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As Librarian for Literature, Rhetoric, and Digital Humanities, Patrick supports the Syracuse University English Department, the Department of Communications & Rhetorical Studies, the Linguistics Program, and the Department of Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition through reference consultation, research instruction, and collection development in collaboration with faculty and students. He is interested in contemporary literature, digital humanities, and past, present, and future technologies of reading and writing. He is a participant in the NEH Office of Digital Humanities' Early Modern Digital Agendas Institute at the Folger Shakespeare Library, and he is co-Editor-In-Chief of dh+lib. He was a 2015 Techpaths Fellow and visiting artist at Wheaton College in Massachusetts.
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. He 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 and writing appears in the Journal of Academic Librarianship, Canadian Journal of Information and Library Science, Heavy Feather Review, Prelude, and elsewhere. His poetry chapbook Hygiene in Reading (Publishing Genius, 2016) was awarded the 2015 Chris Toll Memorial Prize, and he is the editor of Really System, a journal of poetry and extensible poetics.
Prior to becoming an academic librarian, Patrick worked as a graphic designer, an information architect, a community technology consultant, and a dj.


Information Studies, PhD, University of Texas at Austin

Information Studies, MS, University of Texas at Austin

English, BA, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

External positions

Web & Instructional Design Librarian; Coordinator of the Center for Excellence in Learning Technology, College of Staten Island, City University of New York, USA

Jul 2006Dec 2008

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Research Output 2004 2019

The Machine Stops: Critical Orientations to Our Information Apparatus

Williams, P., Feb 2019, Critical Approaches to Credit-Bearing Information Literacy Courses. Critten, J. & Pashia, A. (eds.). Association of College and Research Libraries, p. 213-230

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Open Access

& lo yr letter hit me hard: Live(s) and Work(s) in Special Collections and Archives

Williams, P., Apr 2018, Poet-Librarians in the Library of Babel: Innovative Meditations on Librarianship. Browning, S. & Tharp, S. (eds.). Library Juice Press, p. 115 134 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Open Access
dual role

What Is Possible: Setting the Stage for Co-Exploration in Archives and Special Collections

Williams, P., 2016, Critical Library Pedagogy Handbook: Volume 1: Essays and Workbook Activities. Pagowsky, N. & McElroy, K. (eds.). Association of College and Research Libraries, Vol. 1. p. 111-120 9 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Doing It Yourself: Special Collections as a Springboard for Personal, Critical Approaches to Information

Williams, P. & Mulroney, L., 2015, Not Just Where to Click: Teaching Students How to Think about Information . Swanson, T. & Jagman, H. (eds.). p. 367-387 21 p. (Publications in Librarianship; no. 68).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Personal Life

Local, Historical, Print: Situating New Student Writers on Campus

Williams, P. & Rosinski, J., May 19 2014, (Unpublished).

Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

Activities 2010 2018

  • 8 Oral presentation
  • 5 Invited talk
  • 2 Editorial activity
  • 1 Participation in conference

Digital Humanities, Libraries, and Scholarly Communication

Patrick Williams (Speaker)
Feb 2 2018

Activity: Talk typesInvited talk

dh+lib (Journal)

Patrick Williams (Editor in chief)

Activity: Editorial work typesEditorial activity

Open Access Repositories A Review of SURFACE and other repositories

J Patrick Williams (Speaker), Amanda Page (Speaker), Suzanne Preate (Speaker)

Activity: Talk typesOral presentation

Teaching With Primary Sources: Lessons from the Front Lines

Annie Tummino (Speaker), Morgan Gwenwald (Speaker), Patrick Williams (Speaker)
Jun 14 2017

Activity: Talk typesOral presentation