library sytems team members
Nominator Sue Tyner (back row left) joins UTSA Library
Systems team members (back right) Emilio Cantu, and
(front) Jose Rodriguez and Barbara Jakubowski.
Shashi Pinheiro was unavailable for the photo.

Team Spirit Award: Library Systems Team

(May 27, 2004)--The UTSA Library Systems team of Barbara Jakubowski, electronic services librarian; Emilio Cantu, sytems analyst; Shashi Pinheiro, systems analyst and Jose Rodriguez, systems analyst, will be honored Friday, May 28 with the Team Spirit Award, one of five that will be presented at the UTSA Staff Excellence Awards ceremony.

UTSA Tri-Campus staff members are invited to attend the event hosted by President Ricardo Romo at 2:30 p.m., Friday, May 28, in the University Center Retama Auditorium (2.02.02) at the 1604 Campus.

The Team Spirit Award is given to an individual or group who has fostered cooperation and collaboration, contributed to the morale of employees within their department or university-wide, demonstrated a can-do attitude and benefited the UTSA community.

The five Staff Excellence Awards recognize excellent work performance in emerging leadership, dynamic leadership, teamwork, extraordinary initiative and overall excellence. A monetary award of $1,000 accompanies each Staff Excellence Award, with the award money divided among recipients of a group award. Staff Excellence finalists were chosen by an 11 staff-member committee, which reviewed 93 nominations.

The Staff Excellence Awards are the Rising Star Award, Leadership Award, Team Spirit Award, Extra Mile Award and Order of the Roadrunner Award.

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UTSA Library Systems Team: Barbara Jakubowski, Emilio Cantu, Shashi Pinheiro and Jose Rodriguez
Team Spirit Award winners

The Library Systems team brings together a range of skills and technical expertise to support and enhance the university’s instructional, research and public-service activities. The team’s work covers a broad area including maintaining and trouble-shooting hardware and software for more than 260 workstations and 13 servers.

They support a busy computer lab and two electronic classrooms used to support teaching and building computer skills. The team members work closely with every library department including catalog, electronic acquisitions and serials control, access services, collection development, reference, special collections and archives.

"The team spirit shows when they establish working relationships with all 70 library staff to assist with the implementation of major programs and solving problems," said Sue Tyner, assistant dean for library computer systems. "They produce systems that make it easier for those not on campuses to access and gain information from the UTSA Library… This staff certainly deserves recognition."

Additionally, the team takes on additional roles with participation in many university-wide projects such as PrintSmart, a Web portal and the freshman laptop and wireless access initiative.

Tyner reports that she receives glowing reports on projects completed by the systems team. After speaking with people from other universities, she concludes that her team is much more effective and efficient than teams with twice as many staff members at other institutions.

--Tim Brownlee