David J. “Dave” Williams began his professional career working with technology in various capacities, including desktop support, network and systems management, database administration, and software development. After completing undergraduate studies in information science at Drexel University he served as a technical writer for a startup, an editor for an open access document conversion company, a web developer at a language translation service, and as Web Services Manager for the BMCC Library.
He earned his Master’s of Library Science degree at Queens College, along with a certificate in archives, records management, and preservation. Academically inclined toward native digital materials, Dave enjoyed a records management internship at the New York City Department of Small Business Services and a digital asset management internship with the Manhattan Neighborhood Network Community Channel, where he built a repository incorporating PBCore metadata. Working with colleagues from the Free and Open Source Software movement, he founded a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, the Community Free Software Group, Inc. Projects included recycling discarded computer equipment and hosting Settlement House after-school workshops, with participants building Free Software systems from the collected parts.
Dave initially joined the Queens College Libraries as Web Services Technician while completing his graduate program, serving under former website coordinator James T. Mellone. Together they created the previous iteration of the libraries’ domain, documented in their article “Applying Best Practices in Web Site Redesign: The Queens College Libraries Experience.” As Web & Digital Services Librarian Dave has taken on a series of projects, most recently designing and building a CMS-based site following a Content Strategy assessment process.
Currently Dave is completing his second Master’s degree in the the Graduate Center of The City University of New York Liberal Studies Program, exploring their digital humanities and data visualization tracks. For additional information on Dave’s work and projects please visit his personal site.