What's New: January 2005
In its commitment to diversity in the health sciences librarianship profession, the Medical Library Association (MLA), along with the National Library of Medicine (NLM), is pleased to announce that it will provide additional support to the American Library Association (ALA) Spectrum Initiative Scholarship Program by jointly sponsoring two scholars instead of one. In addition to the increase in the number of scholarships, the two organizations will also make total annual donations of $6,500 for each Spectrum scholar, an increase from the $5,000 awarded in previous years. The increased award and number of scholarships will begin with two scholars to be named in June 2006.
In 2000, MLA and NLM pledged a ten-year commitment to the Spectrum initiative to support minority students in their goals of becoming health sciences information professionals and to help address the critical need for minority representation in health sciences libraries. All African-American, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, and Pacific Islander prospective library school applicants or individuals attending ALA-accredited library schools with less than 12 credit hours are welcome to apply for the scholarship.
Spectrum scholarship applications must be received by ALA by March 1. Recipients are announced at the ALA annual meeting in June. For more information, visit the MLA Awards page, contact the ALA Spectrum Program at 800.545.2433 x4276, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
MLA is proud to contribute to increasing diversity in the health sciences librarianship profession and looks forward to continuing its work with NLM and ALA in furthering this goal.
MLA, a nonprofit, educational organization, is comprised of health sciences information professionals with more than 4,700 members worldwide. Through its programs and services, MLA provides lifelong educational opportunities, supports a knowledgebase of health information research, and works with a global network of partners to promote the importance of quality information for improved health to the health care community and the public.
For more information, please contact Lisa C. Fried, email@example.com, 312.419.9094 x28.
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Last Updated: 2007 July 13