Margaret Lam receives PAM Achievement Award

Congratulations to Margaret Lam, Physical Sciences & STEM Data Librarian!

At the 2021 Special Libraries Association (SLA) Annual Conference, the Physics-Astronomy-Mathematics (PAM) Community presented Margaret Lam with the PAM Achievement Award on Friday, August 13, 2021. Lam is the 23rd recipient of this honor since it was first awarded in 1997. The purpose of the PAM Achievement Award is to recognize those members who have made outstanding contributions to the PAM Community, and whose professional work is marked by distinction and dedication to librarianship in astronomy, mathematics and/or physics.

Anya Bartelmann, Chair of the PAM Awards Committee and Astrophysics, Mathematics, and Physics Librarian at the Lewis Science Library & Fruth Plasma Physics Library of Princeton University, presented the award to Lam, praising her dedication and expertise in her fields, active contributions to PAM, organizational skills, strategic planning, and service orientation. Bartelmann’s full remarks will be included in the November issue of the PAM Bulleton (published via PAMnet).

Lam, who has been with Mason Libraries since 2010, is a member of the Sciences and Technology Team in the Learning, Research and Engagement (LRE) division. John Walsh, Associate University Librarian for LRE, called the award “a truly major achievement! With this award, Margaret is now part of a cadre of remarkable professionals. Past winners are all luminaries in Physics, Astronomy, and Mathematics librarianship or leaders in STEM academic or societal publishing. ”

Kim Hoffman, Lead for the Sciences and Technology Team, remarked, “Margaret is deserving of this award, and I am so glad to see her expertise acknowledged by her professional colleagues.”

Upon learning of Lam’s selection for this award, John Zenelis, Dean of Libraries and University Librarian, commented, “Receiving notification of the PAM Awards Committee’s selection of Margaret was wonderful news. Margaret’s dedication to librarianship and to the Mason community is a testimony to her expertise, work ethic, and numerous professional contributions.”

Among her many accomplishments and in addition to her committee and community service, Lam has appeared in numerous publications, presented at conferences, managed collections development in a variety of STEM disciplines, and provided innumerable research and reference support and consultation to faculty and students.

Lam has her BA and MA in Chemistry and her Master of Library Science, from Queens College, The City University of New York.

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