Lauren Pressley elected ACRL vice-president/president-elect

For Immediate Release
Thu, 04/13/2017


Mary Ellen Davis

Executive Director


CHICAGO - Lauren Pressley, director of the University of Washington (UW) Tacoma Library and associate dean of UW Libraries, has been elected ACRL vice-president/president-elect. She will become president-elect following the 2017 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago and assume the presidency in July 2018 for a one-year term.

Kelly Jacobsma, Genevra Thome Begg dean of libraries at Hope College, and Jeanne R. Davidson, head of public services at South Dakota State University, have been elected to the ACRL Board of Directors as director-at-large.

“This association has given me so much throughout my career and I am thrilled by the opportunity to serve ACRL as vice-president/president-elect,” Pressley said. “I am humbled to be elected to serve in a role with such a long tradition of strong leadership and I eagerly anticipate joining ACRL’s smart and passionate board and staff in continuing the association’s work. ACRL’s Plan for Excellence maps out many exciting avenues for the future, and I look forward to the opportunity to work with ACRL members in these areas.”

During her 13-year membership with ACRL, she has served on the Value of Academic Libraries Committee (2016–present), 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 the WGSS Core Books editor (2007–08).

“I am delighted to have Lauren Pressley join the Board as vice-president/ president-elect,” said ACRL Executive Director Mary Ellen K. Davis. “Lauren brings a broad perspective to the Board. She has been active in a number of state, regional, and national organizations, as well as co-founding Library Pipeline, a new organization dedicated to supporting structural changes by providing opportunities, funding, and services that improve the library as an institution and librarianship as a profession. She has also been active in ACRL, LITA, and ALA, where she currently serves on Council. Her knowledge of academic librarianship and higher education along with as her extensive record of service will be a great asset to the Board.”

Pressley currently serves as a councilor-at-large on the ALA Council (2010–present) and as a member of the ALA Resolutions Committee (2013–present). Previously, she served on the ALA Presidential Advisory Committee (2013–14), the Peter Lyman Memorial/SAGE Scholarship in New Media Committee (2008–11), the Emerging Leaders Subcommittee (2009–10) and the Committee on the Status of Women in Librarianship (2005–09). Her work in LITA includes serving as a LITA Emerging Leader (2008), LITA Committee Chairs coordinator (2014–16), director-at-large on the LITA Board of Directors (2011–14), as a member of the LITA Forum Steering Committee (2012–13) and on the LITA Budget Review Committee (2012–13).

Her work with state, regional and other national associations includes serving on the New Media Consortium’s Horizon Project Advisory Board (2010–13), as a founding cochair (2014–16) and advisory board member (2016–present) of Library Pipeline, as secretary/treasurer for the North Carolina Library Association’s Technology and Trends Round Table (2008–09) and cofounder of the NC-Library Instructional Technology Group (2008).

She is a member of Beta Phi Mu and was a participant in the University of California-Los Angeles’s Senior Fellows executive leadership program (2014). She was the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Early Career Award at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, School of Education (2011), was a Library Journal Mover & Shaker (2009) and participated in the NCLA Leadership Institute (2008).

Her publications include coauthorship of “Evolution of Liaison Librarians” in SPEC Kit (ARL 2015); coauthorship of “Building Knowledge Together: Interactive Course Exhibits in the Academic Library,” in Pete McDonnell, ed., The Experiential Library: Transforming Academic Libraries through the Power of Experiential Learning (Chandos Publishing 2016); and coauthorship of “Manager, Librarian and Web Developer: How a Multidisciplinary Team ReImagined LibApps,” in Aaron Dobbs and Ryan Sittler, eds., Integrating LibGuides into Library Websites (Rowman & Littlefield 2009).

Pressley earned her MLIS from the University of North Carolina–Greensboro. She also holds BAs in Philosophy and Small Group and Interpersonal Communication from North Carolina State University.

For full ACRL election results, visit the ACRL website.


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