State Library Medical Librarian Pam Rees was recently honored at a 2007 Golden Dome Employee Recognition event for her 35 years of service.
Said Pam, "It doesn’t seem possible that I have been at the State Library 35 years! Time flies when you enjoy your work and have supportive
co-workers. I never imagined I would end
up in a medical library even when I started working at the State Library in October 1972. That
was a wonderful stroke of good fortune when the State
Librarian placed me in the medical library 'temporarily.'
"There is always
something new and challenging going on at the State Library and that keeps the
job interesting. There have been a lot of changes over the years, especially with
the introduction of computerized searching and the Internet.
"I used to spend
hours on complicated medical reference searches pouring over paper medical
indexes and searching through multiple subject headings to make sure I didn’t
miss anything. We did not have access to computerized Medline until 1976. What a relief that was!
"It has been a privilege to work at the State Library all this
time. It has given me the opportunity to work with many others in the library
field both in Iowa and across the
country. Thank you all for a wonderful time!"