ALA President Loriene Roy to speak at the Library of Congress on Nov. 2

Contact : Steve Zalusky

Communications Manager, ALA Public Information Office


For immediate release

October 23, 2007

ALA President Loriene Roy to speak at the Library of Congress on Nov. 2

CHICAGO - In honor of Native American Heritage Month, American Library Association (ALA) President Loriene Roy will deliver a lecture at noon on Friday, Nov. 2, at the Library of Congress.

This presentation, which is free and open to the public, will be given in the Mumford Room, on the sixth floor of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C.

The event is co-sponsored by the Office of Workforce Diversity, the Law Library and the Center for the Book.

Roy received a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an M.L.S. from the University of Arizona. She is Anishinabe (Ojibwe), enrolled on the White Earth Reservation, and a member of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe. In 1987, she joined the faculty at the University of Texas at Austin, where she teaches in the School of Information and is affiliated with the Center for Women's and Gender Studies.

In 1999, Roy founded "If I Can Read, I Can Do Anything," a national reading club for Native children. She also directs "Honoring Generations," an Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS)-funded scholarship program for indigenous students. Roy is widely published, including a Festschrift in honor of Marvin Scilken. She serves on several advisory boards/steering committees, including El día de los niños/El día de los libros, the Sequoyah Research Center, and WebJunction.