ALA Spectrum Scholarship-Winning iSchool Students Head to ALA

ALA Spectrum Scholarship-Winning iSchool Students Head to ALA

Four University of Maryland College of Information Studies (UMD iSchool) students, as recipients of the distinguished American Library Association (ALA) Spectrum Scholarship, will be attending the ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition in New Orleans this year. The students - Shannon Bland, Andrea Castillo, Carmen A. Collins, and Lauren Cooper - were among 60 exceptional Library and Information Studies students selected from across the nation during the 2017-18 academic year to receive the prestigious ALA Spectrum Scholarship.

Offered through the ALA’s Office for Diversity, the Spectrum Scholarship Program awards scholarships annually with the goal of increasing the number of racially and ethnically diverse professionals working as leaders in the field of library and information science. This diversity in leadership can better position information institutions to provide services that meet the needs of culturally and racially diverse communities.

Spectrum Scholars receive a $5,000 scholarship, as well as other benefits including free admission to the ALA annual conference, free attendance to the Spectrum Leadership Institute, and mentorship opportunities. This scholarship is highly competitive and esteemed, with recipients selected from among hundreds of applicants.

The ALA Annual Conference will take place in New Orleans June 21-26, 2018. As prestigious Spectrum Scholars, Shannon, Andrea, Carmen, and Lauren will have the opportunity to attend as special guests to see unforgettable speakers, participate in discussions about the future for libraries, attend expert-led seminars, and to network with peers and experts in the field. We are so proud to have four 2017-18 Spectrum Scholars from the UMD iSchool and we are thrilled that you will have the opportunity to attend this exciting event.

Additionally, Andrea Castillo was one of ten Spectrum Scholars who received a travel grant to attend the recent Plublic Library Association (PLA) 2018 Conference, which took place March 20-24 in Philadelphia. The PLA is the largest association dedicated to supporting the unique and evolving needs of public library professionals. Founded in 1944, the PLA serves nearly 9,000 members in public libraries large and small in communities across the United States and Canada, with a growing presence around the world. The PLA strives to help its members shape the essential institution of public libraries by serving as an indispensable ally for public library leaders. Andrea’s write up about event speaker Miguel Ruiz was featured on the PLA website! Read more here:

Many congratulations to these outstanding students!

Shannon Bland, MLIS
Andrea Castillo, MLIS
Carmen A. Collins, MLIS
Lauren Cooper, MLIS