1997 Recipients of the Library Excellence Award

Mark McFarland and Elizabeth Dupuis

Elizabeth Dupuis
Head, Digital information Literacy Office, Undergraduate Library Service

Currently serving as Head, Digital information Literacy program to educate students and assist faculty in the use of electronic resources and digital content, especially Internet and Wed-based services. She also helps coordinate and participates in instructional programs relating to traditional library services throughout the General Libraries, helps provide reference and consulting services in the Undergraduate Library, and is extensively involved in campus wide initiatives leading towards distance education programs.

As a colleague expresses it, Dupuis "is hard working, creative, energetic and knowledgeable. She belies the stereotypical image of a librarian; she is a innovator and a doer yet she incorporates the traditional service ethic of librarianship." She holds a B.A. in English and a M.L.I.S. from the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign and an Endorsement of Specialization in Library and Information Science from UT Austin. Prior to joining the General Libraries staff in 1992, Dupuis was employed by the Urbana Free Library and the UI Urbana-Champaign Library.

Mark McFarland

Heads Electronic Information Programs Division of the General Libraries, with responsibility for managing UT Library Online, the General Libraries primary digital library services system, now experience more than two million "hits" per month from around the world; for managing the University of Texas System prototype Knowledge Management Center featuring a suite of databases and remote services for all libraries in the UT System: for managing the Internet and Web-based system that supports the TexShare Statewide Resource Sharing Program for 53 publicly funded academic and medical libraries in Texas; and for carrying a major campus wide coordinative role in the provision of wed-based services.

McFarland's leadership skills, initiative, instructional ability, technical strength, enthusiasm, and friendliness have been lauded by many across the UT Austin campus, throughout the UT System, and from across the State. The training programs he has conducted throughout Texas, and the online help-desk his staff provides to users of the new information systems have him widely known. He holds a B.S. in education and a B.A. in classical studies from the University of Oklahoma, and the M.L.I.S from UT Austin. He is a ten-year employee of the General Libraries.