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Thompson, Laurie L.

MLA Elected Offices and Committee Chair Appointments

  • MLA News, editor, 2012–2014
  • Board of Directors, member, 2007–2010
  • Bylaws Committee, MLA Board liaison, 2007–2010
  • Task Force on the Health Sciences Librarian in Medical Education, member, 2006–2008
  • Books Panel, member, 2002–2005; MLA Board liaison 2007–2010
  • 2007 National Program Committee, member, 2005–2007
  • George and Ida Eliot Prize Jury, chair, 2000–2001
  • Chapter Council Presents Chapter Sharing Roundtables, Leadership, resource facilitator, 1996
  • 1995 Local Assistance Committee, Social Events Subcommittee, cochair, 1993–1995
  • American Library Association, Committee on Cataloging Description and Access, MLA representative, 1988–1991
  • Continuing Education Committee, Instructional Development Subcommittee, member, 1990–1994, chair, 1994–1995; Chapter and Section Support Subcommittee, member, 1988–90
  • 1992 National Program Committee, Local Assistance Committee, chair, 1990–1992
  • Leadership and Management Section, Task Force on Chapter-Level Programming, chair, 2004–2006; discussion list manager, 2003–2013; 2003 Annual Meeting Program Committee, member; MLA Nominating Committee, nominee, 2002
  • Technical Services Section, Nominating Committee, chair, 1997–1998, 2000–2001; MLA Nominating Committee, nominee, 1996, 1999; By-Laws Committee, chair, 1994–1995; section chair/program chair, 1993–1994; National Library of Medicine liaison, 1988–1990; Committee on Continuing Education, chair, 1989–1990
  • South Central Chapter of MLA, Credentialing Committee, member, 2009–2011; Local Arrangements Committee,  member, 2007–2008; Provisional Local Arrangements Committee, chair, 2005–2006
  • Upstate New York and Ontario Chapter of MLA, treasurer, 1999–2003


Honors and Awards

  • Fellow, 2013
  • Louis Darling Medal for Distinguished Achievement in Collection Development, 2012
  • Daniel T. Richards Prize for Collection Development, 2008 [Journal Collection Development: Challenges, Issues, and Strategies, in Introduction to Health Sciences Librarianship. Binghamton, NY: Haworth Information Press; 2007]
  • Association of Health Information Professionals, Distinguished Member
Other Awards
  • National Library of Medicine/Association of Research Libraries/Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries Leadership Fellowship mentor, 2009–2010, 2006–2007
  • Texas Library Association, Tall Texans Leadership, mentor, 2008
  • Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries, Association of Research Libraries Service Quality Assessment Institute, San Antonio, TX, May 2003
  • Council on Library Resources. Frye Leadership Institute, Atlanta, GA, June 2002
  • NLM Medical Informatics Fellowship, Marine Biological Institute, Woods Hole, MA, 1999
Other Accomplishments and Activities
  • University of Texas System Advisory Committee on Library Affairs, 2003–; chair, 2010–2012
  • Texas State Library and Archives Commission, TexShare Advisory Board, chair, 2012–2013;vice chair, 2011–2012
  • South Central Academic Medical Libraries (SCAMeL), president, 2008–2010
  • Central New York Library Resources Council Board of Directors, 1998–2003; president, 2000–2002


Publications (5 representative)

  • Thompson LL, ed. The Medical Library Association master guide to authoritative information resources in the health sciences. New York, NY: Neal-Schuman; 2011.
  • Higa ML, Bunnett B, Maina B, Perkins J, Ramos T, Thompson LL, Wayne R. Redesigning a library’s organizational structure. Coll Res Lib. 2005 Jan; 66(1):41–58.
  • Thompson LL. Analyzing electronic license agreements: strategies for success. J Electron Resour Med Lib. 2004;1(1):91–102.
  • Thompson LL. Cataloging operations. In: Thompson LL, ed. Bibliographic management of infor­mation resources in health sciences libraries. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press and Medical Library Association; 2001. (Current Practice in Health Sciences Libraries, v.5.)
  • Bader SA, Thompson LL. Analyzing in-house journal utilization: an added dimension in decision making. Bull Med Lib Assoc,1989 Apr;77(2):216–8 [Cited 25 Sep 2013].


Professional Positions

  • Assistant Vice President for Library Services, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center–Dallas, 2007–present
  • Director of Libraries, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center–Dallas, 2003–2007
  • Librarian and Director of Libraries,State University of New York Upstate Medical University–Syracuse, 1998–2003
  • Acting Director, Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library, George Washington University, Washington DC, 1997–1998
  • Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library, George Washington University, Washington DC, Deputy Director, 1995–1997; Associate Director, Library Operations, 1986–1995
  • Deputy Director, Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library, George Washington University, Washington DC, 1995–1997
  • Adjunct Instructor, Department of Computer Medicine, George Washington University, Washington DC, 1996–1998
  • Adjunct Instructor, Department of Emergency Medicine, George Washington University, Washington DC, 1992–1998
  • Assistant Principal Cataloger, Cataloger, Auxiliary Reference Librarian, National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, MD, 1980–1986
  • Rare Book Cataloger,Hawaii Medical Library, Honolulu, HI, 1979–1980


MLA published statements about the fellow

  • MLA honors excellence in health sciences librarianship. MLA News. 2013 May;53(5).



  • MLS, 1978, University of Hawaii. Beta Phi Mu Honor Society
  • BA, English, 1974, Northeast Louisiana University (now University of Louisiana at Monroe); full academic scholarship, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society


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