Paul Blobaum, M.A., M.S.

  Professor Emeritus



Professor Paul Blobaum served as the Library Faculty Liaison to the College of Health and Human Services programs of Nursing, Health Administration, Social Work, Addiction Studies/Behavioral Health, Community Health, and Communications Disorders. He served as Scholarly Communications Librarian, where he administered the library’s digital scholarly repository, OPUS (http//, archives, special collections, and digital collections areas. He also served as Head of the Reference Department of the University Library.

Professor Blobaum was appointed to the University Library Faculty in 2001 following a career in academic medical libraries and hospital libraries. Professor Blobaum’s research has focused on collection development and hospital libraries. He has presented his research on the local, regional, national, and international levels.


Professor Blobaum’s publications include original research on the literature of addictions treatment, essays on hospital library services, and numerous reviews.  He is the co-author of systematic reviews of nursing interventions.   He currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Hospital Librarianship and serves on the peer review panel for the Pediatric Nursing journal. 

Professor Blobaum has served on numerous university committees, including serving as Faculty Senate President from 2007-2010, and Chair of the University Personnel Committee. He also served as President of the Health Science Librarians of Illinois, and as a member of several Medical Library Association award juries. Professor Blobaum serves as Chair Elect on the Executive Committee, Nursing and Allied Health Resources Section, Medical Library Committee.

Professor Blobaum was awarded a Faculty Excellence Award in 2005, 2007, and 2009.  His paper presentation, “Mapping the Literature of Addiction Treatment” received 2nd Place Research Paper award at the 2012 Medical Library Association annual conference.   

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