Friends of the ACU Library, an organization that works to enhance the Brown Library and its holdings, honored Donald Davis Jr. as the FACUL "Friend of the Year" Monday afternoon at a reception in Abilene Christian University's Brown Library atrium.
Davis, professor emeritus of library history at the School of Information, University of Texas-Austin, donated approximately 3,000 volumes of books and periodicals from his personal collection to the Brown Library. The books and periodicals include topics such as the role of libraries, intellectual and cultural history, and the history of books, reading, writing and publishing.
Davis' relationship with ACU has been strengthened through his long-time friendship with Dr. Mark Tucker, dean of Library and Information Services at ACU.
"Don's contribution is an act of faith and a powerful testimony to a life devoted to Christian perspectives on teaching and research," said Tucker.
Davis earned his B.A. in history in 1961 from the University of California, Los Angeles; his M.A. in history in 1963 and M.L.S. in 1964 from the University of California, Berkeley; and his Ph.D. in library science in 1972 from the University of Illinois at Urbana. In 1996, he received an M.A. in theological studies from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.
Davis has published more than 20 books, more than 130 book chapters, articles and reports, and more than 250 book reviews. Davis is active in many professional history, information sciences and library associations, and he continues to teach a freshman seminar course on "Great Libraries in History" at the University of Texas.
Davis said, "The more we see of ACU, the more we like it. We'll be back."
FACUL was organized in 1966 to support the library through raising funds and providing materials to the library. The organization has honored those who make significant contributions to the library as FACUL "Friends of the Year" since 1970.