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For more than 25 years Joan Frye Williams ( has been a successful librarian, consultant, vendor, planner, trainer, evaluator and user of library services, with a special emphasis on innovation, technology and emerging library trends. She is the president of her own library and information technology consulting firm.

Just to give you an idea of how long Joan has been interested in library issues: her first library job was as a junior page in 1964. Since then she has been continuously employed in the library field. Along the way she received an MLS from the University of California at Berkeley (1975) and in addition to her consulting practice she has worked in both public and academic libraries, for library automation vendors, as well as at the California State Library. Her many clients include large and small public libraries, library consortia, state library agencies, professional library associations, library boards, library vendors and architects.

Joan is best known as an acute--and sometimes irreverent--observer of trends in what she calls "the cultural anthropology of libraries." She is a nationally recognized library futurist and designer of innovative library services.