Spectrum News

Round-up of news from the Spectrum Scholarship Program. This blog features announcements from the community of Spectrum Scholars including new jobs, promotions, publications, presentations, scholarships, awards, and life accomplishments.

Here's a Winter 2018 round-up of recent promotions and job news from ALA's Spectrum Scholars.  Please join us in congratulating everyone!  Jennifer Gibson, 2011 Scholar, has been named the Manager of the Reference Department at St. Louis County Library.  Jennifer shares, "I am thrilled to take over leadership of this department; we are a very large and busy public library system and I feel so fortunate." Pearl Ly, 2006 Scholar, joined Palomar College in January as the Dean of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Pearl shares, "I'm very excited to return...

Read more | 02/20/2018 - 14:19

Kristin Lansdown, 2017-2018 Spectrum Scholar, has been selected as one of eight National Advisors to the Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Great Stories Club (TRHT GSC). This program will engage 5,000 underserved young adults in transformative reading/discussion and racial healing programming. The TRHT GSC National Advisory Committee convenes leaders from the fields of librarianship, the public humanities, community dialogue and engagement, and racial healing — leaders whose participation and feedback will be crucial to the success of this project. "The advisor...

Read more | 01/17/2018 - 09:51

ALA President Jim Neal has announced that Candice Mack, 2005-2006 Spectrum Scholar, is one of 12 library and information professionals selected to participate in the inaugural ALA Policy Corps, which aims to develop a cadre of experts with deep and sustained knowledge of national public policies in areas key to ALA’s strategic goals. “The past year has brought sweeping changes and challenges to policies that ALA has advocated for, from net neutrality to federal library funding to privacy protections,” said Neal. “It is imperative that information professionals have...

Read more | 01/09/2018 - 11:29

As part of Spectrum's 20th Anniversary, we are sharing reflections on our history.  This piece celebrating the visionaries who stewarded the creation of the program has been compiled from the files of ALA's then Office for Diversity, with help from a timeline created to accompany a longitudinal study undertaken by Loriene Roy, Glendora Johnson-Cooper, Cynthia Tysick, and Daisy Waters, “Bridging Boundaries to Create a New Workforce: A Survey of Spectrum Scholarship Recipients, 1998-2003.  Community members with historical information about the Spectrum Initiative and...

Read more | 01/04/2018 - 16:58

I can still remember the exact day I received the call that I had been selected as a Spectrum Scholar (May 29, 2012). At the time I was a part-time student in the Library and Information Studies Program at the University of Alberta and was planning to take my degree, a course a term, for the next five-to-seven years. As a father working full time while attending grad school, I cannot stress enough the opportunities given to me by the Scholarship. With it, I was able to complete my program in just over two-and-a-half years, and that wasn’t even the best part! The Spectrum Leadership...

Read more | 12/18/2017 - 15:34

I am so grateful to be a Spectrum Scholar because the program helped me become the leader I am today. When I received the scholarship, I felt a sense of relief knowing I had financial assistance to help me pay for school. Once I went through the Spectrum Leadership Institute, I realized that for me the greatest benefit was actually learning how to give back by volunteering for organizations and committees. The welcoming environment of previous Scholars, the inspiring words of library leaders, and encouragement to just ask was the impetus for my later achievements. I am also thankful for the...

Read more | 12/18/2017 - 15:28

Carlas, symbolism, and action I had been here for a little over a year when I attended the swearing-in ceremony of Dr. Carla Hayden as the 14th Librarian of Congress. Around here she is simply “the Librarian” and you can hear the capital “L.” This special occasion was surpassed only by the moment of meeting her face-to-face. No employee received a stiff handshake. Everyone was greeted with two hands and two eyes focused on you the human being not you the worker bee. I was a 2011 Spectrum Scholar but little did I know that I had just met the inaugural Spectrum Steering...

Read more | 12/18/2017 - 14:55

2011 Spectrum Scholar and 20th Anniversary Champion Carla Davis-Castro organized a November 8, 2017 panel program “Show Me Your Champions” in collaboration with the District of Columbia Library Association (DCLA), a chapter of ALA and the local service organization for librarians, library workers, LIS students, and library supporters in the capital. The ALA Washington Office generously donated their space to host the event.  The three panelists, or champions, are mid-career librarians who have paved their own roads and who now occupy influential positions to open doors...

Read more | 12/18/2017 - 11:04

Inspired by a tweet by @miss_print, 2017-2018 Scholar Sony Prosper (pictured here) posed this request to fellow members of this year’s Spectrum cohort: “Post your top 5 books of all time. Don’t think about it, just jot down the first few books that come to mind.” We’ve rounded up their responses, which span a variety of genres and publication dates. Below are some of the 2017-2018 Scholars’ favorite reads! America is in the Heart by Carlos Bulosan Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery The Black Jacobins by C. L...

Read more | 10/27/2017 - 11:17

In the summer of 2016, I decided to start applying for librarian jobs. I wouldn’t graduate until May 2017 at the earliest, but a Health & Life Sciences Librarian position at UCLA immediately sparked my interest. Before getting my MLIS, I was a speech-language pathologist. And I love the sun. These two experiences convinced me that I was qualified for this position. I figured this would get me to start updating my resume and website(which now needs more updating). And it worked, I got the job! I was shocked and overjoyed. Since I was applying to jobs on an earlier timeline, I...

Read more | 10/26/2017 - 09:30