Annie (Hughes) Thompson (MSLS ’08), alumna of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science (SILS), was appointed Director of the Jennifer Ann Wilson Dental Library (WDL) at the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry at the University of Southern California on May 1, 2015.
The Wilson Dental Library is located within the School of Dentistry and primarily provides information resources and support for faculty, students, and staff and selectively for the general oral healthcare community and the public. WDL is a small specialized library, and is also one of the few stand-alone academic dental libraries in the country.
Within the Ostrow community, WDL remains an important entity. The library recently played a large role in the school’s accreditation process and plans to continue to be embedded in both the curriculum and problem-based pedagogy. Thompson said she looks forward to planning the library’s future with a fresh perspective and an open mind and hopes to continue to provide resources for the school and the larger dental community.
After graduating from SILS, Thompson became the Information Services Librarian at WDL and was embedded in its problem-based curriculum by providing courses on resource discovery and retrieval and evidence-based practice. She recently received continuing appointment/tenure within the USC Libraries and joint appointment with the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry, and she has been active within the Medical Library Association and the American Dental Education Association.