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Philip Williams is the Technical Services Specialist for the University Library. He was interviewed by Mary Wu, Digital Scholarship and Metadata Librarian.
How did you get your start in libraries?
I began working in libraries as a student assistant in the Phillips Memorial Library at Providence College. After graduating, I decided to continue working in libraries because of my positive experiences in them, and because I wanted to learn more about the field.
What do you like best about working in the library?
I really like being surrounded by books and other library resources, and I enjoy working in an academic environment.
What drew you to RWU?
I saw the position of Technical Services Specialist at RWU as a unique opportunity to learn more about the inner workings of libraries. I’m excited to be able to assist the University Library behind the scenes in the Technical Services Department.
What does a Technical Services Specialist do in the library?
As the Technical Services Specialist, I help facilitate the Cataloging Department workflow through the cataloging and processing of new acquisitions and I assist with library digital services in areas of metadata creation, digitization, and digital asset management.
Do you have a favorite genre of books or media that you enjoy the most?
I like to read fiction, history, philosophy, and religion. I’ve recently read the Selected Stories of Philip K. Dick, and I subscribe to National Geographic.
What book are you currently reading?
I’m currently reading Zen in the Art of Archery, by Eugen Herrigel.
Outside of work, what hobbies or activities do you enjoy?
I really enjoy reading, playing the guitar, cooking, and walking.