Marathon man Gregory Calloway once again pounds pavement to support ALA’s Spectrum Scholarship

Contact: Mark Gould

Director, PIO



For Immediate Release

September 29, 2009

CHICAGO – Gregory Calloway, the American Library Association’s associate executive director of finance, is in training to run the popular Chicago Marathon for the fifth time. His efforts will once again raise funds for ALA’s Spectrum Scholarship Program and will this year contribute to the Spectrum Presidential Initiative, which hopes to generate $1 million in contributions to Spectrum.

The Spectrum Presidential Initiative is a 2009-10 campaign developed by ALA President Camila Alire, Past President Jim Rettig and President-Elect Roberta Stevens. ALA Past President Betty Turock is the chair of the campaign.

Established by ALA in 1997 as a national diversity recruitment effort, the Spectrum Scholarship Program has grown into one of the most important diversity initiatives in the library profession. The Spectrum Scholarship Program provides scholarships to African American, Latino/Hispanic, Asian Pacific Islander, Native American and Native Alaskan graduate students pursuing careers in library and information science at an ALA-accredited library school. To date more than 600 scholarships have been awarded.

“It is not just important, it is critical to create a library workforce that mirrors the nation’s diversity and that brings cultural understanding as well as professional knowledge to the communities it serves,” said Calloway, who will run the race on Oct. 11 with approximately 45,000 other runners from around the world. “Particularly in these challenging economic times, it is more important than ever to provide financial support for a program like Spectrum, which will ultimately help close the educational and technological gaps in our communities.”

Calloway’s fundraising efforts on behalf of Spectrum, which began in 2002, are just one example of how ALA members can make a significant contribution to the Spectrum Presidential Initiative. “We are so proud of Greg Calloway’s personal dedication and commitment to Spectrum. By taking the lead and encouraging others to support his efforts, Greg is exponentially increasing his $1,000 gift to Spectrum. I urge every library worker and library advocate to support this effort, either by making a generous donation in Greg’s name or by finding their own way to give to Spectrum,” said Camila Alire, president of the American Library Association.

To make a secure, online credit card donation to Spectrum, visit Checks (payable to ALA-Spectrum Fund) can be mailed to the ALA Development Office, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. To learn more about the ALA Spectrum Presidential Scholarship Fund go to, search Office for Diversity.