In citing him for the award, which is not given on a regular basis, Director of African American Studies Tara Green noted that in addition to his primary responsibilities as a reference librarian and library liaison, Gerald serves on a variety of committees and organizations including the UNCG Black Faculty and Staff Association, and Chancellor Brady’s Advisory Committee on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. Gerald served as part of the team to aid in the re-accreditation of the Department of Library and Information Studies by the American Library Association and has been cited by Dr. Perrin as a faculty member who has an “above and beyond commitment” to Student Affairs. Gerald currently serves as the advisor to Mu Iota chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi, and is also a life member of the Greensboro Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi. He is a co-principal investigator of three grants received from the Institute of Museum and Library Studies for the Academic Cultural and Enrichment Scholars program at UNCG, which is a partnership with the School of Library and Information Studies and the University Libraries designed to increase minority representation with librarianship.”
Within the profession of librarianship, Holmes is an active member of the American Library Association, the Black Caucus of the American Library Association, the North Carolina Library Association, and the North Carolina Library Association’s Roundtable for Ethnic and Minority Concerns.
For four years, Gerald served as an active member of the African American Studies Advisory Board and serves on the Whitty Ransome Scholarship Committee for the program.
Holmes has a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from UNC Charlotte and a Master of Science in Library Science from UNC Chapel Hill.