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Discussion Spectrum Advisory Committee Report of Activities - June 2017

by Gwendolyn Prellwitz (staff) on Fri, Jun 16, 2017 at 06:29 pm

SPECTRUM ADVISORY COMMITTEE: REPORT OF ACTIVITIES
AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION ANNUAL CONFERENCE

2017 CHICAGO, IL
COVERS THE PERIOD BETWEEN MIDWINTER CONFERENCE AND ANNUAL CONFERENCE

SPECTRUM ADVISORY COMMITTEE: REPORT OF ACTIVITIES
AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION ANNUAL CONFERENCE

2017 CHICAGO, IL
COVERS THE PERIOD BETWEEN MIDWINTER CONFERENCE AND ANNUAL CONFERENCE

ROSTER

  • Sharon Tani (Chair, July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2017)
  • Ms. Veronica Inez Arellano-Douglas (Member, July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2017)
  • Ms. Kristen L. Bowen (Member, July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2017)
  • Rachel Garza Carreon (Member, January 1, 2017, to June 30, 2018)
  • Ana Elisa De Campos Salles (Member, July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2017)
  • Jacob L. Harris (Member, July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2017)
  • Ms. Denisse Solis (Member, July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2018)
  • Alice Son (Member, July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2017)
  • Camille Thomas (Member, March 1, 2016, to June 30, 2017)
  • Twanna K. Hodge (Ex-Officio Member, July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2017)
  • Alanna Aiko Moore (Ex-Officio Member, July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2017)
  • Gwendolyn Prellwitz (Staff Liaison, July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2017)

CHARGE

To oversee, coordinate, and support activities of the Spectrum Scholarship Program and related diversity pre-professional development activities; to appoint potential award jurors for the Spectrum selection process; to plan and execute the Spectrum Institute; to advocate for and advise on all Spectrum fundraising and marketing initiatives; and to ensure community building amongst Spectrum recipients through activities designed  to (1)  increase the participation of Spectrum Scholars in ALA Committees and leadership; and (2) promote the interests and concerns of the Spectrum Scholars throughout the Association. 

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

20th Anniversary

Spectrum launched the year-long celebration of its 20th Anniversary: A Celebration of Community during National Library Week.  Key accomplishments:

  • Spectrum Anniversary Fundraising Plan presented and approved by the ALA Executive Board at the Spring Board Meeting. Board will assist with fundraising activities throughout the year and receive quarterly progress reports.  Goal is to raise $120,000 by the conclusion of the celebration.
  • Anniversary website developed at http://spectrum.ala.org/
  • Anniversary promoted to membership in a video and social media blast from ALA President Julie Todaro in conjunction with National Library Workers Day on April 11, 2017. 
  • Over 20 alumni community organizers (1 from each Spectrum cohort and geographically spread across the country) were recruited, Cohort Champions will to support one another in community building, awareness and fundraising activities through the 2018 Annual Conference.  Goal is to develop materials that support a culture of giving back to Spectrum amongst all program participants: http://spectrum.ala.org/category/champions/.
  • Over 250 tickets have been sold for the 20th Anniversary Kick-off Cocktail Reception on Sunday, June 25, 2017 with a keynote presentation by 14th Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden, the first woman and the first African American to lead our national library.

2017-2018 Spectrum Scholars Selected & Announced

The 2017 Spectrum Jury reviewed 160 applications and selected 60 Spectrum Scholars.  The 2017-2018 Scholars were notified by phone by staff, Chair Twanna Hodge, and SAC member Denisse Solis and announced on June 14th: http://www.ala.org/news/press-releases/2017/06/ala-awards-60-spectrum-scholarships-2017-2018. Thanks to the Spectrum Jury: Chair Twanna Hodge, Vernica Downey, Brenda Linares, Harvey Long, Rebecca Martin, Kate Rojas, Yasmeen Shorish, Melanie Toledo, and Patricia Valdovinos.

Spectrum Communications Updated

  • In addition to launching Anniversary site, the Spectrum website (www.ala.org/spectrum) was redesigned in March to prepare for the Anniversary traffic.   New site features include: Spectrum blog featuring Scholar News and a feed of opportunities (jobs, calls for proposals, scholarships and grants) from the Scholar Community in ALA Connect.  
  • Cohort Liaison Denisse Solis created and maintained a Spectrum community in Slack used by the 2016-2017 cohort for community building, channels built for affiliate groups, career paths, and navigating ALA.
  • The communications team led two high engagement social media campaigns.  For NLW, photos highlighting scholars at work were posted every 20 minutes on April 13th, with amplification through ALA’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts.  From May-June, the Spectrum page (https://www.facebook.com/alaspectrum/) featured graduation updates from Scholars.

Spectrum Resolution and Staffing

At the 2016 Fall meetings for BARC, ALA staff provided a review of the Spectrum program’s current recruitment and marketing activities, and how these activities might be strengthened in the short and long term. This review was initiated after a Council Resolution was proposed in support of the ALA Spectrum Scholarship Program at the 2016 Annual Conference in Orlando and referred to BARC. They also reviewed the association-wide environment within which any action would occur (BARC #22.1 (rev)). 

At the Spring Board Meeting, the Board and BARC reviewed and approved the FY2018 ODLOS Budget which includes 1 additional FTE to support activities in conjunction with the national diversity recruitment plan, Spectrum’s community of 1,000+ members, ODLOS leadership development activities across its committees, round tables, assemblies and member initiative groups.  The position will also lend support to affiliate groups which are vital partners in ODLOS’s mission and ALA recruitment and retention efforts. Moving forward, a $50,000 organizational contribution from Spectrum unrestricted funds will offset salary and benefits for a portion of the Assistant Director’s time (Spectrum fundraising and management) and the new Membership and Marketing Specialist (Spectrum cohort support and administration) in the ODLOS Operating Budget. There will be minimal impact on the Spectrum Family of Funds as $25,000 for staff support has been approved from Spectrum unrestricted funds since FY2016.  Additionally, the FY2018 budget includes $25,000 in donations revenue that has not previously been budgeted. Based on recent giving levels ($36,314 FY2017 to date) this is a conservative estimate of revenue. 

Sponsorships

  • In June, ProQuest signed another three-year agreement to sponsor 8 Spectrum Scholarships ($53,000 annual contribution) a year through the 2019-2020 cohort. 
  • Library Systems & Services and OCLC agreed to increase their scholarship sponsorship to fund 1 Spectrum Scholarship each for 2017-2018 in lieu of a LITA minority scholarship.  These sponsorships allow LITA to support two 2017-2018 Spectrum Scholars.  OCLC has supported a LITA scholarship since 1991 and LS&S has supported a LITA scholarship since 1994.
  • As part of YALSA’s Organizational Plan goal to lead the transformation of teen services and its commitment to supporting ALA’s EDI efforts, YALSA increased its 2017-2018 support to fund two Spectrum Scholars.

EVENTS & PROGRAMS

Program milestones from the last six months:

2017 Spectrum Leadership Institute

The Spectrum Institute began with an Opening Reception on June 22 featuring welcomes from ALA President Julie Todaro, ALA President-Elect James G. (Jim) Neal, ALA Executive Director Keith Michael Fiels, and representatives from ten ALA Associations, Affiliate Groups and Round Tables.  The Institute concluded with a Closing Brunch featuring Scholar reflections and remarks from SAC Chair Sharon Tani on Sunday, June 25.

Key Spectrum Leadership Institute session titles include:

  • Creating Community as a Form of Resistance
  • Urging Leaders: Moving Diverse Librarians’ Careers Forward
  • Intersections and the Experience of LGBTQ Library Folks
  • Spectrum Anniversary Poster Session at the 2017 Diversity and Outreach Fair

Leadership Development News

Review the Scholar News section of www.ala.org/spectrum for more Scholar accomplishments.

  • In February, the Latino SIG of the Medical Library Association (MLA) provided a free webinar for Spectrum Scholars on the Unique Aspects of Health Sciences Librarianship: http://connect.ala.org/node/263269.
  • In honor of the world day of #SocialJustice on February 20, Emerald Group Publishing Limited offered a free week of access to “The Social Justice Collaboratorium: Illuminating Research Pathways between Social Justice and Library and Information Studies” authored by Spectrum Fellows RaShauna Brannon, LaVerne Gray, Miraida Morales, Myrna E. Morales, Mario H. Ramírez, and Elnora Kelly Tayag in Perspectives on Libraries as Institutions of Human Rights and Social Justice (Advances in Librarianship, Volume 41)  edited by Ursula Gorham , Natalie Greene Taylor , Paul T. Jaeger.
  • 2016 Scholars Ayoola M. White and Zoë McLaughlin were named Hack Library School writers/"hackers" in February.
  • ACRL published “Choosing to Lead: The Motivational Factors of Underrepresented Minority Librarians in Higher Education,” edited by 2002 Scholar Antonia P. Olivas, Ed.D.  2002 Scholar Michelle Baildon, 1999 Scholar Hector Escobar, and 2001 Scholar Shannon D. Jones authored chapters and 2003 Scholar Mark A. Puente contributed the foreword.
  • Litwin Books/Library Juice Press published the first book in a series on critical race studies and multiculturalism in library and information science Teaching for Justice: Implementing Social Justice edited by Spectrum Fellow Dr. Nicole A. Cooke and Dr. Miriam E. Sweeney.
  • 2016 Scholar Ayoola White and 2017 Scholar Lorisia MacLeod presented at the 2017 DERAIL: Diversity, Equity, Race, Accessibility, and Identity in LIS Forum held March 4-5, 2017, at Simmons College in Boston.
  • Since March, 21 Spectrum Scholars have been matched with mentors through ACRL’s Dr. E.J. Josey Spectrum Scholar Mentor Program.
  • 2003 Scholar Christiane Warburton attended the 2017 PLA Leadership Academy in March and received a Spectrum Scholar Travel Grant sponsored by PLA, with support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
  • 2003 Scholar Alanna Aiko Moore was announced as the 2017 recipient of the University Libraries Sections (ULS) Outstanding Professional Development Award by section chair and 2001 Scholar Alexandra Rivera.
  • Eleven Scholars received travel grants to attend ACRL’s National Conference in Baltimore March 22-25:  Early Career awards: Andrew Cano (2008), Mariaelena de la Rosa (2010), Nik Dragovic (2013), Twanna Hodge (2013), Camille Thomas (2014); and Spectrum awards: Yolanda Bergstrom-Lynch (2016), Stephanie Everett (2015), Alia Gant (2015), Hannah Rainey (2014), Melanie Medina (2015), Denisse Solis (2016). Numerous scholars presented at the conference.
  • In the ALA Election, 2013 Scholar Lisa Longmire stood for election and 2006 Scholar Lettycia Terrones was elected to ALA Council; 2007 Scholar Susan Hoang was elected Secretary of ACRL’s Women and Gender Studies Section; and 2011 Scholar Ana Elisa de Campos Salles was elected Chair of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Round Table.
  • 2015 Scholar Tommy Bui received a DPLAfest Travel Award, and 2008 Scholar Jeannie Chen, 2013 Scholar Jennifer Himmelreich, 2012 Scholar Marcia McIntosh, and 2012 Scholar Tamara Rhodes presented at the Chicago DPLAfest 2017 (April 20-21).
  • On April 24, 1999 Scholar Maria Taesil Hudson McCauley successfully defended her dissertation "Community Leadership: The Role of Public Library Directors."
  • On May 10, Spectrum Fellow Dr. Tammy Mays successfully defended her dissertation, "A Mixed-Methods Approach to Understanding the Role of Athletic and Racial Identities on the Health Information-Seeking Behaviors of African American Male Athletes."
  • 2014 Scholar Jhani Miller organized and presented a Skillshare on “The Art of Poletry” at the Brooklyn Public Library on May 13.
  • 2005 Scholar Veronica Arellano-Douglas and 2013 Scholar Jennifer Brown presented at the first ever Identity, Agency, and Culture in Academic Libraries conference May 22- 23 in Los Angeles, California at the University of Southern California.
  • Co-editors Max Macias and 2007 Scholar Yago Cura announced “Librarians with Spines” -an anthology of 9 essays written by 11 librarians including 2012 Scholar Anthony Bishop published by HINCHAS Press in May and funded by a successful GoFundMe campaign. 
  • Spectrum Fellow LaVerne Gray received a Black Metropolis Research Consortium 2017 Fellowship for her research “Uncovering Community-Based Information Environments of African American Activists-Mothers in Chicago Public Housing, 1955-1970.”
  • 2002 Scholar Sarah Kostelecky, David Hurley, and Lori Townsend presented a free webinar hosted by ODLOS on Cultural Humility on May 25.
  • 36 Scholars participated in the ALCTS virtual preconference “Diverse, Inclusive, and Equitable Metadata” on June 6 & 7 through complimentary registration for Scholars.   
  • Spectrum Fellow Dr. Nicole A. Cooke was presented with the 2017 American Library Association (ALA) Achievement in Library Diversity Research Award during the 2017 Diversity & Outreach Fair on June 24.

Networking & Social Events

  • Feb 9: meetup for "Information, Access and Activism" panel hosted by the UCLA Department of Information Studies' Diversity Council.
  • Feb 26: REFORMA SoCal Chapters Meetup at the Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library, hosted by the REFORMA Los Angeles Chapter.
  • March 24: Spectrum Community Breakfast at ACRL National Conference in Baltimore.
  • April 7: Archivists and Archives of Color Social at Midwest Archives Conference Annual Meeting in Omaha.
  • April 27-29: 2017 meetup at the Society of California Archivists Annual General Meeting.
  • May 5: APALA visit to the Japan Society in NYC hosted by APALA Northeast.
  • June 4: APALA SoCal Social at Clifton's Cafeteria in Los Angeles.

Recruitment Activities

  • Feb 11: Considering Librarianship program at UMass Amherst campus hosted by the Five Colleges Consortium.
  • Feb 22: 2017 Spring Week Career Fair Diversity at the University of Wisconsin -Milwaukee.
  • May 19:  MLIS Day at the University of Central Florida, included presentation by 2009 Scholar Shalu Gillum.

PLAN FOR NEXT 6 MONTHS

  • July: Finalize role assignments for Spectrum Advisory Committee members and appoint 2017-2018 Spectrum Jury.
  • July: implement 2017 Spectrum Jury feedback on evaluation tool and submit recommendations for ALA Online Application to the ALA Scholarship Clearinghouse.
  • July: SAC Advisory Fundraising Working Group will work with Alumni Volunteers to coordinate new donor acknowledgement materials to support Anniversary.
  • July: Cohort Champions begin outreach to all 1,000 program participants.
  • July-September: Introductions and orientation for 2017-2018 Scholars.
  • August: submit Spectrum 20th Anniversary event program proposals for 2018 ALA Annual Conference.
  • December: highlight Winter 2017 Graduations.
  • Ongoing: Continue to improve SAC vehicles for tracking of scholar accomplishments, specifically leadership activities, networking events and recruiting opportunities.
  • Ongoing: Support regional 20th Anniversary and Recruitment events.
  • Ongoing: Build new Channels in Slack for Cohorts and Regional Groups, increase alumni participation in Slack.
  • Ongoing: Develop Scholar News and Anniversary website feature articles, and increase Scholar contributions to ODLOS Intersections blog and webinars.

CHALLENGES

Community Building

Connecting Spectrum community members across so many different professional interest areas and platforms (ALA Connect, ALA email lists, Social Media, Slack group) is a challenge.  SAC must continue to experiment and explore ways to bring people together across mediums and interests.

Jury Process

  • Jurors are finding it increasingly difficult to review all applications in one month, for 2018 the jury will try having jurors evaluate 40 applicants with three jurors scoring each application.
  • Jury will present recommendations for July SAC conference call to vote on changes to evaluation criteria to address juror concerns about academic achievement criteria.
  • Jurors would like to see the evaluation tool integrated with the application review system.  The current ALA Scholarship Application maintained by the ALA Scholarship Clearinghouse does not support evaluation; however, the ala.org/apply system used by the Public Programs Office and other ALA application systems does. SAC recommends the ALA Scholarship Clearinghouse explore use of this integrated system for scholarships. 

Report Respectfully Submitted to the ODLOS Advisory Committee by Sharon Tani on June 16, 2017.

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Online Doc Spectrum Advisory Committee 6/2/17 Meeting Minutes

by Sharon Tani (non-member) on Wed, Jun 7, 2017 at 01:25 pm

Spectrum Advisory Committee 6/2/17 Meeting Minutes 

Attendees: Ana Elisa De Campos Salles, Twanna Hodge, Gwendolyn Prellwitz, Denisse Solis, Alice Son, Sharon Tani, Camille Thomas 

Absent: Kristen Bowen, Rachel Garza Carreon, Veronica Douglas, Jacob Harris, Alanna Aiko Moore

MINUTES

Spectrum Advisory Committee 6/2/17 Meeting Minutes 

Attendees: Ana Elisa De Campos Salles, Twanna Hodge, Gwendolyn Prellwitz, Denisse Solis, Alice Son, Sharon Tani, Camille Thomas 

Absent: Kristen Bowen, Rachel Garza Carreon, Veronica Douglas, Jacob Harris, Alanna Aiko Moore

MINUTES

Spectrum Jury/notification Updates: Twanna reported that the process is on track and the jury completed their evaluations of 60 selected scholarship winners. Gwendolyn reported that notifications have been pushed back until next week and that we could use some help with initial phone calls to recipients before the official announcement is made from ALA. She has a script prepared and Sharon will send out an email to the Spectrum community to recruit some volunteer help. Also, Gwendolyn mentioned that support from LITA, OCLC and Proquest regarding their scholarship support for next year has been confirmed.

20th Anniversary Updates: Gwendolyn mentioned that 165 tickets have been purchased so far and it would be ideal to have over 250 in attendance. Please help us continue to get the word out or circulate Alanna’s announcement email and encourage others to join in the festivities.

Spectrum Leadership Institute Updates: Ana Elisa and Gwendolyn discussed having a Registration Table outside the Introductory Session to check-in attendees and answer any questions. They also discussed having an Affiliate Table as well to check-in the 17 representatives and inform them about what to expect and how to participate in the event, including a brief self-introduction and having a notecard at their table indicating their focus/interest for scholars to be able to approach them with questions and converse with them throughout the evening. Gwendolyn also mentioned that ALA has a Student-To-Staff Program which helped recruit a current Spectrum Scholar who will be helping with Institute activities.

Reflection on SAC operations and ways members rotating off can stay involved: Sharon and Gwendolyn thanked Committee Members for their involvement this year. Members who would like to return to the Committee can fill out the ALA Volunteer form on their website this summer for consideration in the next round of appointments.

An open discussion ensued about many committee members rotating off this year and ways to keep them involved. Ana Elisa expressed an interest in Chairing (or Co-Chairing) the Committee next year and mentioned that many alumni are very involved in ALA groups and are obliged to attend midwinter and annual conferences. Since they’ll already be at the event, perhaps an email to them about speaking to scholars or participating in other ways would receive a good response. Sharon suggested having a “back-up” list of former Committee members who could be on-call to participate in brief tasks or one-time activities when needed. The committee agreed that ongoing, periodic communication with dedicated members could help facilitate continued participation.

Denisse suggested that having a structured communication plan would help prepare the next person working with the current cohort regarding activities, upcoming events and Spectrum news. Alice, who is our solo communications person after the subcommittee dwindled down from three members, agreed and mentioned that at least three people are needed to properly carry out the task throughout the year. She said it’d be a good idea to envision this role more fully, define expectations for each team member and the tasks for which they’ll be responsible and maybe even discuss what has worked in the past. Ana Elisa suggested creating a document that outlines a timeline of what needs to be done and when, along with some established scripts that could be passed along to the next person serving in that role. She also suggested that the former committee member rotating off could continue to serve in an advisory role to the next person in case they had questions or needed some guidance.

As another potential outlet for alumni to continue being involved, Twanna mentioned that she is working on a proposal for an oral history project in the context of the Spectrum program that could reside in the ALA Institutional Repository and feature alumni talking about what it means to be a Scholar and how the program has impacted their lives and/or careers. The Committee thought this was an interesting and compelling idea which would be meaningful to scholars and supportive of the Spectrum program.

The Committee also discussed ways to prepare current scholars through the experiences of alumni, including a method for the current cohort to ask a questions about the Institute before attending or for a former scholar to write a letter to a new scholar. The idea is to provide support for new scholars who might be nervous about the Institute or feeling a little isolated by helping them form a relationship to the Spectrum program beforehand. Because scholars tend to know each other by the end of the Institute, it might be nice to a familiar face for when they first arrive. The Committee suggested aspects of mentoring or a buddy program or to have a “lifeline” for attendees of the Institute to ask questions and feel prepared. Denisse also mentioned that the Slack channels would be a great outlet for these interactions. Though participation hasn’t been high so far, she’s hoping that more will contribute right before or soon after the Institute event.

Respectfully submitted,

Sharon Tani

 

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Discussion SAC March Meeting Email Updates

by Sharon Tani (non-member) on Fri, Mar 17, 2017 at 02:29 pm

It sounds like many of you have been called away or are unavailable for today’s conference call. Don’t worry or try to rush onto our call: We decided to send out some notes in lieu of official meeting minutes. Here’s the update. Feel free to respond with any comments or discussion points.

1.)    Meeting Attendees: Gwendolyn Prellwitz, Denisse Solis, Rachel Garza Carreon, Sharon Tani

It sounds like many of you have been called away or are unavailable for today’s conference call. Don’t worry or try to rush onto our call: We decided to send out some notes in lieu of official meeting minutes. Here’s the update. Feel free to respond with any comments or discussion points.

1.)    Meeting Attendees: Gwendolyn Prellwitz, Denisse Solis, Rachel Garza Carreon, Sharon Tani

2.)    20th Anniversary Communications: Sharon will send out a Doodle poll to Gwendolyn, Alice, Veronica, Denisse, Alanna and Rachel so they can arrange a meeting time to develop a communications plan/strategy for the Spectrum 20th Anniversary.

3.)    20th Anniversary Fundraising: Gwendolyn will post a copy of the 20th Anniversary Fundraising Plan to ALA Connect by 4/7/17

4.)    Blog posts by ALA election candidates: Denisse, feel free to reply to this email with an update. Thank you!

Our next meeting is scheduled for Friday, April 7, 2017 at 12 PM PST/1 PM MST/2 PM CST/3 PM EST. Hope to see everyone then!

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Event SAC March Meeting Agenda

by Sharon Tani (non-member) on Fri, Mar 17, 2017 at 12:33 pm

Conference Call Meeting: March 17, 2017 at 12 PM PST/1 PM MST/2 PM CST/3 PM EST

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Conference Call Meeting: March 17, 2017 at 12 PM PST/1 PM MST/2 PM CST/3 PM EST

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March Spectrum Advisory Committee Meeting Agenda

Introductions – Sharon 

Update on ALA Candidate blog posts – Denisse

Update on the Jury - Twanna

Update on the 20th Anniversary Activities - Alanna/Gwendolyn

Communications Updates - Open Discussion

 

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Online Doc 02-22-17 Spectrum Advisory Committee Report for ODLOS

by Sharon Tani (non-member) on Thu, Mar 2, 2017 at 12:32 pm

Spectrum Advisory Committee Report for the Office of Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services Advisory Committee (ODLOS) February 2017 Meeting

Upcoming Events

Spectrum Advisory Committee Report for the Office of Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services Advisory Committee (ODLOS) February 2017 Meeting

Upcoming Events

  • February 23, 2017: Chicago Area Meetup for Spectrum Scholars and Others - https://www.facebook.com/events/320914528305688
  • March 1, 2017: Deadline to apply for Spectrum Scholarships
  • Tuesday – April 11, 2017: Public Announcement and Kick-Off Spectrum 20th Anniversary in conjunction with National Library Workers Day

Upcoming Conferences

  • Friday, March 24, 2017 9:30-10:30 am: Spectrum Meetup at ACRL National Conference – Baltimore, MD
  • June 22-25, 2017: Spectrum Leadership Institute – Chicago, IL
  • June 25, 2017: Spectrum 20th Anniversary Celebration at ALA Annual 2017 – Chicago, IL

Upcoming Webinars

Upcoming Meetings

Friday, March 17, 2pm Central: Spectrum Advisory Committee Conference Call

March 13 or 14th 12pm Central: Spectrum Jury Virtual Orientation

Friday, April 7, 2pm Central: Spectrum Advisory Committee Conference Call

Friday, May 5, 2pm Central: Spectrum Advisory Committee Conference Call

Friday, June 2, 2pm Central: Spectrum Advisory Committee Conference Call

Initiative Updates

Spectrum is celebrating its 20th Anniversary in 2017! The Celebration of the Spectrum 20th Anniversary will launch with kick-off activities in conjunction with National Library Workers Day on  April 11, 2017.  Planned activities include bringing together 20 Community Organizers (1 from each cohort and geographically spread across the country) to support one another in community building, awareness and fundraising activities through December 31. A face to face celebration at ALA Annual Conference will also be held. 

Program milestones in the last six months include:

  • The ALCTS 2017 Midwinter Symposium Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: Creating a New Future for Library Collections featured Spectrum Scholars Charlotte Roh, Harrison Inefuku, and Mark Puente. The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services additionally has provided      complimentary attendance to all Spectrum Scholars wishing to attend.
  • Alejandra de Santiago at the University of Missouri and Seungyeon Yang-Peace at San Jose State University are recipients of the 2017 Crossing the Finish Line follow-up grants for students completing their degree and planning to continue or begin working in Children's Services. These grants are generously sponsored by Past President of ALSC Ellen Fader. Special thanks to Spectrum Scholars Annisha Jeffries, Beatriz P. Wallace, Joy Shioshita, and Rita Vargas for their service on the selection committee. 
  • Currently seventeen Spectrum Scholars are participating as mentees in ACRL’s Dr. E.J. Josey      Spectrum Scholar Mentor Program, and an additional call for participation will  go out this Spring to match Scholars with mentors in advance of ALA Annual Conference. In November 2016, 2003 Spectrum Scholar Alanna Aiko Moore, Sociology, Ethnic Studies and Gender Studies Librarian at UC San Diego Library, offered a training on cross-cultural mentoring exclusively for mentors participating in the ACRL Dr. E.J. Josey Spectrum Scholar Mentor Program.  Another call for mentees is currently open to the current Scholars, the committee will work to match applicants with mentors in advance of the ACRL National Conference next month. 
  • 2003 Spectrum Scholar Christiane Warburton has been accepted into the 2017 PLA Leadership      Academy taking place March 20-24.  Warburton has also been selected to receive a Spectrum Scholar Travel Grant sponsored by PLA, with support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and ALA’s Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services.
  • A complete list of Spectrum events and related activities that took place at the ALA Midwinter Meeting can be found in the Scholars ALA Connect Community at http://connect.ala.org/node/262460.

Member News or Highlights

Recommended Resources

We have refreshed a list of upcoming 2017 scholarship deadlines for library and information science graduate education in ALA Connect. Visit http://connect.ala.org/node/250937 for more information and please consider sharing with prospective LIS professionals.    

 

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Online Doc 02-15-2017 Meeting Minutes

by Sharon Tani (non-member) on Thu, Mar 2, 2017 at 12:13 pm

Spectrum Advisory Committee Meeting

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Attendees

Ana Elisa De Campos Salles, Jacob Harris, Alanna Aiko Moore, Gwendolyn Prellwitz, Denisse Solis, Alice Son, Sharon Tani, Camille Thomas

Absent

Kristen Bowen, Veronica Douglas, Rachel Garza Carreon, Twanna Hodge

Spectrum Advisory Committee Meeting

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Attendees

Ana Elisa De Campos Salles, Jacob Harris, Alanna Aiko Moore, Gwendolyn Prellwitz, Denisse Solis, Alice Son, Sharon Tani, Camille Thomas

Absent

Kristen Bowen, Veronica Douglas, Rachel Garza Carreon, Twanna Hodge

Minutes

Community/Cohort Building

1. Gwendolyn Prellwitz acknowledged Denisse Solis, a current member of this year’s Spectrum Scholars, for her helpful support with initiating and monitoring discussions with the incoming cohort. Her efforts have greatly assisted us in determining the ways in which Scholars would feel most comfortable participating with the Institute, what their expectations are and any topics they’d like to explore.

2. A team communication tool called SLACK is being used for these discussions. This app allows for different conversation channels and one will be set up for each of our ethnic affiliate groups.

3. Denisse is also creating a monthly roll-up of the SLACK discussions topics for those who might’ve missed the daily entries. She plans to have this document completed by the end of February.

4. Gwendolyn and Denisse are creating a recorded video for the new cohort that introduces the many ALA Committees, Round Tables, Ethnic Affiliates and Spectrum Facebook groups available to them and encourages their involvement. They’re planning to post this video by March 13th, before the ALA elections open. Screenshots will be sent to the Spectrum Advisory Committee in the coming weeks.

Spectrum Scholarship Jury

1. Gwendolyn reported on behalf of Twanna Hodge  that the Spectrum Scholarship Jury roster is almost finalized. This jury provides a good representation, though one area they had hoped to include is a member of the Archives Committee. Several invitations have been sent out, though all had declined this year so far. One more invitation has been sent out. If this representative also declines, they’ll move ahead with the otherwise superb group of jury panelists.

2. Gwendolyn notified the Advisory Committee that the ALA Spectrum Scholarship application deadline is March 1st , in case we know of more candidates who will want to apply this year.

3. As discussed in the last meeting, Gwendolyn’s request on behalf of the Advisory Committee for a MENA (Middle East and North Africa) option on the Scholarship application has not yet been added, though she indicated that it most likely will be included on next year’s applications. In the meantime, she will continue to work with those applicant who choose to be identified in this category.

Spectrum Leadership Institute

1. Ana Elisa De Campos Salles reported from her earlier meeting with Gwendolyn they they’ve outlined the Institute’s three main session and new format for the Opening Session:

A. Wage Disparity: A panel discussing the issue of wage disparity, the hiring process from a Human Resources perspective as well as from the viewpoint of a newly hired librarian, how to negotiate a salary, and other aspects not traditionally taught in library school.

B. Activism: A panel regarding social and ethnic activism. Ana Elisa is planning to invite members of the Black Lives Matter movement and others to speak on this timely topic.

C. Intersectionality: Alanna Aiko Moore is chairing a panel about this topic on behalf of the GLBTRT Round Table for the ALA conference. Gwendolyn and Ana Elisa would like to invite these same speakers for an Institute presentation that discusses a variety of issues affecting all gender, ability, and ethnic identities within our community. 

D. The Institute’s Opening Reception on Thursday will be extended for to 2 hours this year. In addition to the welcome presentations from the ALA President and Executive Director, leaders of ALA Ethnic Affilitates (AILA, APALA, BCALA, CALA and REFORMA) and ALA Round Tables (GLBTRT, SRRT, Sustain-RT and EMIERT) will also be invited to attend this structured ice-breaking activity which will allow Scholars the opportunity to get to know each other and network with ALA groups.

20th Anniversary Celebration

1. Gwendolyn and Alanna reported that the anniversary’s theme is “Celebrating Community.” The celebration’s activities are scheduled to kick-off during National Library Week in April. The Spectrum community will be encouraged to connect online during National Library Workers Day, The ALA Executive Board will be advocating for Spectrum support, and Rachel  Garza Carreon will be compiling a video of Scholars conveying what Spectrum has meant to their lives and careers. There will also be a celebration event scheduled for Saturday at 4PM during the ALA conference.

Open Discussion

1. Gwendolyn expressed the she’d like Committee Members to feel comfortable with their Advisory role. To this end, she opened the discussion up for any questions or new topics to discuss.

2. Alanna thanked Gwendolyn for her ongoing involvement and for doing so much of the supportive “heavy-lifting” required for Subcommittee planning.

3. Alanna also inquired about another attempt to distribute a fundraising appeal letter on behalf of Spectrum, after the first attempt last year was denied. Gwendolyn responded that a letter is scheduled for April of this year. She also mentioned that despite the first missed opportunity, we did receive some generous gifts from donors in December, including four donations over $1,000.

Next Meeting

March 17, 2017 at 12 PM PT/1 PM MT/2 PM CT/3 PM ET

Minutes respectfully submitted by Sharon Tani on 2/16/17. Revised on 3/2/17.

 

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by Gwendolyn Prellwitz (staff) on Tue, Jun 24, 2014 at 07:51 pm

Thanks again to everyone who has brainstormed ways to foster community and networking at the conference for the current and incoming class of ALA Spectrum Scholarship recipients. Based on your ideas I developed the surveymonkey form and we had 25 people fill it out!  Which I think is a good number for our first year.  

I also found some ways to tighten the form up for the future and hopefully we'll have more time next year to make it pretty. 

Thanks again to everyone who has brainstormed ways to foster community and networking at the conference for the current and incoming class of ALA Spectrum Scholarship recipients. Based on your ideas I developed the surveymonkey form and we had 25 people fill it out!  Which I think is a good number for our first year.  

I also found some ways to tighten the form up for the future and hopefully we'll have more time next year to make it pretty. 

We did have someone who I believe is not an alumni nor a current advisory committee complete the form, for our first go around I thought it might be best to focus our time on connecting alumni/advisory committee members to the current class.  

Once we have feedback on how this worked and perhaps volunteers to help pull the information together earlier and communicate with members outside of the Spectrum community who want to participate - I am sure we can extend it more broadly. 

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Discussion 2014 Spectrum Institute activities

by Gwendolyn Prellwitz (staff) on Thu, Jun 5, 2014 at 09:41 pm

I and the 2013-2014 Spectrum Scholars are extremely excited for this year's Spectrum Leadership Institute and would like to thank all members of the Spectrum Advisory Committee for the exceptional vision and leadership you provided throughout the past year.  In a short time you helped significantly transform how the Leadership Institute curriculum is developed, delivered and marketed to the many supporters and potential supporters of the Spectrum Scholarship Program -- bravo.

I and the 2013-2014 Spectrum Scholars are extremely excited for this year's Spectrum Leadership Institute and would like to thank all members of the Spectrum Advisory Committee for the exceptional vision and leadership you provided throughout the past year.  In a short time you helped significantly transform how the Leadership Institute curriculum is developed, delivered and marketed to the many supporters and potential supporters of the Spectrum Scholarship Program -- bravo.

Spectrum sessions in the Scheduler:
http://ala14.ala.org/sessions/all?tags=Spectrum%20Required

My special thanks to Ben Rodriguez for advocating for the need for higher visibility for Spectrum within the conference landscape, through his stewardship and the support of our donors we have secured a page in the conference program book that highlights the key Spectrum events taking place at conference (please see attached).  My apology to Spectrum Scholar and frequent Institute contributor Alanna Aiko Moore for the incorrect spelling on her name. 

I would also like to thank everyone your support and promotion of our new proposal system inviting Spectrum alumni to collaborate with other alumni with whom they may or may not previously worked as well as broadly with other professionals to develop the Spectrum Leadership Institute curriculum.  Special thanks to Deana Greenfield for developing the online proposal submission system.  We were delighted be every proposal and are very excited for the selected sessions.  We also look forward to working with every team that submitted a proposal to deliver their content to the Spectrum and ALA community in some fashion moving forward. 

Last but not least, thanks to the many Spectrum alumni who have contacted the Office to offer their help and time to support new Scholars and the Institute, as well as to all we have learned through administering the IMLS funded Knowledge Alliance recruitment network --  we have created a hopefully simple mechanism for everyone interested in supporting new professionals from programs such as Spectrum at the conference and beyond.  If you are interested in connecting with professionals onsite, we invite you to do so in a number of ways by filling out this interest form: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/meetyourallyVegas14

Please note contact information provided through this form will be shared with a *minimum* of 50 current Spectrum Scholars onsite and may be further shared out by them with their network.  We appreciate your honest and thoughtful communication about your interests and availability to volunteer your time at the conference.  Spectrum alumni who complete this form and volunteer onsite are additionally invited to attend the icebreaker to meet the current class at the beginning of the Institute (http://ala14.ala.org/node/15614) or to visit during our group breakfast with the Gates Millennium Scholars (http://ala14.ala.org/node/15615 - note breakfast is not included) to introduce themselves to our 2013-2014 Scholars.

Have a wonderful conference and enjoy the connections you make...what happens in Vegas shouldn't stay in Vegas!

 

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The Spectrum Advisory Committee (SAC) is charged to oversee, coordinate, support, and advocate for the activities of the Spectrum Scholarship Program and related diversity pre-professional development activities; to recommend potential award jurors to the ALA Office for Diversity for the Spectrum Scholar Award Process; to appoint a work group that plans and executes the Spectrum Leadership Institute; to support a Spectrum Scholars Interest Group; and to make recommendations on and support fundraising and marketing initiatives related to the family of Spectrum activities.

 

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