Dr. Loriene Roy was born in Cloquet and raised in Carlton, Minnesota. She is Anishinabe, enrolled on the White Earth Reservation (Pembina Band), a member of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe. Dr. Roy received an MLS from the University of Arizona and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is currently Professor in the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin where she teaches graduate courses in reference, library instruction, and access and care of indigenous cultural knowledge. She is also an adjunct instructor for the Library and Information Science Program at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. She served as 1997-1998 President of the American Indian Library Association and the 2007-2008 President of the American Library Association. Currently she is a member of the Library of Congress Literacy Awards Advisory Board, StoryCorps Tribal Library Advisory Group, Design4Learning: 21st Century Online Learning for Library Workers Leadership Team.
She has received numerous professional awards, most recently the 2015 Distinguished Service Award, American Indian Library Association; 2014 Library School Alumni Association Distinguished Alumnus Award, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and the 2014 Sarah Vann Award, ALA Hawai’i Student Chapter at the University of Hawai’i Manoa Library & Information Science Program. She has given over 600 presentations at venues around the world and has numerous publications.