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Librarians

Sharalyn Williams, M.L.S., M.A.

Background


Sharalyn Williams has a Bachelor of Arts in Literary Studies, a Master of Library Science from Emporia State University (Archives Studies), and a Master of Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University (Change Leadership). She has been awarded Beta Phi Mu and Alpha Sigma Nu Honors. She previously interned at the Clark County Historical Museum, Portland Community College - Sylvania, and the Washington Rural Heritage Project at the Washington State Library. In her role at the Heritage Project, she worked on and digitized the Odessa, Washington and Joshua Elmer Photograph Collection. Sharalyn oversaw management of the ITT Technical Institute library in Portland, Oregon beginning in 2014, until its closure in 2016, and was the Circulation Assistant at Spokane Community College until being hired at Chastek Library in 2017 as the Public Services Librarian. Sharalyn was promoted to the Head of Public Services Librarian in June 2021.

Sharalyn was an active volunteer for the National History Days competition until 2016; a cataloging volunteer at the Independent Resource Publishing Center in Portland, Oregon; a Bite2Go SnackPack representative for Gonzaga University at Whitman Elementary School; and was a vaccine clinic volunteer at the local Chas Health vaccine popup at Gonzaga University.

Sharalyn is the Head of Public Services Librarian. In this position, she manages the Circulation, Reference, and Interlibrary Loan departments; provides reference and research assistance; teaches in-class workshops on library resources; and designs, implements, and evaluates all Chastek Library programming. She hires, trains, schedules, supervises, and evaluates professional staff members, as well as dozens of undergraduate and post-graduate student employees in the Public Services Department.

Teaching, Presentations, and Academic Service


Teaching

Microsoft Excel for the Law Office, A Paralegal's Guide, Institute for Paralegal Education

Microsoft OneNote versus Evernote, Institute for Paralegal Education

Using Primo, HeinOnline, and Legal Indexes, Gonzaga University School of Law

Researching Federal and Washington Legislative Histories, Gonzaga University School of Law

Information Literacy, ITT Technical Institute

Written Works

Navigating Law Librarianship Without a Legal Education, Law Lines, Law Library Association of Greater New York

Microsoft Excel for the Law Office, A Paralegal's Guide, Institute for Paralegal Education

Microsoft OneNote versus Evernote, Institute for Paralegal Education

Juggling Act, ALKI, Washington Library Association Journal, Vol. 34, Number 2

Presentations

No JD? No Problem. Navigating Law Librarianship Without a Legal Education, Coordinator, Moderator, Speaker, American Association of Law Libraries Annual Conference, Virtual (July 2020) (previously scheduled for in-person, New Orleans, LA)

The Press Pause Campaign: How To Add Value Through Non-Traditional Services, American Association of Law Libraries Annual Conference, Washington D.C. (July 2019 - Poster Session)

Library Programming

  • Therapy Animals Visit and Donations Drive - 2nd Chance Rescue Mobile Petting Zoo, co-sponsored with Student Affairs (2022)
  • Ida B. Wells: A Passion for Justice, co-sponsored with the Center for Civil and Human Rights (2022)
  • A Conversation with Michelle Alexander, co-sponsored with the Center for Civil and Human Rights; Unity Multicultural Education Center; College of Arts and Sciences; the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; and others (2022)
  • Tongues Untied, co-sponsored with the Center for Civil and Human Rights (2022)
  • Movie Night at the Garland, co-sponsored with Student Affairs (2021)
  • Healthy Snack Making with Monika Jacobson, Eat Move Thrive-Spokane (2021)
  • ZagSocial Trivia Event hosted by Chastek Library (2021) (2022)
  • Therapy Animals Visit - Therapy Dogs (2018 - present) with Reading Rovers
  • Therapy Animals Visit - Banks the Pig (2020 - present)
  • Meme Contest (2020)
  • Black Voices (2020)
    • Tongues Untied, co-sponsored by the Center for Civil and Human Rights and the Lincoln LGBTQ Resource Center
    • Ida B. Wells: A Passion for Justice, co-sponsored by the Women's Law Caucus
    • Hoop Dreams
  • Community and Family Movie Nights
    • Space Jam (2019), co-sponsored by the J. Reuben Clark Law Society
    • Hocus Pocus (2018), co-sponsored by the J. Reuben Clark Law Society
  • Prehistoric Pals (2019, 2021)
  • Trivia Night and Networking Event, co-sponsored by Center for Professional Development (2018)

Certifications

Mental Health First Aid USA (exp Jan. 2025)

Alma Administration Certification

Disney's Approach to Employee Engagement Certificate

Academic Service

Gonzaga University Student Conduct Officer, 2020 - present

Co-Chair, Washington Library Association (WLA) Member Services Committee, 2021 - present

Chair, Archives Committee - Western Pacific Chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries, 2020 - present

Gonzaga Law School Budget Committee, 2020 - 2021

Secretary, Board Officer - Western Pacific Chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries, 2020 - 2022

Gonzaga Law School Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, 2019 - 2020

Gonzaga Law School Building Committee, 2019 - 2020

Safety and Signage Subcommittee, 2020

Continuing Professional Education Committee - American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), 2019 - 2021

Micro-learning Subcommittee, 2020 - 2021

Inland Northwest Council of Libraries Continuing Education Committee, 2018 - present

Gonzaga Law School Sidebar Events Committee, 2018 - 2019

Gonzaga Law School Staff Events Committee, 2018 - present

Gonzaga Law School Safety Representative, 2018 - present

Chair, Local Arrangements Committee, Western Pacific Chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries, 2018 - 2019

Gonzaga Law School Communication Audit Committee, 2018 - 2019, 2021 - 2022

Professional Memberships

Member of the American Association of Law Libraries, 2017 - present

Research Instruction and Patron Services Special Interest Section

Academic Law Library Special Interest Section

Member of the Inland Northwest Council of Libraries, 2017 - present

Member of the Western Pacific Chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries, 2017 - present

Member of the Washington Library Association, 2013 - present

Member of the American Library Association, 2013 - 2017

Member of the Society of American Archivists, 2013 - 2016

Member of the Student Chapter of the American Library Association, 2013 - 2015

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