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Robeson Library systems admin wins Chancellor's Award

July 15, 2013

The Libraries are pleased to congratulate John Gibson, the systems administrator at the Paul Robeson Library, who received the annual Chancellor's Award for Staff Excellence in Service. John was one of six people on the Rutgers-Camden campus selected to receive this award, which was announced in June.

In a message to the Rutgers-Camden campus community, Rutgers-Camden Chancellor Wendell Pritchett announced the six award recipients and noted that the annual award recognizes: "the extraordinary efforts of those who exemplify our collective efforts to advance Rutgers-Camden as the campus where the world-class Rutgers experience is delivered in a personalized manner."

Gibson, who began his career at the library as a student worker, became an Instructional Technology Specialist in 2002.

In his letter to nominate Gibson for the award, Library Director Gary Golden outlined Gibson's many contributions to the library, the campus, and the surrounding community. Included among those impressive accomplishments were Gibson's efforts in the following areas -

  • Co-creator of an award-winning plagiarism tutorial, “How to Avoid Plagiarism,” which is used by hundreds of high schools, community colleges, and universities throughout North America, Europe, and Australia (service on a national and international level);
  • Created the software and user interface for a subject-accessible database for the Courier-Post (the paper of record for South Jersey). This database is the only tool of its kind and is used extensively by researchers interested in both Rutgers Camden and the City of Camden (service to the Rutgers community and our public users);
  • Created a password system for library computers in order for Camden County College and Rowan students and for visiting scholars to have access to the Rutgers online scholarly resources. Without this system these scholars and community members would not be able to do research since the PCs in the computing lab (now housed at the library) require an active Rutgers Net ID (service to the Rutgers community and our public users).
  • Constantly “on-call” to help not only to the library’s faculty and staff but also to the public users of the library computing space. He has helped dozens (if not hundreds) of community users on the wrong side of the digital divide—with little-to-no access to computers and with little to no computing skills—retrieve documents, make changes, and undo unexpected computing disasters.
  • Has long been active as a volunteer in the City of Camden. For the past three years he has served as the co-chair for the Paul Robeson Library annual toy drive which benefits the Camden Rescue Mission, an entity which serves the neediest families in the city.

We commend John Gibson on receiving this well-earned award. The Rutgers University Libraries benefit from his dedication, skill, and creativity and take pride in the public recognition of John's many contributions.