Loriene Roy, President-Elect of the American Library Association to talk at Miami University Libraries

February 8, 2007

As part of a week of events celebrating Native American theater and culture, Loriene Roy, president-elect of the American Library Association (ALA) and member of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, will speak at the Miami University Libraries on February 22 at 7:30pm in 320 King Library.

Her talk, titled “Collaborations to Further Library Services for Indigenous Peoples” will focus on her work and research in bringing information and library services to indigenous students, including the national reading club for Native children she founded in 1999.
Library Journal named Roy a 2005 “Mover & Shaker,” and she has received four Texas Excellence Awards for teaching and student advising. 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 a Professor in the School of Information and Center for Women’s and Gender Studies, both at the University of Texas at Austin.

In addition to Roy’s talk, multiple Native American theatre productions will be held at Miami as part of “Honoring Spiderwoman Theater/Celebrating Native American Theater” conference events Feb. 19-21.

The Spiderwoman Theater, the longest running women’s theater company in North America, will perform “Persistence of Memory” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20, in Hall Auditorium. “Weaving the Rain,” a play by Diane Yeahquo Reyner (Kiowa) will be performed by the Thunderbird Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 19, in Hall Auditorium.

The “Honoring Spiderwoman Theatre/Celebrating Native American Theater” conference, which will feature papers and panel discussions, is free and open to the public. Participants must register and pay for their own meals. The conference is sponsored by the Native American Women Playwrights Archive (NAWPA) of Miami University Libraries and the department of theatre, with support from the John Altman Humanities Scholar-in-Residence program and many other campus organizations.

For registration and schedule information, go to http://staff.lib.muohio.edu/nawpa/conf.html. For more information, contact Bill Wortman at wortmawa@muohio.edu or 529-3936.