Professor, Center for Women's and Gender Studies, College of Liberal Arts
Phone: +1 512 471 3959
Dr. Roy is enrolled on the White Earth Reservation, a member of the Pembina Band, Minnesota Chippewa (Ojibwe) Tribe. Many of her current projects involve working with Native American communities. She directs a reading promotion program ("If I Can Read, I Can Do Anything") at schools on reservations. And she is a partner in an inter-tribal effort to develop virtual museums of American Indian artifacts. Partners include the National Museum of the American Indian, the Heard Museum, Santa Clara (Pueblo) Day School and the Nay Tah Wahsh (Potawatomi) School in Hannahville, Michigan. She an her graduate students create virtual libraries for tribal colleges. She is also involved in international indigenous librarianship efforts. She additionally serves on the Steering Committee of ALA's Spectrum Initiative, a three-year $1.3 million scholarship program to increase the number of librarians from underrepresented groups, and she will be responsible for the longitudinal study of the 150 Spectrum Scholars. Her other interests are related to oral history, popular culture, early librarian education, public library architecture, collection development, American Indian literature, children's literature and reader's advisory for adult public library patrons. She is working wih a colleague on the development of an artificial intelligent agent recommender service for readers. For more information about Dr. Roy's research, read "By the Book" at http://www.utexas.edu/features/2006/reading/index.html.
Library development in Native American communities; creation of virtual museums of Native American artifacts; literacy efforts in Native American communities; library collection development and evaluation; oral tradition; organizing gatherings of indigenous librarians worldwide