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July 14, 1998
Doretta Royer 315 464-4833

Laurie L. Thompson Named Director of the Health Sciences Library

Laurie L. Thompson has been named director of the Health Sciences Library of the State University of New York Health Science Center at Syracuse.

Thompson comes to Syracuse with many years of experience in health sciences library management and education. She began her career as a rare book cataloger at the Hawaii Medical Library. She subsequently served concurrently as auxiliary reference librarian and cataloger, and then as assistant principal cataloger, for the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, Md. The National Library of Medicine is the premier medical library in the United States and has the largest medical collection in the world. It is part of the National Institutes of Health.

In 1986, Thompson joined George Washington University Medical Center as associate director of Library Operations. In 1995, she was named deputy director of the University’s Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library. While at George Washington University, Thompson also served as adjunct instructor in the Departments of Emergency Medicine and Computer Medicine.

Thompson received a bachelor’s degree in English Education in 1974 from Northeast Louisiana University, where she was a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. In 1978, she received a Master of Library Science degree from the University of Hawaii in Honolulu, where she was a member of the Beta Phi Mu Honor Society.

She has held numerous positions with the Medical Library Association and is a Distinguished Member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals. She also has served on committees for the American Library Association and Health Sciences OCLC Users Group, and has served as a consultant and educator for numerous universities and associations.

In 1996, Thompson was appointed to the George Washington University Information Technology Advisory Council’s Committee on Information Systems, and was named co-chair of the Medical Center World Wide Web Advisory Committee. Since 1990, she has been appointed to committees for the Medical Center Information Systems Advisory Group, the University Advisory Council on Academic Computing, the University E-Mail Committee and the GW Information Network Committee.

Thompson has made numerous presentations to professional societies and published many articles in professional journals. Her first book Bibliographic Management of Information Resources in Health Sciences Libraries, is now at press.

Thompson resides in Manlius with her husband, Dale, and their daughter, Emily.

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