Hello, this is Gerald Holmes, Reference Librarian and Diversity Coordinator for UNCG University Libraries. As possibly one of the last people who can say they truly enjoyed belonging to Dudley High School’s Library Club back in the day, I have devoted my whole career to academic libraries, and loved every minute.
As Reference Librarian, I use the Reference desk, online chat, and phone, to provide general reference service that covers the humanities, sciences, social sciences, government information, and more. In this role I also serve as the Library’s liaison to Kinesiology and African American Studies, working closely with these departments to promote information literacy and provide library and information services to their students and faculty. As Diversity Coordinator I am on the Libraries’ administrative team to advise our administration on university priorities, grants and fund raising, marketing, and campus policies regarding diversity issues and resources. I coordinate the Libraries’ Post MLS Diversity Residency Program and chair the Diversity Committee; and have active memberships with ALA, ALA’s Black Caucus, ACRL, and NCLA.
I earned my library degree from U.N.C. at Chapel Hill, where I considered a career in Law Librarianship until I discovered how much I enjoyed the varied research interests of students and faculty in the academic library setting. From then on, I was hooked on academic libraries! My research interests include diversity issues, reference services, and the promotion of librarianship as a career. In the course of my own career, I have coordinated graduate student work assignments and Reference Desk staff training at three different academic libraries.
But that is enough about me. If you have any questions, thoughts, or fun ideas about academic librarianship, diversity issues, or reference service and training, I am eager to find an answer or an application. Minute by minute, I am always ready and willing to learn something new!
Reference Librarian and Diversity Coordinator
University Libraries, U.N.C. at Greensboro
PO Box 26170
Greensboro, NC 27402