Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association Supports Spectrum Presidential Initiative

Contact: Miguel A. Figueroa

Office for Diversity & Spectrum


For Immediate Release

March 30, 2010

Chicago—The Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA), 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. APALA’s contribution will allow ALA to continue to support master’s-level Spectrum Scholarships and build the Spectrum Endowment.

Sherise Kimura, 2009-2010 APALA president, said of the gift, “The Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA) enthusiastically supports the Spectrum Presidential Initiative in its effort to raise $1 million for Spectrum Scholarships. With the changing demographics in the country and our communities, we increasingly need a work force in libraries that resembles our users. More than ever, librarians and library associations need to draw upon our resources to ensure the longevity of the Spectrum program.”

The Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA) was founded in 1980 by librarians of diverse Asian/Pacific ancestries committed to working together toward a common goal: to create an organization that would address the needs of Asian/Pacific American librarians and those who serve Asian/Pacific American communities. For more information about APALA, 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