Spectrum & Diversity Scholars Community Community
Is there a need in your library’s collection, and in your larger community, for authoritative and accessible resources about Muslim history, beliefs, and culture? Through its Bridging Cultures initiative, the National Endowment for the Humanities seeks to introduce readers to diverse perspectives on the people, places, histories, beliefs, practices, and cultures of Muslims in the U.S. and around the world.
The deadline for public, academic, and community college libraries to apply for the NEH/ALA Bridging Cultures Bookshelf on Muslim Journeys is October 25th! Please visit www.programminglibrarian.org/muslimjourneys to begin your application today, in order to receive a collection of resources valued at more than $1,000. Up to 1,000 libraries and state humanities councils will be selected to participate, and applications are being actively recruited. Please share this message with anyone who may be interested in participating!
Grant recipients will be required to present a minimum of one program for public audiences, focusing on the theme and materials. In January 2013, successful grant applications will receive the Bookshelf collection, as well as an invitation to apply for an upcoming round of $3,500-$4,500 cash programming grants. These grants will support scholar-led reading and discussion programs that incorporate books from the Muslin Journeys collection. Only libraries that receive a Bookshelf grant will be eligible to apply for a cash award in 2013.
Bookshelf grant recipients will receive a one-year subscription to Oxford Islamic Studies Online, as well as the following books and films:
- Minaret by Leila Aboulela
- A Quiet Revolution by Leila Ahmed
- Prince Among Slaves by Terry Alford
- The House of Wisdom: How Arabic Science Saved Ancient Knowledge and Gave Us the Renaissance by Jim Al-Khalili
- Muhammad: A Very Short Introduction by Jonathan A. C. Brown
- The Arabian Nights (anonymous), edited by Muhsin Mahdi, translated by Husain Haddawy
- The Conference of the Birds by Farid al-Din Attar, translated by Dick Davis and Afkham Darbandi
- Islamic Arts by Jonathan Bloom and Sheila Blair
- The Columbia Sourcebook of Muslims in the United States, edited by Edward E. Curtis IV
- In an Antique Land by Amitav Ghosh
- When Asia Was the World: Traveling Merchants, Scholars, Warriors, and Monks Who Created the “Riches of the East” by Stewart Gordon
- Leo Africanus by Amin Maalouf, translated by Peter Sluglett
- In the Country of Men by Hisham Matar
- The Story of the Qur’an: Its History and Place in Muslim Life by Ingrid Mattson
- The Ornament of the World by Maria Rosa Menocal
- Dreams of Trespass by Fatima Mernissi
- Snow by Orhan Pamuk, translated by Maureen Freely
- Acts of Faith by Eboo Patel
- The Children of Abraham: Judaism, Christianity, Islam by F. E. Peters
- The Art of Hajj by Venetia Porter
- Rumi: Poet and Mystic, edited and translated by Reynold A. Nicholson
- Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi
- House of Stone by Anthony Shadid
- Broken Verses by Kamila Shamsie
- The Butterfly Mosque: A Young American Woman’s Journey to Love and Islam by G. Willow Wilson
- Prince Among Slaves (DVD - Unity Productions Foundation, 2007)
- Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World (DVD - Unity Productions Foundation, 2011)
- Koran by Heart (DVD - HBO documentary films, 2011)
- Islamic Art Spots (DVD – short films about Islamic art and architecture, written and performed by D. Fairchild Ruggles and produced for the Muslim Journeys project by Twin Cities Public Television, 2012)
If you would like ideas for planning your Muslim Journeys Bookshelf application, please see the Resources area of our website for more information or contact email@example.com to set up a time to discuss your application.
800-545-2433, ext. 5045
Spectrum Alumni are invited to participate in the following ALA Conference Programs and Spectrum Leadership Institute sessions of interest during the 2012 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, CA.
Help us with Fundraising & Donor Recognition!
Spectrum Celebration during Opening of Exhibits - Friday 6/22 5:30-7:30pm, Convention Center Exhibits Floor
ALA has reached our goal of raising $1 million for the Spectrum Scholarship Program. To celebrate the success of the Spectrum Presidential Initiative, we invite you to join us for cake in the ALA Membership Pavilion (Booth #1939) during the Exhibits Grand Opening Reception (Friday June 22, 5:30-7:30pm) at the 2012 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, California. All Spectrum Scholars are strongly encouraged to join us to help thank the many individual donors and organizations that helped us reach our goal!
Add it in the scheduler: http://ala12.scheduler.ala.org/node/1698
Luncheon with Spectrum Presidential Initiative Donors - Sunday 6/24 11:30-1pm, Hyatt Regency Garden 4
Spectrum alumni are invited to meet the 2011-2012 Spectrum Scholars and to join us in recognizing major donors to the Spectrum Presidential Fundraising Initiative at this special luncheon. Brief remarks will be provided at 12:30pm from Dr. Betty Turock, Chair of the Spectrum Presidential Initiative, and Karen Perry of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. To attend you must RSVP by contacting Marc Huber at the ALA Development Office at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 312-280-5050. Please RSVP by Friday, June 15th.
Add it in the scheduler: http://ala12.scheduler.ala.org/node/1428
ALA/ProQuest Scholarship Bash- Saturday 8-10pm, Anaheim Convention Center Arena
Get your ticket and support future Spectrum Scholarships. The Rock Bottom Remainders band has announced that the concert at ALA Annual Conference, part of their “Past Our Bedtime” tour, will be their last ever. This news was released with the sad news that their founder Kathi Kamen Goldmark (who was to have performed with them at ALA) passed away in late May. It is a special honor for ALA to host this landmark event. Look for the Scholarship Bash booth near registration to purchase tickets onsite.
Add it in the scheduler: http://ala12.scheduler.ala.org/node/1359
Special Spectrum Leadership Institute Sessions- Alumni invited!
Technology Transforms Communities I - Friday 6/22 9-11am, Hyatt Regency Garden 3
This Spectrum Institute session, part of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation-funded Technology Transforms Communities project, features Richard Chabran, Adjunct Professor, School of Information Resources and Library Science, University of Arizona, Policy Advisor, California Broadband Policy Network, Member of the American Library Association Digital Content and Libraries Working Group & Matthew Rantanen, Director of Technology, Southern California Tribal Chairmen's Association, Tribal Digital Village, Chairman of the Board of Directors at Native Public Media; Native Nations Broadband Taskforce Member at the Federal Communications Commission; and Vice President of Technology at the Southern California Tribal Technologies, LLC.
Add it in the scheduler: http://ala12.scheduler.ala.org/node/1424
Beyond Paying Dues: Investing in Yourself as You Invest in Your Career - Saturday 6/23 8-10am, Anaheim Marriott Elite Ballrooms
Join alumni of ALA’s Spectrum Scholarship Program as they discuss how committee service and participation in member groups has opened up new leadership pathways, built their professional network, and enriched their personal lives. With tips from these panelists (Alicia Yao, Librarian, Barnhart School; Hannah Lee, Affiliate Assistant Librarian, University of Delaware; Hector Escobar, Director of Education & Information Delivery, University of Dayton; & Sonia Alcantara-Antoine, Manager, Information Services Department, Enoch Pratt Free Library) you can shoot for more than just getting involved in your professional organizations, to really getting something out of your experiences. Sponsored by the Spectrum Scholar Interest Group.
Add it in the scheduler:http://ala12.scheduler.ala.org/node/1197
Technology Transforms Communities II - Sunday 6/24 9-11am, Hyatt Regency Garden 3
This Spectrum Institute session, part of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation-funded Technology Transforms Communities project, features Davis Park, Director, Front Porch Center for Technology Innovation and Wellbeing & Allen S. Hammond IV, Associate Dean for Faculty Development, Phil and Bobbie Sanfilippo Chair and Professor of Law, and Director of the Broadband Institute of California, Santa Clara Law.
Technology Transforms Communities III - Monday 6/25 8-10am, Hyatt Regency Garden 3
This Spectrum Institute session, part of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation-funded Technology Transforms Communities project, features Kathryn Zickuhr, research specialist at the Pew Internet Project, focusing on technology and the role of libraries in the digital age.
Add it in the scheduler: http://ala12.scheduler.ala.org/node/2169
Technology Transforms Communities IV - Monday 6/25 10:30am-12pm, Hyatt Regency Garden 3
This facilitated discussion seeks to bring together the previous Technology Transforms Communities sessions and to provide attendees with an opportunity to share their thoughts and to envision their future role as librarians using technology to improve the lives of our communities. Moderated by Stephen X. Flynn: 2009 Spectrum Scholar, Gates Millennium Scholar and Emerging Technologies Librarian at the College of Wooster and Curriculum Coordinator for the Technology Transforms Communities project.
Add it in the scheduler: http://ala12.scheduler.ala.org/node/2170
Many Voices One Nation - Friday 6/22 7:30-9:30pm, Anaheim Convention Center Room Room 304 AB
Join us for this annual literary event and volunteer to help us hand out program books. If you'd like to volunteer at Many Voices, please show up 20 minutes early and help John Admundsen hand out program books at the door. Just show up early and look for John’s smiling face (http://www.ala.org/offices/sites/ala.org.offices/files/content/olos/amundsenheadshot.jpg) if you are able to assist! Gerald Chertavian, Tewodros Fekadu and Javier O. Huerta will join Many Voices, One Nation: Anaheim, from 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. on Friday June 22 in the Anaheim Convention Center Room Room 304 AB, during the 2012 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif. Admission to Many Voices, One Nation is free and open to all Annual Conference attendees.
Add it in the scheduler: http://ala12.scheduler.ala.org/node/1255
Diversity & Outreach Fair - Saturday 6/23 3-5pm, Special Events area Hall A in the Exhibits
Come visit the Spectrum booth during the Annual Diversity Fair and see how your fellow Scholars have been transforming communities with their techonology initatives. Special thanks to Brenda Linares for designing this year's booth. Check to see if volunteers are needed to staff the Spectrum Booth by using our online sign-up format http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E054AADA92EA64-spectrum.
Add it to the scheduler: http://ala12.scheduler.ala.org/node/1213
The following information is for the 2011-2012 Spectrum Scholars attending their Spectrum Leadership Institute in 2012. Spectrum alumni please see events open to alumni at http://connect.ala.org/node/180137.
The 2012 Spectrum Leadership Institute is being held June 21-25 at the Hyatt Regency Orange County (http://orangecounty.hyatt.com/hyatt/hotels-orangecounty/index.jsp?null) in Anaheim, CA.
- Programs listed on the Day by Day Schedule (see attached program) are REQUIRED unless otherwise noted. You have free time on Saturday and Sunday to attend ALA Annual Conference sessions of your own choosing. Your Spectrum program book (attached) includes a list of ALA Conference Programs that might be of interest. Don't print this schedule, you'll receive one at our first session on Thursday.
- I encourage you to use the online Conference Scheduler to manage your conference schedule (http://ala12.scheduler.ala.org/). Links to all of the individual Spectrum Institute Sessions are included below for your convenience in adding them to your schedule.
- Beginning on Friday morning and continuing through the conference over the weekend, there will be free shuttles between hotel sites for the ALA conference and the convention center.
- Wear your badge at all times. You will receive your ALA Conference badge at the opening of the Spectrum Institute, please use it as your name tag during the Institute and you are required to wear a badge when attending ALA conference programs and the Exhibits. If you have on your own purchased any tickets for special events they should be with your badge, or you may purchase tickets for special events from the Registration area in the Convention Center.
- Please wear the Spectrum ribbon/promo materials you receive at the Institute throughout your ALA Annual Conference. Thank you for helping to promote the Spectrum Scholarship Program!
- Cognotes is the official conference news publication and is readily available throughout the convention center. Check it out!
- Don't be afraid to ask strangers questions. And don't forget that some of your fellowScholars have conference experience, it's ok to ask questions and to volunteer information.
- Don't be too shy about looking at people's badges or having people read yours. People just want to get to know one another, that's what conference is very much about.
Spectrum Institute Required Events ALA Conference Scheduler links - note they say closed because they are geared for current Spectrum Scholars and invited guests/alumni only.
Attire for the Spectrum Institute
Dress for the Institute is comfortable business casual attire - we have long days and the meeting rooms can be chilly so I encourage layers. You are really welcome to wear what you feel most comfortable in, just note what you're going to feel most comfortable in amidst a room of future employers and colleagues. Be sure to pack at least two professional outfits - one for your opening session on Thursday, one for Sunday's Spectrum donor luncheon and the Association Options Fair. The opening session is more festive less business, but dress in a manner that you'll feel confident mingling with leaders in the profession. Bring comfortable dress shoes and an extra pair to slip into should you develop blisters.
Note that your airline may have new baggage restrictions and fees for checked luggage. I encourage you to pack conservatively to avoid any concerns at the airport. For those of you with extended stays, there is laundry service in the hotel if you wish to use it and there may very well be a laundromat somewhere nearby. Please feel free to add conference packing tips in the comments should you have any. Consider packing pieces that can be re-worn and mixed and matched with items that take up less space to conserve suitcase space. Lightweight options that don't wrinkle are also helpful, but our hotel will have an ironing board/iron in the room as well as hairdryers.
Attire for Annual Conference
In general same advice as for the Institute sessions: layers, comfortable shoes and bringing a back-up pair of shoes that won't hit your sore spots in the same place. Conference just allows you to be slightly more anonymous and you won't be pushed as aggresively into networking situations. We have a real array of why attendees might be at conference and how they dress often reflects their reasons for being there. Exhibitors are often the most professionally or corporate dressed; ALA members serving in leadership roles or on committees might opt for more professional business casual as they will be interacting with colleagues and other leaders often; general attendees visiting programs and the exhibits primarily may choose to be more casual. Special events like literary awards banquets may require dressier attire.
- A print-out of your hotel confirmation and a print-out of any electronic ticketing for your air-fare. Please do not print out the program/schedule for the Institute. You will receive a bound copy at the Institute. Please help us conserve paper!
- Easy access to your resume if you want to take advantage of ALA's Career Services during your free time at conference: http://joblist.ala.org/modules/jobseeker/Conference_Workshops.cfm.
- Business cards - if you have them, great to share with speakers and vice versa. If you don't have business cards already we suggest collecting cards from people you meet, taking good notes about how you want to follow-up, and sending prompt and carefully proof-read follow-up emails shortly after the Institute to continue networking.
- Two professional outfits - one for Thursday and one for Sunday. Think a little more casual than an interview outfit but along those lines.
- Comfortable business casual attire for the rest of the Institute & ALA, we have long days and the meeting rooms can be chilly so I encourage layers.
- Comfortable shoes.
- Ear plugs if you are a light sleeper and like to use them.
- Every room comes with a hair dryer and iron/ironing board.
- Healthy snacks. Catered meals are noted on the Spectrum Leadership Institute schedule of events, all will be buffet with vegetarian and vegan options. That said, conference days are long and hotel catering is not always the best good energy food. We suggest packing or purchasing healthy snacks (fruit, nuts, granola bars) to keep your energy high. You may inquire with the hotel concierge about places to shop nearby for food and any other necessities you've not got.
- Cash for tips (bell man and housekeeping at the end of your stay) and emergencies. Also budget to pay your baggage fees and ground transit from the airport to the hotel.
- A swimsuit if you like to swim. Workout clothes if you like to workout. Please visit the specific hotel website for information on what amenities are available in the hotel and local area.
- Your camera if you have one. If you do take pictures from time to time, chances are you'll be inspired to do so during the Institute and while visiting the conference city. I very, very much hope you will also consider sharing your photos with me after conference (digitally) so that I may include them in our Spectrum albums. You are also encouraged to post them to the Spectrum Fan page on Facebook.
- Sunscreen and/or hat.
- Your laptop if you want to bring it to take notes during sessions. Wi-Fi is not guaranteed in our meeting space but there is wi-fi in the Convention Center and may be other free hotspots in our area.
- Reusable water bottle.
Join alumni of ALA’s Spectrum Scholarship Program as they discuss how committee service and participation in member groups has opened up new leadership pathways, built their professional network, and enriched their personal lives. With tips from these panelists you can shoot for more than just getting involved in your professional organizations, to really getting something out of your experiences. Sponsored by the Spectrum Scholar Interest Group.
As you may know the Spectrum Scholar Interest Group, SSIG, sponsored a great program at ALA Annual in NOLA entitled The Job Hunt: What to do While You Wait. I wanted to thank our speakers -- Christina Thompson, College Archivist and Public Services Librarian, Hendrix College; Edwin Maxwell, Young Adult Librarian, Brooklyn Public Library & Nancy Kirkpatrick, Assistant Library Director, Marian University -- and create a space for the community to continue the conversation. I know this is a critical topic and I encourage you to share resources with one another. Some of you have already started sharing via the email list or Facebook and so I have pulled those posts over here. Please add comments!
I thought you might find these articles to be of interest if your on the job hunt.
Here is a blog post on "The Torment of Terrible Cover Letters" by Jenica, a library director at a SUNY school. It's great advice even if you aren't applying for an academic position. http://www.attemptingelegance.com/?p=922
Here is an article on networking in the 21st century on "How to Meet People in Real Life via LinkedIn". http://www.avidcareerist.com/2011/06/14/how-to-meet-people-in-real-life-...
Resource for job hunters mentioned at the session: https://www.facebook.com/ineedalibraryjob ~Chisa Uyeki
Hi All Spectrum Scholars,
Are you interested in serving on the Library Leadership and Management Associations (LLAMA ) Mentoring Committee? If so, than you are invited to volunteer for this great committee. Our committee gets lots of work done and you'll also work with a great group of individuals.
As a group, we, plan, implement, and oversee an ongoing LLAMA mentoring program. The mentoring program is designed to facilitate and encourage the professional development of current and emerging library leaders. These activities are intended to support the LLAMA Strategic Plan.
We are looking for someone with a technology background or skillset OR are serious about developing these skills independently. You must also be a member of LLAMA or be willing to become a member upon appointment to this committee.
This is a wonderful opportunity for anyone interested in becoming more involved with ALA and LLAMA! If you want to learn more about committee work, LLAMA, mentoring, or are looking for a volunteer opportunity in a supportive environment while sharing your tech skills, we would love to hear from you. Perfect for anyone new to committee work!
Vice Chair – LLAMA Mentoring Committee
The Spectrum Scholars Interest Group (SSIG) is looking for new members! We have a great team in place for 2009-2010, but we could use about 8-9 more members to round out the group.
What is the Spectrum Scholars Interest Group? We're a team of past scholars from a variety of professional settings, class years, and backgrounds who's charge includes:
- Cultivating the peer-mentoring and networking aspects of the community of Spectrum Scholars;
- Representing careers in libraries and the Spectrum program at local recruitment opportunities;
- Increasing the participation of Spectrum Scholars in ALA Committees and leadership;
- Raising awareness of the Spectrum Scholarship Program; and
- Promoting the interests and concerns of the Spectrum Scholars throughout the Association and the community at large.
Sound like the kind of group you'd like to join? If so, I'm looking for scholars who are great at
- planning and organizing events;
- exhibiting at career fairs;
- coordinating conference programs; and
- working with social networking technology.
If you have any of these skills and are committed to improving and expanding the Spectrum Scholarship program, you'd be a great SSIG member! To apply for a spot, send an email to me at email@example.com with your name, Spectrum year, qualifications, and reasons for wanting to join SSIG by Saturday, September 12.
New members will be selected and notified by Wednesday, September 16, 2009.
Veronica Arellano, Chair
on behalf of the Spectrum Scholars Interest Group