Lauren Pressley is an Associate Dean of the University of Washington Libraries and Director of the UW Tacoma Library. In this role she is responsible for strategic visioning, policy and program development, operations and personnel, and overall innovation and excellence in the UW Tacoma Library. She also works closely with UW Libraries senior leaders to ensure quality services and collections, and actively contributes to the ongoing stewardship and strategic directions of the Libraries. 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 elected positions on the American Library Association Council. She has been a member of the Library Information Technology Association Board of Directors and been a member of several Horizon Project Advisory Board.
Previously, Lauren served as Director of Learning Envirnoments at Virginia Tech University Libraries. In this role she led, developed, and managed the Learning Environments unit comprised of reference, circulation, roving services, online learning, community engagement, academic programming, and learning spaces. Prior to that, Lauren served as Head of Instruction and Instructional Design Librarian at Wake Forest University. In these roles, 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.