Partial proceeds of new book to benefit Spectrum Scholarship Program

Contact: Tracie D. Hall

Director, Office for Diversity

For Immediate Release

June 16, 2005

Partial proceeds of new book to benefit Spectrum Scholarship Program

CHICAGO - The Scarecrow Press, Inc. is pleased to announce the publication of “Perspectives, Insights and Priorities: 17 Leaders Speak Freely of Librarianship,” edited by Norman Horrocks. The first copies off the press will be available at a special reception and book signing in the Scarecrow Press Booth (#203) during the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference and Exhibition in McCormick Place, Chicago, on Saturday, June 25, at 9:15 a.m., immediately following the exhibit opening ceremony.

Contributors will donate their royalties from this book to the ALA Spectrum Scholarship Program, and Scarecrow Press will match or exceed the amount to a total of 20 percent of net revenue, all to be donated to the scholarship fund.

“Perspectives, Insights and Priorities” defines and describes librarianship and library science through insightful and thoughtful essays contributed by 17 widely recognized leaders of the profession. Contributors include: Ismail Abdullahi, Camila Alire, John N. Berry III, Toni Carbo, Mary K. Chelton, Ginnie Cooper, Leigh S. Estabrook, Barbara J.Ford, Michael Gorman, Ken Haycock, Patrick Jones, Gillian McCombs, Kathleen de la Peña McCook, James G. Neal, Lotsee Patterson, Mollie Raphael, and Ann Symons. ALA 2005 President-Elect Michael Gorman and a number of other contributors will be speaking and available to sign copies during the Saturday morning reception. Tracie D. Hall, director of ALA's Office for Diversity and Spectrum, also will be a featured speaker during the reception.

The essays, described as challenging and provocative, often moving, and always engaging, reflect a diverse and complex profession and the values, beliefs, practices and philosophies that make it unique and vital. The book's editor, Norman Horrocks, said “These essays present different perspectives on librarianship as seen by 17 of today's leaders in the field. Each offers a distinct approach while underlining the unique place the library holds in society.”

Copies will be available to attendees during the 2005 Annual Conference at a special 20 percent discount off the regular price of $24.95.

The Scarecrow Press, Inc., a member of the Rowman and Littlefield Publishing Group, is located just outside Washington, D.C., in Lanham, Maryland. Over the course of its 55 years of existence, Scarecrow has gained a reputation as a preeminent publisher of reference works in the fields of music, theater, film, religion, history, library and information science, and information technology.

Established in 1997, Spectrum is ALA's national diversity and recruitment effort designed to address the specific issue of under-representation 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. Spectrum's major drive is to recruit applicants and award scholarships to American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander students.