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Eric Willey

Associate Professor
Milner Library
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Research Interests & Areas

Metadata; Cataloging; Linked Data; Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

MA Library and Information Studies

University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, Wisconsin

MA History

Western Illinois University
Macomb, Illinois

BS Psychology and Sociology

Western Illinois University
Macomb, Illinois

Outstanding College Service Award

Milner Library

Third Place 2023 IACRL People's Choice Award Award in Scholarly Publishing


Book Review

Willey, E. Review of Forging the Future of Special Collections by Arnold Hirshon, Robert H. Jackson, and Melissa A. Hubbard. Archival Issues 38.2 (2017): 81-82.
Willey, E. Review of Stirrings in the Archives: Order from Disorder, by Wolfgang Ernst, translated by Adam Siegel. Archival Issues 37.1: 90-91.

Book, Chapter

Yon, A., & Willey, E. Learning From Each Other: Reciprocity in Description Between Wikipedians and Librarians. Laurie M. Bridges, Raymond Pun, and Roberto A. Arteaga (EDs), Wikipedia and Academic Libraries. Maize Books (2021): 288-301.

Book, Edited

Allen, C., Willey, & MacDonald, J. Treading the Winepress (2019)

Journal Article

Willey, Eric, and Susan Radovsky. 2024. LIS Journals’ Lack of Participation in Wikidata Item Creation. KULA: Knowledge Creation, Dissemination, and Preservation Studies 7(1).
Yon, A., & Willey, E. Using the Cataloguing Code of Ethics Principles for a Retrospective Project Analysis. Cataloging & Classification Quarterly (2021)
Willey, E., & Yon, A. Applying Library of Congress Demographic Group Characteristics for Creators. Cataloging & Classification Quarterly 57.6 (2019): 349-368.
Willey, Eric. "An Examination of the Convergence of Theory in Libraries and Archives." Archival Issues 38, no. 2 (2017): 42-62. Accessed February 8, 2021.
Willey, E. One of Our Own: Pawnee Bill's Life as Viewed by Bloomington Residents. Bandwagon 60.4 (2016): 72-90.


Willey, E. Milner Library Technical Services Department 2023 Annual Report (2024): 2.
Willey, E. Jean Scharfenberg. Wikipedia (2023)
Willey, E. Bari Rolfe. Wikipedia (2022)
Berg, Jeremy; Chapman, Cathy; Neidhardt, Gretchen; Porrata, Stephanie; Young, Jennifer; and Willey, Eric, "Social Justice in Cataloging Annotated Bibliography" (2021). Faculty and Staff Publications – Milner Library. 141.

Technical Report

Anderson, April Karlene, et al. "Proposal for a Digital Archives Program at the Dr. Jo Ann Rayfield Archives." Milner Library, Illinois State University, 2016.


Cataloging Ethics in Applying Demographic Group Terms. DEI Metadata Networking meeting. RAILS Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in Metadata Networking Group. (2023)
Cataloging Ethics in Applying Demographic​ Group Terms. Milner Library Collections DEI Summit. (2023)
Creating Wikidata Items for ISU Scholars. Creating Wikidata Items for ISU Scholars. Milner Library. (2023)
Using the Cataloging Code of Ethics for a Retrospective Project Analysis​. 2023 IACRL People's Choice Award Award in Scholarly Publishing webinar. Illinois Association of College and Research Libraries. (2023)
Removing Barriers to Access of Historical Serialized Fiction”. International Conference on Books. (2018)
Wikipedia and Libraries: Improving Metadata Through Collaboration. OCLC Americas Regional Council Conference 2018: Change the Game. OCLC Americas Regional Council Conference. (2018)

Grants & Contracts

Creating Authoritative Wikipedia Pages for Women Archivists and Archivists of Color. Society of American Archivists Foundation. Illinois State University. (2019)
Enhancing Catalog Records with Author Characteristics. University Research Grant. Illinois State University. (2017)