For immediate release | August 19, 2010

OHIONET supports Spectrum Presidential Initiative

CHICAGO—OHIONET, on behalf of academic, public, school and special libraries in Ohio, West Virginia and western Pennsylvania, has announced its support of the Spectrum Presidential Initiative with a contribution of $1,500.

ALA President Roberta Stevens, Immediate Past President Dr. Camila Alire, ALA President-Elect Molly Raphael 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, providing two $25,000 doctoral scholarships, increasing the Spectrum Endowment to ensure the program’s future and developing special programs for recruitment and career development. OHIONET’s contribution will allow ALA to continue to support master’s-level Spectrum Scholarships and build the Spectrum Endowment.

"The Spectrum Scholarship is an outstanding way to ensure a library workforce made up of people with a multitude of backgrounds and perspectives," said Michael P. Butler, executive director/CEO of OHIONET, "and OHIONET is happy to contribute to its efforts to attract and educate students from underserved populations."

As a membership organization, OHIONET provides value to libraries and information centers through innovative technology solutions, programs, products, training and consulting. OHIONET assists members in acquiring, implementing and using technology solutions to manage operations and resources to meet end user needs. For more info visit

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 680 scholarships to qualified applicants enrolled in an ALA-accredited graduate program in library and information studies or an NCATE-AASL reviewed and approved school library education program. To learn more about the Spectrum Scholarship Program, visit

For more information about the Spectrum Presidential Initiative or to make an online donation, visit 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, or Kim Olsen-Clark, Director, Development Office at


Gwendolyn Prellwitz