Diversity Committee

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Updated: March 16, 2015

Applications are now being accepted for the ALAO Diversity Scholarship.

Please complete the application form by Monday, April 6, 2015.

The Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO) values diversity in its membership, in the profession, and in future library professionals. For that reason, we offer a $1,500 scholarship to a promising student enrolled in an ALA-accredited MLS program who exemplifies the qualities needed to ensure a diverse library workforce.

The scholarship will be applied directly to the recipient’s bursar account for tuition at his or her academic institution. As the scholarship recipient, the student will receive a complimentary registration for ALAO’s Annual Conference, and one year of mentoring by a selected ALAO Member. Please note that your financial aid may be reduced if you are awarded the ALAO Diversity Scholarship.

Basic Criteria:
A qualified candidate will…
  • Be a full time or part time student enrolled in or recently accepted to an ALA-accredited MLS program, either on campus or via distance education, for the fall term following the call for scholarship applications.
  • Currently live in Ohio.
Demonstrate the following:
  • Potential in the field
  • Leadership ability
  • Diversity in one or more ways, including, but not limited to: race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, life experience, physical ability, and a sense of commitment to these and other diversity issues.

References: Two references are required; you should be prepared to submit names and contact information as part of the application form. These individuals should be able to address your commitment to diversity, your qualifications for graduate study, and your likelihood of success in a career in librarianship. The Diversity Committee will contact references directly during the process of the application review.

Application deadline: *** Monday, April 6, 2015***
For additional information or questions, please contact the ALAO Diversity Committee Chair:

Eileen Theodore-Shusta, MLS, MAS
Director of Planning Assessment & Organizational Effectiveness
Ohio University Libraries

Committee Purpose

The purpose of the Diversity Committee is to address various aspects of human diversity, including ethnic and racial; gender and disability issues; international or cross-cultural issues; gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender issues; and age. This Committee serves as an advisory group to ALAO to assist the organization in providing leadership for diversity by acting as a bridge to promote understanding across racial and cultural lines and to help foster and sustain diversity throughout the organization.


Past President, Public Relations Coordinator, and up to 5 ALAO members recruited by the Committee Chair and formally appointed by the President. See the ALAO Procedures Manual [http://www.alaoweb.org/procmanual/committees.html] for more information.

Committee Members

Chair: Eileen Theodore-Shusta, Ohio University

• Judith Cerqua (Ohio State U)
• Brianne Miller (Columbus State)
• Sue Polanka (advisor) (Wright)
• Aimee deChambeau (U-Akron)
• Ex-Officio: Betsy Blankenship (Past-President); Alisa Mizikar (Public Relations Coordinator)

Recent Activities 

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