Spectrum Advisory Committee, a subcommittee of the ODLOS Advisory Committee


To oversee, coordinate, and support activities of the Spectrum Scholarship Program and related diversity pre-professional development activities; to appoint potential award jurors for the Spectrum selection process; to plan and execute the Spectrum Institute; to advocate for and advise on all Spectrum fundraising and marketing initiatives; and to ensure community building amongst Spectrum recipients through activities designed  to (1)  increase the participation of Spectrum Scholars in ALA Committees and leadership; and (2) promote the interests and concerns of the Spectrum Scholars throughout the Association. 


Ben Rodriguez (Chair, July 1, 2012, to June 30, 2013)
Tamika Barnes (Member, July 1, 2011, to June 30, 2013)
Rashauna Brannon (Member, July 1, 2012, to June 30, 2014)
Dr. Nicole A. Cooke (Member, July 1, 2011, to June 30, 2013)
Rebecca M. King (Member, July 1, 2012, to June 30, 2014)
Dr. Em Claire Knowles (Member, July 1, 2011, to June 30, 2013)
Jovanni M. Lota (Member, July 1, 2012, to June 30, 2014)
Mr. Mark A. Puente (Member, July 1, 2011, to June 30, 2013)
Miranda Nicole Rivers (Member, July 1, 2011, to June 30, 2013)
Ms. Charlotte Roh (Member, July 1, 2012, to June 30, 2014)
Ms. E. Chisato Uyeki (Member, July 1, 2012, to June 30, 2014)
Gwendolyn Prellwitz (Staff Liaison, July 6, 2010, to July 15, 2013)

Displaying active committee roster as of 07/01/2012. Last retrieved on 06/21/2018. Members can log in to view full contact information for committee members.


The Spectrum Advisory Committee consists of 10-15 members appointed by the Chair of the Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services Committee serving 2 year terms and led by a chair, appointed annually.  60% of the committee members should be alumni of the Spectrum Scholarship Program. 

Subcommittees & Task Forces

  • Spectrum Jury - subcommittee with separate appointments
  • Task Force on Spectrum Institute Planning 
  • Task Force on 20th Anniversary 

The Spectrum Advisory Committee includes the following roles and working groups:

Chair - Plans and coordinates the committee's work for the year in accordance with the goals of the Spectrum Advisory Committee

  • Coordinate Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference meetings. The chair should consult with committee members about the best time to meet, in an effort to avoid conflicts.
  • Conduct Spectrum Advisory Council meetings, manage recording and distribution of minutes to membership
  • Recommend reappointment of effective committee members, and suggest names of potential committee members
  • Finalize all Jury appointments
  • Routinely report to the ODLOS Advisory Committee and serve as Ex-Officio member
  • Assist Staff Liaison in ensuring effective administration of all SAC business

Alumni Liaison (1 member)- Shares information and encourages conversation between Spectrum Scholar alumni and the Spectrum Advisory Board

  • Encourages alumni awareness of current Spectrum activity and initiatives, helps cultivate an active community for mentorship and service opportunities

Cohort Liaison  (1 member) - Shares information and encourages conversation between current Spectrum Scholar Cohort and the Spectrum Advisory Board

  • Monitors both Spectrum Alumni and Current Spectrum Cohort listserv and shares relevant information between groups.
  • Encourages success of current Spectrum Cohort through periodic virtual check-ins, conversation igniters, and requests for updates
  • Shadows the Communications team, with the expectation of joining the Communications Committee after the ALA Annual Conference.

Communication - (2-3 members) - Manages Spectrum’s comprehensive communications strategy including website and social media outlets

  • Develop, review and revise procedures for website content management, solicit content and feedback from the community, monitor implementation of website related tasks, and advise the webmaster on priorities
  • Make policy recommendations to SAC on issues such as website appearance, enhancements to the website, and the use of outside contractors
  • Post regularly to all Spectrum related social media accounts including Facebook and Twitter
  • Monitor the achievements of Spectrum alumni and communicate to wider community (task can be divided amongst committee members by spans of cohort years)
  • Distribute all calls for participation in Spectrum related events (promotion of Spectrum application, Spectrum Leadership Institute CFPs, etc)
  • Periodically survey existing Spectrum publications, identify areas where publications are needed, and make recommendations to the SAC
  • Monitor all #spectrumcohort, #scholars, and #spectrumhelp listserv communication  

Donor Acknowledgement  (1 member) - Manage all Spectrum Scholarship Program fundraising acknowledgement

  • Provide personal recognition to all organizations, alumni, and individuals who contribute to Spectrum with cash, in-kind contributions, and other gifts (in conjunction with the Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach)
  • Identify and manage fundraising opportunities at events
  • Organize and execute at least one major Spectrum related fundraising activity each year (working with Events and Communications committee)

Events (1-2 members) - Manages all Spectrum related events

  • Lead planning and execution of Spectrum Leadership Institute for new scholars
  • Identify opportunities to support networking of Spectrum Scholars both physically and virtually throughout the year
  • Monitor all regional and national groups targeting early career and diverse professionals for opportunities to meet at the local level (ex. local chapters of NMRT, Reforma, etc)
  • Organize and execute at least one major Spectrum related fundraising activity each year (working with Development committee) 

Professional Development (3 members)- Heightens awareness and support of professional development opportunities for current Spectrum Scholars and Spectrum alumni

  • Develop and maintain a centralized list of publishing opportunities
  • Develop and maintain a centralized calendar of conferences and events
  • Coordinate with Communications committee to identify and distribute calls for book chapters/articles and conference proposals
  • Identify additional resources to assist new professionals in advancing their professional development (mentoring programs, CV-building activities, job search resources etc)
  • Coordinate with Communication Committee to recognize the professional achievements of Spectrum Scholars and alumni

Staff Liaison

Gwendolyn Prellwitz, Assistant Director
ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services
50 East Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60611
800-545-2433, ext. 5048 | spectrum@ala.org