Pam Rose and her dog Sophia (image by Nancy Parisi)
August 29, 2017
Each month, we’ll introduce you to an interesting member
of the Professional Staff Senate. This month’s featured
member is Pam Rose, web services and library promotions coordinator
in the Health Sciences Library (HSL).
How long have you worked at UB?
51 years. I started in September 1965.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
As a health sciences librarian, my efforts not only help
students, faculty and staff find what they may need, but sometimes
directly affect patient care. A local physician may contact us
needing an evidence based article on a rare condition – they
have a patient in the office, and need that information now.
Providing that assistance, knowing I’m improving
someone’s life in that direct way, is immeasurably
What's the most difficult part about your job?
Keeping up with cutting edge developments in information
retrieval – database interfaces, terminology, new
developments in the health sciences like genomic medicine –
we need to be able to find information quickly, efficiently and
correctly, and the landscape is always changing.
What would you say is your biggest achievement at UB?
I’m most proud of spearheading the benefit of therapy dogs
on campus. While law students were among the first to bring therapy
dog teams into their school during exams, the Health Sciences
Library began a larger version of the program in fall 2011, and
it’s spread widely to many other departments on campus, and
other educational institutions in Western New York. The public
relations aspect of providing relaxation in the libraries to
enhance and promote learning fit right into my job duties and my
“hobby” interests. I always say that all my worlds
collided in that activity.
Tell us something about your department that isn't well known.
The Health Sciences Library is also open to the public, not just
campus folks. We do offer consumer health counseling –
I am a certified Consumer Health Information Specialist as are
several other librarians on staff – so we can direct
community patrons to reliable health information presented in
layman’s language. HSL also has a truly amazing History of
Medicine collection that includes not only books, but the most
amazing instruments and artifacts – well worth a visit!
If you were to share some advice for other professional staff, what would it be?
One of the first actions I took upon becoming a professional
staff member in 1982 was to join the PSS. Getting to know
colleagues from very different areas than my own was invaluable in
expanding my knowledge not only of campus activities, but also of
who to contact for specific needs that arise occasionally. Not to
mention that I’ve made so many friends over the
Do you have any hobbies? What do you do for fun?
I do a lot of volunteer work with animals. I have rescued cats
for over 30 years, am a cat behavior counselor and serve on the
board for my rescue group. I’ve also been a docent at the
Buffalo Zoo for 15 years, helped to found and maintain the website
for Therapy Animals of Western New York (TAWNY), and have my own
therapy dog, Sophia – a Bernese Mountain dog. My husband Joel
and I care for six cats and two dogs at home, which keeps us very
busy, and we enjoy taking the dogs out to remote rural areas for
short hikes. I’m also addicted to the Food Network and Star
Trek and Star Wars. I read a lot of science fiction.
Do you have a favorite meal you like to prepare?
I have two: Linguine with pink clam sauce is one. I created the
sauce because Joel likes white clam sauce and I like red, so the
pink is a compromise. The other is spaghetti with rubies (beets), a
recipe I found in a magazine.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
I actually don’t like to travel much. We’ve been to
England, the Caribbean and all over the U.S., including Wyoming,
the state in which I was born. If we changed that to universe, and
were in an era where transport technology actually worked (beam me
up, Scotty!), I would love to go to TRAPPIST-1 or any of the other
recently discovered exoplanets. That way I could go and return in a
day, and sleep in my own waterbed.
Any other fun facts about you?
In the 70s, I belonged to the Volvo Sports Car club and spent a
lot of time as a navigator running road rallies on the weekends and
racing a small, robin-egg-blue 850 Fiat out at Lancaster Speedway,
as well as go-karts out in Springville. The Courier Express had a
sports car column every Sunday written by Bob Feeney, which duly
recorded the winners of local rallies and races. One entry noted
something about the timer for an event at Lancaster Speedway having
to get out of the way of a spinning Fiat – that was me. On my
third run, I went a bit too fast (grin).