David Dunn Selected as Libraries' Outstanding Staff Member for 2004

Jan. 5, 2005

David Dunn (center), outstanding staff member of the year for the Baylor Libraries, is congratulated by Dean of Libraries Reagan Ramsower, left, and Associate Dean Bill Hair, at the annual Christmas reception in the Moody Library foyer.

& After Midnight performs for the Christmas reception of the Libraries and Information Technology Services on Dec. 16. Those performing included Barry Hankins (Church and State), vocals, guitar; Steve Gardner, (Business) vocals, keyboards; Robert Darden, (English/Professional Writing) drums; Scott Rasnic, (English grad student) lead guitar; and Nate Peevey, (Business grad student) bass guitar.

David Dunn, an information technology specialist in the Information Commons Services group of the Electronic Library for the past one and one-half years, was recognized as the libraries' outstanding staff member of the fall semester and the outstanding staff member of the year at the annual Christmas reception on Dec. 16. Prior to obtaining his position, he served as a computer lab student assistant in the Moody Computer Facility for five years.

After Midnight, a musical group composed of Baylor faculty and graduate students, played at the reception for staff in the libraries and Information Technology Services. Those attending brought special food items to share. The outstanding staff member of the year is chosen from three staff members recognized for their service in the fall, spring and summer terms. Other outstanding staff members for 2004 are Susan Bowlin of the bibliographic access unit in Moody Library and Linda Gradel of The Texas Collection.

One of the nominations David received states: 'David has become well known among faculty, staff and students for providing excellent customer service while solving various technical (and non-technical) problems and issues with quick resolve and a genuine sense of caring. His knowledge of computer hardware and software is well respected, while his dedication to the job can be easily measured by the reliability and availability of the campus computers (well over 1,000) which he helps to configure and maintain. He has developed a sense of trust among those departmental computer contacts with whom he consults, as evidenced by the numerous compliments . . . . He is always willing to help his Library colleagues . . . .

'Finally, I must mention one of David's greatest achievements over the past year, his involvement with the research, implementation, administration and daily management of our student print management system, PawPrints. Much of the success of the PawPrints system can directly be attributed to David's 'ownership' of the project. Availability of this production system is outstanding and student inquiries are routinely dispatched in a timely and satisfying manner.'

Another said, 'David responds kindly and enthusiastically to requests for assistance and information, even if the request is interrupting his work on another task. In addition, David consistently goes further by freely offering assistance to students, faculty and staff who may be in need of help. His dedication to service seems to be what drives him through the complexities and stresses of each day.

'David is always striving to improve some aspect of our system administration; just recently, on his own initiative, he designed and implemented a new, highly-efficient and flexible method for updating computers across campus.'