SILS graduate student, Lori E. Harris, receives Spectrum Scholarship

June 7, 2012

Lori HarrisLori E. Harris, a graduate student at the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has been awarded a 2012 Spectrum Scholarship.  

The Spectrum Scholarship Program, through the American Library Association's (ALA) Office for Diversity, provides scholarships to American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander students pursuing graduate degrees in library and information studies. Its mission is to improve service at the local level through the development of a representative workforce that reflects the communities served by all libraries. Since 1997, the ALA has awarded more than 800 Spectrum Scholarships.

Established in 1997, the ALA committed resources for 50 annual scholarships of $5,000 a year for Spectrum's first four years. The Spectrum program continues to fund scholarships through the initial endowment and the generous contributions of individuals and organizations whose donations support named scholarships in the Spectrum Family of Funds.

Harris is one of two recipients of the scholarships supported by the Medical Library Association/National Library of Medicine (MLA/NLM). The MLA/NLM Spectrum Scholarships support students of color with an interest in the field of medical or health sciences librarianship.

"With a research background in women’s health, archive studies and digital preservation management, the interdisciplinary nature of library and information science was the perfect choice when it came to finding a discipline that would allow me to combine all of my interests," said Harris.  "Attending UNC has allowed me to maintain my varied interests by declaring a concentration in Archives Record Management last semester. With this scholarship, I hope to be able to look at some of the similarities and differences inherent in the ways in which organizational standards and goals are achieved in both archives management and health informatics especially as it relates to policies and procedures.  As equally important, serving as a Spectrum Scholar will also allow me to work with those communities that could most benefit from my academic and professional knowledge."   

For more information on Spectrum and how you can contribute, please contact the Office for Diversity at 1 (800) 545-2433, ext. 5048 or visit The application period for 2013 Spectrum Scholarships will open in October 2012.

The remaining 49 2012 Spectrum Scholars include:

Andrea Barkley, University of Washington
Anthony Bishop (William R. Gordon Spectrum Scholar), University of Illinois
Liza Booker (Leo Albert Spectrum Scholar), University of Illinois
Moddie Breland (Howard M. and Gladys B. Teeple Spectrum Scholar), undecided
Brandon Cal, University of Washington
Brenda Carrillo, San Jose State University
Rosa Cesaretti, University of North Texas
Leonor Mabel Cortina, Texas Women's University
Jonathan DaSo, undecided
Amanda Davis (AASL Spectrum Scholar), Valdosta State University
Alicia Diego, University of North Texas
Orolando Duffus (OCLC Spectrum Scholar), North Carolina Central University
Monica Figueroa, Syracuse University
Melissa Floch, University of North Texas
Sarah Gross (Louise Giles Spectrum Scholar), University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
Ticha Gwaradzimba (ALSC Spectrum Scholar), University of Western Ontario
Lori E. Harris (NLM/MLA Spectrum Scholar), University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
April Hathcock , University of South Florida
Heath Horton (YALSA Spectrum Schola), Kent State University
Eugene Hsue, University of Pittsburgh
Meena Jain, Drexel University
Basheer Kareem (NLM/MLA Spectrum Scholar), Kent State University
Charlotte King (ACRL Spectrum Scholar), San Jose State University
Monica Lagares, Catholic University
Vivienne Layne, McGill University
Laura Liang (PLA Spectrum Scholar), Pratt Institute
Kirk MacLeod, University of Alberta
Ivelisse Maldonado, North Carolina Central University
Marcia McIntosh, University of Texas - Austin
Marisa Mendez-Brady (TLA Spectrum Scholar), University of Texas - Austin
Justin Mitchell, University of Pittsburgh
Christina Nhek, undecided
Maria Ornes, University of North Texas
Thomas Padilla, University of Illinois
Lauren Peters, San Jose State University
Levertes Ragland, Catholic University
Saira Raza (Betty J. Turock Spectrum Scholar), University of North Texas
Tamara Rhodes, North Carolina Central University
Argenis Rios, San Jose State University
Eva M.L. Rios-Alvarado, Simmons College
Charlotte Roh, University of Illinois
Diana Rojas, University of South Florida
Jose Miguel Ruiz (Ron Clowney Spectrum Scholar), University of Illinois
Elizabeth Sandoval-Marchand, University of Arizona
Angelibel Soto, University of South Florida
Christina Stone, Simmons College
June Thammasnong, Simmons College
Connie Thompson, University of Washington
Raina Tuakoi, San Jose State University
Alicia Zuniga, San Jose State University