Lauren Pressley is the Director for Learning Environments at Virginia Tech University Libraries. Her professional interests include strategic thinking, advocacy, the library's role in the teaching and research missions of the university, and mentoring new and emerging professionals in the field. She particularly likes helping people think about the changing information landscape and what it means for them as consumers and producers of information.
Lauren earned her MLIS from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and BAs in Philosophy and Small Group and Interpersonal Communication from North Carolina State University. She serves in an elected position on the American Library Association Council and has served on the Library and Information Technology Association Board of Directors and the Horizon Project Advisory Board. She has been recognized as an ALA Emerging Leader, a Library Journal Mover & Shaker, and with a UNCG School of Education Distinguished Alumni Early Career award. She frequently writes and presents on education, instruction, technology, and the future of libraries. Her blog, Lauren's Library Blog, addresses these issues on a regular basis.