Jody Gray Appointed as ALA Director of Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach


Jody Gray

The American Library Association is pleased to announce the appointment of Jody Gray as the Director, Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach at the American Library Association. Jody was previously the Diversity Outreach Librarian at the University of Minnesota Libraries. Jody joined the University of Minnesota Libraries staff in 2003 as Library Resident.

As Diversity Outreach Librarian at the University of Minnesota, Jody Gray worked collaboratively with the University’s Office for Equity and Diversity on a range of programs, developed and facilitated training and curriculum to support diversity and inclusion, facilitated staff development workshops and dialogue, and chaired the Libraries’ Diversity Outreach Collaborative.

Jody is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe. She has a BA in English from the University of Minnesota, Morris, and an MLS from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. Her presentations and publications and blogs have ranged from “A different approach to diversity outreach,” (College & Research Libraries News 71, no.2) to “Identifying and Addressing Microaggressions (Webinar, Minitex) to “Diversity Resources for Academic Libraries (  She also serves on the Board of Directors of Circle, Native American News and Arts, a monthly newspaper in the Twin Cities area.

Jody Gray was an ALA Emerging Leader (2007-2008), a participant in ALA’s Leading to the Future Institute (2013), the Minnesota Institute for Early Career Librarians (2004), and Advanced Leadership: Leading at the Director and Program Level (2014).

Jody will lead ALA’s Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach, bringing together her service portfolios around the unifying issues of equity and inclusion.

Read the full announcement here.

It’s always exciting to see former residents going on to do great things. Congratulations, Jody!


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