Member Spotlight: Reina Williams

Illinois Association of College & Research Libraries Forum (IACRL)

March 12, 2018

Emily Gilbert
Rasmussen College

IACRL: Describe yourself in three words.

Reina Williams: Dedicated. Loyal. Hard-working.

IACRL: What is your current professional position and what do you like best about it?

RW: Currently I am the Reference Librarian and Education Coordinator in the Library at the Rush University Medical Center. I love teaching students, faculty, and clinicians how to search the library databases to answer clinical questions or to conduct biomedical research. I get a high from standing in front of a group and discussing how to perform research.

IACRL: What are you reading (or listening) to right now?

RW: I am listening to “I’ve Seen That Face Before (Libertango)”/Grace Jones on repeat!

IACRL: If you had a year off with pay, what would you do?

RW: This is a difficult question because I am a workaholic. I would sleep late every day, visit all my friends and families all over the world, and visit places I have always wanted to go like Mount Rushmore. Plus, I might spend some time doing research and write a manuscript for publication.

IACRL: Any big projects you are working on right now?

RW: I am contributing to several big projects at work. Recently, I led the task force to rewrite our library mission statement. Currently, I am collaborating with a faculty member from the Rush Medical College to develop a new research course. In the future, I am planning to collaborate with my library colleagues and others within Rush University to develop co-curricular assessments.

IACRL: Why did you decide to become a librarian?

RW: I decided to become a librarian when I learned there were other options besides being a public librarian. I was working at the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries as a serials assistant when I decided to become a librarian. My supervisor at the time, Pam Cipkowski, was extremely supportive and gave me lots of encouragement when I decided to enroll at Dominican University in River Forest, IL.

IACRL: If you could use one word to describe librarianship today, what would that word be?

RW: Transforming.

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