Mita Williams

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User Experience Librarian
B.Sc. (McMaster), M.L.I.S. (McGill)
Phone extension: 
(519) 253-3000 ext.3855
Email Address:
103 West


After graduating from McMaster University with an Honours B.Sc in Geography and Environmental Science and acquiring a M.L.I.S. from McGill University, I was employed in a number of contract positions in public, corporate, non-profit, government, and academic libraries before joining the Leddy Library as Science Librarian in 1999. In 2010, my position evolved into my current role as User Experience Librarian.

Research and Professional Interests

  • Open Access and Open Data initiatives
  • web mapping
  • bibliographic software
  • social justice librarianship
  • collaborative software and colloborative practice


Publications and Presentations: 


Non-peer reviewed

Invited Presentations

  • Keynote : OnlineNW. "Teach for America. Code for America. Librarianing for America." Corvallis, February 13th (forthcoming)
  • ALA Masters Series, ALA Midwinter 2015. "Mechanic Institutes, Hackerspaces, Makerspaces, TechShops, Incubators, Accelerators, and Centers of Social Enterprise. Where do libraries fit in?", Chicago, IL, Feb 1, 2015 (forthcoming)
  • Keynote : "From DIY to Working Together: Using a Hackerspace to build community". Scholars Portal Day,: Building Our Communities, Wednesday December 3, 2014, Snell Hall, St. James Cathedral, Toronto, slides and text
  • Keynote : "The Origin of the Future is in the Present", Library Technology Conference, March 19, 2014, slides and text
  • panelist, ALA Annual Conference's Top Tech Trends Panel, American Library Association Annual, June 29, 2014, text

Papers and Presentations

  • "OpenStreetMaps: Trust the map that anyone can change" : part of the ALA LITA Webinar series, The Re-Drawing the Map, Tuesday December 9, 2014
  • "Web Mapping: moving from maps on the web to maps of the web" :  part of the ALA LITA Webinar series, The Re-Drawing the Map, Tuesday Nov. 18, 2014
  • "Intro to Open Data", HackWE 3.0 Science Hackathon (WETech Alliance, Hackforge, University of Windsor, St. Clair College), Friday, October 17, 2014, slides
  • Freedom to Read Forum: Science & Public Understanding, Science City (BookFest Windsor) , panelist, March 14, 2014, slides and text
  • "A field guide to reading and writing ecosystems", Leddy Library Open Access Week, October 25, 2013, slides
  • "Zotero: Your research a click away", University of Windsor GATAcademy, September 4, 2013, slides
  • "The Future of the Library (and How to Stop It) : Conference on Teaching and Learning, University of Windsor, May 1-2, 2013, slides and talk
  • "Grinding the Gears: Academic Librarians and Civic Responsibility" with Lisa Sloniowski (York University) and Patti Ryan (York University), The 2013 LACUNY Institute: Libraries, Information, and the Right to the City, April 5, 2013, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York, New York. 
  • "Zotero: Your research a click away", University of Windsor GATAcademy, September 5, 2012, slides
  • "Title and Statement of Responsibility", code4lib North, May 25, 2012, slides and text
  • "My god! It's filled with stars lists!", code4lib North, May 24, 2012, slides and text
  • "Scholarly Communications and Digital Technologies", panelist, Campus Technology Day, May 17, 2012, slides and text
  • "The Library as Interface between Public Space and Public Self", Leddy Library Research Series, April 13, 2012, slides and text
  • "Organizing is what librarians do". TEDxLIbrariansTO, June 25, 2011 ; text
  • "Making eBooks from Wordpress to EPUB". University of Windsor Digital Humanities Summer Series (Leddy Library and the Humanities Research Group), June 15, 2011: slides
  • "The popularity of eBook readers and the Implications for Canadian Libraries" (panelist), OLITA Digital Odyssey, June 10, 2011
  • "Build your own library with Zotero", University of Windsor's Campus Technology Day 2011, May 25th, 2011 : slides
  • "We're Jamun and We Hope You Like Jamun Too", Code4Lib North 2011, McMaster University, May 6, 2011 : slides
  • "Not library games. Libraries *in* games", WILU 2010, McMaster University, May 14, 2010 : slides and speakers notes
  • "Games Without Frontiers: using games to discover new geographies and generate new futures", University of Windsor's UWin Week, October 14, 2009 : slides
  • "OK. Sure. But what does all of this have to do with OLPC?", "One Laptop Per Child: Open Source, Open Access, and Open Library", January 28th, 2008
  • "Scholr 2.0" (with Stacy Allison-Cassin), OCUL Scholars Portal @ Five, December 14, 2007 : slidesvideo stream (37 min)
  • "Inside Out Library" (with Peter Zimmerman), University of Windsor's Campus Technology Day, May 22, 2007: stream (59:23)download (23 MB)ppt
  • "Promoting and Positioning RefWorks At Your University", OCUL RefWorks Forum, University of Toronto, August 15, 2005 • ppt
  • "The Great Debate: Be it Resolved that we Teach them Nothing - Library Instruction Doesn't Work", Canadian Library Association, Calgary AB, Thursday, June 16, 2005
  • "Making Links with SFX"; NAAUG-SMUG 2005 Annual Conference, University of Maryland, College Park, June 10, 2005 • ppt
  • "RefWorks and GetIt - Making Links"; OCUL Forum; Guelph-Humber, December 8th, 2004 • ppt
  • "Weapons of Mass Instruction" w/Lisa Sloniowski ; Ontario Library Association Superconference ; January 29, 2004
  • "Blogging and The Reference Librarian", (panelist) ; Ontario Library Association Superconference ; January 30, 2004 • ppt
  • "The use of the Internet to reach beyond mainstream sources and to connect activist communities." w/Lisa Sloniowski ; Zap Your Pram, October 24-26, 2003
  • "Blogapalooza" ; Ontario Library Association Superconference ; February 1, 2003 • ppt
  • "Classifying Web Resources" w/ Wayne Daniels, Jeanne Enright, and Scott Mackenzie; Ontario Library Association Superconference; February 6, 1997

Professional Organizations

Conferences and Events

Web Portfolio

Community Work

Creative Work

  • "Title and Statement of Responsibility" : printed work : SoVa Projects Gallery. SPREAD (exhibition curated by Nadja Pelkey, Victor Romao and Julie Sando), February 2013