ALA Awards Spectrum Scholarships for 2022

For Immediate Release
Tue, 08/09/2022


Kevin Strowder


Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services

CHICAGO — Today, the American Library Association's (ALA) Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services awarded 2022 Spectrum Scholarships to 60 exceptional students pursuing graduate degrees in library and information studies. Since 1997, ALA has awarded more than 1,300 Spectrum Scholarships. In the most recent application cycle, the Spectrum Scholarship Program received four times as many applications as there were available scholarships, and the majority of this year’s applicants were deemed highly fundable. A prestigious committee of jurors selected this year’s Spectrum Scholars based on their commitment to community building, leadership potential, and planned contributions to making social justice a part of everybody's everyday work in LIS.

The 2022-2023 Spectrum Scholars are:

  • Caitlin Abadir-Mullally (Rainbow Round Table Scholar), Simmons University
  • Marissa Arterberry, San Jose State University
  • Megha Bamola, University of Illinois
  • Réna Leticia Barlow (YALSA Scholar), San Jose State University
  • Elise Bernal (NCNMLG Scholar), San Jose State University
  • Anjali Bhat, San Jose State University
  • Jennifer Bartell Boykin, University of South Carolina
  • Carrieann Cahall (Tuliao Scholar), University of Illinois
  • Marian Toledo Candelaria, Simmons University
  • Pamela Rodriguez Cervantes, University of California – Los Angeles
  • Sanobar Chagani, University of Illinois
  • Michelle Cheng, University of Alabama
  • Carol Choi (ACRL Scholar), Pratt Institute
  • Melissa Aslo De La Torre (ACRL Scholar), University of Texas – Austin
  • Joseph Dellosa (ALSC Scholar in honor of Ellen Fader), Florida State University
  • Estefania Eiquihua, University of Illinois
  • Rebeca Escamilla, University of Illinois
  • Janin Escobedo-Garcia, Simmons University
  • Aliya Estes (Orange Scholar), University of Illinois
  • Madison Evans, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
  • Mei'lani Eyre (YALSA Scholar), University of Washington
  • Liliana Garcia, Clarion University of Pennsylvania
  • Danielle Galvan Gomez, University of Washington
  • Nancy Gonzalez Lopez (ProQuest Scholar), University of California - Los Angeles 
  • Zhaneille Green (iASSIST Scholar), University of Illinois
  • Nestor Guerrero, University of Washington
  • Shauna-Kay Harrison (Giles Scholar), University of Michigan
  • Cinthya Hernandez, San Jose State University
  • Jessica Hom, San Jose State University
  • Tamia Jackson (ProQuest Scholar), University of North Texas
  • Kathrina Johnson (Elsevier Scholar), San Jose State University
  • Kayla D. Johnson (Orange Scholar), Chicago State University
  • Jenny Le, University of California – Los Angeles
  • Maria Lee (ProQuest Scholar, in honor of Ron Clowney), Simmons University
  • Mare Lodu (Albert Scholar), University of Wisconsin – Madison
  • Alejandra Lopez, University of North Texas
  • Denise Mantey (Turock Scholar), University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
  • Inbar Michael, University of Illinois
  • Wardah Mohammed, University of Illinois
  • Fiona Brown Ordway Mosser (OCLC/Core Scholar), Pratt Institute
  • Cristopher Vázquez Muñoz (ProQuest Scholar), San Jose State University
  • Michelle Noriega, University of Washington
  • Wilsinia C. Ocasio (ProQuest Scholar), State University of New York – Albany
  • Hayley Park (ALSC Scholar), University of Washington
  • Bianca Phipps (Elsevier Scholar), University of Washington
  • Danielle Pitter (ALSC Scholar), Rutgers University
  • Marycruz Flores Reynoso, University of Illinois
  • Daynali Flores Rodriguez (ProQuest Scholar), University of Illinois
  • Erica N. Rodriguez (ALSC Scholar), University of Illinois
  • Khahlia Sanders, Kent State University
  • Vilma A. Sandoval-Sall (ProQuest Scholar), San Jose State University
  • Jack Schmitt (Calloway Scholar), University of Michigan
  • Wing Tang (ProQuest Scholar), University of South Carolina
  • Abraham Venegas, University of Arizona
  • ​​Makayla Walker, University of Denver
  • Dev Wilder (MLA/NLM Scholar), University of Washington
  • Aaron M. Wilson (LIRT Scholar), University of Maryland
  • Michelle Wolfson, East Carolina University
  • Risell Yuen (MLA/NLM Scholar), University of British Columbia
  • Faria Zafer (Gordon Scholar), University of Illinois

The Spectrum program funds scholarships through its endowment and the generous contributions of individuals and organizations whose donations support named scholarships in the Spectrum Family of Funds. For 2022-2023, scholarships have been awarded in honor of the following supporters: Leo Albert, the Calloway family, Louise Giles, William R. Gordon, Satia Marshall Orange, Miriam Tuliao, and Dr. Betty J. Turock.

ProQuest continues its generous support of the Spectrum Scholarship Program. Since 2001, ProQuest has funded more than 200 Spectrum Scholars through sponsorship of the Scholarship Bash and now through their direct support of eight scholarships a year including one dedicated in memory of Ron Clowney, a former ProQuest executive.

Elsevier is sponsoring two Spectrum Scholars and is a new sponsor of the Spectrum Scholarship Program as of 2022.  

Also new in 2022, the International Association for Social Science Information Service and Technology (IASSIST) is sponsoring a 2022 Spectrum Scholar and seeks to support students who are Black, Indigenous or people of color (BIPOC) and who are interested in exploring data analysis, data intensive research, data science, data archiving or data repositories.

The Medical Library Association & National Library of Medicine (MLA/NLM) support two scholarships annually. The MLA/NLM Spectrum Scholarships support students with an interest in the field of medical or health sciences librarianship.

The Northern California & Nevada Medical Library Group (NCNMLG) is sponsoring a 2022 Spectrum Scholarship to support a student interested in a career in health sciences librarianship.

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) established the ALSC Spectrum Scholarship through funding from the Frederic G. Melcher Endowment in 2010. Three ALSC Spectrum Scholars interested in library service to children are designated annually. Ellen Fader, past-president of ALSC has generously donated to the Spectrum Scholarship Program. Her support has provided follow-up grants for Spectrum Scholar alumni to accelerate their path toward graduation and an annual Spectrum Scholarship in her name since 2014.

The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is supporting two 2022 Spectrum Scholars pursuing a career in academic and research libraries.

Thanks to the generosity of sponsor OCLC, Core, a division of the American Library Association, is supporting a 2022 Spectrum Scholar with a demonstrated interest in library technology. OCLC has supported a LITA/Core scholarship since 1991.

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) annually funds two Spectrum Scholars pursuing a career in young adult librarianship or secondary school librarianship.

The Library Instruction Round Table (LIRT) has committed to sponsoring one Spectrum Scholar annually from 2020-2022, supporting a student with an interest in library instruction and information literacy.

The Rainbow Round Table (RRT) has committed to sponsoring a 2022 Spectrum Scholar who expresses commitment to serving the information needs of the LGBTQIA+ professional library community, and the LGBTQIA+ information and access needs of individuals at large.

ALA offers thanks to the 2022 Spectrum Scholarship Jury for their work:

Co-Chairs Nia Lam, Research & Instruction/Media Studies Librarian at UW Bothell & Cascadia College Library, and Hilda H. LohGuan, Library Director at Alhambra Civic Center Library; Angela J. Barnes (Lead Juror), Supervising Librarian at Brooklyn Public Library; Bradley Bibbs, Information and Research Librarian at Skokie Public Library; Paromita Biswas, Continuing Resources Metadata Librarian at UCLA Library; Dr. Khalila Chaar-Pérez, Collections Assessment Associate at People's Media Record; Ivonne S. Cintron (Lead Juror), Technology/Library Media Specialist at the NYC Department of Education; Veronica Arellano Douglas, Head of Teaching & Learning department at University of Houston Libraries; Marikit Fain, Archives Coordinator at John Brown University; Criss Guy, Student Success and Engagement Librarian at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Jasmine Kirby, Instruction and Engagement Librarian at Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar; Melinda Maria Livas, STEM Librarian at University of California, Davis; Ida Teresa Martinez, Research Support Librarian at Wayne State University; Janice D. Murray, Library Area Director at Brevard County Government Libraries; Kenneth Redd, Library Assistant at Ohio Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled at Cleveland Public Library; Anjelica T. Rufus-Barnes, Reference Librarian at Prospect Heights Public Library District; Conrrado Saldivar, Outreach and Development Librarian at Wyoming State Library; Ashley Shifflett McBrayne, Archives and Special Collections Library Associate at University of Guelph; Joy Shioshita, Former Librarian at Berkeley Public Library; Raivynn Smith, Adult Services Librarian at Durham County Public Library; Jasmine C. Sykes-Kunk, Head of Research Services in John Hay Library at Brown University; Heather Posey VanDyne, Online Learning Librarian at Fort Hays State University; Seungyeon Yang-Peace, Youth Services Department Head at Las Vegas-Clark County Library District; and Alicia Zuniga (Lead Juror), Public Health and Science Librarian at California State University-Sacramento. 

Through the Spectrum Scholarship Program, ALA advances racial equity by connecting new generations of racially and ethnically diverse librarians with a network committed to mutual support, advancing one another’s leadership, and making social justice part of everybody's everyday work.

The Spectrum Scholarship Program actively recruits and provides scholarships to American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, Middle Eastern and North African, and/or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander students.

To learn more about the Spectrum Scholarship Program, please contact ALA’s Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services at or visit The application period for 2023 Spectrum Scholarships will open in September 2022.