Director of Hennepin County Library
Lois Langer Thompson is the Director of Hennepin County Library, which is nationally recognized as one of the top libraries in the United States. Its mission is to nourish minds, transform lives and build community together. The 41-library system offers more than 5 million books, CDs and DVDs; material in more than 40 languages; and 1,750 public computers. The Library also serves Hennepin County residents through outreach to patrons who are homebound, in senior residences and correctional facilities. The library's award-winning website, www.hclib.org, receives more than 1 million visits each month.
Thompson earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, with a major in history and a minor in business, from Gustavus Adolphus College. She earned a Master of Arts degree in librarianship and information management from the University of Denver.
Thompson is a recipient of Library Journal's Movers and Shakers Award, which honors "emerging leaders in the library world…from across the United States and Canada who are innovative, creative and making a difference." Named Library Director in 2009, Thompson is well on her way to developing a premier library system that responds to the changing needs of Hennepin County residents and welcomes new patrons from all over the world.