Pat Flanagan named interim associate director

Will provide leadership for academic and community engagement


Pat Flanagan has been appointed interim associate director for academic and community engagement, effective Monday, October 2. Flanagan, who has previously worked at the MIT Libraries, will oversee three departments who work directly with the MIT community: Information Delivery and Library Access; Liaison, Instruction, and Reference Services; and Data and Specialized Services.

Flanagan’s interim appointment will provide sustained leadership for these critical library services during a time of intensive strategic planning and change for the Libraries. She assumes the position recently vacated by Tracy Gabridge, who was named deputy director of the MIT Libraries September 1.

“Pat has a wealth of experience in planning library space renovations, supporting liaison work, leading access services and resource sharing, and more,” says Director Chris Bourg. “I am very excited about the experience, expertise, and leadership skills that Pat will bring to this role.”

Flanagan comes from Brandeis University, where she worked for seven years, most recently as the associate university librarian for research and instructional services. Prior to that she held senior leadership positions in the libraries at Virginia Commonwealth University and Worcester Polytechnic Institute. From 1993 to 2003 Flanagan worked at the MIT Libraries as a reference coordinator at Rotch Library and then as associate head of Dewey Library.