Tuliao to swim for Spectrum Scholarship

For Immediate Release
Thu, 05/25/2023


Kevin Strowder


Office for Diversity, Literacy & Outreach Services


Miriam Tuliao announced that she will swim Grimaldo’s Mile, a one mile open water event in New York City, on July 15 to raise funds for ALA’s Spectrum Scholarship Program. This is Tuliao's 16th consecutive year organizing an annual fundraiser for Spectrum. 

To support Tuliao’s fundraising efforts, please visit the Spectrum Donation Page to make your gift. Upon checkout, please select the “Add a tribute or memorial to my donation” option on the top and include in honor of the Tuliao Fundraiser and acknowledgement going to Miriam Tuliao in the fields provided.

Each year, in addition to raising funds for Spectrum, Tuliao pays tribute to librarians who have made an impact on her and on their communities. “I will be swimming to celebrate the 10th anniversary of LibraryReads and express my gratitude to the following librarians for their contributions to readers’ advisory services,” shares Tuliao.

This year’s swim honors:

  • Stephanie Anderson, BookOps
  • Allison Escoto, Center for Fiction
  • Robin Nesbitt, formerly Columbus Metropolitan Library
  • Nora Rawlinson, EarlyWord
  • Kaite Stover, Kansas City Public Library
  • David Wright, Seattle Public Library

Tuliao is a senior library marketing manager at Penguin Random House and an adjunct library science instructor at Queens College, City University of New York and Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis. Before joining the publishing world, she served as the assistant director of selection at BookOps, the shared technical services organization of New York Public Library and Brooklyn Public Library.

Tuliao cites a Filipino saying—utang na loob—which means “a debt of the soul.” It’s why she says she feels a strong debt to colleagues and is inspired to help “provide new librarians an opportunity to fly.”

Tuliao is a United States masters swimmer who has raised funds for Spectrum through participating in events, including the Big Shoulders 5K Swim in Chicago in September 2007 - her first annual Spectrum Fundraiser; the New Jersey State Triathlon; the 5.85-mile Little Red Lighthouse swim; two United States Masters Swimming two-mile Cable Open Water National Championships; a 1.2-K race swimming around the Statue of Liberty, the IGLA Championship Open Water Swim, the Annual Lake Erie Open Water Classic, and the Washington DC Sharkfest Swim. 

Support Tuliao's efforts by contributing to ALA at https://ec.ala.org/donation/DIV-9182-SPCSCH, and making your gift in tribute to Miriam Tuliao. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

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 spectrum@ala.org or visit www.ala.org/spectrum.  

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