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, 2015, slides and text
  • 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, slides and text
  • 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