One for the books: Room in Jones Library dedicated to former staff member

The Dennis Campbell Innovative Learning Space is located in Jesse H. Jones Library Room 200. The space was named in honor of a former library employee. Photo credit: Courtesy Baylor Media Communications

Baylor Libraries dedicated Room 200 in Jesse H. Jones Library to Dennis Campbell, a Baylor employee who passed away in June.

The dedication took place on Friday in 200 Jones Library as a part of the weekend’s homecoming celebration.

“It’s a space that’s meant to be creative and meant to be changing,” said Pattie Orr, vice president for information technology and dean of university libraries.

The area is now known as the Dennis Campbell Innovative Learning Space.

“We’re honored that the Baylor Library can share a part of that name,” said Connor Krey, director of Classroom Technology Services.

Establishing the learning space was one of Campbell’s main projects while he was working with Baylor. Krey, who was also Campbell’s friend and supervisor, said the classroom is unique in its fluidity.

“We added the technology in 2011 and refreshed a couple years after that,” Krey said. “As we were able to get more funding, we were able to do more.”

The learning space can function as a classroom, a study space or a space for presentations. It has multiple drop-down projectors and the capacity to seat 150, according to the University Libraries website.

“What’s unique about it is that it doesn’t have four walls,” Krey said. “This allows for classes to be taught from any direction, and allows for more than the model’s standard 50 people to use the space.”

Campbell joined the Baylor staff in 2006 as senior academic consultant in the electronic library, according to the Baylor Media Communications website.

“Dennis gave a lot of gifts to many people, but there was one gift that Dennis gave us, and that is the chance to walk with a hero,” said Cheryl Gochis, associate vice president for human resources. “His super power was this: service of self.”

Krey said Campbell was instrumental in designing the innovative learning space, and the Central Libraries department benefits greatly from his work.

“He was passionate about what he did,” Orr said.

Gochis, Krey, Orr and University Chaplain Burt Burleson spoke at Friday’s dedication. Also present were Campbell’s late wife Keren, of Waco, and his children Logan, Matthew and Meagan.