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BYU librarian receives distinguished service award

Connie Lamb, the anthropology, Middle East studies and women’s studies librarian in the Social Sciences Department at Brigham Young University’s Harold B. Lee Library, was presented the 2010 Distinguished Service Award from the Mountain Plains Library Association at its recent conference in Oklahoma City. The organization includes 12 states.

The MPLA Distinguished Service Award is given to an MPLA member who “has made notable contributions to the library profession or who has performed exemplary service for an extended period of time.”

Lamb has been a member of MPLA for 30 years and has attended the annual conference most of those years. She has served on the publicity, bylaws, nominations and professional development grants committees, was secretary of the Academic Section from 1997 to 1998 and has given several presentations at MPLA meetings.

In addition to a master’s degree in library science, Lamb has master’s degrees in biology, international relations and anthropology. She has published several articles and book reviews as well as developed four databases and co-edited two book-length bibliographies.

Lamb began her library work at the Utah State Library Commission in Salt Lake City and was hired at BYU in 1980. She served as Utah Library Association president from 1985 to 1986, past president in charge of finances the following year, program co-chair from 2000 to 2003 and has been involved in the continuing education committee for many years, which she currently co-chairs. She has also been co-chair of the Past Presidents Committee for six years. She received the ULA Distinguished Service Award in 1990.

Lamb has also been active on the BYU campus, serving on the Devotional/Forum Committee, the University Rank and Status Council, as an officer in the BYU chapter of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and as an officer in the BYU Faculty Women’s Association since 1994.

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