J. Paul Lomio, the assistant director for information services at the Stanford Law School's Crown Library, has been selected as a recipient of the 1994 Marsh O'Neill Award.
Lomio has been in his current position at the Law Library since September. Before that, he was public service librarian since 1985. He joined the library as a reference librarian in 1982 and was named associate public service librarian the following year.
Lomio, a resident of Palo Alto, also is a lecturer in library and information science at San Jose State University. Before coming to Stanford, he was reference and documents librarian at the Robert J. White Law Library at the Columbus School of Law, Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
He has advanced degrees in law and in library science from Gonzaga University, the University of Washington and Catholic University, and has been both a law clerk and a practicing attorney.
A law professor who previously taught at Harvard wrote, in nominating Lomio, that he "far surpasses the level of service I was accustomed to. He has made innumerable contributions to my own research in an unfailingly resourceful and imaginative way."
Another law professor wrote, "He is so thoroughly imbued with the service ethic of librarianship at its best that he sometimes disappears as a person; but the signs of his activity are unmistakable.
"Once he learns that a faculty member or student is interested in a topic, he becomes a one-man clipping service," the faculty member wrote. "It is a sign of his dedication to learning (rather than merely to institutional role) that he does this not only for faculty for also for students."
Lomio said he was surprised to learn he had won the award, and said the whole reference staff really deserves the recognition. "This award reflects the group that I work with rather than just myself. It's an excellent team."
From the Stanford News, December 14, 1994
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