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American Library Association Honors Pamela Bluh with Lifetime Achievement Award

Pamela Bluh, associate director for technical services and administration of the school’s Thurgood Marshall Law Library, received the 2012 Ross Atkinson Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS), a division of the ALA.  The award was presented last month at the ALA annual conference in Anaheim, CA.

In bestowing the award, ALCTS noted that “While Pamela has numerous publications and presentations to her credit, one area of particular genius for her has been in programming.” Bluh developed a highly successful midwinter symposium as well as webinars for librarians and staff who can’t travel to conferences. She was also recognized for her outstanding work as a mentor. 

Barbara Gontrum, Assistant Dean for Library and Technology, notes that, "Long before the phrase 'thinking outside the box' became popular, Pamela demonstrated creative thinking in all aspects of her work at the Law Library. One of many examples is the leadership role she has taken in promoting faculty scholarship on SSRN and in establishing our Digital Commons, the School's electronic showcase of faculty publications, conference proceedings, alumni publications, and other items." 

Bluh was honored for three decades of service to other librarians and ALCTS, where she has served as its president (2007/2008); editor of its highly successful Papers on Library Technical Services and Collections (2003-2006), chair of its Fundraising Committee (2000-2004) and chair of its Continuing Education Committee. She is currently editing the division’s first e-book “The Institutional Repository: Benefits and Challenges.”

“Pam is an inspiration to the law school community,” Maryland Carey Law Dean Phoebe Haddon said.  “She is an outstanding practitioner and scholar who, over the course of a distinguished career, has consistently stayed abreast of new technologies and used them creatively to enhance professional practice and access to information.  We are deeply grateful for the contribution she has made to the law school and her profession.”

As one colleague wrote in support of her ALCTS nomination, “Pamela’s vision and deep belief in the role of librarians and professional associations in the fast-paced world of information and access delivery are unparalled.”


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