Black Caucus of the American Library Association supports the Spectrum Presidential Initiative

For Immediate Release
Mon, 02/14/2011


Gwendolyn Prellwitz

CHICAGO - The Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA) has announced its support of the Spectrum Scholarship Program with a contribution to the Spectrum Presidential Initiative of $5,000.  

ALA President Roberta Stevens, Immediate Past President Dr. Camila Alire, ALA President-Elect Molly Raphael and ALA Past President Dr. Betty J. Turock, chair of the initiative, continue the Spectrum Presidential Initiative as a special campaign to raise $1 million for the Spectrum Scholarship Program. Through this initiative, ALA aims to meet the critical needs of supporting master’s-level scholarships, providing two $25,000 doctoral scholarships, increasing the Spectrum Endowment to ensure the program’s future and developing special programs for recruitment and career development.  BCALA’s contribution will allow ALA to continue to support Master’s-level Spectrum Scholarships.

Jos N. Holman, BCALA president, said of the gift, “this contribution comes from BCALA members who strongly believe in the relevance of the Spectrum Scholarship Program.  Being involved with supporting future librarians who undoubtedly will become leaders in our profession is a privilege BCALA enthusiastically enjoys”.

The Black Caucus of the American Library Association serves as an advocate for the development, promotion and improvement of library services and resources to the nation's African-American community and provides leadership for the recruitment and professional development of African-American librarians.

Established in 1997, the Spectrum Scholarship Program is ALA’s national diversity and recruitment effort designed to address the specific issue of under-representation of critically needed ethnic librarians within the profession.  Spectrum Scholars improve service at the local level through the development of a representative workforce that reflects the communities served by all libraries.  Spectrum has provided more than 680 scholarships to qualified applicants enrolled in an ALA-accredited graduate program in library and information studies or an AASL approved school library education program. To learn more about the Spectrum Scholarship Program, visit

For more information about the Spectrum Presidential Initiative or to make an online donation, visit To learn more, get involved, or to make a pledge to the Spectrum Presidential Initiative, contact Miguel A. Figueroa, Director, Office for Diversity & Spectrum at, or Kim Olsen-Clark, Director, Development Office at