Nominations sought for 2006 JCLC awards, scholarships

Contact: Liana Zhou

Chair, JCLC Awards Committee


For Immediate Release

June 22, 2006

Nominations sought for 2006 JCLC awards, scholarships

(Chicago) The Awards and Scholarships Committee of The Joint Conference of Librarians of Color (JCLC) 2006 encourages and welcomes nominations for 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 conference will offer over 100 diversity related programs that will focus on literacy, equity of access, diversity best practices, multicultural collection development, recruitment, service delivery and much more. The deadline for scholarships and award submissions is July 14, 2006.

The scholarships are made possible by funding from the National Library of Medicine (NLM), and will fund those who serve minority communities to attend the conference in Dallas. The scholarships are not limited to ALA's ethnic caucuses or persons of color, but are open to everyone in the library world who is interested in diversity issues and serves ethnic populations.

"We are very pleased that the National Library of Medicine (NLM) has provided the funding for JCLC scholarships," said Liana Zhou, chair of JCLC Awards Committee. "The scholarships are an opportunity for library staff and students who serve minority communities to exchange ideas about how to better serve diverse communities."

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

  • JCLC Advocacy Awards

  • JCLC Author Awards

  • JCLC Distinguished Services Awards

The Awards and Scholarship forms are available on the JCLC Web site at

The JCLC is sponsored by the five ethnic caucus associations affiliated with the American Library Association (ALA), that include 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 Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking.

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