School of Library & Information Science Graduate Student, Green, Named 2014-2015 ALA Spectrum Scholar


LSU School of Library & Information Science (SLIS) graduate student Heather Green was named a 2014-2015 Spectrum Scholar by the American Library Association (ALA).

The ALA Office of Diversity awarded the 50 scholarships to exceptional students pursuing graduate degrees in library and information studies.

Green was chosen from a highly competitive pool of applicants. A prestigious committee of seven jurors selected this year’s Spectrum Scholars based on their commitment to diversity, commitment to entering the library profession, demonstrated community outreach, academic ability and achievements and leadership potential. 

“We are so proud that Heather Green was chosen for this prestigious award. She is one shining example of the outstanding students in SLIS,” SLIS Interim Director Dr. Ed Holton said. “It is students like Heather that continue to bring national recognition to our program.”

Green’s concentration is in academic libraries. Upon graduation, she hopes to work either in an academic library that has a focus in journalism or in a special library devoted to media and communications. She comes to the library science field from a career in publishing. She is currently completing her second semester in the SLIS program.

“I have learned a lot in this short period of time—not just about how libraries function, but also how important they are to the community and their function as community centers,” Green said. “As I move forward in my library sciences career, I hope to combine my previous educational background and my publishing experience with the knowledge I gain from the SLIS program.”

The Spectrum program recruits and provides scholarships to American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander students to assist them with obtaining a graduate degree and leadership positions within the profession and our organization. The program aims to increase the number of racially and ethnically diverse professionals in the field of library and information science to best position libraries at the core of today’s culturally diverse communities.

About SLIS
The LSU School of Library & Information Science prepares individuals for positions of responsibility in the field of library and information service and strives to contribute to the advancement of knowledge in the field.

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About CHSE
The College of Human Sciences & Education (CHSE) is a nationally accredited division of Louisiana State University. Formed in 2012, CHSE brings together programs and capitalizes on individual strengths to create a dynamic new college that addresses the socially significant issues we face as a state and nation. The College is comprised of the School of Education, the School of Leadership and Human Resource Development, the School of Kinesiology, the School of Library and Information Science, the School of Social Work, and the University Laboratory School. These combined schools offer 8 undergraduate degree programs and 18 graduate programs, enrolling more than 1,900 undergraduate and 977 graduate students. The College is committed to achieving the highest standards in teaching, research, and service and is continually working to improve its programs.

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