Professional Librarian | Instructor | Educator
My website will give you insight into my professional goals and accomplishments. I have been working in libraries for over 10 years and my love for librarianship still grows. I decided to get my Masters in Library and Information Science because of the values and history of librarianship. Librarianship changes every day for the better, and I look forward to contributing to that change.
I have a Bachelor in Fine Arts and Art History from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a Master in Library and Information Science from Dominican University in River Forest, IL. I am knowledgeable about HTML, XHTML, CSS, Drupal, and WordPress. Examples of my work are available on this site.
I began my professional library career as an Adjunct Library faculty member at Wilbur Wright College, one of the City Colleges of Chicago, where I assisted students with reference and performed bibliographic instruction. I began offering workshops to teach students how to use Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, MLA, and APA.
I continued to work part-time as an adjunct when I was hired full-time at Career Education Corporation as an Online Librarian. I provided virtual reference and instruction to students from all over the U.S. and London. This was a wonderful opportunity for me to hone my reference skills. I provided reference via chat, email, and phone.
Eventually, I left my position at Career Education Corporation for a full-time tenure-track position at Wilbur Wright College. Currently, I am the Head of Reference and Instruction. I coordinate instruction, and supervisor 5 adjunct librarians. I provide workshops and outreach to the Wright College community. I developed a Research Made Easy workshop series that teaches students the steps of research, information literacy, ethical research, how to avoid plagiarism, and find reliable sources on the web and in the library.
I enjoy attending professional conference, presenting, and interacting with librarians from across the U.S. I am a member of the American Library Association, ACRL, and the Illinois Library Association.
Reina Williams, MLIS