1990 Recipients of the Library Excellence Award

John Kupersmith and Christine Johnston

Christine Johnston
Head, Chemistry Library

"Christine is the kind of service- oriented, committed, and personable librarian that every user looks for and every administrator dreams of," Mr. Billings comments. "She has made significant contributions in improving and expanding services to faculty and students, has exhibited leadership in many activities of the General Libraries outside for direct responsibilities, and has achieved widespread respect among members of the chemistry Department as well library colleagues."

Before assuming her present responsibilities in 1986 Ms. Johnston served as the librarian at the Balcones Library Service Center of the General Libraries, was technical librarian at the Lockheed Missiles and Space Company, Inc., head of the Walter Branch of Houston Public Library, reference librarian at the University of Illinois. Ms. Johnston received BA and MLS degrees from the Ohio State University and the University of Illinois.

John Kupersmith

John is the assistant for computer-based information services for the General Libraries coordinates the provision of information in electronic formats, including the library's online catalog (UTCAT) and searching of external databases. Mr. Billings points out that "John's abilities in planning, coordinating, and delivering electronic information services are national recognized. His grasps of the technologies themselves, and his understanding of how users seek information, have been invaluable during the planning and implementation of new information services on this campus. The user-friendliness of these new services is a tribute to his outstanding work."

Mr. Kupersmith came to the General Libraries in 1981 from his position as reference librarian and coordinator of instructional services at Van Pelt Library at the University of Pennsylvania. Previous to that, he served as reference librarian at the Haverford School and at Brown University. Mr. Kupersmith has earned a BA degree from the University of Washington, an MA in English literature from Brown University, and the MLS from Rutgers.