American Indian Library Association Supports Spectrum Presidential Initiative

Contact: Miguel A. Figueroa

Office for Diversity & Spectrum


For Immediate Release

March 9, 2010

Chicago—The American Indian Library Association (AILA), an affiliate of the American Library Association, has announced its support of the Spectrum Presidential Initiative with a contribution of $2,500.

At the 2009 ALA Annual Conference, ALA President Dr. Camila Alire, Immediate Past President Jim Rettig, President-Elect Roberta Stevens and ALA Past President Dr. Betty J. Turock, chair of the initiative, announced the Spectrum Presidential Initiative, a special one-year campaign to raise $1 million for the Spectrum Scholarship Program. Through this initiative, ALA aims to meet the critical needs of supporting master’s-level scholarships, providing two $25,000 doctoral scholarships, increasing the Spectrum Endowment to ensure the program’s future and developing special programs for recruitment and career development. AILA’s contribution will allow ALA to continue to support master’s-level Spectrum Scholarships and build the Spectrum Endowment.

Liana Juliano, 2009-2010 AILA president, said of the gift, “We are thrilled to be able to provide financial support to the Spectrum Scholarship Initiative. It is an opportunity for us to make a real impact in someone’s life and contribute to the next generation of library leaders. Spectrum has funded 29 American Indian/Alaska Native scholars and through the SPI we are excited to fund many more in the years ahead.”

Founded in 1979, the American Indian Library Association is composed of individual and institution members interested in working to improve library services to American Indians and Alaska Natives in every type of library. AILA is committed to disseminating information about these issues to the broader profession and publishes the American Indian Libraries Newsletter two times per year. For more information about AILA, visit

The Spectrum Scholarship Program is ALA's national diversity and recruitment effort designed to address the specific issue of underrepresentation of critically needed ethnic librarians within the profession while serving as a model for ways to bring attention to larger diversity issues in the future. Since its founding, Spectrum has provided more than 600 scholarships to qualified applicants enrolled in an ALA-accredited graduate program in library and information studies or an ALA-recognized NCATE School Library Media program. To learn more about the Spectrum Scholarship Program, visit

For more information about the Spectrum Presidential Initiative or to make an online donation, visit To learn more, get involved, or to make a pledge to the Spectrum Presidential Initiative, contact Miguel A. Figueroa, Director, Office for Diversity & Spectrum at, or Kim Olsen-Clark, Director, Development Office at