HUNTSVILLE, Ala.-Dec. 19, 2005-SirsiDynix announced today that Philip Kesten, Ph.D., vice president of strategic directions for Docutek, a SirsiDynix company, was recently named California Professor of the Year by both the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Education, among the highest honors in college teaching.
Kesten is an associate professor of physics, chairman of the physics department, and an associate provost for residential learning communities at Santa Clara University. Through Kesten's leadership in the field of e-learning, not only have his students at Santa Clara University benefited, but so have nearly 4 million students at more than 400 learning institutions and libraries around the world.
"A pioneer in the field of e-learning and a highly respected educator, Philip Kesten understands the technological challenges facing educational institutions," said Patrick Sommers, SirsiDynix chief executive officer. "His unique insight has helped make Docutek an industry leader in technology solutions for learners of all ages."
"I have always been excited about ways to apply technology in education," said Kesten. "A judicious use of technology can be powerful - improving the way we teach and making learning easier and more enjoyable for students. That is why I have devoted so much energy to Docutek over the years. It has been a very tangible way for me to help get superb technology solutions into the hands of the people - librarians, faculty, students and parents - that will benefit from them."
Kesten founded Docutek as a result of a project he started at Santa Clara University in the 1990s. Observing that students enjoyed studying in groups, and knowing that some students found it difficult to connect with a group in person, he created an online "electronic study group" system for the physics department in 1992. The idea quickly spread to other departments - and to other schools after he published a paper about it in the national journal of the Council on Undergraduate Research. The success of the system prompted Kesten's faculty colleagues to ask if he could modify the system to allow them to publish course materials electronically. He did, and that modified system became known as "ERes," for electronic reserves.
Now a member of the SirsiDynix family, Docutek is a leader in e-learning collaboration and communications solutions for K-12, higher education and libraries. Docutek's solutions include the Docutek ERes electronic reserves system, Docutek VRLplus digital reference and Docutek atSchool communication tool for teachers, parents and students.
Created in June 2005 through the merger of Dynix Corporation with Sirsi Corporation, SirsiDynix provides the broadest array of information management products and services for libraries and consortia worldwide. Both Sirsi and Dynix have had excellent track records as leading information technology providers for libraries and their users, and the new company will build on its constituents' strengths while providing more opportunities for technological innovation and growth. SirsiDynix has approximately 4,000 library and consortia clients around the world, serving more than 200 million people through more than 20,000 library outlets in the Americas, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific. For more information, please see www.sirsidynix.com.