iSchool Home to two ALA Spectrum Scholars

Maryland’s iSchool will play host to two newly named ALA Spectrum Scholars beginning in Fall 2015. Shaina Destine and Brenda Johnson-Perkins were both named 2015-2016 Scholars by the American Library Association.

The Spectrum Scholarship Program is the one of the premier initiatives from the American Library Association with the goal of recruiting and providing scholarships to American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander interested in obtaining a graduate degree and leadership positions within the information profession. The program’s aim is, “…to increase the number of racially and ethnically diverse professionals working as leaders in the field of library and information science to best position libraries and institutions at the core of today’s culturally diverse communities.”

Shaina V. Destine was selected by the American Library Association to receive the Medical Library Association Spectrum Scholarship. She will be using that scholarship to pursue her passion in Archives and Digital Curation at the University of Maryland, College Park. For the 2015-2016 academic year, she will also serve as a Graduate Assistant in the Office of Multicultural Involvement and Community Advocacy. Shaina’s beginnings are in the Bronx, NY. She graduated top of her class from Saint Catharine Academy, a private high school in the Bronx then went on to attend Johnson & Wales University. She graduated summa cum laude from JWU in 2006 with a Bachelor’s degree in Sport/Entertainment/Event Management with a concentration in Hospitality Sales & Meeting Management. For the next few years, Shaina worked a variety of positions – most notably, she has over eight years in medical administration and education. She hopes to work in an archive and work with underserved populations.

Brenda Johnson Perkins is a librarian and Outreach Coordinator at the Baltimore County Public Library, Randallstown Branch. Last year, she was the recipient of the Disabled Advocate Award from the Baltimore County Commission on Disabilities and the Baltimore County Public Library’s Staff Merit Award. Brenda also serves as co-chair of the Accessibility and Disability Action Team – a system wide initiative to implement technology, training and programming in support of mentally and physically challenged customers. Brenda will begin to pursue a Master’s Degree in Library Science at the University of Maryland with a focus on diversity and inclusion. She is eager to discover more about the integration of information services, resources, technologies and outreach that serve diverse and often underserved populations.

Congratulations to Shaina and Brenda!

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