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Staff Spotlight: Pam Bell

Although she describes herself as a “blue jeans kind of girl,” few people know that Pam Bell is also a royal personage.

Pam Bell 061213Tucked away in WSL Technical Services, Pam has a long history with the Washington State Library. In the 1980s she did the first inputting for that late great bibliographic utility, WLN. WLN was a “bibliographic utility” — think service organization to libraries in the Pacific Northwest — conceived by and born from the Washington State Library. 

Pam made her way to ILL, Acquisitions, Processing, and now Cataloging. Her specialty is government publications, where her duties include close copy cataloging. Pam has excelled at rolling with the changes in the ever-changing world of Technical Services in the wake of staff turnover and budget cuts.

A native of Lewis County, Pam loves outdoor life and organizing social events. She also enjoys collecting Popeye memorabilia and lives by his credo, “I yam what I yam and that’s all what I yam,” and terrifying the State Librarian with wacky ideas.

 Oh, back to the royalty thing. Pam was the Prairie Days Princess in Yelm AND the Rodeo Princess in Rainier.

Thanks, Pammer. You are vital to helping us make federal publications available to the people of this state.

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3 Responses to “Staff Spotlight: Pam Bell”

  1. Much deserved recognition, Pam’s great personality radiates around the building.

  2. Shirley Lewis Says:

    Pam also works to make Washington State publications accessible to Washington residents and the world. Congratulations, Pam!

  3. Kudos to you, Pam! Well deserved!!!