Joel Thornton

 Business Librarian, Assistan Professor

  • Collaborate with Finance, Accounting and Sport Management Faculty to understand teaching and research needs
  • Provide business reference service to faculty, staff, and students at public service points and subject specific consultation by appointment.
  • Build and manage information resources in Finance, Accounting and Sport Management subject area
  • Design, deliver, assess, and promote library instruction programs to support a comprehensive libraries-wide information literacy program.~


  • MS Information Science, University of North Texas, 2007
  • BBA Accounting, Pittsburg State University, 1993 

Selected Papers

Thornton, J. (2012). Researching public pension plans. Journal of Business & Finance Librarianship, 17(2), 153-169. doi: 10.1080/08963568.2012.660130

Thornton, J. B. (2011). Fast money: Investment literacy for Tomorrow’s wall street traders. Behavioral & Social Sciences Librarian, 30(1)

Pickett, C., Stephens, J., Kimball, R., Ramirez, D., Thornton, J., & Burford, N. (2011). Revisiting an abandoned practice: The death and resurrection of collection development policies Collection Management, 36(3)

Thornton, J. B. (2010). The career development compass: Roadmap to building a diversified portfolio of professional capabilities for information professionals. In E. Pankl, D. Theiss-White & M. C. Bushing (Eds.), Recruitment, development, and retention of information professionals: Trends in human resources and knowledge management (pp. 191-205). Hershey, PA: Business Science Reference. 

Research Interests

Creativity & Innovation

Public Finance


American Library Association
    Association of College & Research Libraries

Reference and User Services Association (RUSA)

     Business Reference and Services Section (BRASS)

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