Stipends available for Spectrum scholars to attend fall AASL institute

For Immediate Release
Tue, 05/25/2010

Contact:

Melissa Jacobsen

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), will sponsor the attendance of up to two Spectrum scholars at its 2010 Fall Forum. The AASL Fall Forum is hosted on the years that an AASL National Conference is not held. This year's forum will be held November 5-6 in Portland, Ore.

AASL will select two Spectrum Scholars who are pursuing a library degree concentrating in school library media or are working as school library media specialists. AASL will provide each of the selected Spectrum Scholars with complimentary registration to the Fall Forum and a $750 travel stipend to be applied to travel and housing expenses. Spectrum Scholars will be paired with a mentor for the duration of the conference and will receive special recognition at key events. The travel stipend is generously provided by Capstone.

"Capstone is proud to partner with AASL to offer scholarships to deserving graduate students, helping provide opportunities for learning and professional development for our future librarians," said Tom Ahern, Capstone CEO.

For more information and to obtain a copy of the application, please contact Gwendolyn Prellwitz in the ALA Office of Diversity. Applications are due on July 26, 2010 and winners will be announced on Aug. 23, 2010.

AASL's 2010 Fall Forum, "In Focus: The Essentials for 21st Century Learning," is designed to aid school librarians in focusing learning on the essentials, as students distill and isolate information, think and re-think the world inside and outside their classrooms. Using AASL's learning standards and program guidelines, attendees will connect school library programs to current educational concepts now at the core of curriculum and leave with new insight to encourage, elevate and evaluate information literacy in their programs. Registration is now open.

The Spectrum Scholarship Program is ALA's national diversity and recruitment effort designed to address the specific issue of underrepresentation of critically needed ethnic librarians within the profession while serving as a model for ways to bring attention to larger diversity issues in the future. Since its founding, Spectrum has provided more than 600 scholarships to qualified applicants enrolled in an ALA-accredited graduate program in library and information studies or an ALA-recognized NCATE School Library Media program.

Capstone is a publisher of children's books and digital products and services, offering everything from nonfiction, fiction and picture books to interactive books, audio books and literacy programs. Imprints and divisions include Capstone Press, Compass Point Books, Picture Window Books, Stone Arch Books, Red Brick Learning, Capstone Digital, and Heinemann-Raintree.
 
The American Association of School Librarians, www.aasl.org, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), promotes the improvement and extension of library services in elementary and secondary schools as a means of strengthening the total education program. Its mission is to advocate excellence, facilitate change and develop leaders in the school library field.