Joan Frye Williams

For more than 20 years Joan Frye Williams has been a successful librarian, consultant, vendor, planner, designer, evaluator and user of computerized library and information systems. She is the president of her own consulting firm, specializing in information technology planning, management and marketing.

Just to give you an idea of how long Joan has been interested in library issues, her first library job was as a page in 1964. Since then she been continuously employed in the library field. Along the way she received an MLS from the University of California at Berkeley (1975) and in addition to her consulting practice she has worked in both public and academic libraries, for library automation vendors, as well as at the California State Library.

Joan is best known as an acute-and sometimes irreverent-observer of trends in what she calls "the cultural anthropology of libraries and library automation." Her greatest interest is in how people behave when confronted by new technology and she always offers practical advice for coping with the changes that technology can bring.