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.

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

                Together, we can bring change! As a librarian and activist, I serve as a library advocate every day. The opportunity to meet the needs of the communities we serve, help change lives, benefit our profession, libraries and information professionals is very exciting!  I based my decision to run for ALA President on my experience advocating for libraries in streets and sidewalks of New York City, at NYC City Hall, New York State Senate, the US Congress and at the United Nations, my background growing up as the daughter of a...

Read more | 03/13/2017 - 15:19

Kelvin Watson (2006 Scholar) has been named the new Broward County Libraries Director, effective February 26, 2017. Previously he was the Chief Operating Officer, Senior Vice President for Queens Library in New York City.  "We are excited to have someone with the depth of industry experience and successful community engagement as Kelvin brings to Broward County" said Bertha Henry, County Administrator. "I am confident that his experience in expanding digital and traditional service delivery will enhance our already robust offering of library, online, and mobile services...

Read more | 03/07/2017 - 10:43

2016-2017 Spectrum Scholar Mahasin Abuwi Aleem was promoted to the position of Library Assistant at the Oakland Public Library in December.  She received the Begun Scholarship, which supports continuing library school students who have demonstrated a commitment to becoming children's or young adult librarians in a California public library,  from the California Library Association in November. She also received the Eunice J. Parker Scholarship from the California Librarians Black Caucus Northern Chapter and a Friends of the Oakland Public Library scholarship. Mahasin is an...

Read more | 03/06/2017 - 10:38

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