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Loretta Parham

Robert W. Woodruff Library, Atlanta University Center
CEO and Director
Loretta Parham is the CEO and Director of the Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library. Highly respected by the library and higher education communities, Loretta worked to transform the Robert W. Woodruff Library, shared by Clark Atlanta University, the Interdenominational Theological Center, Morehouse College, and Spelman College, into a modern 21st century research facility known for its distinctive spaces and service. Loretta has expanded the library’s stewardship of historically significant special collections, such as the Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. Collection, acquired by Morehouse in 2006 and housed in the Woodruff Library.

In addition to her work transforming the Woodruff Library, Loretta is known as a champion for librarianship and higher education, advocating with passion and clarity for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), their significant special collections, and their value regionally, nationally, and globally. She has personally served as a mentor to hundreds of librarians and is the co-founding director and founding Board Chair of the HBCU Library Alliance.

Her publications include “Achieving Diversity: A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians” (with B. Dewey, 2006), “Robert W. Woodruff Library of the Atlanta University Center, Custodian of the Morehouse College Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection: ‘Until Further Notice.’” in RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage (2007), and “Redesigning Services at The Robert W. Woodruff Library of the Atlanta University Center, Inc.” in Library Workflow Redesign: Six Case Studies (with C. Hart, 2007).

Prior to joining the Robert W. Woodruff Library in 2004, Loretta served as Director of the Hampton University Harvey Library (1998-2004); Director/Administrator of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation (1997-98); Deputy Director of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (1991-97); and in a variety of positions at the Chicago Public Library (1977-91).

Loretta received her BS in Communications-Broadcasting from Southern Illinois University and MLS from the University of Michigan, which honored her with the Distinguished Alumni Award from the School of Information in 2016 in recognition of her service to the profession.

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