Our Spectrum Scholars

Thank you for your interest in the American Library Association's Spectrum Scholars!  On this page you will find links for the community of Spectrum Scholars, a listing of past and present recipients, and suggestions for furthering your organization's own diversity and recruitment initiatives by connecting with this well-trained, talented pool of individuals. 

Spectrum Community

Our Scholarship Recipients

To date, the American Library Association has awarded over 800 Spectrum Scholarships! Spectrum Scholars have been in attendance at over 50 library schools.  They reside, study and work all across North America in a wide array of library positions in every type of library, ranging from the manager of special projects, rare books and special collections for the Princeton University Library to a librarian in a Bureau of Indian Affairs school on the Navajo Reservation in New Mexico. Review our recipients in the ALA Awards Database

Make the Spectrum Connection

If your organization is committed to fostering diversity and recruitment, the Spectrum Scholarship Program provides a unique opportunity to connect with an ever-growing pool of exceptionally trained and professionally networked individuals from a wide range of diverse backgrounds and library interests.  To reach the Scholars, please submit a copy of your announcement, invitation or request to the ALA Office for Diversity by sending email to spectrum@ala.org.  Please note that contact with the scholars will be via an electronic list serv message posted on your behalf by the Office for Diversity, ALA will not release individual contact information for the scholars and the list serv is maintained by and restricted to Spectrum Scholars.  Consider connecting with Spectrum Scholars in any of the following ways:

  • Advertise your job openings to the Spectrum Scholars and support ALA's and your own recruitment for diversity efforts.
  • Consider Spectrum Scholars as speakers and panelists for your conferences--Scholars are located throughout North America and can speak to a number of issues related to their unique and individual backgrounds, their advocacy and professional interests, and their library specialties.  Scholars are also wonderful representatives for the profession can share information on the ALA Spectrum Scholarship Program and careers in libraries.
  • Develop internships, residencies, conference scholarships, travel grants, and general membership opportunities for Spectrum Scholars--it's a wonderful way to mentor this group of library leaders while strengthening your own organization. 
  • Help us usher in the future of librarianship through your Support of Spectrum!

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