I believe strongly in libraries as institutions and that the world is a better place because of them. I work to help libraries adapt to new and emerging needs of our patrons. I strive to ensure that future generations will continue to see their library as a cultural cornerstone that provides information, resources, and spaces for local communities. I do this by:
- integrating the library into formal and informal learning,
- demonstrating how design can make libraries better,
- exploring and explaining how the evolving information environment changes our users’ expectations and experience of the library,
- coaching organizational change, and
- using this skill set to help shape the future of libraries.
Lauren Pressley is the Director of Learning Environments and Associate Professor and at Virginia Tech University Libraries. In this job she is is connecting a number of services and spaces to enhance situated learning. Virginia Tech Univeristy Libraries’ Learning Environments include Reference, Circulation, Roving Services, Learning Spaces, Online Learning, and programming (both academic programming and community engagement). Her professional interests include formal and informal learning, design in library services, the evolving information environment, organizational change, and the future of libraries. She is the author of So You Want to Be a Librarian and Wikis for Libraries and holds an elected position on the American Library Association Council. She has also served on the Library Information Technology Association Board of Directors and the Horizon Project Advisory Board.
Previously, Lauren served as Associate Director for Learning and Outreach at Virginia Tech Univeristy Libraries as well as Head of Instruction and Instructional Design Librarian at Wake Forest University. At Wake Forest, she managed the instruction program of the Z. Smith Reynolds Library, consulted with librarians and other faculty members of the design of their instruction and emerging technology use, and implemented new programs such as designing and teaching the college’s first undergraduate fully online course.
Lauren earned her Master of Library and Information Studies degree at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and BAs in Communication and Philosophy at North Carolina State University. She has been recognized as a Library Journal Mover and Shaker, an American Library Association Emerging Leader, and with a Distinguished Alumni Early Career Award from the UNC-G School of Education. She frequently writes and presents on education, instruction, technology, and the future of libraries.
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