Widener Names Oscar Lanza-Galindo Director of Library and Instructional Services

Lanza-Galindo serves as chief administrative officer of the Wolfgram Memorial Library, and will collaborate with faculty to develop online courses and other innovative teaching and learning strategies.

Oscar Lanza-Galindo has been appointed director of library and instructional services at Widener University. He comes to Widener from the Donald B. Watt Library and Info Commons at the School for International Training (SIT) in Brattleboro, Vt.

In his role at Widener which began on July 1, Lanza-Galindo serves as chief administrative officer of the Wolfgram Memorial Library, which supports all undergraduate and graduate programs offered on the university’s Main Campus; and Instructional Services, which collaborates with faculty to develop online courses and other innovative teaching and learning strategies. The library is also home to the university archives and the specialized Sexuality Archives.

“Mr. Lanza-Galindo brings the energy, commitment to collaborative leadership, and innovative spirit needed to lead the library faculty and instructional services staff in developing a clear vision for the library’s future as a physical and virtual place of continuing central importance to learning and scholarship,” said Dr. Stephen C. Wilhite, senior vice president and provost for Widener. “Mr. Lanza-Galindo is committed to leading the campus in rethinking the modern library, including innovative designs for learning spaces and novel approaches to digital teaching and learning.”

As library director at SIT, Lanza-Galindo led the integration of instructional and library services in course development, design, and implementation of face-to-face, hybrid and online instruction, with the aim of creating a dynamic learning environment for students inside and outside the classroom. He also led efforts to redesign the library’s website and to provide additional resources and services to online students and those studying in remote international locations, and he headed a strategic planning effort focused on growing the institution’s digital collection of original research.

“I am excited about the opportunity to work for a university that has such a deep dedication to civic engagement and leadership development, and to work with an outstanding library staff and faculty that is focused on serving the entire Widener community,” Lanza-Galindo said.

Lanza-Galindo earned a master of arts in information resources and library science from the University of Arizona, a master of arts in intercultural service, leadership and management from SIT, and a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.  

Widener University is a private, metropolitan university that connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention, and experiential learning are key components of the Widener experience. A comprehensive doctorate-granting university, Widener is comprised of eight schools and colleges that offer liberal arts and sciences, professional and pre-professional curricula leading to associate’s, baccalaureate’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. The university’s campuses in Chester and Harrisburg, Pa., and Wilmington, Del. are proud to be tobacco free. Visit the university website, www.widener.edu.

 

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