Wayne J. Peay

Director, Eccles Health Sciences Library 1984-2007

Wayne J. Peay, Director, Eccles Health Scienes Library 1984-2007
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Wayne J. Peay, was the Director of the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library from 1984 until his retirement on October 1, 2007.

Wayne began his career at the Eccles Library in 1970 as the bindery clerk when the library was located on the B Level of the Medical Center after the medical library was separated from the main campus library. Wayne assisted in moving the library to the new Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library which was dedicated in 1971.

With the encouragement of Priscilla Mayden, Eccles Library Director from 1965-1984, he left for Washington University in St. Louis where he was Serials Librarian and Coordinator of the PHILSOM Network from 1973-1975. He left St. Louis for library school at Columbia University where he received his M.S. with honors in 1977 while serving as Assistant Director of the Data Processing Department at the Medical Library Center of New York.

Wayne returned to the Eccles Library as Head of Media Services 1977-1983, Head of Technical Services 1980-1983 and Head of Computer and Media Services 1983-1984 before being named Director.

-IAIMS Newsletter, Summer 2007


Career Accomplishments

  • National Library of Medicine’s Biomedical Library Review Committee, 1992-1994
  • Board of Directors for the Medical Library Association, 1992-1996
  • President of the Association of Academic Health Science Library Directors
  • Bernice M. Hetzner Award for Excellence in Academic Health Sciences Librarianship in 1996
  • Utah State Chief Information Officer’s Award, 1997
  • Distinguished Service Award from the Utah Library Association, 1999
  • Janet Doe Lecture at the Medical Library Association meeting in 1998
  • Fellow in the Medical Library Association in 2000
  • Utah’s Library Advocates for the 20th Century in 2000
  • Fellow into the American College of Medical Informatics

Three of Wayne’s most notable accomplishments during his career was the implementation of technology in higher education and libraries over 30 years, winning the contract for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine for Utah in 2001 and successfully building and administrating the Spencer F. and Cleone P. Eccles Health Sciences Education Building in 2005.

-IAIMS Newsletter, Summer 2007



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Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library

The mission of the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library is to advance and transform education, research, and health care through dynamic technologies, evidence application, and collaborative partnerships.