James F. Williams, II, has been Dean of Libraries at the University of Colorado at Boulder since 1988. His career includes 13 years as a Medical Librarian and 23 years in research library administration. His research interests include health sciences librarianship, strategic planning, leadership in research libraries, and resource sharing and networking. He has been a member of the Board of Regents of the National Library of Medicine, and a Visiting Scholar and Senior Fellow at UCLA’s Graduate School of Library and Information Science.
Dean Williams is past chair of the Greater Western Library Alliance, a past member of the Board of Directors of Educom, and a past member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL). He is past chair of the Board of Directors of the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), a member of the Board of Directors of the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), immediate past chair of the PubMed Central Advisory Board at the National Library of Medicine, and a member of the Board of Visitors for Libraries at Carnegie Mellon University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a member of the Board of Visitors for the University of Pittsburgh School of Information Sciences, and a member of the National Council at Washington University in St. Louis.
He is currently a member of the Editorial Board of the journal Portal: Libraries and the Academy. He was awarded the Melvil Dewey Medal by the American Library Association in 2002. He is past chair of the Board of the Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries (the Alliance), is a past member of the Board of the Boulder Chamber of Commerce, and he is currently a member of the Board of the Boulder Community Hospital and the Boulder United Way. He is also a Trustee of the Denver Art Museum. He holds baccalaureate and graduate degrees from Morehouse College and Atlanta University.