Ivan Murillo named ASCLA Century Scholarship recipient


Contact: Eileen Hardy

Marketing Specialist


For Immediate Release

May 25, 2005

CHICAGO – Ivan Murillo is the 2005 recipient of the Century Scholarship presented by the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). Murillo has been accepted to the Library and Information Science master's program at San Jose State University.

The independently funded Century Scholarship is a diversity initiative aimed at promoting the ALA's mission of improving service at the local level through the development of a representative workforce that reflects the communities served by all libraries in the new millennium. The Century Scholarship is a $2,500 monetary award given annually to a student or students pursuing a degree in library and information science.

“Ivan's selection as the 2005 recipient fulfills the scholarship endowment's continuing efforts to increase the recruitment of people with disabilities to become members of a diverse library profession able to understand, connect, and serve the diverse communities that are using America's public, academic, and special libraries today,” stated Simon Healey, Century Scholarship Jury Committee Chair. “I am certain that Ivan's prior advocacy work on behalf of the underserved populations, participating in state library association activities, and conviction that the library profession must reach out to communities, including those composed of people with unobserved disabilities, will help ASCLA to achieve its goal to actively recruit, mentor, and help hire people with disabilities to become members of the library profession.”