Nominations sought for 2006 JCLC awards, scholarships

Contact: Liana Zhou

Chair, JCLC Awards Committee


For Immediate Release

January 20, 2006

Nominations sought for 2006 JCLC awards, scholarships

SAN ANTONIO – The Joint Conference of Librarians of Color (JCLC) 2006 invites nominations for its awards and scholarships, which will be presented during its conference, “Gathering at the Waters: Embracing Our Spirits; Telling Our Stories,” to be held in Dallas October 11 - 15, 2006. The deadline for submissions is June 30, 2006.

“I am excited that we are acknowledging the integration of professional efforts, intellectual creativity and community advocates (trustees, philanthropists, volunteers) who contribute to the essential elements of librarianship in our multicultural society,” said Liana Zhou, chair of JCLC Awards Committee.

JCLC scholarships are made possible by funding from the National Library of Medicine (NLM), and will fund minority librarians, students or library staff, or those who serve minority communities to attend the conference in Dallas.

Each of the five JCLC organizing caucus associations will present five $1,000 JCLC scholarships and an award in one of three categories:

  • JCLC Advocacy Awards
  • JCLC Author Awards
  • JCLC Distinguished Services Awards

The conference is the first-ever national conference to be held and sponsored by the five ethnic caucus associations affiliated with the American Library Association (ALA). The five caucus associations are the American Indian Library Association (AILA); the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA); the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA); the Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA), and REFORMA, the National Association to Provide Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking.

“Ken Yamashita, co-chair, and I are pleased that JCLC provides the platform for recognizing the movers and shakers of our diverse professional communities and beyond,” said Gladys Smiley Bell, co-chair of the Steering Committee.

For additional information and submission guidelines, please contact JCLC Award Committee Chair Liana Zhou at 812-855-3060 or