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Contact: Cathleen Bourbon
Executive Director

For Immediate Release
March 12, 2004

RUSA selects Spectrum Scholar for internship

CHICAGO -- The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) has selected Vynarack Xaykao, a 2003 Spectrum Scholar attending the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin, as the 2004 RUSA Intern.

As an Intern with RUSA, Xaykao will work for a year and a half with RUSA's vice-president/president-elect, Gwen Arthur, library director, Clark University. Xaykao will also receive $3,000 to support travel expenses to attend the American Library Association's (ALA) Midwinter and Annual Conferences.

Xaykao has a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication and psychology from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. She currently works in the Digital Library Services Division of the University of Texas at Austin General Libraries. Previously she was a reference assistant/lead Web designer at the University of Texas at San Antonio Library.

"I would like to work with RUSA because I support its goal of providing information to everyone," Xaykao stated. "Lowering the barriers to information is one of the most important responsibilities of being a librarian."

RUSA selects one Spectrum Scholar each year to receive the $3,000 travel grant and work with RUSA's  vice-president. The ALA Spectrum Initiative provides $5,000 scholarships to students from the following underrepresented groups: African American, Asian/Pacific Islander, Hispanic/Latino and Native American. More information about the Spectrum Initiative is available at

RUSA is a division of the American Library Association.