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James F. Williams, II
          Biographical Sketch

James F. Williams, II has been Dean of Libraries at the University of Colorado at Boulder since 1988.  His career includes 13 years as a Medical Librarian and 33 years in research library administration. His research interests include health sciences librarianship, strategic planning, leadership in research libraries, and resource sharing and networking. 


National Activities


  • Member, Board of Directors, BioOne
  • Member, Board of Trustees, The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of the Colleges and Schools
  • Member, Visiting Committee, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Libraries
  • Member, Visiting Committee, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Member, Board of Visitors, University of Pittsburgh School of Information Sciences
  • Member, Advisory Board, Simmons College Ph.D. in Managerial Leadership
  • Member, Editorial Board, the journal Portal: Libraries and the Academy



  • American Library Association's Melvil Dewey Medal, 2002
  • University of Colorado Boulder Medal, 2010

Regional Activities


  • Member, Board of the Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries (Alliance)
  • Member, Executive Committee, University Press of Colorado
  • Member, Advisory Board, Guaranty Bank and Trust
  • Member, Board of Directors, Tru Community Care
  • Trustee, Denver Art Museum

Past Activities


  • Member, Board of Regents, National Library of Medicine
  • Visiting Scholar and Senior Fellow, UCLA Graduate School of Library and Information Science.
  • Chair, Greater Western Library Alliance
  • Member, Board of Directors, Educom
  • Chair, Board of Directors, Center for Research Libraries (CRL)
  • Chair, PubMed Central Advisory Board, National Library of Medicine
  • Member, Board of Directors, Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR)
  • Member, Board of the Boulder Chamber of Commerce
  • Chair, Board of the Foothills United Way of Boulder and Broomfield Counties
  • Member, Board of Boulder Community Hospital
  • Member, Board of Directors, Association of Research Libraries (ARL)

Williams holds a baccalaureate degree from Morehouse College and a graduate degree from Atlanta University.