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What was your previous position and where?I was a reference librarian at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Wash.
What brought you to LSU?Part of what brought me to LSU was the position I still have here in the libraries. The other part was that my brother, Karsten Thompson, and his family live here. Karsten is a professor at LSU in the chemical engineering department and he encouraged me to apply when my job position opened in 1998.
What is your research interest?The focus of my recent publications has been computer mediated communication. I co-edited "The Handbook of Research on Computer Mediated Communication" (Information Science Research, 2008), and I am currently co-editing two more books on the same topic.
What do you hope to accomplish at LSU?The libraries' faculty members are in a unique position at LSU because we contribute to the education of the students studying in every department and at every level. My ongoing goal at LSU is to help students succeed in whatever courses they are taking and to prepare them for life after LSU by teaching them how to critically and ethically select, analyze and use the information that is available to them through the libraries and from elsewhere.
What do you enjoy most about LSU?I enjoy the wide variety of work I am able to do at LSU, which includes selecting the library books for religious studies, working at the reference desk, coordinating the work that goes into the LSU Libraries website, editing a journal and various other activities.
What are your major accomplishments?Most recently, I was named editor of Catholic Library World, the journal of the Catholic Library Association. Editing a library science association journal that also relates to my job duties and interests in religious studies was an unexpected and wonderful opportunity. I was the co-recipient – with Angela Vandenbroek, also at LSU Libraries – of the 2010 Association of College and Research Libraries, or ACRL, College Libraries Section, or CLS, Proquest Innovation in College Librarianship Award; and I received the Louisiana Library Association, or LLA, Anthony H. Benoit Mid-Career Award in 2010 and the ACRL-Louisiana Scholar Librarian of the Year Award in 2009.