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Lauren Pressley

Director for Learning Environments



Dale, J. and L. Pressley (forthcoming) “Learning Theory for Librarians: Applications for Practice.” ACRL Press.

Pressley, L. (2010) “Wikis for Libraries,” Neal-Schuman. <> Invited. Peer reviewed.

Pressley, L. (2009) “So You Want to Be A Librarian,” Library Juice Press. <> Invited.

Book chapters

Kellam, L., J. Dale, and L. Pressley. (forthcoming) “She's Got a Great Personality: Personalities, Competencies, and the Stereotype of the Timid Librarian.” In Nicole Pagowsky and Miriam Rigby, eds., Beyond the Bun: Librarian Valuing Through Perception and Presentation. Chicago, ACRL Press. Expected 2014. Invited.

Pressley, L. (forthcoming) “Feminism and Intellectual Freedom,” in Mark Alfino and Laura Koltutsky, eds., Handbook of Intellectual Freedom: Concepts, Cases, and Theories. Duluth, MN, Library Juice Press. Expected 2013. Invited.

Pressley, L. (2013) “Introducing Online Credit-Based Instruction for Undergraduates,” in Charles Harmon and Michael Messina, eds., E-Learning in Libraries: Best Practices. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. Invited.

Pressley, L. (2012) “Social Networks Should Not Be Banned at Libraries and Schools,” in Roman Espejo, ed., Social Networking: Understanding the Legal Issues of Social Networking Sites. New York: Greenhaven Press. Selected.

Tedford, R. and L. Pressley (2010) “Administrative Support for Librarians Teaching For-Credit Information Literacy,” in Christopher Hollister, ed., Best Practices for Teaching Credit-Bearing Information Literacy Courses. Chicago, ACRL.

Pressley, L. (2009) “Technology and Pedagogy: The Best of Both for Gen M Students,” in Vibiana Bowman Cvetkovic and Robert J. Lackie, eds., Teaching Generation M: A Handbook for Librarians and Educators. Neal-Schuman.

Pressley, L. (2007) “Educating the Millennial User,” In James R. Kennedy and Gerard B. McCabe, eds., Our New Public A Changing Clientele: Bewildering Issues or New Challenges for Managing Libraries. Libraries Unlimited.

Pressley, L. (2007) “Lauren Pressley, Microtext Assistant, Wake Forest University; Library Student, University of North Carolina at Greensboro,” in Steven J. Bell and John D. Shank, eds., Academic Librarianship by Design: A Blended Librarian’s Guide to the Tools and Techniques. Chicago: ALA Editions. Invited.

Selected articles

Pressley, L. and K. Gilbertson (2011) “Librarians as Experts: Using the Web to Assert Our Value,” Computers in Libraries. 31:4. 

Pressley, L. and C. McCallum. (2008) “Putting the Library in Wikipedia,” Online Magazine. 32:5.

Pressley, L. (2008) “Gendered Aspects of Scientific Knowledge: A Mulitdisciplinary Annotated Bibliography of Selected Sources.” Behavioral & Social Sciences Librarian. 27:2.

Pressley, L. (2008) “Using Videos to Reach Site Visitors: A Toolkit for Today’s Student,” Computers in Libraries. 28:6.

Selected presentations

“Hacking the Learner Experience: techniques and strategies for connecting with your instructional ecosystem." With Brian Mathews and Andy Burkhardt. Imagine, Innovate, Inspire. Association of College and Research Libraries. Indianapolis, Indiana. April 2013.

"Building a Dream Team: Library Personas in the 21st Century Library." With Jenny Dale and Lynda Kellam. Imagine, Innovate, Inspire. Association of College and Research Libraries. Indianapolis, Indiana. April 2013.

“This Library is Not a Place.” With Deborah Howes and Tim Songer. Achieving Impact Online. Reynolda House Museum of American Art, National Advisory Council.  Winston-Salem, NC. April 12, 2012. Invited panelist.

"Change and Opportunities for Today's Academic Libraries." Academic Libraries: Constant Change, Constant Opportunity.  Academic Library Association of Ohio Annual Conference. Toledo, Ohio. November 3, 2011. Invited Pre-Conference Keynote.

“The Changing Library: Who We Were is Who We Are.” Cora Paul Bomar Lecture on Librarianship. Spring UNCG Library and Information Studies Alumni Luncheon. April 16, 2011. Invited.

“Re-visioning Teaching: Adapting to a Changing Educational Environment.” Innovation by Design: Re-visioning the Library. ACRL/NY Symposium. New York, New York. December 10, 2010. Invited speaker.

“Finding Our Students at Their Point of Need: As Higher Education Changes, So Too Does the Point of Need.” Library Instruction at the Point of Need. NCLA College and University/Community College and Junior College Libraries Section. Thomasville, NC. October 29, 2010. <> Invited keynote.

“Today’s Technology Trends, or, ‘What Do I Do With That?’” North Carolina Serials Conference. Chapel Hill, NC. April 15, 2010.  <> Invited all-conference presentation.

“Top Tech Trends.” With panelists Amanda Etches-Johnson, Jason Griffey, Joe Murphy, and David Walker. ALA Midwinter. Boston, MA. January 17, 2010. Invited panelist.

“Adapting to a Changing World: Exceptional Services for a New Information Environment.” South Carolina Library Association. Columbia, SC. October 29, 2009. <> Invited speaker.

“Bite-Sized Repositories: The Benefits of Small Scale Repositories for Local Use.” LITA National Forum. Salt Lake City, Utah. October 2, 2009. <>

“Mapping Your Path to the Mountaintop: Planning Where You Want To Be In Your Career.” With panelists Steven Bell, Brian Mathews, and John Shank. Association of College and Research Libraries Conference. Seattle, WA. March 14, 2009.

“Supervising Younger Workers.” Eastern North Carolina Support Staff Workshop. Greenville, NC. March 18, 2005.

“Distance Learning Technology to Further IGI in a Service-Learning Enhanced Course.” With Joanne Dehoney and Patti Clayton. Inquiry Guided Instruction Symposium. Raleigh, NC, 2001.

“Service Learning in Public Schools.” With Patti Clayton. Kenan Fellows Program. Raleigh, NC. 2001.

Selected national memberships and service

The New Media Consortium’s Horizon Project

  • Advisory Board, 2010-2013

American Library Association

  • Council (elected), 2010-present
  • Presidential Advisory Committee, Barbara Stripling, 2012-present
  • Emerging Leaders Subcommittee, 2009-2010
  • Committee on the Status of Women in Librarianship, 2005-2009
  • Emerging Leader, 2008

Library and Information Technology Association

  • Director-at-Large (elected), 2011-present
  • Executive Committee, Director-at-Large (elected by the Board of Directors), 2012-2013
    • Forum Steering Committee, 2012-2013
    • Budget Review Committee, 2012-2013
  • Mentor, Emerging Leaders Project I: LITA Leadership Development Tools, 2013
  • Mentor, Emerging Leaders Project P: LITA Web Tools, 2010
  • Chair, Distance Learning Interest Group, 2008-2010
  • Change Task Force, 2009
  • Electronic Participation Implementation Task Force, 2009
  • Co-Chair, Distance Learning Interest Group, 2007-2008

Association of College and Research Libraries

  • Women’s Studies Section, Instruction Committee, 2005-2009
  • Women’s Studies Section, Core Books Editor, Feminist Pedagogy, 2007-2008
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