Loretta Parham

CEO & Library Director of the Atlanta University Center, Inc. Woodruff Library

Loretta Parham is CEO & Library Director of the Robert W. Woodruff Library of the Atlanta University Center, Inc., an independent library shared by four HBCU member institutions.


With more than 30 years in the profession her experience includes: Director of the Hampton University Library, Deputy Director of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Pa., District Chief of the Chicago Public Library (CPL) and other professional positions with the Chicago Public Schools and the City Colleges of Chicago.


Parham is on the EDUCOPIA Board, member of the University of Michigan Information School Alumni Advisory Board, on the Roundtable for Aligning Incentives for Open Science of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, and past Chair-ALA Committee on Accreditation. Her speaking engagements are numerous.


Parham is co-founder and past chair of the Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCU) Library Alliance, past chair of the Georgia Humanities Council, former board member of the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL), the Wayne State University School of Library Science Advisory Board, past treasurer of the Oberlin Group, former trustee of OCLC, Inc., and past Director of the EDUCAUSE Board and faculty for the EDUCAUSE Management Institute.