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AALL Spectrum / March/April 2020 / Volume 24, Number 4

AALL Spectrum / Published by American Association of Law Libraries

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LAW LIBRARIANSHIP LEADER PROFILE A KIND OF Destiny, both professional and personal, brought Beth Williams to a career in law librarianship. After working her way up to become a senior director at her organization, she has become well known as a leader in technology innovation within the field. KISMET LEADERSHIP Beth Williams first became interested in a career in law librarianship while working in a library. "My first job in libraries was when I was a grad student in philosophy. I adored working in the library—I would help patrons even when I was there to visit a friend—and all of the (wonder- ful) librarians encouraged me to go to library school," recalls Williams. "But I wanted to be a social justice superhero, so I went to law school instead. Now I know you can try to be a social justice superhero in a library, too! My time at Marquette burnished in my mind the value of library experience: I think working in the library as a student is the best gateway drug to becoming a librarian." The law library hasn't just been a good professional decision, it turned out to be a good personal one as well. "I met my husband while working in the library. We were both grad students 26 AALL SPECTRUM | WWW.AALLNET.ORG

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