Champion Spotlight: Orolando Duffus

Orolando DuffusI think the ALA Spectrum Scholarship Program is much more than just a financial support mechanism that attracts underrepresented groups into the library profession. I think of it as a life giving river that feeds the library ecosystem. The Spectrum Scholarship has presented me with numerous opportunities to develop professional relationships, networks, and support systems that still exist today.

Orolando Duffus is a 2012 ALA Spectrum Scholar who recently moved to Houston-Texas from Greensboro-North Carolina. He grew up on the island of Jamaica where he lived most of his childhood. He studied library science and business at North Carolina Central University and Saint Augustine’s university respectively and proceeded to work in academic libraries assuring users’ delight. Passionate about social and small business entrepreneurship, the transition into business librarianship was a natural fit. With guidance, leadership and training from numerous mentors, Orolando improved his craft and started a new position as a Business Librarian at the University of Houston in 2016. In his free time, Orolando loves to go bike riding and be outdoors. He loves to volunteer and get involved with his community in any way that positively impacts those who are socially and economically disadvantaged.

Orolando is a Spectrum Champion! He has graciously volunteered to serve as a Cohort Champion working on outreach to the 2012-2013 Class of Spectrum Scholars. If you are a Scholar from this year please consider emailing Orolando to learn more about how you can help support Spectrum’s 20th Anniversary: A Celebration of Community. Cohort Champions have also committed to organizing a networking event in their region, activism, and fundraising efforts.