Awards and Honors

Library Employee Receives Chancellor’s Award for Excellence

Dave Pcolar, recipient of the 2009 Chancellor's Award for Excellence (Innovation) receives the 2008 Outstanding Employee Award from University Librarian Sarah Michalak

Dave Pcolar, recipient of the 2009 Chancellor's Award for Excellence (Innovation) receives the 2008 Outstanding Employee Award from University Librarian Sarah Michalak

Dave Pcolar, systems specialist for the University Library, was recognized at the Oct. 12 University Day celebration as the recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in the category of Innovations.

In 23 years with the Library, Pcolar has been responsible for a number of programs that qualified him for the award.

“No one comes close to Dave in terms of sheer intelligence, breadth of experience, dedication to the job, and collegiality,” said his supervisor, Will Owen, head of the Library Systems Department.

Among his accomplishments are:

  • Centralizing backup processes for the Library catalog, Web site, and office files, freeing up hours of staff time daily;
  • Proposing and building a “dark archive” to allow online storage and backup of files produced by the Library as it began to digitize books, photographs, and other materials;
  • Drafting a plan that converted one of the Library’s main server rooms into a state-of-the-art facility that uses less electricity to power and cool equipment.

Pcolar is now leading the Library’s efforts to transform a large and heterogeneous collection of servers into a “virtual server farm.” He is also supervising development of the Carolina Digital Repository, which will provide an archive for the raw research output of UNC faculty members.

The Award for Excellence in Innovation recognizes an employee who has “initiated and successfully established new and outstanding methods, practices, plans or designs having fundamental value.”

Pcolar received the Library’s 2008 Outstanding Employee Award in recognition of his contributions.

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