ACRL Member of the Week: Teresa Williams

Teresa Williams

Teresa Williams is a business librarian at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. Teresa has been a member of ACRL for 14 years and is your ACRL member of the week for September 24, 2018.

Teresa WilliamsDescribe yourself in three words: Professional, productive, forward-thinking.

What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device(s)? I just finished A Girl Named Zippy: Growing Up Small in Mooreland, Indiana by Haven Kimmel. This book was recommended by Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (dubbed the “NFL’s unofficial librarian”) for members of his book club. I am also reading Stars between the Sun and Moon: One Women’s Life in North Korea and Escape to Freedom by Lucia Jang.

Describe ACRL in three words: Advocate, supportive, informative.

What do you value about ACRL? I value how ACRL encourages and supports connections among librarians as well as the opportunities it provides for professional development.

What do you as an academic librarian contribute to your campus? As a business librarian, I am always working to help our students learn to identify and use reliable business information, including how to recognize the best open and public resources they can freely access for their information needs beyond graduation.

In your own words: As an academic librarian, I have the opportunity to get to know so many students, but I have just a few short years to make a difference in how they navigate their way to reliable information. That is why I think it is so important for academic librarians to encourage students to also connect with their local public libraries. Information needs do not end after college, and I hope our graduates will continue to use the many valuable resources and services of libraries no matter where their careers might take them.

Editor’s Note: Are you an ACRL member? Would you like to be featured as ACRL Member of the Week? Nominate a colleague? Contact Mary Jane Petrowski at for more information.