August 04, 2007

Ojibwe is chief librarian

ALA Inaugurates its First American Indian PresidentFor the first time in its 131-year history, the American Library Association has tapped an American Indian to lead the world’s oldest and largest library organization. Dr. Loriene Roy, a professor at the University of Texas at Austin’s School of Information, was installed as president at the 2007 ALA national conference in late June.

During her one-year term, Roy, who is Ojibwe, enrolled on the White Earth Reservation and a member of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, says she will be working with tribal students and their families to make reading a “leisure and a life time activity.”

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