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T. Scott Plutchak

UAB (retired)
Librarian, Epistemologist
Birmingham, Alabama

In 2017 T. Scott Plutchak retired from his position as Director of Digital Data Curation Strategies at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).  From 1995 to 2014 he was the Director of UAB’s Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences.  Prior to that he was Associate Director and then Director of the Health Sciences Center Library at St. Louis University.  He received his Masters Degree in Library Science from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in 1983, and was a post-graduate Library Associate at the US National Library of Medicine.  From 1999 through 2005 he was the editor of the Journal of the Medical Library Association (JMLA), and serves or has served on a number of journal editorial boards and advisory groups.  In 2001 he received the MLA Estelle Brodman Academic Librarian of the Year award, and in 2009, the Outstanding Alumni Award from the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley.  In May 2011 he delivered the Janet Doe Lecture at the annual meeting of the Medical Library Association, Breaking the barriers of time and space: the dawning of the great age of librarians.  In 2009 he was a member of the Scholarly Publishing Roundtable, which submitted a report to the US Congress in January 2010 with recommendations on providing public access to federally funded research results.   His retirement goals include more writing, more guitar, more cooking and a bit of pro bono consulting for organizations working in the scholcom space.