William is the Head of Special Collection & the University Archives at Miami University in Oxford, OH (18,000 FTE). William has been a member of ACL since 2019 and currently serves as the Conference Poster Presentation Coordinator.
Describe yourself using a book title: The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper. I’ve always felt that no matter what was handed to me, whether challenges or opportunities, with God’s guidance I could accomplish anything and make a difference in our world.
What’s the best thing about being a librarian? Access to information and resources and using these to make an impact on other’s lives!
What are you currently reading? I mix up my readings. For pleasure: Karin Slaughter’s Will Trent series – love mysteries! For professional: The Six Types of Working Genius by Patrick Lencioni, Born-Digital Design Records editor Samantha Wimm, Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann, and some articles related to my area…I mentioned access to information!
Describe ACL in three words: Faith, Unity, Compassion
How do you contribute to your campus? As one in a leadership position I devote myself to coaching & fostering the development of our students, staff & faculty.
I began my career as a librarian…on a whim. There weren’t any open positions in my teaching area (history) so I pursued my MLIS as a means to help me find a teaching position. I started in a temporary “instruction librarian” position and through opportunity, God’s path for me, and some great mentors I’ve been on an incredible journey!
What do you value about ACL? The welcome fellowship of a great and vast community of blessed colleagues.
How were you introduced to ACL? My colleague, Jacky Johnson!
How are you or have you been involved in ACL? As a member, conference presenter, and Conference poster presentation coordinator.
Do you have any specific interests in the library world? I focus on utilizing primary resource use, while overseeing the maintenance/care of these unique collections of materials.