her first large contribution came in the summer of 2002 - as the college prepared to open for the first time, with the donation of numerous crates of her personal book collection. We’re truly honored to have Marydean as a supporter for the college and gracious contributor to our library.”  

Martin will be permanently recognized throughout the library with new signage, a framed portrait, and the stencil of one of her poems. A certificate of recognition from Governor Brian Sandoval, presented during the ceremony, will also be displayed.  

Located in the NSC Dawson Building, library construction was completed during NSC’s fall 2012 semester. The Marydean Martin Library includes a multi-purpose study and lecture room; a computer lab equipped with over 20 touchscreen monitors; compact book shelving; a quiet study lounge; and a group study room housing a SMART board interactive whiteboard system.    

The renovated library is 3,300 square-feet and provides students, faculty, and staff with approximately 19,500 books, 89,000 e-books, 625 DVDs and videos, 9,000 streaming videos, 1,000 online maps, a database of 33,000 periodicals, 3,000 physical periodicals, 30 periodical subscriptions, and 100 online periodical subscriptions.  

“The Marydean Martin Library provides the academic community with a space dedicated to supporting inquiry, learning, and collaboration,” added Hahn. “It is the heart of our academic community.”

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