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STL Special Library Spotlight: American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) July 21, 2009

Posted by Cynthia in Library Stuff.

The AAO was established in around 1900 by Edward H. Angle in St. Louis. He is considered the Father of Modern Orthodontists since he opened the first official school for orthodontics around the same time. The library was formally established in 1971, but was not overseen by a librarian with a MLS until 1984. It is a closed library with only members, staff and other libraries having access to the collection.
The collection consists of theses, books, journals, programs from AAO annual meetings from 1900, and copies of the Bulletin put out by the AAO. In 2004, the current librarian overseeing the collection, Jackie Hittner, was hired and inherited quite a project in tidying up the collection. In the five years she has been with the library, she has created a holding list for journal titles, cataloged 1000 of the many book titles, and organized the theses titles. She has also planned for future projects to digitize theses for easier access for members and to start digitizing the many journal titles.




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