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Ann Thornton


Andrew W. Mellon Director of The New York Public Libraries

Appointed Andrew W. Mellon Director of The New York Public Libraries in 2012, Ann Thornton is responsible for collection development, preservation, reference services, fellowship programs, and exhibitions at four world-renowned research libraries.

Thornton has been at NYPL since 1996, when she was hired at the Science, Industry, and Business Library as its first public training coordinator. She subsequently held positions as Assistant Director of Electronic Resources, Associate Director of the Humanities and Social Sciences Library, and Director of Reference and Research Services. Most recently she served as Acting Andrew W. Mellon Director of The New York Public Libraries.

Thornton has a BA in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MLIS from Florida State University. Early in her career Thornton served as a systems librarian at the University of Houston Libraries; more recently she was a 2009–10 Research Libraries Leadership Fellow in a program sponsored by the Association of Research Libraries.

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