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Sara Elizabeth Williams

Head, Academic Outreach

Assistant Professor
Research and Learning, Academic Outreach

(804) 828-6339
James Branch Cabell Library, Room 121-G


  • M.L.S., Louisiana State University, 1983
  • B.A., University of Alabama, 1978

Previous Professional Experience

  • Assistant Director of Public Services and Liaison for Sociology and Anthropology Department, Carrier Library, James Madison University, 2009-2013
  • Team Leader, Direct Assistance and Reference/Instruction Teams and Librarian to the College of Business, Earl K. Long Library, University of New Orleans, 2006-2009
  • Reference Department Head and Bibliographer, Howard-Tilton Library, Tulane University, 1989-2005
  • Contract Consultant, McFarland Institute, New Orleans, La., 1999
  • Assistant Head of Business and Science Division and Foundation Center Librarian, New Orleans Public Library, 1988-1989


  • Recipient of Summer Research Grant and leave for the proposal "Extending Contact Zone Theory Beyond the Reference Interview," summer 2012
  • "You Rock!" Extraordinary Service Award presented by JMU LGBT and Ally Education Program for voluntary service to the LGBT Library, spring 2012
  • Council of Library Resources Internship, University of Georgia, 1987-1988

Selected Presentations

  • Williams, S. and Trocchia, M. (2013). Promoting diverse participation in library programming through inclusive leadership in academic libraries: The example of JMuse Cafe. Concurrent Session Presentation at VLAPF Conference "Libraries: Gateway to the Future," Richmond, VA. 
  • Williams, S., Trocchia, M., Shorish, Y., Hardesty, P. (2012). Scholars' cafes in the academic library: Catalysts for community learning. Presented at Virginia Library ACRL Annual Conference, Williamsburg, VA.
  • Schubert, C., Warlick, S., Williams, S., Schaffer, B., Whitten, K. (2012). Ask a nurse: Tapping the learning commons to care for the whole student. Posted presented at Medical Library Association, Mid-Atlantic Chapter Meeting, Baltimore, MD.
  • Williams, S., Haworth, E., Warlick, S., Mungin, M., Leiding, R. (2012). Research circles as models of inquiry and dialogue for library problem solving. Poster presented at "Bridging the Spectrum: A Symposium on Scholarship and Practice in Library and Information Science," Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.
  • Williams, S. (2011). Where is the commons in the learning commons? Panel discussion at VL-ACRL Annual Conference, Portsmouth, VA.

Selected Publications

  • Williams, S.B. (2006). Living in ruinsThe Decatur Daily
  • Williams, S. (2001). Story of the New Orleans Jewish community preserved at Tulane. Watermarks, 2(2).
  • Williams-Trapolin, S. (1997). Integrating preservation information into basic library skills. In J.M. Drews & J.A. Page (Eds.), Promoting Preservation Awareness in Libraries: A Sourcebook for academic, public, school and special collections. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press.

Professional Organizations

  • American Library Association 
    • Intellectual Freedom Round Table
    • Social Responsibilities Round Table
  • Association of College and Research Libraries
    • Anthropology and Sociology Section 
    • ANSS Instruction and Information Literacy Committee
    • ANSS Bibliography Committee
  • Reference and User Services Association
  • Virginia Association of College and Research Libraries 

VCU Libraries

James Branch Cabell Library Monroe Park Campus
901 Park Ave., Box 842033
Richmond, VA 23284-2033
Toll-free: (844) 352-7399
(804) 828-1111
All Libraries
Tompkins-McCaw Library MCV Campus
509 N. 12th St., Box 980582
Richmond, VA 23298-0582
Toll-free: (844) 352-7399
(804) 828-0636

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