Leadership in Action: Leading, Learning, and Reflecting on a Career in Academic Libraries

Dean of University Libraries
UNLV Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas


The library literature is rife with books and articles about leadership, much of it derived or applied from the research external to the library profession. Our professional literature is also rich with surveys about the qualities of leadership. This opening session provides a counterpoint to the theoretical, academic approach to the study of leadership in libraries. Based upon more than 30 years of experience, including positions ranging from library assistant to dean, Patricia Iannuzzi provides a practical approach to leadership roles for academic librarians on campus, in our profession, and within the higher education arena. In this personal reflection, Iannuzzi shares scenarios of leadership in a wide array of circumstances, including situations where professional rank or position are secondary to actual leadership. She will share personal anecdotes regarding about what she has learned about leaders and from leaders – and how those experiences inform her approaches, and recommendations, for nurturing leadership.



BIO: Patricia Iannuzzi is Dean of Libraries at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. An international expert on information literacy, Iannuzzi chaired the multi-association task force that wrote the national Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education. More recently, Iannuzzi chaired the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Task Force that wrote Standards for Librarians in Higher Education. Iannuzzi has worked with higher education and accreditation associations, including, seven years on the faculty of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) Greater Expectations Institute, and their Engaging Faculty Institute, conducting workshops on the integration of essential learning outcomes into curriculum, and offering plenary sessions on assessing student learning. She is currently a consultant to the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) developing resource materials and an institute on the integration and assessment of information literacy and critical thinking in undergraduate curricula.

Iannuzzi has over 75 invited presentations and consultations and is the author of several books, including Teaching Information Literacy Skills. She was named Academic Research Librarian of the year in 2013 by the Association of College and Research Libraries.

Iannuzzi received an undergraduate degree from Yale University and an M.S. in Information Science from Simmons College. Iannuzzi worked in libraries at the University of California, Berkeley; Florida International University, Tufts University, and Yale University


Date and time: 
Sat, 04/05/2014 - 8:00am - 10:00am


Hayes Ballroom