Awards and Honors

Dr. Roy’s professional awards include the 2009 Leadership Award from the National Conference Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums; 2008 Texas Library Association recognition; 2007 State of Texas Senate Proclamation No. 127; 2006 ALA Equality Award; 2007 Library Journal Mover & Shaker”; Outstanding 2002 Alumna from the University of Arizona’s School of Information Resources and Library Services; the 2001Joe and Bettie Branson Ward Excellence Award for Research, Teaching, or Demonstration Activities that Contribute to Changes of Positive Value to Society, two Texas Exes Teaching Awards; and two James W. Vick Texas Excellence Awards for Academic Advisors.  Text for some of these awards are linked.

In 2007, the National Museum of the American Indian hosted an Honor Dance for Dr. Roy. YouTube videos provide coverage of that event; just go to and search under, “Loriene Roy” for videos such as: [Part 1] [Part 2] [Part 3] [Part 4] [Part 5] [Part 6]

Another of Dr. Roy’s honors was the gifting of a cloak woven specifically for her, and presented to her by Te Ropu Whakahau. The following description of the cloak comes from Eddie Neha, current President of Te Ropu Whakahau:

The cloak is called a korowai and is made of traditional muka (a fiber extracted from harakeke (flax) and pukeko feathers. The pukeko is the swamp hen and has amazing feet, signifying its sure, safe and careful footsteps. If you watch the pukeko take off for flight it actually runs on water for a fews steps before lifting off. The pattern is the poutama, which signifies achievement and guidance. The green represents the turtle, which the weaver (Kai Raranga) understands is an integral figure in Native American culture. The brown lining (closest to the skin) represents Earth, and the bear represents Loriene's bear-clan connections. This korowai, much like Loriene, is a taonga to be treasured and cherished. Its significance is that we see Loriene as a shining light amongst indigenous librarians -- one who has stepped surely, safely and carefully to achieve many things but continues to provide guidance to those who ask. The weaver's name is Tania King, from Ngaati Maniapoto and Ngaati Maahuta. Ngaati Maniapoto has been the leader in rejuventaing raranga kakahu (weaving of cloaks) through the likes of Rangimarie Hetet and Diggeress Te Kanawa.