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Dean's Bio

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Patricia Iannuzzi began her tenure as Dean of the University Libraries at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) in February 2005. Iannuzzi has a 30-year career as a librarian and educator, in administrative and faculty positions in libraries at the University of California, Berkeley; Florida International University; Yale University; and Tufts University. She has an undergraduate degree from Yale University and an M.S. in Information Science from Simmons College.

An international leader in information literacy, Iannuzzi chaired the national, multi-association task force to establish student learning outcomes, Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education (2000). She speaks and consults worldwide on the topics of information literacy learning outcomes, research-based learning, and 21st century competencies. Iannuzzi served as a member of the Public Policy Roundtable of the Pacific Bell/UCLA Initiative for 21st Century Literacies and as a consultant to the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for a series of information literacy grants. These grants supported academic course redesign to embed information literacy learning outcomes at many liberal arts colleges. For eight years, Iannuzzi was a consultant for the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), working each year with college and university leaders to implement undergraduate education reform. At AAC&U Iannuzzi served as a faculty member for the Greater Expectations Institute and the Engaging Departments Institute. Iannuzzi is currently working with the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) to develop resources and to design and deliver an institute for colleges and university teams to embed and assess information literacy and critical thinking learning outcomes in their students.

Iannuzzi’s library career has centered on the instructional role of libraries and librarians, earning her the American Library Association Miriam Dudley Award for Outstanding Instruction Librarian in 2001. Within the American Library Association, she co-chaired the inaugural Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL)/American Association of School Libraries (AASL) Task Force on the Educational Role of Libraries, which developed a “Blueprint for Collaboration,” a report stressing partnerships between academic and school libraries. She served on the American Library Association (ALA) President’s Special Committee on Information Literacy Community Partnerships and on the ALA Task Force for 21st Century Literacies. Dean Iannuzzi recently chaired the ACRL Task Force to draft outcomes-based “Standards for Libraries in Higher Education,” a process that developed expectations for academic libraries in the United States. She also worked with the ACRL Value project to develop a research agenda and assessment methods for academic libraries to measure value added to their institutions. The new ACRL Standards for Libraries serves as a framework for strategic planning and assessment within academic libraries of all types.

Dean of UNLV Libraries Patricia Iannuzzi speaks at the Faculty Institute on Research-Based Learning for High Impact Classes

While at UC Berkeley, Iannuzzi led two Mellon-funded grant projects on restructuring large enrollment courses to focus on research-based learning. She has designed and offered workshops and institutes for faculty on teaching and learning and delivered keynote addresses at conferences on campus collaborations for course and assignment redesign. She has been a consultant to dozens of universities and colleges on general education, and regularly offers presentations at national and international forums on learning outcomes, pedagogy, assessment, faculty development, the educational role of libraries, and curriculum design. Iannuzzi works with foundations, regional accreditation associations, and higher education associations on the development and assessment of undergraduate learning outcomes, specifically, information literacy. Throughout her career, Iannuzzi has developed and taught both general education courses and graduate courses.

Iannuzzi’s library career has played out in large academic research libraries. As an administrator, she has managed budgets of $25 million and staff as large as 200 employees. Iannuzzi has directed more than fifteen space planning/construction projects throughout her career, choosing to focus on the pedagogy of place and how library buildings and spaces facilitate student learning. As a builder of academic library collections, Iannuzzi has directed projects to shift library collections from print to electronic format, while maintaining a responsibility to increase access to unique and specialized collections.


Iannuzzi has presented at library and other higher education meetings throughout the United States and in Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, Scandinavia, Mexico, and the Netherlands. She was an invited speaker on the topic of 21st Century Literacy in Stockholm during Nobel Prize Week in 2005. Iannuzzi is the author of several books and articles.

Selections from more than 70 Invited Presentations

Philanthropy Across Generations, Academic Library Advancement and Development Network, Vancouver, BC, May 23, 2012.

ACRL Standards for Libraries in Higher Education 2011. Webcast (2011).

Mapping Information Literacy Outcomes and Other Intellectual Skills into Students Educational Experiences. (June, 2010). Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) Greater Expectations Institute: Nashville, Tennessee.

Delta Project on Postsecondary Costs, Productivity, and Accountability: A Campus Perspective . (June 2010). Plenary Panel, AAC&U Greater Expectations Institute: Nashville, Tennessee.

From Classes to Curriculum: Information Literacy & Critical Thinking in General Education Requirements & Its Relation to Music. (March, 2010). Music Library Association: San Diego, California.

Transforming Education for Next Generation Learners. (March, 2009). Keynote, LILAC: Libraries Information Literacy Annual Conference: University of Cardiff, Wales.

The Role of Assessment in Furthering Student Engagement, Inclusion, and Achievement. (February, 2009). AAC&U Conference on General Education and Assessment: Baltimore, Maryland.

Hit the Jackpot, Successful Experimentation and Innovation in Instruction. (June, 2008). Closing Plenary, LOEX of the West: Las Vegas, Nevada.

Changing Learning, Changing Roles: Collaboration in Support of Course Redesign . (August, 2007). TICER Institute: University of Tilburg, Netherlands.

Changing Learning, Changing Roles: Collaboration at Every Angle. (May, 2007). Opening Keynote, WILU: York, Canada.

Faculty-Library Collaborations . (March, 2007). Deans of Arts and Sciences Network Annual Meeting: La Jolla, CA.

It Takes a Village . (October, 2006). Opening Keynote, 5th National Information Literacy Forum in Mexico (for Central and Latin America, sponsored by the US General Consulate and the National Forum on Information Literacy): Juarez, Mexico.

21st Century Literacies: Transforming Education for Next Generation Learners . (December, 2005). Public Services Summit @ Nobel Week: Stockholm, Sweden.

Changing Learning, Changing Roles: It Takes a Village. (October, 2005). K eynote, Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Network in Higher Education Annual Meeting: Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The Libraries’ Role in the Reinvention of Undergraduate Education . (April, 2004). Keynote, Council on Library and Information Resources Annual Sponsor’s Symposium: Washington, D.C.

The Library as Laboratory . (November, 2002). Reinvention Center Conference: Undergraduate Research and Scholarship and the Mission of the Research University: College Park, Maryland.

Student Learning and Academic Integrity in the Digital Environment . (April, 2002). Keynote, Symposium on Academic Integrity, Technological Change, and Intellectual Property, sponsored by the Associated Colleges of the Midwest: Macalester College, Minnesota.

Collaboration in Support of the Academic Mission: The Educational Role of the Library. (August, 2001). Association of College and Research Libraries, IFLA Satellite Meeting for Library Leaders and Managers: Boston, Massachusetts.

A Critical Approach to Research Based Learning; Web Research and Course Assignments Using Electronic Resources; Action Planning an Evaluation . (October, 2000). Creating Partnerships, Creating Scholarship: Strengthening Research Teaching and Learning with Effective Use of Electronic Resources, sponsored by the Minnesota Private College Research Foundation as part of the Project JSTOR Regional Grant Project from the Bush and Mellon Foundations: Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Linking Best Practices in Instruction and Reference . (June, 2000). Keynote, University of California Statewide Conference, Best Practices in Instruction and Reference for Digital Resources: Los Angeles, California.

Conceptualizing Information Literacy . (May, 2000). Keynote, LACUNY Institute 2000, Information Literacy, Laying the Foundations: New York, New York.

Information Literacy Competency Standards in the United States . (December, 1999). 4th National Information Literacy Conference: University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia.

Information Literacy Initiatives in the United States. (December, 1999). Australian Library and Information Association, Reference and Information Services Section: State Library, Sydney, Australia.

Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education . (June, 1999). American Association of Higher Education Conference on Quality and Assessment: Denver, Colorado.

Integrating Information Literacy into Campus Culture . (May, 1999). Maryland Library Association Annual Meeting: Hagerstown, Pennsylvania.

Faculty Development and Information Literacy: Establishing Campus Partnerships . (June, 1998). LOEX of the West: Cedar City, Utah.

Assessing Libraries in Support of Campus Missions: The Information Literacy Imperative . (July,1997). American Association of Higher Education, Conference on Assessment and Quality: Miami Beach, Florida.

The Reference Librarian as Pattern Maker – the Role of Reference in Consortial Licensing of Electronic Services . (1997). Keynote, President’s Program for RUSA at the American Library Association Annual Meeting: San Francisco, California.

Information Literacy Across the Curriculum: Forging Partnerships . (May, 1996) LOEX Annual Meeting: Ypsilanti, Michigan.

Selected Publications

Iannuzzi, Patricia and Brown, Jeanne, “ACRL’s Standards for Libraries in Higher Education: Academic Library Directors Weigh In.” College and Research Libraries News, October 2010, volume 71, no. 9, pp 486-487.

VanderPol, Diane, Brown, Jeanne, and Iannuzzi, Patricia, “Reforming the Undergraduate Experience,” New Directions in Teaching and Learning, Summer 2008, pp 5-15.

Iannuzzi, Patricia, “Focus: Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education,” Community and Junior College Libraries, 2000, volume 9, no. 4, pp.63-67.

Iannuzzi, Patricia, “Cold Storage or Hot Wired? The Evolving Libraries.” Teaching at Berkeley, Fall 2000.

Iannuzzi, Patricia, “We are Teaching But are They Learning: Accountability, Productivity, and Assessment.” Journal of Academic Librarianship. Visions Column. July, 1999.

Iannuzzi, Patricia, Mangrum, Charles T. II, and Strichart, Stephen S. Teaching Information Literacy Skills. Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 1998.

Iannuzzi, Patricia, Strichart, Stephen S, Mangrum, Charles T. II. Teaching Study Skills and Strategies in College. Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 1998.

Iannuzzi, Patricia. “Faculty Development and Information Literacy: Establishing Campus Partnerships.” RSR: Reference Services Review 26 Fall/Winter, 1998.

Iannuzzi, Patricia. “Managing Information,” chapter in: The Freshman Year, Making the Most of College by Glenda Belote and Larry Lunsford, Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall/Hunt, 1998.

Iannuzzi, Patricia, “Leadership Development and Organizational Maturity,” Journal of Library Administration, Vol 17, no. 1, 1992, pp 19-36.