January 20, 2022

Jim Williams, Dean of University Libraries at University of Colorado Boulder, Announces Retirement

From CU Boulder Today:

James “Jim” Williams, dean of the University Libraries and the longtime commencement marshal at CU Boulder, will retire on June 30, Provost Russel L. Moore announced today.

Since 1988, Williams has been the dean of libraries, a system that – in addition to the central Norlin Library – has grown to include five branch libraries throughout campus: Business; Earth Sciences and Map; Engineering; Mathematics and Physics; and Music. All told, the total number of faculty and staff in the libraries is 215.


The library system houses the largest library collection in the Rocky Mountain region, exceeding 10 million items such as books, periodicals and maps, and has served as a regional depository for federal government publications since 1877.

Williams in 2010 received a medal of service from CU Boulder Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano for his stalwart leadership since 1990 as the commencement marshal. In 2002, Williams received the Melvil Dewey Medal, a prestigious honor from the American Library Association.

He has been a visiting scholar at UCLA’s Graduate School of Library and Information Science, as well as a member of visiting committees and advisory boards for Washington University in St. Louis, Harvard University, the University of Pittsburgh and Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts.


Williams, whose professional interests center on health sciences librarianship, research library leadership, strategic planning and resource-sharing, has made extensive contributions to numerous boards and committees in his field. Organizations that he has served include the Association of Research Libraries, BioOne, a publishing initiative about the Anthropocene; the National Institutes of Health; the National Library of Medicine; the Council on Library and Information Resources; the Greater Western Library Alliance; and many more.

Beyond his field, Williams has served TRU Community Care, a hospice organization in Boulder; Frasier Meadows Retirement Community in Boulder; the Denver Art Museum; the Boulder Chamber of Commerce; Foothills United Way of Boulder and Broomfield Counties; and Boulder Community Hospital, among others.

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See Also: Williams Receives the 2002 Melvil Dewey Medal

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