NLM’s Basheer Kareem Named 2012 American Library Association Spectrum Scholar
The American Library Association (ALA) Office for Diversity has awarded a new round of 50 Spectrum Scholarships. Basheer Kareem, a library technician in the National Library of Medicine's National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology (NICHSR), has been selected as a 2012 ALA Spectrum Scholar. Basheer is currently enrolled in the MLIS program at Kent State University School of Library and Information Science, with a degree expected in 2014.
The Spectrum Scholarship Program 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. NLM, in partnership with the Medical Library Association, has provided funding for 19 of these scholarships since 2000.
Crystal Smith, a reference librarian in the Rare Books and Early Manuscripts section of NLM's History of Medicine Division, was a 2001 Spectrum Scholar and earned her Master of Library Science degree from the University of Maryland at College Park in 2003.
Yani Yancey, an outreach librarian in the NLM Office of Communications and Public Liaison and former NLM Associate Fellow, was a 2008 Spectrum Scholar and earned her Master of Library Science degree from the University of Maryland at College Park in 2009.
Former NLM Associate Fellows Shannon Jones and Brenda Linares, now at the Tompkins-McCaw Library of the Virginia Commonwealth University and the Louis Calder Memorial Library of the University of Miami, respectively, were also Spectrum Scholarship recipients.
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