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Loriene Roy

Loriene Roy (White Earth Anishinaabe) is Immediate Past President of the American Library Association (ALA).  With a membership of 68,000, ALA is the oldest and largest professional organization in librarianship in the world.  She is Professor in the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin, where she joined the faculty in 1987.  Roy received a PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MLS from the University of Arizona. 

Dr. Roy co-edited Library and Information Studies Education in the United States (London, Mansell, 1998) and Getting Libraries the Credit  They Deserve: A Festschrift in Honor of Marvin H. Scilken (Lanham, MD, Scarecrow, 2003) and published over 100 articles, chapters, documents, and short stories.  She has given over 400 formal presentations in the United States and internationally and currently serves on the advisory boards for the International Children’s Digital Library, Web Junction, the Sequoyah Research Center, and the Knowledge River Center for the Study of Hispanic and American Indian Library and Information Resources.  She is the Director and Founder of “If I Can Read, I Can Do Anything,” a national reading club for Native Children. 

Dr. Roy is Anishinabe (Ojibwe) and an enrolled member of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, White Earth Reservation (Pembina Band). She is Principal Investigator for Honoring Generations, a scholarship program for Native students specializing in tribal librarianship, funded through the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services. In March 2005 Roy was selected by Library Journal as a “Mover & Shaker” and recognized as a `rebel’ in the field of librarianship.  She is the Chief Editor for Greenwood’s “American Indian Experience” and advisor and consultant on WBGH-Boston’s American Experience series, “We Shall Remain.”

Updated 3.25.2009