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As the Librarian for African Studies, Loyd provides in-depth research consultation and instruction to students and researchers from campus departments with a focus on Africa. He also provides general reference at the Graduate Library. His outreach activities include faculty/Library collaborations in a wide range of Library programs such as curriculum integration, selection support, Institutional Repository initiatives, and scholarly publishing.
He is an Editor of The African Symposium: An online journal of the African Educational Research Network and a reviewer of the Journal of Education for Library & Information Science (JELIS).
Loyd received the University Librarian Recognition Award in 2011 for his efforts in "expanding knowledge of the cultural traditions of Sub-Saharan Africa, promoting information literacy, and educating a new generation of skilled library and information science professionals"
Loyd holds a Ph.D. in Educational Studies, Ohio University (2007) with a focus on education and development in Africa. His Master of Information Studies (MISt.), University of Toronto (2001) specialized in analyzing and designing information systems. His research interests are in the incremental nature of information literacy: as students gain mastery in their various subject areas, their information needs become increasingly sophisticated. Loyd develops methodologies for integrating research skills in the various levels of the general education curricula. His works have been published in the Journal of Academic Librarianship, the Journal of Education for Library and Information Science, and D-Lib among others.
Loyd has an engineering background having obtained a BEng, Civil Engineering from the University of Portsmouth, UK (1991) and a MS in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia (1996).
In addition to providing collection and access services support to the campus community, Loyd represents the Library in Africana cooperative initiatives such as those coordinated by the Center for Research Libraries (CRL).