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From the Library Director

October 12, 2017

Libraries as Information Environments

Lauren Pressley

Before diving into this history, I need to provide a caveat–this is a gross oversimplification of the issue. If you’d like more information, context, or nuance, I’m happy to meet for coffee or I could recommend a number of books. Knowing most people might not have time for that I wanted to take a moment…


October 11, 2017

A Field That Continually Reinvents Itself, or, A Quick Introduction to a Few Decade’s Change

Lauren Pressley

Despite stereotypes, one thing that is true about libraries is that everyone who gets into the field knows they’re committing to a career of continual learning and change. If you began researching in the 80s, you’ve seen the transition to online catalogs, web based catalogs, electronic journals and books, searchable databases, and new ways of…


October 4, 2017

What is a library in 2017? What is a library for UW Tacoma?

Lauren Pressley

I used to give variations on this talk to different groups on my campuses about the evolution of libraries. (And I’m happy to offer an updated version here, too, if you’re interested.) Help is on the Way from Lauren Pressley It’s really easy to think of libraries as one thing. Most of us built our…


September 27, 2017

Hello UW Tacoma!

Lauren Pressley

Since joining this community I have had the good fortune to have many, many conversations about what this university is and what it does for its students, faculty, staff, and community. As part of these conversations I’ve talked with many people about what the library does or could do to help people succeed and reach…