Laura O. Rein, Dean of University Libraries


Laura Olson Rein is Dean of the University Libraries, Director of the Global Leadership Academy (, and Editor of the Webster University Press (  She has been with the University since 1995.  She received her Master of Library Science from the University of Michigan and her Master of Arts in English from the University of Kentucky.  Dean Rein has extensive experience is providing on-campus and off-campus library services and resources.  Her teaching experience includes library instruction in information literacy and online short courses for the Association of College and Research Libraries.

Dean Rein is an active member of the MOBIUS Council, a member of the American Library Association, the Association of College and Research Libraries and is a Consultant/Evaluator for the Higher Learning Commission.

Selected publications and presentations include:

"Student-Centeredness As Leadership: Leading from Where You Are to Improve Learning." Panel moderator at Global Citizenship Program Collaboratory. (May 2014).

"East Academic Building: A Bridge Between the Past and the Future." CASE Special Events Gold Award Winner (2012).

"The Global Leadership Academy: A Catalyst for Systemic Change." Co-designer of poster session for ACE's Annual Meeting, Leading Change (2012).

"How to Get Others to Do What You Want: Leadership in the Library." Panelist at Missouri Library Association Annual Meeting (October 2010).

"Mulit-Faceted and Continuous Library Assessment." Co-presented with Eileen Condon and Holly Hubenschmidt at the MOBIUS Annual Conference (June 2010).

“Change Management in Libraries.”  Guest speaker at University of Missouri’s Management in Information Agencies class (Dec. 2, 2009).

“The Changing Place of the Library.” Inside Higher Education (Jan. 5, 2007).

“Transforming Mission Statements into Building Plans.”  Co-presentation with architects Steven Foote and Mark Freeman at the Society for College and University Planning, Kansas City, MO (October, 2006). 

“The Library as a Physical Space for Learning:  Designing Libraries Around Learning Principles.”  Co-presentation with architect Steven Foote at the Council of Independent Colleges workshop “Transforming the College Library”, Nashville, TN (February, 2006).

“All Users are Local:  Bringing the Library Next Door to the Campus Worldwide.”  Online course co-designed and taught for the Association of College and Research Libraries (2006-2009).

“Managing a Building Project:  Successes and Mistakes.”  Presentation at MOBIUS Annual Users’ Conference, Osage Beach, MO (June 3, 2004).

 “Library Support for Distance Education.”  Presentation at Higher Education Learning and Information eXchange Conference (HELIX), Osage Beach, MO (March 23, 2001).

“Library Support for Distance Education:  An Integrated Approach.”  Panel Presentation at the Council of Independent Colleges National Institute, St. Louis, MO (June 4, 1999).

Rein, Laura and James Staley.  “An Integrated Approach to Providing Library Support for Extended Campuses:  The Webster University Experience.”  Advances in Library Administration and Organization 16 (April 1999):  195-221.

“An Integrated Approach to Supporting Distance Education.”  Panel Presentation at the Association of College and Research Libraries Conference, Detroit, MI (April 9, 1999).

“Library Service in the Distance Education Environment.”  Presentation at the Missouri Library Association Annual Meeting, Kansas City, MO (Oct. 7, 1998).

Laura Rein

Laura O. Rein
Dean of University Libraries



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