Tuliao swims to honor mentors and raise funds for Spectrum

For Immediate Release
Thu, 06/14/2018


Gwendolyn Prellwitz

Assistant Director, Recruitment and Retention

Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services


Miriam Tuliao has announced that she will participate in the Foster Lake Cable Swims (Sanctioned OW, 2 Mile Cable National Championship) to raise funds for the Spectrum Scholarship Program. The event will take place on July 12th in Sweet Home, Oregon.  This is Tuliao's eleventh year swimming to raise funds for ALA’s Spectrum Scholarship Program.

Tuliao will be swimming in memory of two early mentors, John Whitt and Lucidia Gratacos Arus. "I'm grateful for what they taught me and so many other NYPLers about reference and community service," writes Tuliao. Tuliao's annual effort to honor librarians who focus on their communities' needs is a wonderful example of how donors and scholars are coming together during Spectrum's 20th Anniversary: A Celebration of Community to talk about collectively increasing equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts in the profession. 

Tuliao is a United States masters swimmer who has participated in several long-distance open water events, including the Big Shoulders 5K Swim in Chicago in September 2007. Tuliao completed the New Jersey State Triathlon in 2008 and the 5.85-mile Little Red Lighthouse swim in 2009, both times raising funds for the ALA Spectrum Scholarship Program. Tuliao has also participated in two United States Masters Swimming two-mile Cable Open Water National Championships in support of the Spectrum Presidential Initiative. She raised funds for Spectrum through swimming a 1.2-K race around the Statue of Liberty in memory of Mrs. Ann Bianchini in 2012 and swam the 2013 IGLA Championship Open Water Swim in memory of Elizabeth A. Blatz and Carol Small. In 2014, she swam in the Annual Lake Erie Open Water Classic in honor of George and Deborah Trepp. She raised more than $1,500 each of the last two years through the 2016 Grimaldo's Mile Swim in memory of Lynn Taylor and the 2017 Steve Belson Memorial Ocean Mile Swim in honor of Cynthia Clark.

Miriam Tuliao is a library marketing manager at Penguin Random House and member of APALA and RUSA. She was formerly the Assistant Director of Selection at BookOps, the shared technical services organization of New York Public Library and Brooklyn Public Library

To learn more about the Spectrum Scholarship Program, please contact the Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services at (800) 545-2433, ext. 5048 or visit www.ala.org/spectrum.

Donate at https://www.crowdrise.com/spectrumscholarship/fundraiser/miriamtuliao1 or mail checks (payable to ALA Spectrum Scholarship with the memo "Tuliao 2018 Swim") to the ALA Development Office, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611.  All donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.