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William McHenry

Collections Librarian, Alumni Library


Areas of Specialization

Collection development, cataloging, classification, metadata, knowledge organization, resource sharing

Other Areas of Interest

Radical cataloging, decolonial studies, medieval studies, animal studies, affect theory, queer theory, Marxism, botany, topology

Favorite/Regular Courses Offered

LR 112 Reading Images
LR 114 Reading Critically: Games as Text
LR 116 Metadata for Representation and Organization
LR 125 The Book: History, Theory, and Practice


MLS, Indiana University
BA (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) in French Literature, Indiana University

As Collections Librarian, William selects, catalogs, and maintains the materials held in the Alumni Library to meet student research needs and interests, as well as leading information literacy sessions and providing research assistance. William came to Simon’s Rock from Indiana University Bloomington, where he served as a reference and instruction assistant and as director of the LGBTQ+ Library. His academic background is primarily in Francophone literature and theatre, though his current reading interests extend broadly to include epistemic decolonization, gender and difference in the Global Middle Ages, and plant sciences. William has also assisted in editing the Haitian Creole - English Bilingual Dictionary with the Indiana University Creole Institute, and maintains a passion for language learning.