Faces of the Library: Prof. Janeen Williams

Prof Williams

Join us in welcoming Prof. Janeen Williams to our faculty. We are very glad she is with us. Read her full profile here:

1. What is your hometown?

I was born in Charlotte, NC, but I grew up in Carrboro. It’s a tiny town beside Chapel Hill.

2. What is your educational and professional background before coming to TTU Law?

I received my Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I worked in Labor and Delivery in Atlanta for a few years. I decided it was not the right fit for me and went to law school at Mercer University. I returned to UNC to obtain my Master’s in Library Science. I began my law library career as a Reference Librarian at North Carolina Central School of Law. More recently, I was employed at the Law Library of Congress as a Senior Legal Reference Librarian.

3. What’s your favorite dish? Is it home cooked or from a particular restaurant?

I have to go with a dessert: crème brulee. I’ve never tried to make it at because I don’t trust myself with a blowtorch.

4. What are some scholarly interest you would like to pursue?

I would like to research team dynamics in libraries and explore how to best form and motivate high performing teams. The publication format for this article would be narrative and would include recommendations for best practices. Team dynamics has been studied in other business and work environments.

5. What’s your favorite TV show or movie?

My favorites change often, but the show I could not stop thinking about after I binged watched it, was Fleabag season 2.

6. Do you have any hobbies? If so, what are they?

I like to read and I’m really into weight lifting.

7. What is your favorite legal research database?

Congress.gov: because it’s free and legislative history is my heart.

8. What is your favorite music?

The 1975. I saw them in concert a few months ago and had the best time.

9. What recommendations do you have for legal researchers that are still learning the ropes?

  • Set aside enough time for research. Although the search boxes look like Google, you will not find a quick answer
  • There is no perfect case. You will never find a case that exactly matches your set of facts. You have to learn to be comfortable with substantially similar and a certain amount of gray.

Author: Alyson Drake

Alyson Drake is the Assistant Director for Public Services and the Director of the Excellence in Legal Research Program at Texas Tech University Law School, where she also teaches courses in Texas Legal Research, and Foreign, Comparative, and International Legal Research and administers the Legal Practice Program's research workshops. She blogs at www.legalresearchpedagogy.com.

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