Library Director in Seattle, Washington
Lauren Pressley is the Director of the University of Washington Tacoma Library and is an Associate Dean of University Libraries. The University of Washington Tacoma is an Urban Serving University that is changing the face of its region architecturally, culturally, and economically.
Lauren is currently serving as the President of the Association of College and Research Libraries, the higher education association for academic libraries and library workers, representing more than 10,000 individuals and libraries. Her President’s Program is focused on organizational change in support of equity, diversity, and inclusion.
Prior to joining the University of Washington Libraries, Lauren was Director of Learning Environments for Virginia Tech University Libraries and held a number of roles related to instruction and technology at Wake Forest University’s Z. Smith Reynolds Library.
Lauren regularly publishes and presents on leadership, organizational change, the evolving information environment, formal and informal learning, incorporating design principles into library spaces and services, and the future of libraries. She has served in several positions within the American Library Association (ALA), the Library Information TechnologyAssociation(LITA), theAssociation of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), the Horizon Project, and Library Pipeline.
Lauren has been recognized with the Bea Kovacs Outstanding Alumni Award from the UNC-Greensboro Library and Information Studies Program, with a Distinguished Alumni Early Career Award from the UNC-Greensboro School of Education, as a Library Journal Mover and Shaker, and as an ALA Emerging Leader. She holds Bachelor of Arts degrees from North Carolina State University in Small Group and Interpersonal Communication and Philosophy and a Master of Library and Information Studies degree from UNC-Greensboro. Lauren was a participant in the 2014 UCLA Senior Fellows Program.