A UNM library information specialist is being honored by two prestigious programs.


Stephanie Akau was named one of the American Library Association’s 2018-2019 Spectrum Scholars.

Since 1997, ALA has awarded more than 1,000 Spectrum Scholarships to exceptional students who are pursuing graduate degrees in library and information studies. Scholars are selected based on their commitment to equity and inclusion, their demonstrated community outreach and their commitment to the library profession, academic achievements and leadership potential.

Akau was also accepted into the Junior Fellows Summer Internship Program at the Library of Congress (Music Division). She is currently in Washington D.C. taking part in the highly competitive program.

Akau is pursuing her MLIS at the San Jose State University School of Information and anticipates attaining her degree in 2019. She holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts in clarinet performance/music education cognate from the University of Cincinnati, a Master of Music in clarinet performance from Michigan State University, and a Bachelor of Music Education (Summa Cum Laude) from UNM. Stephanie also has rich work experience with positions in libraries, archives, education, museums, and fine arts organizations.