DeAnza Williams

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Areas of Research: 

My research interests include multicultural representation in youth literature; library services for teens (collections, programming, teen spaces, and evaluation of services offered); everyday life information-seeking behaviors of teens; public libraries as informal learning centers; and library leadership and management.

Field Exam Area: 

Youth Services


PhD, Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (in progress)
MS, Library and Information Science, University of North Texas
BS, Marketing, University of Tennessee at Knoxville

Courses Taught: 

Teaching Assistant, LIS 404, Literature and Resources for Young Adults (on-campus section), Spring 2017

Teaching Assistant, LIS 515, Media Literacy for Youth (online section), Spring 2017

Teaching Assistant, LIS 590, Global Contexts and Social Justice in Youth Literature (on-campus section), Fall 2016

Teaching Assistant, LIS 490, Youth Services Community Engagement (online section), Fall 2016

Co-Lecturer with J. Petrella, LIS 506 LEB, Youth Services Librarianship (online section), Fall 2015

Guest Lecturer during Fall 2014 for the following classes: 

  • LIS 490 – Youth Services Community Engagement
  • LIS 403 – Children’s Literature 
  • LIS 458 - Instruction and Assistance Systems 
  • LIS 501 – Information Organization and Access 
  • LIS 506 – Youth Services Librarianship
  • LIS 506 (online) – Youth Services Librarianship 

Teaching Assistant, LIS 590, Comics in Libraries (on-campus section), Spring 2014

Teaching Assistant, LIS 506, Youth Services Librarianship (on-campus and online sections), Fall 2013

Selected Publications, Papers and Presentations: 

ALISE Conference, Atlanta, 2017. "Kids Create Apps - Lessons Learned from Creating a Curriculum for Elementary Students in a School and Public Library." (poster)

NCAAL Conference, St. Louis, 2015. "Health Technology 2.0:  Mobile Apps." (presentation). Co-presenter with Regina Carter. August 6, 2015

iSchool Research Showcase, Urbana-Champaign, 2015. "#Diverse Children’s Literature: Examining Social Media's Role." (presentation). Co-presenter with Melissa Hayes. April 3, 2015

ALISE Conference, Chicago, 2015. "#Diverse Children’s Literature: Examining Social Media’s Role." (poster)

Honors and Awards: 

Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Fall 2015 

Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA), Group Achievement Award – LLAMA Mentoring Committee member, American Library Association, 2009 

Emerging Leader, American Library Association, Class of 2008

Related Topics

Libraries and Librarianship, Youth Literature, Culture, and Services