Patricia Wand teaches, speaks, writes and consults on issues related to higher education, libraries, knowledge management and international development. She currently teaches international development in the School of International Service, American University.
She was Dean of Library and Learning Resources at Zayed University in the United Arab Emirates from 2006 – 2010. Before moving to the UAE, Ms. Wand served as University Librarian at American University in Washington DC, 1989 – 2006. Previously she held library management positions at University of Oregon, Columbia University Libraries, College of Staten Island (CUNY) and Wittenberg University (Ohio).
After serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Colombia (1963-65) Ms. Wand taught in secondary schools in Washington DC and the Midwest and was on the Peace Corps staff in 1969 training Volunteer teachers going to the Eastern Caribbean.
Ms Wand is Chair of the Budget Advisory and Review Committee of the American Library Association (ALA) and is an elected representative to the ALA Council. She has served as Vice Chair of the National Peace Corps Association Board of Directors, was a founder of Friends of Colombia and has served on several professional boards. She frequently speaks on international higher education and library issues, knowledge management, marketing, advocacy, and copyright and information policy. She has published over 40 articles, chapters and editorials and has delivered 55 papers. She has testified to the US House Appropriations Subcommittee on behalf of American Library Association and four other national library associations.
Ms. Wand earned a BA (cum laude) in history from Seattle University, an M.A.T. in social sciences from Antioch Graduate School and the A.M.L.S. in Library Science from the University of Michigan. Amongst honors and awards, Ms. Wand received the Distinguished Service Award from the District of Columbia Library Association; Distinguished Alumna Award from the University of Michigan, School of Information; and a Fulbright Senior Lecture Award to Ecuador.