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Contact: Macey Morales
JCLC Media Relations
For Immediate Release
September 18, 2006                                                                             


Scholarship recipients receive $1,000 to attend

Joint Conference of Librarians of Color

CHICAGO- The Joint Conference of Librarians of Color (JCLC) awards committee is pleased to announce the recipients of the JCLC '06 Conference Scholarship. Through a $35,000 donation from the National Library of Medicine, 35 recipients will receive $1,000 to attend the JCLC from Oct. 11-15 in Dallas.

The five ethnic caucuses affiliated with the American Library Association (ALA) are sponsors of the JCLC. With the theme "Gathering at the Waters: Embracing Our Spirits, Telling Our Stories," the conference will provide a forum for the exchange of ideas on how to better serve ethnic communities. Its 100 programs will focus on literacy, equity of access, diversity best practices, multicultural collection development, recruitment, delivery of service and much more.

"I wish to thank the National Library of Medicine for its generous support of the JCLC Scholarship Fund," said Liana Zhou, JCLC awards chair. "Their donation will support recipients’ commitment to finding new ways to improve their services to communities of color. For many of the recipients this will be their first library conference."

Each of the five sponsoring caucuses selected seven scholarship recipients who consist of librarians, students, library staff, and those who serve minority communities. Caucus selections are as follows:

American Indian Library Association (AILA)

  • Naomi Caldwell, Barrington, R.I.
  • Cynthia Crespin, Santo Domingo Pueblo, N.M.
  • Amelia Flores, Parker, Ariz.
  • Jody Gray, Minneapolis
  • Susan Hanks, Sacramento, Calif.
  • Candita Woodis, Phoenix
  • Robert Yazzie, Austin, Texas

Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA)

  • Michelle Baildon, Boston
  • Florante Ibanez, Carson, Calif.
  • Suhasini Kumar, Toledo, Ohio
  • Laura Park, Tacoma, Wash.
  • Rukshana Singh, Los Angeles
  • Lana Thelen, Brighton, Mass.
  • Kate Vo Thi-Beard, Madison, Wis.

Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA)

  • Taliah Abdullah, Denver
  • Lavonda Broadnax, Washington
  • MaShana A. Davis, Bladensburg, Md.
  • Shirl B. Johnson, St. Louis
  • James B Jones, Fairburn, Ga.
  • LeRoy L. LaFleur, Arlington, Va.
  • Hellena Stokes, Houston

Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA)

  • Minjie Chen, Champaign, Ill.
  • Esther Lee, Jamaica, N.Y.
  • Shu Liu, Fort Collins, Colo.
  • Ms. Cecilia Poon, Bellingham, Wash.
  • Lian Ruan, Champaign, Ill.
  • Helen Wang, Gaithersburg, Md.
  • Maggie Wang, Monterey Park, Calif.

National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking (REFORMA)

  • Joseph R. Diaz, Tucson, Ariz.
  • Rebecca Gonzalez Johnson, Philadelphia
  • Lorena Mata, San Jose, Calif.
  • Adriana Melgoza, Corona, Calif.
  • Tammy Pineda, Madison, Wis.
  • Cinthya Piocos, University Place, Wash.
  • Gustavo Soto, Austin, Texas

The conference is not limited to ALA’s ethnic caucuses or persons of color, but is open to everyone in the library world who is interested in diversity issues and how to enhance serve to ethnic populations.

For a complete listing of JCLC programs and to register for the JCLC, please visit . Advance registration ends September 30. Media interested in securing conference media credentials may contact Macey Morales, JCLC media relations at 312-280-4393 or .

The JCLC is sponsored by the five ethnic caucus associations affiliated with the ALA, that include the American Indian Library Association (AILA); the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA); the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA); the Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA), and REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking.