Library's Lauren Pressley Elected to Lead National Association

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Lauren Pressley, director of the UW Tacoma Library, has been elected vice-president/president-elect of the Association of College & Research Libraries.

Lauren Pressley, director, UW Tacoma Library, and president-elect, Association of College & Research LibrariesLauren Pressley, director of the UW Tacoma Library and associate dean for UW Libraries, has been elected vice-president/president-elect of the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL).

With a membership of 12,000, ACRL is the major U.S. professional association serving academic libraries at community colleges, colleges, universities and research institutions. It is the largest division of the American Library Association.

Pressley received her undergraduate and graduate degrees at North Carolina State University and University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She came to the UW Tacoma Library in 2015; prior to that, she held library leadership positions in the libraries at Wake Forest University and Virginia Tech.

She will serve as vice-president of ACRL for one year starting in June 2017, and will then serve a one-year term as president starting in June 2018. While in office, it will be her job, working with the association’s board of directors and executive director, to advocate for academic and research libraries as, in the words of the association’s strategic plan, “essential to a thriving global community of learners and scholars.”

“In many ways, this role within ACRL is similar to my role at UW Tacoma,” said Pressley. “Both as a library director and in a leadership position for the major national association for academic libraries, my job is about communication, relationship-building, and collaboration.”

“Academic libraries have changed significantly in the time I have been in the field, and I don’t see an end to that change in the future. As we evolve to meet changing community needs and expectations we work with our users so that the see the new ways that we can contribute to their success—that is true whether it’s a student or faculty member at UW Tacoma or representing ACRL with other national associations.  I eagerly anticipate an active role in national conversations about libraries, librarianship, and higher education and I know that my participation in those discussions will benefit UW Tacoma as well.”

Written by: 
John Burkhardt / May 12, 2017
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