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Staff Biography

Patrick Williams

Patrick Williams

Librarian for American Literature, Communication & Rhetorical Studies, Composition & Cultural Rhetoric, Drama, English/Textual Studies, Linguistics, Philosophy, Writing Program
Research and Scholarship
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Subject Areas

American Literature, Communication and Rhetorical Studies, Composition & Cultural Rhetoric, Drama, English Literature/Textual Studies, Linguistics, Philosophy, Victorian Studies, Writing Program

Research Interests

Computer-supported collaborative learning; digital humanities; interaction design; information & technology literacy; contemporary literature; information visualization and generative art; public history.


Patrick joined the Syracuse University Libraries in January 2009. Prior to arriving in Syracuse, he served as Web and Instructional Design Librarian at the College of Staten Island / CUNY and Coordinator of CSI’s Center for Excellence in Learning Technology.

Patrick holds a B.A. in English from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Information Studies from the School of Information at The University of Texas at Austin. His research focuses online reading and writing practices, social interaction, and what we can learn from the systems that support them.

Patrick has also worked as a graphic designer, an information architect, a community technology consultant, and a dj.

Selected Publications & Presentations

  • Williams, J.P. (2013). “A User-Centered Strategy for Connecting Patrons with New Materials” Lightning Round Presentation. ENYACRL Spring Conference, University of Albany, May 20.
  • Williams, J.P. (2013) “Overlay, Timeline, Chatter, Zoom: Hooks and Handles into the Digital Humanities” Invited talk. Faculty Center for Professional Development. College of Staten Island/CUNY, April 25.
  • Williams, J.P., Luther, J., and O’Connor, J. (2013) “From Cylinder to Soundcloud: Remixing Audio Archives for Public Radio.” Convention of the Conference on College Composition, Las Vegas, Nevada, March 16.
  • Williams, J.P. (2013) “Interaction Traces: Reader, Interface, and the Social” THATCamp Western New York 2013, SUNY Geneseo, February 19.  
  • Williams, J. P. (2011). “Circulating Texts: Combining Forces for Just-in-time Student Support” Lightning Round Presentation. ENYACRL Spring Conference, Skidmore College, May 23.
  • Williams, J. P. (2010) Screen/Print: Annotation as a Trail through Information Studies.  English Department Graduate Colloquium on Print Culture, Syracuse University, April 23.
  • Moeckel, L., Williams, J.P., and Gaubatz, N. (2009). New Approaches to Teaching Information Literacy in Writing Program classes at Syracuse University. Presentation at Western NY/Ontario Chapter ACRL Fall Conference, East Aurora, NY, November 6.
  • Chen, H.  & Williams, J. P. (2009). Pedagogical Design for an Online Information Literacy Course: College Students’ Learning Experience with Multi-Modal Objects. Canadian Journal of Information and Library Science 33 (1/2)1-38.
  • Chen, H. and Williams, J. P. (2009). Use of multi-modal media and tools in an online information literacy course: College students' attitudes and perceptions. Journal of Academic Librarianship 35(1), 14-24.
  • Williams, J. P., and Chen, H, (2008). Computer-mediated communication and multi-modal instruction in higher education. In Kelsey, S. and St. Amant, K. (Eds.). The Handbook of Research on Computer-Mediated Communication (pp. 128-145). Hershey, Pennsylvania: Idea Group.
  • Williams, J. P., Bias, R.G., and Mayhew, D. (2007). Cost justification. In Jacko, J. and Sears, A. (Eds.). The Human Computer Interaction Handbook (pp. 1265-1275). Mahwah, New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum.
  • Fletcher, R., Keating, E., Iorio, J., and Williams, J. P. (2006). Technology and the limits of free expression: Censorship in a community weblog. Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) Annual Meeting, Vancouver, BC, November 2 – 4.
  • Bias, R., Williams, J.P., Chung, D., and Burns, S. (2005). An experimental study of the effects of Microsoft's ClearType on programmer productivity. Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, Orlando, September 26 - 30.
  • Williams, J.P., Stewart, S., Eichelberger, L., Ovalle, C., Jackson, K., Burns, S., & Robertson, H. (2005). Scaling Information in Cyberspace: A framework for developing online instruction to meet the demands of large classes. Educause Southwest, Austin, Texas, February 16-18.
  • Chang, M., Leggett, J., Furuta, R., Kerne, A., Williams, J.P., Burns, S., and Bias, R. (2004). Collection understanding. Proceedings of the 2004 ACM Joint Conference on Digital Libraries, pp. 334-342. Tucson, Arizona, June 7 – 11.
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