School of Information and Library Science (SILS) alumnus, Joe M. Williams (MSLS '01), has been appointed director of Public Services at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, effective July 1.
Williams has primary responsibility for developing library policy and implementation affecting all areas of information and access services. Reporting to the deputy university librarian, he will supervise and provide direction and support for eight department heads of public service units that include the R.B. House Undergraduate Library, Circulation, Interlibrary Services and branch libraries. He will identify and develop integrated, strategic public services and will also manage staff, space, financial and other resources to carry out service initiatives.
"I’m thrilled to be returning to UNC after so many years," said Williams. "I actually worked at Health Sciences Library full time as I pursued my M.S.L.S. back in the mid-‘nineties. A lot has changed since I graduated! I am really looking forward to working with such a dynamic and innovative staff."
Prior to this appointment, Williams was head of Access Services and Digital Media Commons for the University Libraries at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He has also served as the director of the Learning Commons at North Carolina State University.
In addition to obtaining his Master's degree from the School of Information and Library Science at UNC, Williams received his B.A. in Environmental Studies from Warren Wilson College in Asheville.