Gerald Holmes


Reference Librarian and Diversity Coordinator for University Libraries





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Gerald Holmes is currently the Reference Librarian and Diversity Coordinator at the University Libraries at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG).  As a member of the Libraries’ administrative faculty, Holmes led the creation of the Libraries’ Post MLS Diversity Residency Program and its Diversity Committee.  As the Diversity Coordinator, Holmes took on the additional responsibility as a Co-Principal Investigator for three Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grants designed to recruit and prepare minority librarians for serving their communities in the 21st Century.  As a credit to his work, 55 librarians from underrepresented populations are now working.

Holmes serves on the Chancellor's Advisory Committee for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at UNCG.  He is an active member of the American Library Association (ALA), Association of College and Research Libraries, the Black Caucus of ALA, and the North Carolina Library Association. 

Holmes was named the American Library Association 2014 Achievement in Library Diversity Research Honoree for his contributions to the library profession and his promotion of diversity within it. In 2015, he received the Black Caucus of ALA Distinguished Service to the Library Profession Award and the Harvey E. Beech Outstanding Alumni Award from the UNC-Chapel Hill General Alumni Association.

Holmes earned his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and his Master of Science in Library Science from UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS). He serves as a co-chair of the SILS Alumni Inclusion and Diversity (SAID) Committee. 

His research interest includes diversity issues, reference desk services, and the promotion of librarianship as a career. Holmes is a Life Member of both Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and the UNC General Alumni Association. Gerald Holmes and his wife, Sharon, also a 49er and a Tarheel, have a daughter, Veronica, and a son, Aaron.