NY librarian's tenth annual fundraising swim for Spectrum

For Immediate Release
Thu, 07/27/2017


Gwendolyn Prellwitz

Assistant Director

Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services


Miriam Tuliao has announced that she will participate in the Steve Belson Memorial Ocean Mile Swim to raise funds for the Spectrum Scholarship Program.  The event will take place on August 5th in Rockaway Beach, NY.  This is the tenth year in a row that Tuliao is swimming to raise funds for ALA’s Spectrum Scholarship program and promote diversity in libraries.

"I am swimming in memory of Cynthia Clark, former associate dean of libraries at Adelphi University and Director, Collections and Circulation Operations at The New York Public Library,” said Tuliao.  As Spectrum celebrates its 20th Anniversary: A Celebration of Community, Tuliao continues her annual tradition of raising funds for the program while honoring librarians who have contributed to their communities.

Tuliao is a United States masters swimmer who has participated in several long-distance open water events, including the Big Shoulders 5K Swim in Chicago in September 2007. Tuliao completed the New Jersey State Triathlon in 2008 and the 5.85-mile Little Red Lighthouse swim in 2009, both times raising funds for the ALA Spectrum Scholarship Program. Tuliao has also participated in two United States Masters Swimming two-mile Cable Open Water National Championships in support of the Spectrum Presidential Initiative. She raised funds for Spectrum through swimming a 1.2-K race around the Statue of Liberty in memory of Mrs. Ann Bianchini in 2012 and swam the 2013 IGLA Championship Open Water Swim in memory of Elizabeth A. Blatz and Carol Small.  In 2014, she swam in the Annual Lake Erie Open Water Classic in honor of George and Deborah Trepp. She raised more than $1,500 last year through participating in the Grimaldo's Mile Swim.

Miriam Tuliao is a library marketing manager at Penguin Random House and member of APALA and RUSA. She was formerly the Assistant Director of Selection at BookOps, the shared technical services organization of New York Public Library and Brooklyn Public Library

To learn more about the Spectrum Scholarship Program, please contact the Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services at (800) 545-2433, ext. 5048 or visit www.ala.org/spectrum.

Donate at https://www.crowdrise.com/spectrumscholarship/fundraiser/miriamtuliao1 or mail checks (payable to ALA Spectrum Scholarship with the memo "Tuliao 2017 Swim") to the ALA Development Office, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611.  All donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.