Lauren Pressley is the Director of the University of Washington Tacoma Library and an Associate Dean for the University of Washington Libraries, a position she has held since 2015. Prior to this, Pressley served as Director of Learning Environments at Virginia Tech (2014–15), Associate Director of Learning and Outreach at Virginia Tech (2013–14), Head of Instruction at Wake Forest University (2011–13), and Instructional Design Librarian at Wake Forest University (2007-2011).
During her 14-year membership with ACRL, she has served on the Value of Academic Libraries Committee (2016–2017), on the ACRL Conference Cyber Zed Shed Committee (2009–11), and on the DLS Program Planning Committee (2010–12). She has also served on the WGSS Instruction Committee (2005–09), and as a WGSS Core Books editor (2007–08). Pressley has also served as a councilor-at-large on the ALA Council (2010–2017) as a Director at Large for LITA (2011–14).
Pressley was the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Early Career Award at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, School of Education and was recognized as a Library Journal Mover & Shaker. She participated in the ALA Emerging Leaders program and attended the NCLA Leadership Institute.
Pressley’s publications include coauthorship of Evolution of Liaison Librarians in SPEC Kit, ARL (2015); Authorship of Wikis for Libraries in the Tech Set for Neal Schuman (2010), and Authorship of So You Want to Be A Librarian for Library Juice Press (2009).
Pressley earned her MLIS from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. She also holds BAs in Philosophy and in Communication from North Carolina State University.