1995 Recipients of the Library Excellence Award

John Tongate and Robin Fradenburgh

Robin Fradenburgh, Head Librarian
Automated Cataloging Department & OCLC Coordinator

Currently serving as Head Librarian, Automated Cataloging Department, as well as OCLC Coordinator, Fradenburgh has extensive experience in all aspects of library technical processing. Billings notes that in addition to her ongoing responsibilities, she has been instrumental in successful installation of processing workstations and the resulting changes in procedures. Recognized as a skilled problem solver, she is frequently called upon for her combination of wise counsel and practical advice. According to Billings, "with Robin's collegial style brought to bear even the most difficult issues can be resolved with success."

Fradenburgh hold a B.M. in music history and literature and M.A. in library science, both from Northern Illinois University. She previously worked at Urbana - Champaign. She joined the General Libraries in 1983.

John Tongate, Head Librarian
Reference and Information Services

John Tongate joined the General Libraries staff as Head Librarian of Reference and Information Services Department in 1981. He manages the department that, according to Billings, Has contributed at the highest level in terms of human resources to the library's extremely successful electronic information program. John fosters an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect where staffs of all ranks are encouraged to learn, to grow, and to develop their skills and talents in support of Library services. He has created a collegial, team- oriented environment that stimulates and rewards initiative."

Tongate's previous professional experience includes service as Associate University Librarian for Public Services at Southeastern Massachusetts University Library, Instructional Services Librarian at Sangamon State University's Brookens Library, and Periodicals Librarian at Oberlin College Library. He holds a B.A. in English literature from Northwestern University and the M.L.S from the University of Pittsburgh