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Office for Diversity

One of fifteen offices within the American Library Association, we serve as a key resource and link to the professional issues which speak to diversity as a fundamental value and action area of the association. The Office for Diversity serves as the liaison to the Committee on Diversity and its subcommittees.  Additionally, this office administers Spectrum, a scholarship program designed to improve library service through the development of an ethnically diverse workforce. Explore the links on the left and the Office Highlights section below to learn more about our Office and the resources available on this site.  Office for Diversity Logo

Office for Diversity Highlights

Karen Brown Letarte joins ALA as Director, Office for Diversity

The Office for Diversity is pleased to welcome Karen Brown Letarte as its new Director!  Visit our About Us page for information on contacting Karen. 

2007-2008 Diversity Research Grants Awarded

The American Library Association’s Office for Diversity is delighted to announce the recipients of the Diversity Research Grants for 2007. Each year the Office for Diversity and the Diversity Research Grant Jury identify three areas of scholarship where research is needed, typically one proposal is chosen from within each topic for a total of three awards. Visit the Diversity Research Grants page for information on this year's recipients and stay tuned for the 2008 Call for Proposals.

2007 Spectrum Scholarship Recipients Announced

We are pleased to announce the 2007-2008 Spectrum Scholars! The 80 Spectrum Scholarships awarded this year mark the largest cohort of Spectrum Scholars to date. The record number of available scholarships is due both to the generosity of individuals and organizations and to a substantial grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Spectrum Doctoral Fellowship Recipients Announced

We are pleased to announce the six inaugural Spectrum Doctoral Fellows.  More information on these distinguished Fellows and the program can be found on the Spectrum Doctoral Fellowship website.

Diversity Counts - ALA Releases National Study of Diversity in Library Workforce

The American Library Association (ALA) has released "Diversity Counts," a comprehensive study of gender, race and age in the library profession.  The study was conducted by the ALA Office for Research & Statistics, ALA Office for Diversity and Decision Demographics, a research firm based in Arlington, Va. and confirms the need for continued recruitment of people of color. "This study is a call to action for the profession," said ALA President-Elect Loriene Roy. "While we have made progress, the findings confirm the need to commit additional time and financial resources to recruit a more diverse workforce. If libraries are to remain relevant to all of our users, our staffs must reflect our country's demographics."  Review the findings at

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Learn more about the Office for Diversity staff by visiting our About Us page.

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