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CATS 2008/2009 Outstanding Professional Award Winners

Max Tsai
Information Architect
CSU Fresno


MaxTsaiMax Tsai wears many hats as Information Architect for Fresno's Digital Campus. He's a researcher and implementer of projects such as a campus-wide streaming video system He also leads design and architecture efforts for Fresno's e-portfolio system, which integrates with their LMS and academic content, and he╒s piloting both Moodle and Sakai as the campus evaluates its overall LMS process.

Max was central in determining feasibility of hosting Blackboard on campus instead of ASP. Max led the software/application/migration effort, working closely with a team of staff and management from ITS, CIS, and TLT groups to close out Fresno's Bb ASP system and migrate tens of thousands of users and thousands of courses from Bb ASP to a home system — all in summer 2008. The result is successful beyond expectations, and saves money. Max was the go-to person for understanding the Bb software, configuration, and administration. This additionally involved aspects of load balancing, security, Oracle database administration, and backup/recovery. In the last year, Max's role in several university-wide projects has increased even further. The breadth, depth, and timeliness of his knowledge are remarkable and invaluable to project success.

Charles Roberts
Information Technology Consultant
Sacramento State


CharlesRobertsCharles is the lead programmer of LOCUS Online Memory Palace, a library resource management system developed and used at California State University, Sacramento. LOCUS was designed to enable the seamless integration of electronic library resources, especially full text database articles from proprietary vendors, into online course environments. LOCUS went live in spring semester 2004 with 8 courses in 6 departments on campus. By fall semester 2008 there were 169 LOCUS courses in 22 departments.

Charles has worked with various staff members and numerous student assistants over the life of the project. He has also led or co-led three Computer Science Senior Projects, each composed of 5-6 team members. In leading these projects, Charles has impacted both the academic careers of Sacramento State students by providing them with real world experience in developing a project and the general campus community by integrating the completed projects into the larger LOCUS project. LOCUS was created to make it as easy as possible for faculty to integrate electronic library resources into online course environments. Initially, LOCUS provided an interface to copy and paste journal article citation metadata into a form that allowed for the inclusion of persistent urls. It soon developed into a comprehensive library management system that increased usage of electronic library resources, encouraged faculty student collaboration, and leveraged software purchased by the CSU by integrating the Ex Libris X-Server API. By integrating the Ex Libris Metalib X-Server API, LOCUS enables users to search, manage, and distribute library resources within a single interface. Approximately 14,000 students and 500 faculty members have used LOCUS in their course curriculum since 2005.

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