83: Loriene Roy

Steve chats with Loriene Roy, Professor and Graduate Advisor in the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin and 2007-2008 ALA President.


Loriene Roy was born and raised in northern Minnesota. She is Anishinabe, enrolled on the White Earth Reservation (Pembina Band), a member of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe. Dr. Roy received an MLS from the University of Arizona and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is currently is Professor and Graduate Advisor in the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin where she teaches graduate courses in reference, library instruction, social/cultural constructs of information, and popular music/digital design. She served as 2007-2008 President of the American Library Association and the 1997-1998 President of the American Indian Library Association. Currently she is a member of the Library of Congress Literacy Awards Advisory Board, Freedom to Read Foundation Board of Trustees and Design4Learning: 21st Century Online Learning for Library Workers, Leadership Team. She has received numerous professional awards, most recently the 2015 Distinguished Service Award, American Indian Library Association; 2014 Library School Alumni Association Distinguished Alumnus Award, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and the 2014 Sarah Vann Award, ALA Hawai’i Student Chapter at the University of Hawai’i Manoa Library & Information Science Program. She was the recipient of the 2009 Leadership Award, National Conference Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums. She has given over 600 presentations at venues around the world.

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