Ph.D., Drexel University, 2007
M.L.S., Southern Connecticut State University, 1999
B.A., Southern Connecticut State University, 1997
When I was an undergraduate student at a state school in Connecticut, I learned something that our UMA students continue to reinforce as one of the most basic truths of learning: It’s not just the education; it’s what you do with it!
As an online instructor here at UMA, helping students to connect with each other as well as to connect with their instructor and the content of a course is an integral component to successful learning! My role in the online courses I teach is as a facilitator as much as an instructor, and I am always learning from students as well. Teaching at a distance can be demanding and time-consuming, but the mix of students in our Library program from Maine, the United States and around the world is eclectic! Each year at graduation to see our students receive their degrees and to be able to share in that moment is rewarding!
I completed my Ph.D. in Information Science at Drexel University. My concentration is on system design and information seeking behavior. My dissertation, “The Impact of Concept Map Visualizations on the Information Behavior, Perceptions of Performance, Learning and Use of Novices in the Information Retrieval Context” is available (for the interested) at iDEA: Drexel E-repository and Archives
As a member of UMA’s Information and Library Science program I am interested in undergraduate education in library science and library support staff issues and helping the wider library field recognize that education in library science at any level is a means to better serving our patrons! My work has been published in various journals and presented at national and international conferences as well as here locally in New England.
- Williams,J. (2015) Editorial Board Member for textbooks: 21st Century Library Support Staff Education Series, Rowman Publishing: rowman.com
- Williams, J. (2015) Retention Strategies, Qualities & Practices, a literature review and infographic. Created for the eLearning Committee, for use by the wider university community at the request of the Provost.
- Williams, J. (2014) Retention Strategies and Practices, presentation and infographic.
UMA Coordinator’s meeting. Invited
- Williams, J. (2011) Tips, Tricks and Technologies to Simplify Your Techno-Centric Teaching Life. Accepted Session at the 2011 New England Sloan-C Conference.
- Elliott, K.., King, K., Handley, A. & Williams, J. (2011) Faculty Digital Literacy as an Exercise in Bridge Building: A Case Study Proposed panel Session at the 2011 New England Sloan-C conference.
- Elliott, K., Williams, J. Walton, S. et al. (2009) ‚Faculty Technical Literacy: Development From Within‚ Panel Session at the 2009 New England Sloan-C, Portland Maine
- Elliott, K.,Williams, J. (2009) ‚Faculty Technical Literacy: A Three Act Play‚ Presented at the eLearning Development Group Luncheon, UMA
- Williams, J.C., Giordano, T., & Sherman, R. (2008) Assessment on a Dime: Measure Senior Capstone Experiences‚. Presentation given at a University of Maine at Augusta Research & Pedagogy (RaP) Session. Augusta, ME
- Williams J.C. & Henry, J. (2008) ‚Digital Natives & Laptop Learners‚ Presentation given at the Maine Education Opportunity Association Annual Meeting, Portland, ME.
- Williams, J.C. (2008) ‚Undergraduate Education in Library Science.‚ Invited Speaker- Northern New York Library Network Annual Conference, Plattsburgh, NY.
- Williams, J.C., Giordano, T. & Theriault-Perkins, C. (2008)‚ What Your Students Won‚ Tell You About Your Online Courses‚. Presentation given at the Annual System Spring Institute, Augusta, ME.
- Williams, J.C.(2006) “Support Staff in the Library; a presentation on the history, role and current issues.” Maine Library Association Conference, Augusta Maine 2006.
- Williams, J. (2004) ‚Mentoring in the Library: Inspiring Growth and Sharing Ideas‚ What we need to know and where we can learn it!‚ New England Technical Services Librarians Conference. Holy Cross, Worcester, MA.
- Atwood, M.E., McCain, K.W., & Williams, J.C. (2002) ‚How does the design community
- think about design?‚ In Proceedings of Designing Interactive Systems 2002, New York: ACM, 2002, pp125-132.
- 2013 Outstanding Professor, University of Maine at Augusta
- 2011 Meritorious Achievement Award, College of Professional Studies,
- University of Maine at Augusta
- 2009 Outstanding Tutor/Student Pair, Literacy Volunteers of Greater Augusta
- 2009 Recognized as a Star in Literacy, Pro-Literacy Maine
- 2008 Who’s Who Among American Teachers, Gale Publications
- 2007 Who’s Who Among American Teachers, Gale Publications
- 2006 Who’s Who Among American Teachers, Gale Publications
- Recognized as a Pioneer in Online Education: Connecticut State University System
- Teaching Assistant Excellence Award: Drexel University
- Future Librarian Award: Connecticut Library Association
- Recipient of the H.W. Wilson Foundation Award