Gerald Holmes (MSLS '85), alumnus of the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and co-chair of the SILS Alumni Inclusion and Diversity (SAID) Committee and reference librarian and Diversity coordinator at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro (UNCG), has received the Outstanding Service Award by the African American Studies Program at UNCG. The award is a special honor that is not regularly presented.
Tara Green, director of African American Studies at UNCG, noted that "in addition to his primary responsibilities as a reference librarian and library liaison, Gerald serves on a variety of committees and organizations including the UNCG Black Faculty and Staff Association, and Chancellor Brady’s Advisory Committee on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion." She went on to say that Gerald served as part of the team to aid in the re-accreditation of the Department of Library and Information Studies by the American Library Association and has been cited by Dr. Perrin as a faculty member who has an “above and beyond commitment” to Student Affairs. Gerald currently serves as the advisor to Mu Iota chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi, and is also a life member of the Greensboro Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi. He is a co-principal investigator of three Institute of Museum and Library Studies grants received for the Academic Cultural and Enrichment Scholars program at UNCG, which is a partnership with the School of Library and Information Studies and the University Libraries designed to increase minority representation with librarianship.”
Within the profession of librarianship, Holmes is an active member of the American Library Association, the North Carolina Library Association, the Black Caucus of the American Library Association and the North Carolina Library Association’s Roundtable for Ethnic and Minority Concerns.
Holmes has served for four years as an active member of the African American Studies Advisory Board and serves on the Whitty Ransome Scholarship Committee for the program.
He received his Master of Science in Library Science from SILS and he has a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from UNC Charlotte.