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.

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

The Birmingham Public Library (BPL) is getting a new leader, effective mid-November 2017. The BPL Board, during a special called board meeting on Oct. 16, 2017, voted to hire Floyd Council of Atlanta as the new executive director of the Birmingham Public Library. Council will oversee all operations of BPL’s 19 library locations and manage 285 employees. "I am excited to service as the new executive director of the Birmingham Public Library System, representing Spectrum Scholars' Community," Council notes. Read more from BPL's press release below: Council, who is...

Read more | 10/23/2017 - 16:24

Join us in congratulating all of our recent grads! 2015-2016 YALSA Scholar Alice Son walked in the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's iSchool graduation ceremony on May 14 and is a newly minted Teen Librarian at Arlington Heights Memorial Library. 2016-2017 Scholar Alison C. Rollins graduated on May 14th from UIUC and was the recipient of the Beta Phi Mu/ Anne M. Boyd Award Recipient.  She is pictured here with Dr. Nicole A. Cooke, Assistant Professor and MS/LIS Program Director at GSLIS....

Read more | 07/27/2017 - 15:05

Asa L. Heyward, 2015-2016 Scholar, started his first professional position on May1st as the Senior Librarian of Teen Services with the Suffolk Public Library (Virginia) system. Asa graduated with Master of Science in Information from Florida State University this winter.  "I will be accessing the needs while shaping the direction of programming and services offered to this demographic," notes Asa, "I look forward to collaborating with my fellow Spectrum Scholars in accomplishing these goals."   Asa is ready to work with Scholars in more ways than one and...

Read more | 05/11/2017 - 16:45

Anthony Bishop, a 2011- 2012 Spectrum Scholar,  has accepted a tenure-track faculty position as the Assistant Professor of Instructional Design in the Library department with the Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) a part of the City University of New York (CUNY) in January 2017.  Anthony graduated with an MLIS from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign in 2013. Anthony's path towards librarianship was non-traditional.  Prior to pursuing a Master's Degree in Library Science, Anthony earned a first master’s degree is in English composition and...

Read more | 03/30/2017 - 13:05

Kai Forsley, a 2015-2016 Spectrum Scholar, is pursuing a number of exciting projects during her final semester at San Jose State University. Kai is currently completing an internship at the Wikimedia Foundation (which administers Wikipedia).  "I’ve come to respect Wikipedia as an information source," Kai writes. "The Foundation wants to build bridges between Wikipedia resources, libraries and other verified primary information sources on the internet. My research may result in access to local library information being linked on every Wikipedia page. The...

Read more | 03/29/2017 - 12:07

Alicia K. Long has been appointed Chair of the Pura Belpré Award.   Alicia was a member of the PBA committee in 2014. This exciting honor provides Alicia the opportunity to work in the cross-section of library science and education while pursuing her interests in researching and promoting multicultural literature. For Alicia, this appointment carries a personal and professional significance. “I feel thrilled and honored to have the chance to work in a profession with values such as access for all, intellectual freedom, diversity, equity, and inclusion, "Alicia remarks...

Read more | 03/27/2017 - 10:57

Photo Credit:  Katharine T. Jacobs  Currently pursuing an MLIS at San Jose State University, Emilly Prado, creates compelling zines. Recently, Emilly created a bilingual zine entitled Con Las Dos Manos/With Both Hands to be published with Microcosm Publishing.  Emilly crafted the zine in January 2017 while working as an artist-in-residence in her parents' home state of Michoacán, Mexico.   The zine explores the landscape of Mexico in relation to her familial history and is comprised of three parts: Diez/Ten, Para Las Marias/ For the Marias,...

Read more | 03/23/2017 - 14:20

Kate Rojas has an exciting new role as a school librarian at Walter M. Senkow Elementary School in Glenolden, Pennsylvania- part of Upper Darby School District located outside of Philadelphia. This is her first full-time tenured position outside of library school. A Spectrum Scholar from 2013-2014, Kate graduated from the University of Illinois with a Master's of Library and Information Science in 2014. After library school, she stayed in Illinois an extra year (until December 2015) to become certified as a K-12 educator.  Before moving into her current role, Kate worked as a long-...

Read more | 03/14/2017 - 15:31