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.

Twanna Hodge is a 2013 Spectrum Scholar currently working at SUNY Upstate Health Sciences Library as an Academic/Research Librarian. Twanna graduated with her MLIS from the University of Washington in 2015. She earned her Bachelors in Humanities with minors in Communication and Psychology from the University of Virgin Islands, St. Thomas campus in 2013. Nancy García Ramírez is a 2018 Spectrum Scholar, funded by NCNMLG, currently working at Santa Cruz Public Libraries as a Programs/Outreach Library Assistant II. Nancy is attending San Jose State University, where she recently...

Read more | 03/25/2019 - 11:31

The Spectrum Advisory Committee gathered questions from the greater Spectrum Scholar community and chose three questions to pose to the candidates for the 2020-2021 ALA Presidency, Julius Jefferson, Jr. and Lance Werner. The 2019 ALA Elections open March 11, 2019 and close on April 3, 2019.   ​                             1) What are your recommendations to advance the implementation of sustainable work plans to incorporate best practices which advance...

Read more | 03/11/2019 - 10:21

The Spectrum Advisory Committee has compiled this list of Spectrum Scholars standing for office in the 2019 ALA Elections. We encourage you to support the mission of the Spectrum Scholarship Program by supporting these leaders!  If you're a Scholar standing for office in the upcoming ALA election, and you do not see your information listed here please let us know at spectrum@ala.org and you will be added. ALA Council Kathy Carroll (2007 Scholar), School Librarian, Westwood High School Dr. Michael Gutiérrez (1999 Scholar), Head of Public Services at...

Read more | 03/07/2019 - 11:14

Cynthia Palacios, she/her/hers, was born to Central American migrant parents and raised in South Central Los Angeles, hence her interest in social justice. After completing her B.A. in Political Science, Cynthia realized that she can best help empower minority communities via librarianship. Cynthia earned her M.A. in Library and Information Science from the University of Arizona, and is part of the Knowledge River program (which fosters cultural competency of working with minority communities via the library sciences). Cynthia’s desire to help motivate and inspire individuals manifests...

Read more | 02/05/2019 - 09:49

By Isabel Soto-Luna Receiving the Spectrum Scholarship was a game changer for me and opened up a world of support and opportunity. I feel a responsibility to give back and to ensure that future librarians have even more opportunities available to them. It is only when we work together to help others that everyone is able to succeed and I want to be part of my future colleagues' success. That is one of the reasons I volunteered to serve on the Spectrum Advisory Committee which led to me stepping up as Chair of the Giving Back Circle. It has been an honor to convene a...

Read more | 11/21/2018 - 11:36

Lorisia MacLeod is a 2017-2018 Scholar and currently works as an Instruction Librarian at NorQuest College in Edmonton, Alberta. Lorisia holds an MLIS from the University of Alberta, where she also received her BA in Anthropology and French Language and Literature. She was recently selected as a 2019 ALA Emerging Leader and will be working with the American Indian Library Association (AILA) on a project over the next year. Lorisia is a member of the James Smith Cree Nation and was a 2016-2018 Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Diversity Scholar. Here, she shares about her...

Read more | 11/12/2018 - 12:35

Victor Betts is a 2015-2016 Scholar in his final year of the MLIS program at San Jose State University. He holds an MA in Education from California State University, San Bernardino and completed his undergraduate studies in Asian Literature and Language and Sociology at the University of California, Riverside. While completing his MLIS program, Victor currently works as a library specialist at the African American Research Library & Cultural Center in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Along with fellow Scholars Marisa Méndez-Brady and Hoan-Vu Do, Victor was the recipient of a 2017 NEH-GBHI ...

Read more | 09/24/2018 - 12:11

LaQuanda Onyemeh is a 2017-2018 Scholar who received her MLIS from University of North Carolina at Greensboro and her B.S Dual Degree in Psychology and Sociology at The College at Brockport SUNY. She is currently the Diversity Resident Librarian at Texas A&M University where she will rotate among various departments at Texas A&M University Libraries. LaQuanda is currently assisting with planning the Texas Library Association (TLA) 2020 Houston Conference and was the recipient of NASIG's John Riddick Student Grant, 2018. Here, LaQuanda shares her experiences having recently...

Read more | 09/18/2018 - 15:19

To be a Spectrum scholar is to always have a home in the library community. I consider it to be a great honor to be a part of Spectrum because I know that I will always be welcomed: whether it be at a conference, a meetup, or at a chance coming together. That is why I am supporting the Spectrum Scholarship as a Spectrum Champion. I want to ensure that other future scholars have the opportunities that I was able to enjoy through the Spectrum scholarship. Being part of Spectrum opened doors for me. I still remember my first conference as a Spectrum Scholar at ALA Annual in New Orleans. It...

Read more | 08/27/2018 - 09:26

Tommy Bui is a 2015-2016 Scholar who holds an MLIS from the University of North Texas and an M.A. in English from California State University – Northridge. He currently works as an Associate Librarian at the Inglewood Public Library in Inglewood, California. In this position, he serves a diverse community by incorporating art-related programming like their recent printmaking workshop, and partnering with local art centers. He recently traveled to Cuba and ran the Havana Marathon.  You previously mentioned that you have been able to “incorporate art-related programming...

Read more | 06/11/2018 - 17:47