1986 Recipients of the Library Excellence Award

Katherine Adams and Marcia Parsons

Katherine Adams
Assistant Head Librarian/Archivist in the Barker Texas History Center

Ms. Adams assists in the management of this nationally outstanding special collection and serves as head of the Center's Texas Collection Library. She has also served as chair of the Professional Staff Personnel Committee.

Ms. Adams joined the staff in July 1981 after working for several years in the Texas State Library. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Knox College, a Maters of Arts in American History from the University of Oklahoma, and a Master of Library and Information Science from UT Austin.

"Kate has become widely recognized as an outstanding member of the General Libraries during her relatively short tenure here. She has utilized her excellent subject knowledge, library expertise, management and communication skills to contribute significantly to what some have called a 'renaissance' of the Barker Texas History Center in recent years. She is also a gracious and knowledgeable representative for the Center, the General Libraries, and the University. Her recognition is well deserved," Mr. Billings said.

Marcia Parsons

Ms. Parsons has been with the General Libraries since 1973. Currently holding the job of collections and audio-visual librarian in the Undergraduate Library, her responsibilities include general collection development, service at the UGL Reference Desk, and management of the Audio Visual Library. Ms. Parsons is also responsible for the initiation and continuing success of the Ruth Stephan Poetry Readings program sponsored by the General Libraries and the College of Liberal Arts. She also held positions as cataloger for the HRC Backlog Project and as head of Inter-Library Services. Before coming to UT she worked at libraries in Ohio and California. She has served on many library committees and task forces. This year she chairs the Collection Development Committee. Ms. Parsons holds a Bachelor's degree in English literature from Mount Holyoke College and a Master of Library Science from the University of California, Berkeley.

"Marcia brings exuberance, intelligence, and service commitment to everything she undertakes, whether it's introducing automation into our Inter-Library Service operation, expanding services in the Audio Visual Library, or scheduling poets for campus readings," Mr. Billings remarked. "She is an excellent manager, a skillful reference librarian, a masterful diplomat, and a very hard worker. Many library users have benefited from Marcia's conscientious work and service improvements. I'm very pleased to see her contributions recognized."