Virginia Kay Williams

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Ginger Williams earned a B.A. in History from Furman University in 1985. She earned three degrees from the University of South Carolina: the M.L.S. in 1988, J.D. in 1989, and S.L.I.S. in 2004. Ginger originally joined the Wichita State University (WSU) Library faculty in 2008 as Assistant Professor and Acquisitions Librarian, left in 2015 for the position of Senior Librarian and Head of Acquisitions at Texas State University, then returned to WSU in 2022 as Professor and Coordinator of Collections. Prior to coming to WSU, Ginger was an Assistant Professor in the Mississippi State University Libraries (2004-2008), the Director of Instruction and Federal Programs for Barnwell (SC) School District 29 (2001-2003), and a school librarian (1989-2001).

Ginger’s scholarly interests focus on collection development and assessment.


Recent Submissions

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    Honoring past practices while Increasing collection budget flexibility: Designing and communicating a new budget model
    (Purdue University, 2017) Williams, Virginia Kay; Pope, Scott
    When LBJ was president and the Beatles were all the rage, Southwest Texas State College adopted a library allocation formula. Five decades later, the Texas State University Libraries administration decided it was time to stop adjusting the formula and adopt a completely new collection budget model with more flexibility to meet changing needs. This paper discusses the process used to develop a new model, communication strategies with the campus, and ways the new model impacted serials workflow. It also includes a few sample slides that were particularly effective in presentations to faculty.
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    Controversy and diversity: LGBTQ titles in academic library youth collections
    (American Library Association, 2015) Williams, Virginia Kay; Deyoe, Nancy
    Academic libraries supporting education and library science programs collect youth literature to support courses that teach students to evaluate and use books with children and teenagers. Although children's and young adult literature with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) content is often controversial, this literature is being discussed in both the education and library literature. This paper discusses the literature on LGBTQ youth literature, explores the extent to which academic libraries supporting education and library science programs collect recently published LGBTQ youth literature, and concludes that academic librarians responsible for youth collections should evaluate their LGBTQ holdings to ensure that they are meeting the needs of future teachers and librarians for access to these books. The paper offers suggestions for assessing collections, locating LGBTQ youth titles, and updating selection procedures to build a more inclusive collection.
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    Book review: Developing and managing electronic collections: the essentials
    (American Library Association, 2014-07) Williams, Virginia Kay
    As Johnson comments in the preference, her goal is to offer practical advice in working through the many issues involved in providing library users access to online resources. She focuses on indexing and abstracting services, e-books, e-journals, and streaming multimedia; she does not address locally produced content, digital text-books, games, or software.
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    Diverse population, diverse collection? Youth collections in the United States
    (Routledge, 2014-03-17) Williams, Virginia Kay; Deyoe, Nancy
    Do school, public, and academic library collections in the United States provide the children, young adults, and future teachers they serve with books that reflect diverse families and life experiences? Using checklists and OCLC holdings, the authors assessed the extent to which libraries collect youth literature that includes characters from racial and ethnic minorities, characters with disabilities, and characters who identify as LGBTQ. They also assigned public libraries to Conspectus levels and compared youth-diversity holdings by collection expenditures. They found that more than one-third of public libraries spending over $100,000 annually on materials did not achieve the minimal level for representations of diversity in their youth collections, indicating a need for local assessments and additional efforts to provide diverse youth collections.