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Faculty & Staff Profile

Owen Williams

Director of Library Services
(218) 281-8395


  • Public Services

  • Departmental Oversight

Research Interests

  • Library and information transfer and dissemination

Awards, Distinctions, and Honors

  • 2017 Builders of Diversity Award (UMC Library)

  • 1997 Distinguished Civil Service, AFSCME Clerical/Technical or Teamster Award

  • 1996 Certificate of Merit, Minnesota Library Association, awarded to an individual who has made noteworthy contribution to library services in the State of Minnesota

  • 1994 Technology in Education Award, UMC

  • 1992 Outstanding Service to Students with Disabilities Award, UMC

  • 1992 Faculty/Staff Service Award - Voted on by the UMC student body and given to one faculty or staff member each year deemed most supportive

Educational Background

  • Master's in Library and Information Science, Emporia State University

  • M.A. in Library Science from the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh

  • B.S. in History from the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh

University Committee Memberships

  • UMC Disabilities Access

  • UMC Campus Assembly (secretary)

  • UMC Executive Committee

  • UMC Technology Working Group

  • University of Minnesota Library Task Force (Future needs of University of Minnesota Libraries)

  • UMC Athletics Working Group

  • Senate Library (U of M Library Directors)

  • Extended Campus Task Force (state-wide committee dealing with issues in distance education)

  • Council of Academic Library Directors

  • Minitex Advusiry

  • Resource Sharing, (Northwest Minnesota)

  • Retention

  • Academic Quality Improvement Progam (AQIP)

Professional Memberships

  • Minnesota Library Association

  • American Library Association



Retired in August 2018.

In the News

May 10, 2017
With the end of the spring semester and the commencement celebration through, the University of Minnesota Crookston acknowledged the work of outstanding faculty and staff during the Faculty/Staff Awards Day.