Profile of Danielle Williams, CPC Co-Chair for the 2017 NASIG Conference
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1 Profile of Danielle Williams, CPC Co-Chair
Danielle Williams is the collection development and electronic resources librarian for the University of Evansville Libraries in Evansville, Indiana. A longtime member of NASIG, she served as the co-chair of the Conference Planning Committee for the 2017 Annual Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana. My interview with Danielle was completed by e-mail on Monday, August 7.
How did you become involved with NASIG?
I was a shiny new periodicals librarian many years ago
and my boss encouraged me to join. I attended my first
conference and that was it. NASIG provided some
desperately needed guidance to a new librarian and
helped me get through the day-to-day needs of being a
periodicals librarian. As my position changed, NASIG
seemed to change as I needed to learn new skills. The
more I learned from NASIG the more I wanted to give
What are some of the committees that you served on
in previous years?
I have served on PPC (Program Planning Committee) as
a member for two terms; served on the mentoring
committee; served two terms on CPC (Conference
Planning Committee) as a member; and served on
Nominations and Elections as vice chair. I’ve also
served on PPC as vice chair and chair.
What was it like serving as a co-chair of CPC for the
conference in Indianapolis?
I had to think long and hard about serving as co-chair. I
was just finishing up as PPC vice chair and chair, which
was two years of intensive work on the conference. But
I was also familiar with CPC, having worked on CPC
twice and having worked closely with CPC as a part of
running PPC. I knew it was going to be a daunting
challenge, but I also knew I would enjoy it. And I really
did. It was fun working closely with the board and the
PPC, and it was great fun researching activities for
NASIG. Having attended so many conferences over the
past seventeen years I knew what was expected at the
conference and I did what I could to make the
conference fun and unique.
What are some of the greatest challenges for CPC?
CPC is responsible for any issues that attendees may
have, be they dietary or emotional. We have to be
prepared for any eventuality and hope that nothing
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comes up we aren’t prepared for. The CPC is visible at
the conference to ensure everything runs smoothly, but
unless you serve on CPC you don’t realize how much is
going on before the conference and behind the scenes
to ensure that everyone has what they need. We can
get advice from previous conference committee chairs,
but something will inevitably come up that CPC needs
to be prepared for. CPC chairs really need to be able to
think on their feet.
table.” I didn’t get a chance to attend more than two
sessions, but I was warned about spending all my time
at the registration table. I was busy running around and
checking AV and set-up for the sessions, but I also
escaped for a few hours each day. I had a great
committee who pitched in to handle any issues that
came up and that made it easy for me to get some time
away. I would give the same advice to next year’s
Conversely, what are some of the greatest rewards for
Do you have any goals for the upcoming conference in
The end of the conference was my greatest reward.
Not because a long year was over, but because the year
had not gone to waste. There were no disasters, we
were able to handle any issues that came up, everyone
seemed to enjoy the opening session, and no one
attacked us at the registration table. I walked around
and checked everything between and during sessions,
and everyone seemed to have a great time. That was
my best reward.
What is the best piece of advice that you received as a
co-chair of CPC?
From Betsy Appleton, a 31st [NASIG conference]
cochair: “Don’t spend every minute at the registration
I am going to be a regular person at Atlanta. For the
past three conferences I’ve been involved in some way
with the running of the conference. Next year I’m going
to attend sessions and not stress.
Do you have any additional comments?
Don’t be afraid to serve on CPC. It’s a lot of work, but it
is worth it.