fD Interview

Lauren Pressley, Lauren Pressley librarian
Ken Bennett/Wake Forest University

Educators That Rock!: Lauren Pressley

November 29, 2010
by Shannon Firth
Lauren Pressley is the instructional design librarian at the Z. Smith Reynolds Library at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C. In addition to her role as a librarian, Pressley is an author, a blogger and a frequent presenter.
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