Dawn Thistle has served as Executive Director of Information Technology & Media Services at Assumption College since January 2008. For 10 years prior to that appointment, she was Director of Library Services. In the role of Executive Director of IT she sets the department's strategic direction in consultation with Assumption's administration, Board and faculty. Current projects include completing the implementation of a new enterprise resource planning (ERP) system, the ongoing development and support of a new web site and portal, and creating a technology certification program for student staff.
Previously she worked at the College of the Holy Cross as Head of Reader Services and Music Librarian. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, the M.Mus. from New England Conservatory of Music and the M.S. and D.A. from Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science.
Dr. Thistle served on the NERCOMP Board from 2012-2016, most recently as Vice-Chair. A member of Educause, the American Library Association and the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), she has served as President of the New England Chapter of ACRL, and in 2009-2010 served as Chair of the ACRL College Libraries Section. She is an alumna of the ACRL/Harvard Leadership Institute and has served on five NEASC reaccreditation visiting teams. Dr. Thistle has presented at NERCOMP SIGs, ALA, ACRL, ACRL New England, New England Library Association, Massachusetts Conference of Chief Librarians of Public Higher Educational Institutions, NELINET and other conferences on topics including using LIBQUAL survey data, library collection analysis, strategic planning, and Library/IT relations. She has published in CIO Insight, Industry Week and College & Undergraduate Libraries. In recognition of her service to Assumption College and "for [developing] the library as both a learning and gathering space for intellectual and social growth," Dr. Thistle was awarded the President's Medal in 2006. In May 2011 the Assumption College Student Government Association presented her with the "Above and Beyond Award" for her efforts to communicate with and involve students in technology planning.
Dr. Thistle lives with her husband and two dogs in Oakham, Massachusetts, where she enjoys gardening, kayaking, watching the hummingbirds and playing the organ for her church.