Dot Thompson's Home Page

What do I do? I am a Research Sciences Librarian with Bucknell University's Information Services and Resources (ISR). I am the Social Sciences Librarian and am responsible for collection development, library instruction and other liaison responsibilities for the Management, Economics, Political Science, Education, Sociology and Antrhopology departments. In addition, I am liaison to one humanities department, East Asian Studies, and to several administrative areas: Small Business Development, University Relations and the Career Development Center.

Scholarly Communication is a special focus of my job. According to the ALA site, Scholarly communication is the system through which research and other scholarly writings are created, evaluated for quality, disseminated to the scholarly community, and preserved for future use. One of the fundamental characteristics of scholarly research is that it is created to facilitate inquiry and knowledge. The majority of scholars develop and disseminate their research with little or no expectation of direct financial reward.
Along with Chemistry Professor Dee Casteel, Nancy Dagle (Interim Co-Director of ISR/ Director of Library Services), and I attended the 2006 ACRL/ARL Institute on Scholarly Communication.

Here is some personal information about me. My undergraduate degree is in accounting from Mississippi College. My Masters in Library Science is from the University of Southern Mississippi. My hometown is Jackson, Mississippi. My husband, Kenneth Thompson, is an ichthyologist at Lock Haven University. My son, Chris Anderson, is CEO of Singing River Hospital System. He and his wife, Lisa, have two children, Kelly and Kyle. My daughter, Tiffany Hebb, and her husband, Chris, live in Greencastle, Indiana, where she is Coordinator of Instruction at Indiana's Depauw University library. They have a daughter, Rebecca.

Like many librarians, I am a big mystery fan. I recommend The Mystery Reader and Stop: You're Killing Me! as great sites for all sorts of information for mystery lovers. Some of my favorite authors are Sharyn McCrumb, Julia Spencer-Fleming, Kathy Hogan Trocheck (who also writes as Mary Kay Andrews) and Diane Mott Davidson .

Some favorite quotes:

How many a man has dated a new era from the reading of a book. Henry Ward Beecher.

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. Ralph Waldo Emerson

For lack of getting out of it, I have chosen it. Jean-Paul Satre

Tis the good reader that makes the good book. He finds passages which seem confidences or asides hidden from all else and unmistakably meant for his ear. Ralph Waldo Emerson

When I was young, I admired clever people. Now that I am old, I admire kind people. Abraham Joshua Heschel

Life does not consist mainly - or even largely - of facts and happenings. It consists mainly of the storm of thoughts that are forever blowing through one's mind. Mark Twain

This page last updated November 12, 2004.

 

 Dot S. Thompson, Faculty Outreach Coordinator

(570) 577-3232

dthompsn@bucknell.edu