Kate Williams

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Associate Professor

PhD, Information, Michigan

344 LIS
(217) 244-9128
katewill [at] illinois.edu

Office Hours

Wednesdays 2:00-4:00 p.m. (email first)
Curriculum Vitae   

Research Focus

Technology use in local communities and by ordinary people; public libraries past, present, and future; social capital as a crucial resource in the information revolution.


Kate Williams is an associate professor at the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Her research asks: Is community possible in the digital age? She follows in the footsteps of the early urban sociologists, who debated whether community was possible in the industrial age. Part of this question is: What is the role of the public library in this process?

Williams recently published the book, Roots and Flowers, The Life and Work of Afro-Cuban Librarian Marta Terry González (2015 National Library of China Press, with Abdul Alkalimat), and edited the volume, Community Informatics in China and the US: Theory and Research (2012, Library Juice Press, with Yan Hui, Han Shenglong, and Abdul Alkalimat).


Libraries Info and Society (IS502AO3)
Community Informatics (IS518AO)

Completed Research Projects

Related Topics

Community Informatics, Ethics and Values for Information, Libraries and Librarianship, Social and Information Networks, Social Informatics, information technology