Spencer Lamm named as Director of Consortial Library Systems

Posted on December 9, 2021

Spencer Lamm will join the Five Colleges of Ohio in January 2022 as its Director of Consortial Library Systems where he will oversee CONSORT, the multi-college integrated library system, and provide leadership for library technology, consortial relationships, and multi-institution projects. With 15 years of experience in academic and research settings, Spencer has worked with an array of systems and content types including print and electronic library collections, digital archives and special collections, and most recently, biomedical research data. He begins work at Ohio Five on January 24, based at an office at Ohio Wesleyan University.

“Ohio Five is fortunate to welcome a new director of our library systems with significant consortial library experience and a breadth of impressive work in multiple systems and collection types,” commented Executive Director Sarah Stone. “Spencer’s strategic strengths and vision and commitment to the future of libraries will be a big asset to our consortium going forward.”

Spencer established and led teams at Swarthmore College and the Tri-College Library Consortium, Drexel University, and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). At the Tri-Colleges, he founded and chaired the Tri-College Technology Advisory Group, which defined and managed the vision and implementation of shared library technology of Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and Swarthmore. At Tri Colleges, he led the design and implementation of the consortium’s open-source library discovery layer, which provided coordinated searching across each college’s traditional holdings as well as siloed resources, such as library guides, digital collections and archives, and journal holdings. At Drexel University, as Manager of Discovery Systems, he centralized the Drexel Libraries’ disparate digital collections into a single, customized, institutional repository. At the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute as Supervisor for Library Sciences of its Arcus Program, he established the hospital’s first team of librarian and archivists to institute a new set of systems, services and policies for the long-term preservation of CHOP’s genomic, clinical, and biosample research data and related software, tools, and metadata. Spencer is a graduate of the University of Washington in Seattle where he received both a BA in History and a Masters in Library and Information Science.