Summary and Highlights of April-June Activities
I am honored and pleased to have served as your ALA President over the past year. Chi, megwitch, thank you very much, Council, for your support and all of the work that you do on behalf of ALA. A number of other individuals also provided me with exemplary service and advice. This includes the individuals who served on my task forces, especially those who took leadership roles with demonstration projects and initiatives. Specifically, I would like to acknowledge the assistance of:
UT-Austin doctoral students Joe Sanchez and A. Arro Smith;
UT-Austin iSchool master’s degree graduates Sara Albert, Henry Stokes, and Elias Tzoc;
UT-Austin iSchool master’s students Alex Hershey and Kit Pilgrim
Emerging Leaders cohorts;
Librarians and educators Sharon Shaulmon, Siobhan Champ-Blackwell, and Lisa Romero; and
ALA Parliamentarian, Eli Mina.
Numerous ALA staff members provided support: Keith Michael Fiels, JoAnne, Kempf, Macey Morales, Jennifer Petersen, Dale Lipshultz, John Chrastka, Jenny Levine, James Vertovec, Wendy Prellwitz, Jenifer Grady, Lorelle Swader, Beth Yoke, Diane Foote, Andy Bridges, Melanie Anderson, Leonard Kniffel, George Eberhart, Lois Ann Gregory Wood, Danielle Alderson, Cheryl Malden, Alicia Bastl, Michael Dowling, Daniel Kraus, Greg Calloway, Delin Guerra, Jonathan Kelly, and Karen O’Brien.
Over the past year I responded to at least 146 media requests including taped and live radio interviews, interviews with print journalists, and appearances on television. Every other month I was a guest on Michel Martin’s “Tell Me More” NPR radio program, presenting book talks on titles for children and families; we plan to continue these interviews over the coming year. Interview topics ranged from the Harry Potter book series to bookmobile services, outsourcing public library management, and changes in reference services. The most common interview topics were gaming in libraries, change in libraries/librarianship, and services for new demographics. ALA’s Public Information Office secured interviews around key events including Banned Books Week, the ALA Midwinter Meeting, National Library Week, and the release of ALA reports such as the “State of Americas Libraries” report and the study of library use by non-English speakers.
In addition to delivering informal greetings at many events, I gave over sixty formal presentations including serving on three panels on the digital TV transition, a legislative summit in Washington State, press conferences, and National Library Legislative Day events. These presentations are listed in the attached appendix. I spoke at conferences and events in international venues (South Africa, Mexico, New Zealand, China, and Canada) and in seventeen states. I met with students at LIS programs in Edmonton, the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and our own program at The University of Texas at Austin. I visited students and librarians at tribal schools and tribal colleges. I toured libraries, museums, and archives. And I attended meetings with organizations including ARLIS/NA, Reading is Fundamental, the National Indian Education Association, the Indigenous Language Institute, Office of Hawaii Affairs, WGBH-Boston, and the National Endowment of the Humanities. I submitted almost weekly reports on activities to ALA Council and distributed these comments to the ALA Members list and posted them on my diary-format blog. I also had fun.
Appointments to Committees
I worked with ALA staff and ALA President-Elect Jim Rettig to fill openings on committees and to make appointments to the new committees such as the Council Committee on Advocacy and new task forces on caregivers and on guidelines for endorsing candidates.
Status Report of Presidential Initiatives
In addition to attending to the day-to-day responsibilities of the ALA Presidency, we have made progress on accomplishing our presidential goals. We supported three initiatives, three special projects, and sought and followed opportunities to support other new opportunities for ALA and its members. We opened several new collaborations that will bring opportunities to ALA members, libraries, and the patrons they serve.
Task Force I: Workplace Wellness. Henry Stokes and Siobhan Champ-Blackwell led the work of the Workplace Wellness Task Force.Henry launched the website (“Join the Circle of Wellness@Your Library), housed temporarily at http://www.ischool.utexas.edu/~loriene/wellness. The Workplace Wellness website will eventually be housed on the ALA-APA website at www.ala-apa.org/wellness. An Emerging Leaders cohort developed tools for the website including a workplace wellness inventory, wellness passport, and staying healthy at conference. The Wellness Fair and Exercise Pavilion will take place at the 2008 ALA Annual Conference. Our attention to wellness also was expressed in a successful collaboration with the Lance Armstrong Foundation (LAF) that led to the shipment of 35,000 SURVIVORSHIP Notebooks to American public libraries. I reviewed the resources that are being distributed in conjunction with the PBS program, “The Truth About Cancer,” which aired on 16 April, during National Library Week, and assisted in distributing DVDs of the program to libraries. We took the first steps to encourage libraries to join the LAF in celebrating national LIVESTRONG day on 13 May. We hope that in future years LIVESTRONG@your library will be supported in libraries.
Task Force II: Supporting Library and Information Science Education. PhD student Joe Sanchez organized the two Education Forums that illustrated the work of the Presidential Task Force, Supporting LIS Education Through Practice Taskforce. The Forum held at the ALA Midwinter Meeting focused on ongoing doctoral research and the summer Forum addressed civic engagement by students in master’s programs. School graduate, Sara Albert, prepared a planning document for the Committee on Education for planning future forums. Alex Hershey and I are continuing the work on preparing the monograph, The Service Connection, for ALA Editions. We hosted meetings and conversations among ALA units and affiliated organizations on LIS education topics.
Task Force III: Circle of Literacy. iSchool master’s student Kit Pilgrim organized activities related to the Circle of Literacy Task Force. She recruited 30 tribal schools around the world to participate in A Gathering of Readers during National Library Week. Librarians shared examples of how their schools have supported indigenous children’s reading and culture. Participating schools received incentives, including LIVESTRONG wristbands and visors. The Gathering of Readers website is located at http://www.ischool.utexas.edu/~gathread. Students at participating schools are invited to enter into an art contest hosted by comic book author/illustrator Chad Solomon. The winning submission will be featured on the “Rabbit and Bear Paws” website and comic strip. Kit also gathered and organized examples of library services for immigrant/new populations. This content appears under “News” on lorieneroy.com.
Demonstration Project A. An Emerging Leaders Cohort gathered background information related to prospective library camps for youth. We scheduled a discussion around planning regional library camps at the 2008 ALA Annual Conference. Sharon Saulmon, Project Director of Information Matrix Camp, will lead this meeting.
Demonstration Project B. The Making the Meeting resources are now available on their own website at http://www.ala.org/makingthemeeting. Resources include tip sheets and podcasts. iSchool graduate, Elias Tzoc, is translating the text into Spanish. Lisa Romero with ACRL’s Education and Behavior Sciences Section led the way in these efforts.
Demonstration Project C. iSchool PhD student A. Arro Smith is directing the national oral history project, “Capturing Our Stories.” He has completed the pilot interview and is collaborating with Dr. Gary Geisler, Associate Professor in the iSchool, and Quinn Stewart, Manger, Computer Services, iSchool, on developing the digital library component of the project. Arro will lead the oral history workshop at ALA Annual. The project website is located at http://www.ischool.utexas.edu/~stories/.
The Presidential Citations on Gaming will be announced at ALA Annual.
The Presidential Citations on Innovation in International Librarianship will be announced at the International Librarians Reception at the 2008 ALA Annual Conference.
We have been collaborating with the ALA Washington Office on planning a two-day discussion on traditional knowledge to take place in Washington, D.C. in November 2008. A planning meeting will be held at the ALA Annual Conference.
We have been working with interested parties in assisting libraries and tribal communities in preparing for the 2009 digital TV transition. A recent press release describes upcoming work with Radio Shack to help in disseminating information about the transition. See http://www.ala.org/ala/pressreleases2008/june2008/WOradioshack.cfm.
We are continuing our work with WGBH-Boston and the preparation of resources related to the PBS American Experience series, “We Shall Remain,” airing nationally in April 2009. Programming kits will be sent to each public library. For more information about the project see http://www.pbs.org/weshallremain.
Ms. Wendy Prellwitz in ALA’s Office for Diversity has worked with a committee to plan the “Many Voices, Many Nations” program that will take place on Friday, 27 June, at ALA Annual. The program supports my Presidential focus on services for and with indigenous peoples.
Mr. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was the featured speaker at the Presidential Program at the 2008 ALA Midwinter Meeting. He continues his collaboration with ALA as the 2008 spokesperson for National Library Card Sign-Up Month. My Presidential Program at the ALA Annual Conference will focus on Supporting Native Children’s English and Native Language Literacy.
Professor, School of Information, The University of Texas at Austin
“President’s Message: Working Well Together,” American Libraries 39 (5) (May 2008): 6.
“President’s Message: Circle of Knowledge,” American Libraries 39 (4) (April 2008): 6.
“President’s Message: Circle of Service,” American Libraries 39 (3) (March 2008): 6.
“President’s Message: Circle of Diversity,” American Libraries 39 (1/2) (January/February 2008): 6.
(with Joseph McPeak) “What’s Playing at the Library?” Philadelphia Daily News 11 January 2008.
“Indigenous Voices During a Presidential Year,” American Indian Libraries Newsletter 31 (2) (Winter 2008): 1, 8-9.
“American Library Association President,” [preface to a special issue on Native Americans] Wyoming Library Roundup (Fall 2007): 3.
“President’s Message: Circle of Literacy,” American Libraries 38 (11) (December 2007): 6.
“President’s Message: Circle of Community,” American Libraries 38 (10) (November 2007): 6.
“President's Message: Circle of Learning,” American Libraries 38 (9) (October 2007): 6.
“President’s Message: Start Global Connections,” American Libraries 38 (8) (September 2007): 8.
“Service to Underrepresented Populations,” Tennessee Libraries 5 (1). Available at
http://www.tnla.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=111. Accessed on 25
“President’s Message: A Celebration of Culture,” American Libraries 38 (7) (August 2007): 6.
“General Session Keynote Address: Welcome to my 2007-2008 ALA Presidential Year! Celebrating Community, Collaboration, and Culture, “ Tennessee Libraries 57 (1). Available at http://www.tnla.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=110. Accessed on 5 August 2007.
“Indigenous Libraries and Innovative Multicultural Services,” in IFLA Satellite, “Innovative Library Services for All” Proceedings, Available at http://lib.tut.ac.az/ifla/documents/lorieneroy.pdf. Accessed on 28 August 2007.
(with Jennifer Petersen and Rochelle Lefkowitz) “Librarians’ Tech Savvy,” USA News Today, 9 August 2007. [letter to the editor]
“Wellness: For Our Communities, For Ourselves," 2007 Trejo Foster Foundation Institute Proceedings. Available at http://www.sir.arizona.edu/trejo/roytext.pdf. Accessed on 5 August 2007.
NEWS COVERAGE OF ROY’S SERVICE AS ALA PRESIDENT 2007-2008
“NIEA Leader: Ask the Librarian,” The National Indian Education Association News 39 (3) (Spring 2008): 54-55.
“E Ho'Okahua IKa Mo'omeheu Heluhelu: Establishing a Reading Culture,” Ka Waihona Puke'O iwi; Native Hawaiian Library March 2008.
Simon, Liza and Ka Wai Ola Staff, “New Library President to Stack Shelves with Diversity,” Ka Wai Ola; The Living Water of OHA (Office of Hawaiian Affairs) 25 (4) (April 2008): 1. Available at
http://www.oha.org/kawaiola/2008/04/story07.php. Accessed on 26 May 2008.
Kie, Will, “Head Librarian Visits Sky City,” Cibola County Beacon, 14 February 2008.
“Faculty Highlight,” University of Texas at Austin Men’s Basketball Team Vs. Baylor University, Half Time coverage on score board, Austin, Texas. (2 February 2008)
Davenport, Elaine, “Listening Librarians: News and Ideas for Librarians & Teachers,” AudioFile 16 (4) (December 2007/January 2008): 66.
Goerdt, Janna, “Big Reader Leads County's Big Read,” Duluth News Tribune, 12 November 2007. [cover story]
“Loriene Roy to Speak at Fond du Lac Community College,” Pine Journal 8 November 2007.
“ALA President Roy to Speak on Nov. 2 for Native American Month,” The Library of Congress Gazette 18 (41) (October 26, 2007): 7.
[Loriene Roy] Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP), Update, October 2007.
Capriccioso, Rob, “Promoting “Rock Star Readers”: First Indian ALA President Reaches Out to Native Youth,” American Indian Report 23 (10) (October 2007): 20-21.
“Library Head Visits From US,” Auckland City Libraries/Tamaki Pataka Korero, September 21, 2007.
“Librarian Interview: ALA President Loriene Roy,” 22 August 2007, Cynsations [Cynthia Leitich Smith's blog].
Available at: http://cynthialeitichsmith.blogspot.com/2007/08/librarian-interview-ala-president.html. Accessed on 25 August 2007.
Kamara, Margaret, “ALA Inaugurates its First American Indian President,” Diverse Issues in Higher Ed. August 3, 2007.
“Inaugural Banquet: Loriene Roy Becomes First Native American ALA President,” American Libraries 38 (7) (August 2007): 59.
Reynolds, Jerry, “Loriene Roy Elected President of American Library Association,” Indian Country Today, 1 August 2007, available at http://www.indiancountry.com/content.cfm?id=1096415479. Accessed on 1 August 2007.
“The Future of Library Science,” Inside Higher Education, Podcast, available at
http://insidehighered.com/podcast. Accessed on 24 July 2007.
Abram, Stephen, “Loriene Roy: Interview on the Future of Libraries,” Stephen’s Lighthouse. Available at http://www.degreetutor.com/library/librarians- online/loriene-roy, 12 July 2007. Accessed on 19 July 2007.
SPECIAL HONORS State of Texas. Senate. Senate Proclamation No. 127, July 2007. [recognition for dedication to the profession]
(Co-Presenter) “Word to Word: Literacy Work in Tribal Schools and Aboriginal Communities,” Canada Library Association Annual Conference & Trade Show, Vancouver, British Columbia. (May 24, 2008)
“Keynote: An Indigenous Year of Serving as President of ALA, Alberta Library Conference 2008, Jasper Park Lodge, Alberta, Canada. (April 26, 2008)
“Innovative Public Library Services and Spaces,” Auditorium Hall, Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou. (December 18, 2007)
“Innovative Public Library Services and Spaces,” Chinese American Library Association conference, Dongguan City, Guangdong Province (December 17, 2007)
“Celebración de la comunidad, colaboración y cultura: Plan Presidencial ALA 2007/2008,” XVII Feria Internacional del Libro Monterrey 2007, Monterrey, Mexico. (October 16, 2007)
“Keynote Address: Celebrating Community, Collaboration, and Culture: Plans for an ALA Presidential Year,” LIANZA Conference 2007, Rotorua, Aotearoa/New Zealand (September 10, 2007)
“72 Days and Counting: Living a Year as ALA President,” Te Ropu Whakahau (Maori in Libraries and Information Management) Auckland, Aotearoa/New Zealand (September 6, 2007)
“If I Can Read, I Can Do Anything,” Auckland City Libraries Leadership Forum, Auckland, Aotearoa/New Zealand. (September 5, 2007)
(Co-Presenter) “Library Services to Multicultural Populations,” World Library and Information Congress, 73rd IFLA General Conference and Council, Durban, South Africa. (August 23, 2007)
(Co-Presenter) “Copyright and Other Legal Matters,” World Library and Information Congress, 73rd
IFLA General Conference and Council, Durban, South Africa. (August 20, 2007)
Keynote Address at “Indigenous Libraries and Innovative Multicultural Services,” IFLA Satellite on Innovative Multicultural Library Services for All With Special Reference to Literacy, Learning and Linguistic Diversity, Pretoria, South Africa. (16 August 2007)
National: “American Library Association President Loriene Roy,” Tribal College Librarians
Professional Development Institute, Bozeman, Montana. (June 13, 2008)
“Librarian Picks Books for Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month,” NPR: Tell Me More. (May 27, 2008). Available at: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=90844819. Accessed on 2 June 2008.
(Co-Presenter) “Libraries Assist the Public in the Digital TV Transition,” Morning Newsmaker, National Press Club, Washington, DC. (May 14, 2008)
“Organizational Change,” Keynote, Art Libraries Society of North America, 36rd Annual Conference, Denver, Colorado. (May 5, 2008)
(Co-Presenter) “General Session ,” 17th Annual National Conference on Family Literacy, Louisville, Kentucky. (March 31, 2008)
(Co-Presenter) “We Shall Remain: Public Libraries Team Up With PBS to Explore a Native History of America,” Public Library Association Twelfth National Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota. (March 28, 2008)
(Co-Presenter) “Cultural Programs for Libraries: Linking Libraries, Communities, and Culture,” Preconference, Public Library Association Twelfth National Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota. (March 25, 2008)
“Librarian Picks Books for Women’s History Month,” NPR: Tell Me More. (March 24, 2008). Available at: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=88951694. Accessed on 3 April 2008.
“New Book List Offers Children Diverse Choices,” NPR: Tell Me More. (February 5, 2008). Available at: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=18692179&sc=emaf. Accessed on 5 February 2008.
(Co-Presenter) “DTV Transition: The Challenges and Opportunities,” National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA) 2008 Annual Conference, Columbus, Ohio. (23 January 2008)
(Co-Presenter) “The Service Connection: Library and Information Science Service to Communities,” ALISE 2008 Annual Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (January 10, 2008)
“Libraries Celebrate National Native American Month,” NPR: Tell Me More. (November 7, 2007). Available at:
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=16069653 . Accessed on 10 November 2007.
“`If I Can Read, I Can Do Anything,’ National Reading Club for Native American Children,” The Library of Congress, Native American Heritage Month, “Guiding Our Destiny,” Washington, D.C. (2 November 2007)
“Keynote: Opportunities During an ALA Presidential Year,” 2007 National Conference of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. (25 October 2007)
(Co-Presenter) “Honoring Generations: Recruiting and Preparing Native Librarians,” Poster Session, 2007 National Conference of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. (24 October 2007)
“Librarians Brace for ‘Banned Books,’” NPR: Tell Me More. (October 5, 2007). Available at:
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=14982752 . Accessed on 5 October 2007.
(Co-Presenter) Public Meeting on DTV, Department of Commerce, Washington, D.C. (September 25, 2007)
“Increasing Diversity and Reducing Disparities in Academics and the Workplace,” Minority Access, Inc. National Role Models Conference, Arlington, Virginia. (September 15, 2007)
(Co-Presenter) “BCALA President’s Program,” 6th National Conference of African American Librarians, Fort Worth, Texas. (August 4, 2007).
“Multicultural Books Offer Diverse Reading Experience,” NPR: Tell Me More. (July 19, 2007). Available at: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=12093236&sc=emaf. Accessed on 19 July 2007.
“Native in the Spotlight: Loriene Roy,” Native America Calling, The National Electronic Talking Circle. (July 16, 2007)
“Wellness: For Our Communities, For Ourselves,” Trejo Foster Foundation Institute, Tucson, Arizona. (July 13, 2007)
State: Co-Presenter, “Library Services to At-Risk Teens,” New Jersey Library Association Annual Conference, Ocean Branch, New Jersey. (1 May 2008)
“Keynote: Leadership in a Changing Profession,” New Jersey Library Association Annual Conference, Ocean Branch, New Jersey. (1 May 2008)
“ALA Forum,” Oklahoma Library Association 101st Annual Conference, Tulsa, Oklahoma. (22 April 2008)
“Service to ALA Bringing Opportunity, Messaging, and an Indigenous Voice,” New Mexico Library Association 85th Annual Conference, Las Cruces, New Mexico. (April 22, 2004)
“Overview of an ALA Presidential Year,” General Session, Louisiana Library Association, Shreveport, Louisiana (5 March 2008)
“Library Services for Indigenous Populations in the 21st Century,” Alaska Library Association 2008 Annual Conference, Fairbanks. (2 March 2008)
Co-Presenter, “Rally and Welcomes,” Read-Connect-Think-Grow: Why School Libraries Matter. Washington School Library Media Program Summit, Olympia, Washington. (1 February 2008)
Co-Presenter, “Presidents' Reception,” California School Library Association Annual Conference, Ontario, California (16 November 2007)
“Can an ALA President Get RadiCAL?” Colorado Association of Libraries, Denver, Colorado. (9 November 2007)
Co-Presenter, “Weaving Partnerships with the Native Americans in Your Community,”
California Library Association 109th Annual Conference and Exhibition, Long
Beach, California. (27 October 2007)
“Cultivating Leaders: Empowering Leaders from Within," Iowa Library Association Annual Conference, Coralville, Iowa. (September 12, 2007)
“Serving the Changing Iowa Landscape,” Iowa Library Association Annual Conference, Coralville, Iowa. (September 12, 2007)
“Meet the ALA President,” Illinois Library Association 2007 Annual Conference, Springfield, Illinois. (September 10, 2007)
“Celebrating Community, Collaboration and Culture: 100 Days Into an ALA Presidential Year,” Idaho Library Association, Nampa, Idaho. (October 4, 2007)
“Centering on Celebrating Community, Collaboration, and Culture,” Kentucky Library Association, Kentucky School Media Association (KLA/KSMA) Annual Joint Conference, Louisville, Kentucky. (September 21, 2007)
Local: “Challenges and Opportunities,” Commencement Speech, School of Information
“Leadership and Diversity in the Information Profession,” “Leadership Comes in a Variety of Shapes, Forms and Fashions: Leadership 101: Developing Leadership Skills for the 21st Century,” University of North Texas School of Library and Information Sciences and Texas Woman’s University School of Library and Information Studies, Dallas. (15 April 2008)
“An ALA Presidential Year: Service with an Indigenous Perspective,” Colloquium, Library and Information Science Program, Information and Computer Sciences Department, University of Hawai'i at Manoa. (21 February 2008)
“School Assembly: Books and Reading with the First American Indian President of ALA,” Acoma Community School, Acoma Pueblo, New Mexico. (13 February 2008)
“An ALA Presidential Year Highlighting Services for Diverse Populations,” University of Alberta, School of Library and Information Studies, 2008 Professional Development Day, “Reaching Out: Serving Diverse Populations," Edmonton Public Library, Alberta, Canada. (8 February 2008)
“Still Learning, Collaborating, and Celebrating Culture,” School of Information Graduation Commencement 2007, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas. (8 December 2007)
Keynote Address: “Carlton County's “Big Read” Program, ‘To Kill a Mockingbird,’” Fond du Lac Community College, Cloquet, Minnesota. (13 November 2007)
“Working in a Feminized Profession: How Others See Us, How We See Ourselves,” Gender Week, SUNY-Buffalo, Buffalo, New York. (September 27, 2007)
“Libraries: Understanding and Respecting Cultural Perspectives of Indigenous Peoples and Tribal Communities,” University of Louisville NETWORK, Louisville, Kentucky. (September 20, 2007)