CHICAGO — Upon assuming the role of executive director of the American Library Association (ALA) last year, Tracie D. Hall prioritized the association's strategic focus on digital and information access; equity, diversity, and inclusion in libraries and the LIS workforce; and the preservation of library services. As a 1998 recipient of the Spectrum Scholarship and former director of ALA's Office for Diversity, Hall immediately went to work in her leadership role, confronting racism and focusing on action. Last June, she issued a strong challenge for our nation’s librarians, library professionals, and library supporters, calling for the rapid diversification of the LIS field, universal digital access, and a deeper financial commitment to libraries.
Responding to this call, an anonymous funder recently granted $170,000 to ALA's Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services (ODLOS) to provide an additional 20 scholarships as part of the 2020-2021 Spectrum Cohort.
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