William Weare is the Associate Dean for Academic Engagement and Public Services, Assistant Professor, for the University Libraries. William earned an MA in Library Science from the University of Iowa, a BFA in Painting from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and a BA in English and History from the University of Massachusetts Boston. Prior to joining the Wichita State University Libraries, William worked at Texas A&M University, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Valparaiso University (Indiana), and Central College (Iowa). He has presented and published on a variety of topics, including service philosophy statements in academic libraries, peer review of teaching for instruction librarians, and core leadership competencies for the library profession.

Recent Submissions

  • What ‘open to the public’ means at IUPUI 

    Weare, William H., Jr. (2013-09-01)
    The article presents the author's views on the move of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis' (IUPUI) University Library which opened its doors to the public. He states that IUPUI's University Library is an ...
  • Beyond web search tips and tricks: Thinking through the search 

    Weare, William H., Jr. (Linworth Publishing, Inc., 2010-02-01)
    The author recommends a more intentional Web search strategy that will help students retrieve better search results. Teachers and librarians can help students to improve their searching skills by asking these four key ...
  • Library instruction and student engagement in the age of Google 

    Weare, William H., Jr.; Kowalsky, Michelle (LOEX Press, 2010)
    A typical library instruction session generally includes demonstrations of how to use the library catalog, how to access information via library-provided electronic resources, and how to use the electronic journal list. ...
  • Focus group research in the academic library: An overview of the methodology 

    Weare, William H., Jr. (Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries (QQML), 2012-09-20)
    Through the use of focus groups, academic librarians can discover what students really think, feel, need, and want. Equipped with this knowledge, librarians will be better positioned to design and deliver effective programs, ...
  • Exploring service philosophy statements using qualitative content analysis 

    Moffett, Paul; Weare, William H., Jr. (Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries (QQML), 2020-11-26)
    This paper will describe a study in which we examined service philosophy statements at a diverse group of North American academic libraries. We used qualitative content analysis to examine their form and content to identify ...
  • Moving forward: The next-gen catalog and the new discovery tools 

    Weare, William H., Jr.; Toms, Sue; Breeding, Marshall
    This article explores two emerging solutions -- next-gen catalogs and discovery products. A next-gen catalog provides an intuitive interface designed in accordance with current web standards. It incorporates features such ...
  • Find it on the web using the search concepts you already know 

    Weare, William H., Jr. (Linworth Publishing, Inc., 2008-03-01)
    The author discusses the applicability and effectiveness of phrase searching, the use of natural language, Boolean logic, nesting, proximity, truncation, and wildcards to web search engines.
  • The federated search solution 

    Weare, William H., Jr. (Linworth Publishing, Inc, 2010-09-01)
    Federated search provides a single search interface that allows users to search multiple online resources simultaneously—subscription databases, library catalogs, and other electronic resources—with one query that returns ...
  • Web search field trip: Find it on the web with field searching 

    Weare, William H., Jr.
    The author describes the functionality of field searching, a search technique which locates specific terms in a specific field. The author points out field searching options available via the advanced search page of the ...
  • Criticism is not a four-letter word: Best practices for constructive feedback in the peer review of teaching 

    Alabi, Jaena; Weare, William H., Jr. (LOEX Press, 2012-05-03)
    In recent years, peer review of teaching (PROT) has become an increasingly important tool for evaluating library instruction. Most PROT programs consist of three components: a pre-observation meeting, the observation of ...
  • Qualitative content analysis: A reflection 

    Moffett, Paul; Weare, William H., Jr. (ACRL, 2020-10-13)
    Like many public services librarians, we spend much of our time focused on improving service quality. We think of excellent service quality as meeting or exceeding customer expectations consistently over time. One approach ...
  • New support for the research process: Desktop delivery of microform content 

    Weare, William H., Jr. (Taylor & Francis, 2010)
    While trying to access microform content, patrons at the Christopher Center for Library and Information Resources at Valparaiso University were often hampered by unfamiliar equipment, temperamental software, and a puzzling ...
  • Developing core leadership competences for the library profession 

    Ammons-Stephens, Shorlette; Cole, Holly J.; Jenkins-Gibbs, Keisha; Fraser Riehle, Catherine; Weare, William H., Jr. (American Library Association, 2009)
    The development of competency lists, or competency models has become a popular way to assess the strengths, needs, and potential contributions of individuals in an organization. The success of libraries as organizations ...
  • Service philosophy statements in academic libraries: A qualitative content analysis 

    Moffett, Paul; Weare, William H., Jr. (Routledge, 2018)
    Some academic libraries use service philosophy statements to strengthen the quality of their service culture. A service philosophy statement communicates directly to users what they can --and should -- expect from the ...
  • Peer review of teaching 

    Alabi, Jaena; Weare, William H., Jr. (Communications in Information Literacy, 2014)
    Many academic librarians who provide library instruction have never received formal training in educational theory and methods. To bridge this gap and improve the teaching skills of instruction librarians, some academic ...
  • Succession planning in academic libraries: A reconsideration 

    Weare, William H., Jr. (Emerald Group Publishing Ltd., 2015-11-24)
    It has been widely projected in the library literature that a substantial number of librarians will retire in the near future leaving significant gaps in the workforce, especially in library leadership. Many of those ...
  • We deliver: Overcoming microform collection access issues with electronic delivery 

    Weare, William H., Jr.; Langendorfer, Jeanne M. (North American Serials Interest Group, Inc., 2010-04-09)
    This presentation described the problems library users experienced trying to scan and save or print microform images at Valparaiso University. Complex, difficult to use equipment and software, unfamiliar formats, and file ...
  • Space and place: a study of a specialized service desk 

    Bankston, Sarah; German, Elizabeth; Hebert, Shelby; Laddusaw, Sierra; Watts, John; Weare, William H., Jr. (Emerald Group Holdings Ltd., 2022-02-10)
    Purpose: This study examines the activities of a specialized service desk and provides guidance on conducting an analysis of the activities. The authors wanted to know what is essential in terms of expertise, staffing, ...
  • Circulation policies for external users: A comparative study of public urban research institutions 

    Weare, William H., Jr.; Stevenson, Matthew (Taylor & Francis, 2012)
    This article is a study of the policies that govern the use of the university library by external users at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) and 12 peer institutions used by IUPUI for comparative ...
  • Preparing for renovation: Estimating shelf occupancy to inform decision making regarding the redevelopment of library space 

    Weare, William H., Jr.; Moffett, Paul; Cooper, John P. (Routledge, 2016)
    University Library at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis is in the process of repurposing space currently occupied by the print collection. To prepare for further reallocation of library space, reliable ...

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