1999 Recipients of the Library Excellence Award

William J. Kopplin and Joanne Newyear-Ramirez

William J. Kopplin, Head librarian
Periodals & Microforms

Kopplin serves as head librarian to the Perry-Castaneda Library Periodicals and Microforms Unit and is assistant for operations in the Reference and Information Services Department. He has been cited as an excellent manager, an effective reference librarian, and an outstanding bibliographer who has made a major impact on successful collection building in the General Libraries in recent years.

He has earned special recognition from the Professional Personnel Committee, and his representation of student faculty needs has been described as "thought-provoking, balanced and extremely helpful." His leadership in the development of library instructional programs "has been a major reason for are great success in that area," according to Billings.

Kopplin's initial appointment was as a library clerk in 1979. He progressed through additional classified positions in several library units until his appointment as Assistant Science Librarian in 1987. He holds the M.L.I.S. degree and an M.A. in anthropology from UT Austin. His B.A. in anthropology was earned at Texas Tech University.

Joanne Newyear-Ramirez, Assistant Head
Collections and Information Resources Division

Newyear-Ramirez is assistant head, Collections and Information Resources Division, and served earlier in the Chemistry, Life Science, and Undergraduate libraries. Her colleagues have commented on her remarkable energy and helpfulness in her management assignment, as a bibliographer, and as a teacher in the library instructional programs, and as a reference librarian.

She has also been commended for her production of the CIRD Newsletter, which carries collection building, budgetary, and acquisitions information regularly to the library staff, her role in LIBRARY NEWS, an e-mail publication sent to campus faculty, and for the online CIRD Web site which has received national recognition for its superior content and quality.