Spectrum Institute for 2002 Announced

The American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce the 4th Annual Spectrum Institute. The institute is a major component of the Spectrum Initiative, an effort by ALA to increase underrepresented ethnic groups in the library profession. Fifty students were awarded Spectrum Scholarships last year and will be attending the institute in Atlanta immediately before the ALA Annual Conference.

The mission of the four-day institute is to cultivate excellence and positive change in library services through mentoring, leadership development, and encouragement of a diverse group of service-oriented librarians who will soon be embarking on their careers. The institute brings together educators, library directors, authors, poets, and other inspiring speakers and panelists to share their knowledge and interact with the Spectrum Scholars. This event fosters the acquisition and development of skills and knowledge that scholars are not necessarily exposed to in library school.

Many participants will be staying on to attend the ALA Annual Conference and can be identified by the red badges they will be wearing. Please take the time to welcome them and offer them information about ALCTS and other components of ALA.

Information on the Spectrum Initiative can be found at: www.ala.org/spectrum. For more information, contact Hector Escobar Jr. (574-631-6561), or Sandra Rios Balderrama (312-280-5020). The ALCTS Newsletter ran an article on Spectrum in volume 12, number 3.

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