Library History Round Table supports Spectrum Presidential Initiative

For Immediate Release
Tue, 05/22/2012

Contact:

Miguel Figueroa
Director
Office for Diversity & Spectrum
312-280-5295
mfigueroa@ala.org

CHICAGO — The Library History Round Table (LHRT) of the American Library Association has announced its support of the Spectrum Scholarship Program with a gift of $1,000 to the Spectrum Presidential Initiative. 

ALA President Molly Raphael, Immediate Past President Roberta Stevens, ALA President-Elect Maureen Sullivan 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, increasing the Spectrum Endowment to ensure the program’s future and developing special programs for recruitment and career development. LHRT’s contributions will allow ALA to continue to support Master’s-level Spectrum Scholarships.

The Library History Round Table of the American Library Association exists to facilitate communication among scholars and students of library history, to support research in library history and to be active in issues, such as preservation, that concern library historians. The round table sponsors conferences, publishes a newsletter and presents the Justin Winsor Prize and the Phyllis Dain Dissertation Award to promote excellence in library history research.  To learn more about LHRT, please visit http://www.ala.org/lhrt

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 700 scholarships to qualified applicants enrolled in an ALA-accredited graduate program in library and information studies or an AASL-recognized School Library program. To learn more about the Spectrum Scholarship Program, visit www.ala.org/spectrum.

For more information about the Spectrum Presidential Initiative or to make an online donation, visit http://spectrum.ala.org. 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 mfigueroa@ala.org, or Kim Olsen-Clark, director, Development Office at kolsen-clark@ala.org.