Born and lived:  I was born in Sanford, NC and grew up in Baltimore, MD.

early life:  After graduation from Towson State College in MD, I didn’t find a suitable teaching position.  I started working as a Library Clerk at the University of Maryland Health Sciences Library.  After another false start in Social Work, I decided that a Master’s degree and career in Library Science was my calling.

professional career and activities:  My first professional job was a “dream” job because it combined my experience, education, and interests.  I worked at Western Carolina University as a Reference Librarian and the coordinator of the government documents depository.  I was library liaison  and bibliographer for the School of Nursing and Allied Health and the Department of Political Science.  My next job was working as a circuit-riding Area Health Education Center librarian in Northwest NC.  I was hospital-based and regularly visited five other hospitals to deliver library services.  For two years, I worked as the Head of Reference at the University of Mississippi Medical Center library in Jackson.  For ten years, I was the Director of Library Services at Cape Fear Valley Health System in Fayetteville, NC.  Before coming to my present position, I worked as the hospital-based consumer health librarian for Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.

family:  I share my life with Ken Zutavern.  My cat is named Clemson because he is an orange striped tiger like the ACC university’s mascot.

in my spare time:  I like to read (of course!), hike and picnic, and explore historic places.

favorite books:  My most important book is The BibleTo Kill a Mockingbird and Exodus left indelible impressions on my young mind.  I like everything written by Thomas Hardy and Margaret Maron (a living NC fiction writer).

pet peeves:  I try not to have them, but I do not relate well to people when they are being closed-minded.

philosophy:  From the Rolling Stones – “You can’t always get what you want, but ya just might find, if ya try some time, you get what you need.”

most memorable career achievement:  My most memorable collection development achievement came after the Acquisitions Librarian at the WCU library passed away.  I was one of three members of the library faculty appointed to a committee that managed the equitable allocation of funds, monitored spending progress, and provided support to the rest of the library faculty.

goal I hope to achieve five years from now:  Retirement!

how/where do I see the industry in five years:  Because of the increased life expectancy of patients, a comparative dwindling of the healthcare workforce, and the need for clinicians to spend as much time as possible engaged in patient care, the need for hospital librarians will increase.  The librarian will be fully integrated into the patient care team.

 

6 Responses to ATG Star of the Week: Patricia A. Hammond, Health Sciences Librarian, Sentara Potomac Hospital Immerman Memorial Library, Woodbridge, VA

  1. Diana says:

    I love your “pet peeve”! But under hobbies you didn’t mention skinny skiing – why not????
    I’m so proud of you – always have been – so proud to call you friend.
    I am now officially retired – as of 2.15.12 and it is
    WONDERFUL! Still not quite used to it but getting better every day – hopefully you will soon also, xoxoxo

  2. Kathy says:

    Congratulations! You have a very interesting life and important career. We are very proud of you and we are so glad to call you our sister-in-law! Love you Pat.

  3. Margo Coletti says:

    Congratulations, Pat! This piece does not mention your many contributions to the Medical Library Association and the Hospital Library Section. You are an inspiration to hospital librarians everywhere!

  4. Gail Dickson says:

    My oldest sister has never ceased to amaze me. Congratulations on your publication. Love you Sis!

  5. Ramune Kubilius says:

    Margo, in my intro I mentioned that Pat was past chair of the largest section in MLA, the Hospital Libraries Section. Due to word limit, I could not go into more detail. I cited the article she wrote on the future of hospital libraries that inspired my invitation for her to be a featured writer in this special issue. Ramune K, editor of that Dec 2011/Jan 2012 special issue.

  6. Deniz Ender says:

    Congratulations Pat! This is wonderful. Your dedication and contributions are greatly appreciated.
    Enjoy your “Week!”

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