Pat Albanese’s extensive career has been one of exploring the intersection of information and technology. Currently Pat holds the position of Gannet Distinguished Professor in the School of Print Media, College of Imaging Arts and Sciences at Rochester Institute of Technology. Previously Pat served as the Chief Information Officer and Executive Director of Library and Information Technology Services for Mount Holyoke College. In her position, Pat oversaw all library and computing services and provided leadership and strategic direction for the College’s information technology programs. Among her accomplishments at Mount Holyoke College were the introduction of campus-wide wireless services, a content management system, a web site redesign, the introduction of an open source academic technology platform which includes student e-portfolio, institutional repository and digital course management systems and a campus-wide enterprise level system. Prior to Mount Holyoke, Pat led the libraries at Rochester Institute of Technology for over 20 years. Among her accomplishments at RIT were the development of an extensive array of digital information services to the campus–including the transition to digital journals, electronic books, and desktop delivery of articles–and installing the first campus wireless network. In addition, she oversaw the planning, renovation and building of a 150,000 sq ft library building, the addition of Java Wally’s library café, a central community-gathering place on campus. Also at RIT, Pat acted as co-P.I. of an $800,000 NFS grant to encourage young women to study science and technology-based disciplines and taught graduate level classes in information technology. Pat has served as a national and international library and information technology consultant, and sat on several national boards. She holds a BA in Philosophy and Masters Degrees in both Library Science and Information Technology.
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