Wei Ling Goh Named 2023 Core/OCLC Spectrum Scholar

For Immediate Release
Fri, 03/15/2024


Amber Robbin

Membership and Marketing Manager

Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures


CHICAGO—The American Library Association (ALA) has awarded the 2023 Core/OCLC Spectrum Scholarship in Library and Information Technology to Wei Ling Goh. Goh is working as an information desk and outreach assistant at Strathcona County Library, a public library in Sherwood Park, Alberta in Canada. While based in Canada, she is pursuing her MLIS online at the University of Missouri-Columbia and is excited to graduate at the end of 2024. She was selected for the Core/OCLC scholarship for her interest in the role that digital librarianship and library technology play in increasing access to resources for underserved populations. 

"My first career was as a high school teacher and I transitioned to public librarianship as this field is the perfect confluence of my interest in public service, community partnerships and information accessibility. I am especially passionate about promoting and integrating DEI in all aspects of the library field, including empowering underrepresented and vulnerable groups, like BIPOC communities and newcomers to Canada. Working closely with patrons and finding ways to meet their needs is one of my favourite parts of my job! I am thrilled to be a 2023/2024 Spectrum Scholar and I look forward to building a community and collaborating with fellow scholars, so that together, we can make the library field even more equitable."

The Spectrum program funds scholarships through its endowment and the contributions of individuals and organizations whose donations support named scholarships in the Spectrum Family of Funds. Since 1997, ALA has awarded more than 1,300 Spectrum Scholarships. In conjunction with sponsor OCLC, ALA’s Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures awards its 2023 Spectrum Scholarship to a student with a demonstrated interest in library technology.

About Core

Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures is the national association that advances the profession of librarians and information providers in central roles of leadership and management, collections and technical services, and technology. Our mission is to cultivate and amplify the collective expertise of library workers in core functions through community building, advocacy and learning. Core is a division of the American Library Association. Follow us on our Blog, Instagram, or LinkedIn.

About OCLC

OCLC is a nonprofit global library cooperative providing shared technology services, original research and community programs so that libraries can better fuel learning, research and innovation. Through OCLC, member libraries cooperatively produce and maintain WorldCat, the most comprehensive global network of data about library collections and services. Libraries gain efficiencies through OCLC's WorldShare, a complete set of library management applications and services built on an open, cloud-based platform. It is through collaboration and sharing of the world's collected knowledge that libraries can help people find answers they need to solve problems. Together as OCLC, member libraries, staff and partners make breakthroughs possible.