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Pamela Skinner

Head of Collection Development

Pamela Skinner

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Monday to Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Young Library, YGB109



M.L.S., Columbia University

Certificate, Russian Institute, Columbia University

B.A., Russian Studies, Wells College

Pamela Skinner is the Head of Collection Development for the Smith College Libraries, coordinating the selection of print and electronic resources for the general library collections.  In that capacity, she works closely with library staff, faculty and academic departments, students, publishers, vendors, potential donors, etc.  She also coordinates the library’s liaison program, in which library staff work closely with their assigned departments and programs to ensure that the Libraries acquire the scholarly resources that support the curriculum and research needs.   As part of Teaching, Learning and Research, she also helps staff the the reference service, teaches information literacy classes for students, and provides one-on-one research assistance. 

Pamela has played viola with the Pioneer Valley Symphony since moving to the area in 1987. It’s one of the oldest community orchestras in the country, performing 5-6 concerts each season; the symphony garnered  ASCAP awards for adventuresome programming in 1997, 2011, and 2014.  Pamela’s other passion is training and competing in canine agility events  – think doggie steeplechase. She currently runs Oskar, an Australian Cattle Dog mix who’s been competing since 2012, and Corrie, an Australian Cattle Dog who just started competing in 2016.   Corrie joined the household after failing to make the grade herding cattle in Louisiana.


Libraries Collection Development Working Group (Chair), Five College Libraries Resource Management Committee

Research Interests

Pamela’s current interests relate to collection development.

Publications & Presentations

Huddy, Lorraine, Michael Persick, Ana Noriega, and Pamela Skinner.  “The Short-Term Loan Roller Coaster: The Impact of Publishers' Increasing Prices on Library Demand-Driven Acquisition Programs, or, It's One Heck of a Ride!” Paper presented at the Charleston Conference, Charleston, SC, November 2016.

Huddy, Lorraine, Michael Persick, Susan MacArthur, and Pamela Skinner. “Earnestly Attempting to Roll with the Punches:  The Impact of Short-Term Loan Rate Increases on Library Acquisition Options.” Paper presented at the Charleston Conference, Charleston, SC, November 2016.

Button, Leslie, Rachel Lewellen, Kathleen Norton, and Pamela Skinner.  “Reducing Unintentional Duplication: Adventures & Opportunities in Cooperative Collection Development.” Paper presented at the Charleston Conference, Charleston, SC, November 2011.