2007 Recipients of the Library Excellence Award
Jennifer Lee, Head Librarian, Preservation Services
Jennifer is a tireless worker and consistently works above and beyond the call of duty. Among her many accomplishments, she has been involved in numerous working groups and committees including the Texas Digital Library Bridge Group, Personnel Committee, LSF2 Oversight Committee, 2.500 Renovation Working Group, 2.300 Renovation Working Group, and the Google Working Group. One nominator stated, "The fact that Jennifer is asked to join so many groups stands as a testament from her peers to the value placed on her contributions and on her ability to work as part of a team." In addition, she is an excellent mentor to Kilgarlin Center students and a true leader. Her positive attitude and dedication are admired by her staff and respected by her peers. Another nominator stated, "Jennifer constantly exceeds performance expectations and consistently gives 110% effort to any task she is given."
Meghan Sitar, Instruction and Outreach Librarian, Library Instruction Services
Through her innovative and creative ideas, Meghan has contributed significantly to reaching out to the students, staff, and faculty of the University of Texas community. She is a superior instructor and has a strong commitment to customer service. She has been a model liaison to the Student Library Council. She has been instrumental in forging relationships with the faculty in the Difficult Dialogues classes and the faculty coordinator for Freshman Seminars which brought the Libraries one step closer to the integration of Information Literacy into the new core curriculum. Meghan’s energy is admired by her colleagues. One nominator described her team-oriented and collaborative nature: "Meghan is always willing to help out a colleague, whether covering for them at the last minute, brainstorming a new idea or working on a project together." Meghan shined this year in particular, when she was the only professional staff member in her department for 6 weeks and kept everything running smoothly and efficiently.
Steve Stein, Senior LAN Administrator, Microcomputer Services, Digital Library Services
Through his duties that are vital to the functioning of the University of Texas Libraries, he exemplifies commitment, cooperation, communication, and character. One nominator wrote, "Steve knows absolutely everything about library computers, the network, hardware, and most importantly, the people who use the technology. He works tirelessly to make sure MCS provides the best customer service." Steve does all of the things that are not necessarily fun but that need to be done including keeping the inventory organized and current, managing the surplus, tracking all purchases and accounts, keeping track of IP addresses, and expeditiously routing staff and user computing requests. And he does all of this impeccably. Another nominator wrote, "Steve is thoughtful and patient not only with our users but with the rest of us here at MCS." Steve’s work is respected by colleagues at all levels as well as executive management. A third nominator wrote, "Steve never loses track of the mission of the library and his work is consistently in support of that mission. Whether it is working on a circulation machine, checking that the public stations are working, or helping a staff member with a problem with a program, Steve is always doing what is best for the library."