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Lamb, Gertrude*

See also Gertrude Lamb's Oral History Summary


MLA Elected Offices and Committee Chair Appointments

  • Hospital Libraries Section, Task Force on JCAHO Standards, Member, 1989–1990
  • Joseph Leiter NLM/MLA Lectureship Committee, Member, 1983–1986
  • Inter-Association Representatives Panel, Chair, 1981–1982
  • President, President-Elect, Immediate Past President, 1979–1982
  • Committee on Committees, Chair, 1979–1980
  • Executive Committee, Member, 1979–1982; Chair, 1980–1981
  • Finance Committee, Member, 1980–1982
  • Elections Committee, Chair, 1979–1980
  • Nominating Committee, Chair, 1979–1980
  • Honors and Awards Committee, Member, 1978–1979, 1981–1982; Subcommittee on the Ida and George Eliot Prize, Member, 1977–1979, Chair, 1978–1979
  • Ad Hoc Committee to Study the Feasibility of an Accreditation Program for Hospital Libraries, Member, 1977–1978
  • National Program Committee, Annual Meeting Local Arrangements, Kansas City, Cochair, 1972–1973
  • Ad Hoc Committee to Review JCAH Accreditation Manual for Hospitals, Member, 1974–1976
  • Bylaws Committee, Member, 1974–1975
  • North Atlantic Health Sciences Libraries; Executive Board, Chair, 1977–1978
  • Capital Area Health Consortium Libraries, President, 1974–1978

Honors and Awards

  • MLA Most Notables, 1998
  • Fellow, 1992
  • Marcia C. Noyes Award, 1988
  • Academy of Health Information Professionals, Distinguished Member
  • Special Library Association, 100 Librarians Who Have Shaped the Profession

Other Accomplishments & Activities

  • Created first clinical medical librarian program, School of Medicine, University of Missouri–Kansas City, and served as mentor and consultant in creating many clinical medical librarian programs
  • Overseers’ Visiting Committee, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, 1975–1981
  • National Library of Medicine Grant: A Shared Patient Care Information System, University of Connecticut, Hartford Hospital, Capital Area Health Consortium, 1977
  • National Library of Medicine Grant: Clinical Librarians in Patient Care Teaching Settings at the University of Connecticut, Hartford Hospital, 1974
  • Principal Investigator, National Library of Medicine Grant: Biomedical Librarians in the Patient Care Setting in Kansas City, 1972

Publications (5 representative)

Articles published in the Bulletin of the Medical Library Association or Journal of the Medical Library Association are available via PMC.

  • Lamb G. The hospital librarian’s administrative role. In: Bradley J, Holst R, Messerle J, eds. Hospital library management. Medical Library Association; 1983.
  • Lamb G. A decade of clinical librarianship. Clin Lib Q. 1982 Sep;1(1):2–4.
  • Lamb G. Inaugural address: that is the question. Bull Med Lib Assoc. 1981 Jan;69(1):1982–3. [cited 18 Jul 2012]
  • Lamb G. Bridging the information gap. Hosp Lib. 1976;1(10):2–4.
  • Lamb G, Jefferson A, White C. And now, clinical librarians on rounds. Hartford Hosp Bull. 1975 Jun;30(2):77–86.


  • Director, Health Sciences Libraries, Hartford Hospital, 1980–1992
  • University Assistant Librarian and Director, Clinical Librarian Program at Hartford Hospital, University of Connecticut, 1973–1980
  • Medical Librarian and Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Missouri–Kansas City, 1971–1973
  • Head Acquisitions, Wilbur Cross Library, University of Connecticut, 1956–1962
  • Instructor, Department of Government and International Relations, University of Connecticut, 1947–1952

MLA published statements about the fellow


  • PhD, Information Science, School of Graduate Studies, Case Western Reserve, Cleveland, OH, 1971
  • MSLS, Library Science, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, 1968 (August Alpers Scholar)
  • AM, Public Administration, Boston University, 1945
  • AB, Economics, Radcliffe College, Cambridge, MA,1940

Contributed by Gertrude Lamb and Shirley Gronholm

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