Gerald Holmes, Reference Librarian and Diversity Coordinator at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG), has been recognized by the American Library Association’s Office for Diversity as a 2014 Achivement in Library Diversity Honoree. Mr. Holmes, who assisted in the creation of ACRL’s Residency Interest Group, has been a leader supporting diversity initiatives in libraries through service, research, and administration.
His career has focused on the professional development of early career librarians, specifically encouraging individuals from underrepresented backgrounds to pursue academic librarianship. He has also had a strong track record of service to the profession, including membership on the Executive Board of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association, Chair of the Round Table for Ethnic Minority Concerns, Chair of the North Carolina Library Association, and Chair of the ACRL African-American Librarians Section. He has been the recipient of grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), and has developed and administered UNCG’s Post-MLS Residency Librarian Program.