Brian Mathews is the Associate Dean for Learning at the Virginia Tech Libraries. He oversees a wide array of commons areas, reading rooms, classrooms, studios, labs, and other specialized environments. He also guides learning engagement efforts including first-year experiences, general education integration, liaison outreach, instructional design services, and many other initiatives. Brian is a learning strategist developing campus-wide programs for digital literacy, active learning curation, and ePortfolios, and he is a stakeholder member of Virginia Tech’s emerging Creativity & Innovation District.
Brian has previously served as an Assistant University Librarian at the University of California Santa Barbara and as a user experience librarian and liaison to the College of Engineering at Georgia Tech. He also worked at the George Washington University Libraries as an instructional services librarian. Brian started in librarianship within circulation services at the University of Central Florida.
Brian earned a Master’s of Library and Information Science from the University of South Florida and a Bachelor’s in History and English from the University of Central Florida. He has published two books and more than twenty papers, and has given over sixty conference presentations. Brian’s professional interests include organizational change, frameworks for innovation, and the design and psychology of learning environments.