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David Robinson Award Criteria and Guidelines

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The David G. Robinson Student Award is named for the former Systems Librarian who was instrumental in establishing and growing the Walker Library’s technological presence. From humble beginnings in a makeshift office in Todd Library, David helped lead the growth of library technology from an early catalog system and a handful of computers to an integrated library system, over 500 desktops, 100 laptops, and an active library presence on the web and in social media. David Glen Robinson was born in Birmingham, AL, and graduated from the University of Mississippi and the University of Alabama. David made significant contributions to the Walker Library during his twenty-five years of service. He was beloved by his colleagues, respected for his expertise, and recognized for his patience and wit. He particularly valued the students who worked for him whom he fondly referred to as “student flunkies.” He knew the Library was indebted to these key employees who balance school, work and social dimensions to contribute to the library’s role in student education.


A student award in the amount of $500 will be provided during each award cycle to the selected candidate to help offset educational costs at MTSU. The award will be applied to the student’s MTSU financial account. Conveying of awards is based on availability of funds and qualified candidates.


Student employees of the Library Technology Department are eligible for this award if they are currently enrolled and in good standing with the University. For nominations submitted during the summer months, students must have worked during the spring semester and/or be employed during the summer term, and must be enrolled for the fall semester.


The award is based on excellent work performance in the Walker Library. The selection committee will consider such factors as the quality of service, creativity in work performance, dedication to work excellence, willingness to assist, positive professional attitude, and timely response to priorities.


Award recipients will be selected by a committee composed of two representatives from Walker Library Technology and one each from Library Administration, User Services, and Collection Development and Management. A meeting will be convened by the administration representative.


The Committee will meet prior to the beginning of the semester to review nominations. It is expected that one award will be given each fall and spring semester but the number of awards distributed will be dependent upon the nominations submitted and the funds available. Students will be notified in September and January as funds and qualified candidates are available. Funds will be distributed shortly after the committee makes its decision.


Students may be nominated by faculty, staff, students, or visitors to MTSU. 


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