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.

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

Brenda Linares is a 2005-2006 Scholar currently working as the Health Sciences Librarian to the School of Nursing at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas. Brenda holds a BS in Finance from California State University – Northridge, an MLIS from the University of California, Los Angeles, and an MBA from North Carolina State University. This past October, she received the Roadbuilder's Award from the Round Table for Ethnic Minority Concerns (REMCo), part of NCLA (North Carolina Library Association). Here, Brenda discusses her interests in medical librarianship...

Read more | 06/07/2018 - 11:10

Rachel Keiko Stark is a 2010-2011 Scholar currently working as a Health Sciences Librarian, at California State University, Sacramento. Rachel earned her BA from Willamette University and her MS from Drexel University. Rachel is a 2017-2018 MLA Rising Star and in this role recently created and presented a proposal on Just In Time Assessment at National Conference at the MLA 2018 Conference, held May 18-23 in Atlanta, GA. She has worked as a youth services librarian, a clinical medical librarian, and as a hospital library manager. Here, she shares with us her journey into medical librarianship...

Read more | 06/06/2018 - 11:32

I was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and grew up under the Apartheid Regime. My family filed for political asylum after we immigrated to the U.S. in 1989. I began volunteering part-time at the West Wyandotte Library in Kansas City, KS. I attended the Kansas City, KS Community College and completed my Associate’s degree in 1993. I transferred to Park University, where I obtained my Bachelor of Science in Human Resources Management. I applied to Emporia School of Library Information Management to obtain my Master’s in Library Science in 1998. It was a two-hour commute and took...

Read more | 05/22/2018 - 09:48

I was actually awarded the Spectrum Scholarship twice, as I had to decline the first award (2001) due to personal and professional reasons. Still, I persevered and applied again the following year. I was lucky to again be selected and granted the scholarship that opened many doors for me and held on tight for the ride of my professional life! Thanks to the Spectrum award (and the Knowledge River Scholarship program), I attended the School of Information at the University of Arizona and was able to focus on my studies full-time to attain an MA in what felt like record time. The Spectrum...

Read more | 05/07/2018 - 10:28

  Jhani Miller is a 2014-2015 Scholar who received their MS/LIS from the University of Illinois School of Information Sciences and their BA in Interdisciplinary Studies at Governors State University. They are currently the Library Information Supervisor at the Brooklyn Public Library - Ulmer Park Branch where they continue to explore intersectionality, information literacy and community advocacy in New York City. In 2017, Jhani wrote the blog post below on their reaction to becoming part of the Spectrum community. We followed up with them to elaborate more on their...

Read more | 05/02/2018 - 15:12

Dina Meky is a Reference and Instruction Librarian at Berkeley College in New Jersey. She got her BA in Journalism and Mass Communications with minors in Middle Eastern Studies and English from the American University in Cairo in 2013. She received her MSLIS from Syracuse University in 2015. Dina is a 2013-2014 ALA Spectrum Scholar, a 2016-2017 NJLA Emerging Leader, member of ACRL, a reviewer for Emerald’s Reference Review Journal and is currently secretary for the NJLA Diversity and Outreach committee. You can find Dina binge watching The Great British Bake-Off and testing out recipes...

Read more | 03/26/2018 - 09:54

Let me start with something that should have been obvious: After almost ten years in New York City, I was not prepared for the reality of small town college life in the Midwest. It was far more isolating and othering than anticipated. So I reached out to the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association’s list-serv contact, Charlene Hsu Gross, who in turn put me in touch with Michelle Baildon. “Why don’t you apply to the Spectrum Scholarship program,” she said, “They have a really good reputation for building community, the alumni network is really great....

Read more | 03/26/2018 - 09:36

The Spectrum Scholarship Program has been a game changer for me. The scholarship not only reduced my debt burden, it also helped me develop the skills to be the best librarian I can be. The Spectrum Institute was a wonderful experience and meeting other Spectrum Scholars is always an exciting moment at any professional function. Being a part of the Spectrum Institute gave me an amazing opportunity to learn more about the profession and build connections with those in the field. I learned about what to expect from different areas of librarianship, the importance of cover letters and how to...

Read more | 03/23/2018 - 11:25

Yasmeen Shorish is a 2009-2010 Scholar and Data Services Coordinator/Associate Professor at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Yasmeen co-wrote “Libraries on the frontlines: neutrality and social justice,” published in August 2017 in Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal with Amelia N. Gibson, Renate L. Chancellor, Nicole A. Cooke, Sarah Park Dahlen, and Shari A. Lee. The topics she and her co-authors cover are as timely as ever, and relate explicitly to the ALA President's Program: Are Libraries Neutral? presented at the ALA Midwinter...

Read more | 03/21/2018 - 12:43