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Brendan Thompson

Knowledge Manager and Research Librarian


Brendan joined RMI in August 2013 after working in both academic and private industry libraries for more than 10 years. At RMI Brendan is responsible for maintaining the digital library as well as assisting with the in-depth research conducted by consultants. Brendan is also responsible for developing the collection of both physical and digital collections related to energy.


Brendan’s experience, ranges from corporate and federal to academic settings have given him a variety of experience. As the Information Specialist at Gnarus Environmental Services (GES), Brendan started the information department by building a digital and physical collection. During his tenure he worked on a large multi-billion dollar litigation project that required working collaboratively with the scientists, engineers, economists and other consultants. Additional services provided to analysts included intranet development, taxonomy expansion, topic tracking and alerts on state and federal regulations, guidance and policies, and document retrieval.


  • MA in Library and Information Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2010)
  • BA in History, North Carolina State University (2005)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

Special Library Association (SLA) Select Publications & Presentations . The 21st-Century Black Librarian in America: Issues and Challenges,
Chapter 5. The Dark but Good side of Diversity in Corporate Libraries, This collection of poignant essays covers a multiplicity of concerns for the 21st-century Black librarian and embodies compassion and respect for the provision of information, an act that defines librarianship. The essays are personable, inspiring, and thought provoking for all library professionals, regardless of race, class, or gender.

Joint Conference of Librarians of Color, Kansas City
2.0 and Beyond!: Helping seniors interact, The presentation's objective is to assist librarians who regularly work with adults of advanced age on various Web 2.0 tools and other technologies that creatively support those devices. Using best practices based on instructional design methodologies helps to design popular classes and demonstrations of social media, technological tools, and applications, September 2012

Special Library Association, Chicago
Suddenly Solo: What To Do When It’s Suddenly Just You, Conference panel discussing the challenges of being a solo librarian and surrounding the issue, July, 2012

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