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Patricia Sobczak

Business and Public Affairs Collections Librarian

Assistant Professor
Collections and Discovery, Collection Analysis and Investment

(804) 828-2729
James Branch Cabell Library, Room 200


  • Ph.D. Human and Organizational Systems, Fielding Graduate University
  • M.A. Library and Information Science, San Jose State University
  • M.B.A., Pepperdine University
  • B.A. Business Administration, California State University

Previous professional experience

  • Vice President, Sobo Associates LLC, 2013-2014 
  • Director of Development, Leatherby Libraries and the College of Educational Studies, Chapman University, 2008-2013
  • Interim Associate Dean, Extended Education, Chapman University, 2007-2008
  • Director, Community Relations, Extended Education, Chapman University, 2006-2007
  • Director, Chapman University College Irvine Campus, 2001-2006

Selected presentations

  • Sobczak, P. (2015). Persistent virtual worlds: Shaping everyday realities. Presented at Digital Pragmata, Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries, Richmond, VA.
  • Sobczak, P. (2015). Librarians as leaders: 21st century challenges = leadership opportunities for librarians. Presented at The Collective Conference, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN.
  • Sobczak, P. (2013). Ephemeral leadership development in virtual worlds. Presented at the 2013 International Leadership Association Conference, Montreal, Canada.
  • Dechow, D. & Sobczak, P. (2012). Knowledge production, play, the mangle, & ephemeral leadership. Presented at the Association of Interdisciplinary Systems Conference, Rochester, MI.
  • Dechow, D. & Sobczak, P. (2012). Mangling work and play in immersive worlds. Invited presentation for the Knox College Computer Science Colloquium.
  • Dechow, D. & Sobczak, P. (2012). Making the mangle: Users, artifacts, and agency. Poster session presented at the IEEE International Games Innovation Conference.
  • Dechow, D. & Sobczak, P. (2011). Play and resistance: Bridging the gap of knowledge acquisition through virtual worlds. Invited presentation at Chancellor's Interdisciplinary Luncheon, Chapman University.
  • Sobczak, P. (2010). Education and the twenty-first century. Presented at panel discussion at the Orange County Business Council, Irvine, CA.
  • Sobczak, P. (2008). When worlds collide: Finding the hidden value of video gaming. Presented at the Orange County Fair, Costa Mesa, CA.
  • Sobczak, P. & Takemoto, S. (2008). Panel on "Leadership and Video Games," Learning Society Conference, Madison, WI.

Selected publications

  • Dechow, D. & Sobczak, P. (2013). Mangling work and play in immersive worlds. In D.G. Stuppa & J. Gunner (Eds.), The Chapman University Interdisciplinary Times; Time, Alloy, Play (Vol. 5). Orange, CA: Chapman University.
  • Sobczak, P. (2012). Ephemeral leadership in the workplace and in on-line gaming. Ph.D. Dissertation, Fielding Graduate University, Santa Barbara, CA. 

Professional organizations

  • Association of Fundraising Professionals 
  • International Leadership Association
  • Toastmasters International 
  • Vital Link, Committee Member
  • Padres Unidos, Board Member 

VCU Libraries

James Branch Cabell Library Monroe Park Campus
901 Park Ave., Box 842033
Richmond, VA 23284-2033
Toll-free: (844) 352-7399
(804) 828-1111
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Tompkins-McCaw Library MCV Campus
509 N. 12th St., Box 980582
Richmond, VA 23298-0582
Toll-free: (844) 352-7399
(804) 828-0636

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