Kimberly Sanders

Program Officer, Education & Scholarships

ALA, Human Resource Development & Recruitment (HRDR)

800-545-2433 x4279

For Immediate Release

July 29, 2008

2008 Miriam L. Hornback Scholarship recipient named

CHICAGO - The American Library Association (ALA) has named Oscar Rene Lanza-Galindo of Greenfield, Mass., the 2008 recipient of the Miriam L. Hornback Scholarship.

The $3,000 award is given to an ALA or library support staff member to help finance the pursuit of a master’s degree in library and information studies. The scholarship was named in memory of Miriam Hornback, a longtime ALA staff member, who was secretariat to the ALA Council and Executive Board.

Lanza-Galindo’s interest in becoming a librarian began when he took a job as a public service associate at the Amherst College Robert Frost Library, where he provided support of daily library operations, including: instructional sessions, public services, database management and collection development.

Currently, he is working on creating collaborations with several campus departments to present multicultural-themed plays, such as “Tara’s Crossing” and “De Novo.”

Lanza-Galindo’s goal is to provide guidance and support to minority students and allies, as well as first-generation students, on several levels. He plans to seek employment at an academic library as a reference or instruction librarian. He currently has an M.A. in Intercultural Service, Leadership and Management, saying that“by combining an MLS with my current management M.A., I believe I will be able to combine my desire to work with students in a classroom setting or on a one-on-one basis with the administrative roles of a Librarian.”

Lanza-Galindo attends the University of Arizona.