By Alice Bampton
Alexander (Alex) Williams, a Drexel University iSchool graduate student, is serving a six-month internship with Falvey Memorial Library’s Academic Integration and Information and Research Assistance teams. “We are excited to welcome Alexander back to the Library while he is pursuing his master’s degree [in Library and Information Science] at Drexel University. His master’s degree in English from Villanova [University] makes him a welcome addition to the library staff,” says Jutta Seibert, team leader – Academic Integration. Alex is focusing on information services although he is also interested in competitive intelligence. He expects to graduate from Drexel in 2013.
Alex, a native of Rhode Island, earned a master’s degree in English literature from Villanova in 2011. While attending Villanova, Alex worked in Access Services for Phylis Wright, manager of access desk services, and Domenick Liberato, stacks manager.
When asked what made him decide to become a librarian, Alex said, “Until quite recently, I never realized that my work history was comprised primarily of library support-staff positions … There was this impulse to both consume and to be physically near books and information, so I decided it was time to listen to myself. Since I have a master’s in English literature, I ultimately hope to become a subject specialist in an academic library; that way I can keep abreast of contemporary trends in literature and theory as well as share my love of the subject with new generations of students.”
Alex believes working with “research support through email and chat will help me understand how the methods of information seeking have recently changed, as well as ground my theory in practice. … Having an inside view of how the library, students and teachers communicate really puts everything into perspective.”
He is currently reading Aldous Huxley’s Eyeless in Gaza and Longinus’s treatise, On the Sublime. His hobbies include “running, cooking, reconnecting with nature, playing the guitar, writing and reading (of course).” He loves animals of all kinds. His research interests are varied, “Just about anything could set me off in one direction or another.”
Alex earned his bachelor’s degree in English literature and religious studies from Stonehill College, Easton, Mass. While a student at Stonehill, Alex worked as a circulation aide in the library, an early indication of his future interests.
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