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An overview of the American Library Association's Spectrum Scholarship program and the university of South Florida Spectrum Scholars.

An overview of the American Library Association's Spectrum Scholarship program and the university of South Florida Spectrum Scholars.

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  • Each of us gives a brief background of what we did before, how we decided on Library School, and how the scholarship has helped us (fast track, support (GA), Meet people, network, etc.)
  • Sylvia. Briefly discuss what the Spectrum Scholarship is.
  • Sylvia-- When talking to Josey he said that they were only graduating one minority librarian per year and Turock said, “Let’s make it 50.”
  • Alicia
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  • Sylvia – we sent out a call to hear from past USF Scholars
  • Sylvia
  • Sylvia – Let them know what Reach 21 is.
  • Alicia
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  • Sylvia – How much has been raised so far. Reached 61% of goal
  • Sylvia - Ways to help. Mention the envelopes and forms. Show brochures, etc.

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  • 1. Spectrum Scholarship and the Spectrum Presidential Initiative Sylvia Martinez and Alicia K. Long
  • 2. “ Libraries serve as the foundation of life-long learning in our society – they change lives, build communities and connect at the local level with global resources of information and knowledge. To meet the changing needs of an evolving society, libraries need a new generation of  culturally diverse librarians . This is the goal of the Spectrum Scholarship Program” (Spectrum Presidential Initiative, 2011). 2009/10 Spectrum Scholars
  • 3. What is Spectrum?
    • Graduate scholarships for under-represented groups —Targets individuals with financial need and a desire to make a positive impact as a community leader. Mentorship —Access to a network of library professionals. Career Placement —Active support by ALA in finding a position in the field. Leadership Development —Free admission to national and local professional development.
  • 4. Background
    • History
    • The Spectrum Scholarship Initiative was implemented for the first time in 1997 during Betty Turock’s presidency at ALA. Turock credits friend and mentor E. J. Josey with the impetus for the Spectrum Initiative (Cooke & Edwards, 2010).
    • Spectrum has:
      • Funded over 680 individuals so they could realize their dream of working in a library and becoming a leader in the profession and in their community.
      • Inspired thousands more to consider a library career, to see themselves working in a library and helping others through a rewarding and life-long career.
      • Provided other opportunities, such as the Doctorate Scholarships and Reach 21 (For attendance to the Leadership Institute.)
    Dr. Betty Turock, Leadership Institute 2010
  • 5. Spectrum: Why?
    • Between the 1990 and the 2000 Census, racial and ethnic minorities increased by a combined 152%, while the increase of graduating librarians belonging to ethnic minority groups in the same period grew by a 4% (Davis & Hall, 2007).
    According to the Association for Library and Information Science Education, in 2007-2008, ethnic minorities (American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander) accounted for 11% (754) of the 6,650 ALA-Accredited Library Science Master’s degrees awarded. 
  • 6.
      • Despite the large number of scholarships awarded each year, the Office for Diversity is still only able to award scholarships to 50% of applicants.  There are still many, many more qualified individuals whose studies might be delayed or abandoned due to a lack of funds. 
      • Users from minority backgrounds often say: “I want to see staff who look like me” (Josey, 2002, p.8).  
  • 7.
    • Dr. Kathleen de la Peña McCook' s research on topics related to diversity was the foundation used to develop the Spectrum Scholarships. The ALA Office for Diversity presented her with the 2004 Achievement in Library Diversity Research for her contributions.
    • Other faculty members such as Dr. Perez, Dr. Ramirez Wohlmuth, Dr. Alexander, Dr. Dunkley, and Dr. Gregory have also shown support by presenting on diversity issues at professional conferences, as well as publishing on the topic.
    • 24 USF MLIS alumni and students are Spectrum Scholars 
    • Where are they now?...
    Spectrum and USF
  • 8. USF Spectrum Scholars
    • Shalu Gillum (2009 NLM Scholar) Public Services Librarian at UCF College of Medicine - Harriet F. Ginsburg Health Sciences Library.
    • “ Being the recipient of the Spectrum Scholarship introduced me to dozens of wonderful people who have been instrumental in my standing on my own two feet in my new career. I have also made friends from all over the country who have been a wonderful network of support.”
  • 9. Michelle McKinney (2005/06 Scholar)  Librarian at the Chemical Sciences Library Liaisons at the University of Cincinnati. “ USF SLIS understands and supports the need for diversity in librarianship. I'm proud to be a USF Spectrum Scholar and all that it represents. Being a Spectrum Scholar has opened a world of opportunities that allows me to continually grow as a professional and have a direct impact on the field.” USF Spectrum Scholars
  • 10. USF Spectrum Scholars Maria Casado (99/00)  is a librarian with Miami-Dade College, Hialeah Campus Library. Avril Haughton (99/00) works for Broward County Library System in Youth Services at the North Regional Branch. Julio Rodriguez (99/00) works for Miami-Dade Public Library System. Leopoldo Gomez (98/99)  is the Library Support Services Administrator for the Miami-Dade Public Library System.  Additionally, he is an adjunct for USF/SI where he teaches the 6409 Intro to Library Administration and 6402 Advanced Library Administration. Rubi Simon (98/99) is the Director of Burnham Memorial Library in the Town of Colchester, Vermont. Richard Cortina received a Reach 21 grant in 2010 to attend the Spectrum Leadership Institute at Washington, DC. He currently works at Miami-Dade Library System.
  • 11. 2010 Spectrum Leadership Institute
    • June 23-25, 2010. Washington, DC.
  • 12. Shalu Gillum and Alicia Long at the Leadership Institute, Washington, DC, June 2010.
  • 13. USF Presence Michelle McKinney (USF Spectrum Scholar '05/06) with Alicia and Shalu.
  • 14. Speakers at the Leadership Institute 2010: ALA President Roberta Stevens, Miguel Figueroa, Ginny Cooper, Keith Fiels, Camila Alire.
  • 15. Professional Options Fair
  • 16. Spectrum Scholars also get free registration at the ALA Annual Conference
  • 17. The Presidential Initiative
    • ALA President Roberta Stevens, Immediate Past President Dr. Camila Alire, ALA President-Elect Molly Raphael, and ALA Past President Dr. Betty J. Turock, chair of the initiative, continue the Spectrum Presidential Initiative as a special campaign to raise $1 million for the Spectrum Scholarship Program.
  • 18. How to help 
    •  
      • Cash or check donations are being collected at today's events
      • Checks or pledges can be sent directly to the ALA Development Office, Spectrum, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611
      • If you are already a member of ALA, simply checking the Spectrum box on your ALA membership renewal form is another easy option
      • An online credit card donation is available through the GiveALA website
    •  
    Checks should be made payable to: American Library Association-Spectrum Presidential Initiative . If you would like to donate directly to ALA, please let Sylvia (sylviam@mail.usf.edu) know as we would like to include your donation as coming from USF.   We have a form we will send to Spectrum listing all the donations made by the USF community.  Spectrum and ALA will then announce the amount USF contributed on their various social media outlets.  
  • 19. References
    • Cooke, N., & Edwards, S. (2010). The Spectrum Doctoral Fellowship Program: The future is overdue. Journal of Education for Library and Information Science, 51 (3), n.p. Retrieved from: http://jelis.org
    • Davis, D. M. (2007). Diversity counts [Presentation slides]. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/ala/aboutala/offices/diversity/diversitycounts/Diversity_Counts_CORS_Diversity_Aug07.pdf
    • Davis, D. M., & Hall, T. D. (2007). Diversity counts . Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/ala/aboutala/offices/diversitycounts/diversitycounts_rev0.pdf
    • Josey, E. J. (2002). Diversity in libraries. Virginia Libraries, 48 , 5-9. doi:200200105220001
    • Spectrum Presidential Initiative. (2011). Our vision . Retrieved from http://spectrum.ala.org/our-vision/
  • 20.