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iSchool Alumna named University Librarian at Columbia University

Ann ThortonAnn D. Thorton is no stranger to the College of Communication and Information (CCI). She graduated from the MLIS program in 1994 and was honored as the School of Information’s Distinguished Alumni in 2013.

Her career’s success has been great, including working as the director of the New York Public Libraries, the largest public library system in the world. After over fifteen years with NYPL and holding several senior leadership positions, she is ready for her newest challenge.

Most recently, Thorton was named University Librarian and Vice Provost at Columbia University in New York. At Columbia, she will help integrate the priorities of Columbia’s academic units with the activities of the University libraries. Thorton will also be working to strengthen channels for student input and focus on collective efforts. In her career, she has published and spoken widely about the nexus of research, teaching, learning and leadership.

The beginning of Ann’s successful career in libraries started with her education at Florida State. More on the School of Information and the Master’s in Library and Information Science can be found here.