SILS doctoral student receives new Spectrum Doctoral Fellowship

August 30, 2013

Elnora K. TayagElnora K. Tayag, doctoral student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science, is the recipient of a new Spectrum Doctoral Fellowship. The Spectrum Doctoral Fellowship Program: Building Change, is a diversity recruitment program funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and offered through the American Library Association.

Tayag is an associate librarian and professor at California State University Channel Islands where she teaches a critical thinking course and coordinates library outreach. Her research interests include creating digital mechanisms to document and access collective memory, cultural heritage and community-based collections, and exploring the role of media and cultural materials in developing social capital and information networks. Tayag published her first book, Filipinos in Ventura County, as part of the Images of America series by Arcadia Publishing, 2011. She also serves on the Filipino American Library (FAL) Board of Directors. A native of Los Angeles and former middle school teacher with the Los Angeles Unified School District, Tayag earned her Bachelor’s degree in Art History from UC Irvine, Master’s degree in Religion from Claremont School of Theology and Master’s degree in Library Information Science from UCLA.

The Spectrum Doctoral Fellowship Program: Building Change seeks to reinforce and expand efforts to recruit racially and ethnically diverse individuals to the LIS professorate. According to the Association for Library and Information Science Education’s (ALISE) “Library and Information Science Statistical Report 2009,” ethnic minorities (American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander) account for just over 10 percent (5 of 46) of LIS Deans and Directors and 24 percent (153 of 645) of full-time professors, associate professors or assistant professors.

The selected Spectrum Doctoral Fellows receive full tuition support and stipends for two years beginning in Fall 2013 through funding from the IMLS; support for participation in professional conferences where they can share their research; and participation in two Spectrum Doctoral Fellows Institutes to prepare for their doctoral studies and dissertation work. Participating academic programs provide tuition and stipends for Spectrum Doctoral Fellows’ remaining years of study after the first two years.

"I am deeply honored and humbled to be selected as a Spectrum Doctoral Fellow and for the opportunity to pursue doctoral studies at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill," said Tayag. "Spectrum and UNC’s SILS is a dream come true. I am excited to have this opportunity and grateful that Spectrum and UNC SILS have made it possible.  I am thankful for ALA’s Spectrum initiatives and am committed to its mission of supporting scholars from diverse backgrounds and building change. I look forward to deepening my knowledge of LIS and engaging with my peers and colleagues to contribute in meaningful and innovative ways to our profession."

The inagural Spectrum Doctoral Fellowships have been awarded to an additional five students including: RaShauna Brannon at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; LaVerne Gray at the University of Tennessee Knoxville; Miraida Morales at Rutgers University; Myrna Morales at Simmons College; and Mario Ramirez at the University of California – Los Angeles. More information about each Fellow can be found at http://www.ala.org/offices/diversity/spectrum/phd.

In 2006, with funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and in partnership with the University of Pittsburgh, the American Library Association (ALA) launched the Leaders Wanted: Spectrum Doctoral Fellowship Program and oversaw the recruitment of twelve doctoral candidates.  Under the current Building Change project, ALA continues its efforts and is partnering with participating academic programs to support six doctoral fellows in the attainment of their degree.  To learn more about the Spectrum Doctoral Fellowship Program, visit http://www.ala.org/offices/diversity/spectrum/phd.