Librarian | Instructor | Educator
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. Librarians create positive change in the communities and individuals we serve. Service to my community is extremely important to me, and drives by professional practice.
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. I was hired in 2012 as the Head of Reference and Instruction. As of 2014 I am the Department Chairperson of the Library Department. I supervise all of the library operations including reference, instruction, outreach, interlibrary loan, circulation, technical services, collections, archives, security, and the Library Technical Assistant program among other duties. I supervisor the adjunct librarians, clerical staff, and student workers. 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.
In 2014 I completed a post graduate Certificate in Digital Services and Emerging Technologies from San Jose State University in San Jose, CA.
I enjoy attending professional conferences, presenting, and interacting with librarians from across the U.S.
Reina Williams, MLIS