William Helling


Fulbright Award (2013)
Location: Finland
Indiana University Bloomington


William Helling is a lecturer in the Department of Library and Information Science. He previously taught as an adjunct for both IU Bloomington and IUPUI since 2000, teaching Information Architecture and Library Systems, among other courses. Since 2008, Helling has also served as a public librarian in various roles, including Systems Librarian and Reference Department Head. In fall 2013, he was a Fulbright Scholar at Hagga-Helia University of Applied Sciences in Helsinki, Finland, where he taught and lectured on his project of improving business services with information technology.

William has published and presented on a variety of topics, including film interpretations of literature; French 19-century exploration of Australia; digitization of library historical resources; website usability and accessibility; and technology in libraries. He has gained much experience in library system software and how it works with other technologies such as RFID; he also explores the integration of library system software with eBooks and similar third-party services. His research interests include website navigation and the labels we use (textual and iconic) to convey information to website users. In addition, William is interested in all aspects of French language and literature, especially French medieval literature, which provided the basis for his dissertation. His ongoing study of languages (French, German, Spanish, and Finnish) serves him well in his work in Information Architecture and how we accommodate the international user experience on our websites.