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About Andrew Farkas

Andrew Farkas, Library Director Emeritus at the Thomas G. Carpenter Library, was the founding Library Director at the University of North Florida and served as Director of Libraries and Professor of Library Science from May 1970 until June 2003. Born in Budapest, Hungary, Mr. Farkas came to the United States in 1956 and pursued first a degree in French Language and Literature at Occidental College, Los Angeles, and following a tour of duty in the U.S. Army, a Master of Library Science degree at the University of California, Berkeley. As Director of Libraries and Professor of Library Science at UNF, Mr. Farkas designed and coordinated the university's Media Specialist program and taught four of the core courses in the program. An avid opera afficionado, Mr. Farkas has numerous articles on opera to his credit and has published five books on noted opera personalities, including a definitive biography of Enrico Caruso co-authored with the tenor's son, Enrico, Jr. and the first English language biography of Jussi Björling, in collaboration with the Swedish tenor’s widow.  Retiring from the University of North Florida in 2003, Mr. Farkas has continued his affiliations with professional music societies and continued his musical research. He currently resides in Jacksonville, Florida.

Positions

Present Library Director Emeritus, University of North Florida Thomas G. Carpenter Library
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19702003 Director of Libraries and Professor of Library Science, University of North Florida Thomas G. Carpenter Library
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19671970 Assistant Manager, Walter J. Johnson, Inc.
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19621967 Assistant Bibliographer, Gift & Exchange Librarian, Chief Bibliographer, Asst. Head, Acquisitions, University of California, Davis ‐ Library
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Curriculum Vitae




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Honors and Awards

  • Andrew Farkas Library Resources Endowment. University of North Florida. Fund established: 2007.
  • Outstanding Faculty Scholarship Award — 2000. University of North Florida.
  • Honorary Alumnus Award — 2000. University of North Florida.
  • Citation Award of the Jussi Björling Society, Stockholm, Sweden, 1997.
  • Featured author of the Jacksonville Public Library's A Night of Literary Feasts. Jacksonville, November 1992.
  • Elected to The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, 1992.
  • Distinguished Professor Award — 1991. University of North Florida.
  • Della J. Sisler Prize for Best Personal Library. School of Library Science, University of California, Berkeley, 1962.
  • NDEA Fellow. University of California, Berkeley, 1961-62.
  • Two Foreign Student Scholarships. Occidental College, 1957-58 & 1958-59, renewal based on satisfactory academic advancement.

Education

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1962 Master of Library Science, University of California, Berkeley ‐ Library Science
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1959 Bachelor of Arts, French Language & Literature, Occidental College, Los Angeles
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1954 Baccalaureate, Madách Imre Gymnasium, Budapest, Hungary
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Books (8)

Journal Articles and Contributions to Other Publications (31)