For immediate release | September 11, 2012

AASL sponsors two Spectrum Scholars to attend Fall Forum

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will sponsor the travel, lodging and attendance of two Spectrum Scholars, Judith Guzman-Montes and Connie Thompson, at the AASL 2012 Fall Forum. Transliteracy and the School Library Program, will be held Oct. 12-13, 2012, in Greenville, S.C., and simultaneously broadcast to participating satellite sites in Doylestown, Pa.; Homestead, Pa.; Richardson, Texas; and San Jose, Calif. More information on Fall Forum can be found at

Guzman-Montes is a student at the University of British Columbia. As to why she wants to attend the forum, she wrote in her application, “I want to fight for school libraries and attending this institute would give me the tools to do so in my career as a school librarian. With groundwork in early childhood and school literacy, I will benefit from the AASL Fall Forum by connecting with current school librarians, exploring more about the state of the profession and learning how to become a stronger advocate for school literacy and libraries.”

Thompson is attending the library and information sciences program at the University of Washington. She is looking forward to attending Fall Forum to “get a jump start on learning new ways to get students to interact with information and ways to plan with teachers to integrate various media types into lessons.” She adds, “Not only will this forum help me refine my networking skills, it will also assist me in gaining strategies and tools to facilitate building the heart of many communities...the library.”

During Transliteracy and the School Library Program, Kristin Fontichiaro and R. David Lankes will join media studies scholar Henry Jenkins in providing a comprehensive overview of the importance of participatory culture in education. Jenkins will share his extensive expertise on participatory culture and help school librarians establish themselves as leaders when collaborating with teachers to plan, while Fontichiaro will work with Fall Forum attendees to deconstruct the concept of transliteracy into smaller, more manageable facets. Lankes' portion of the institute will further elaborate on the collaborative nature of transliteracy. Attendees will leave with strategies that effectively integrate transliteracy skills into subject areas across the curriculum and outline how to best use online social networking tools to reinforce student learning.

Established in 1997, the Spectrum Scholarship Program is ALA’s national effort to increase diversity in the profession by recruiting and providing scholarships that allow students from racially and ethnically diverse backgrounds to become librarians. Spectrum Scholars improve service at the local level because they reflect the communities served by libraries in today’s changing world. 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

The American Association of School Librarians,, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), promotes the improvement and extension of library services in elementary and secondary schools as a means of strengthening the total education program. Its mission is to advocate excellence, facilitate change and develop leaders in the school library field.


Jennifer R Habley

Manager, Web Communications

American Association of School Librarians (AASL)

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