Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services Advisory Committee

Charge

The Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services (ODLOS) Advisory Committee provides advice and support to the ODLOS on the areas of diversity, literacy and outreach.  The Advisory Committee is comprised of member groups that represent diverse viewpoints and constituents and will provide a two way forum to communicate member needs to ODLOS and for the Office to share information with member groups.  The Advisory Committee members will offer dynamic perspectives to help guide the strategic direction of ODLOS, will assess program effectiveness, encourage the exploration of new ideas and initiatives, and strengthen the growth of equity and inclusion within the American Library Association and the profession as a whole.  Members are appointed to the ODLOS Advisory Committee through recommendations from the Presidents/Chairs of the stakeholder committees and organizations, with an additional three members appointed by the ALA President-elect.

Roster

Elissia Buell (Chair, July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2018)
Angela J. Barnes (Member, July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2019)
Elissia Buell (REFORMA Representative, July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2018)
Martin L. Garnar (Committee on Diversity Representative, February 1, 2017, to June 30, 2018)
Martha L. Goddard (ASCLA Representative, February 1, 2017, to June 30, 2018)
Mimi Lee (EMIERT Representative, July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2018)
Lessa Kanani'opua Pelayo-Lozada (APALA Representative, July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2018)
Ann D. Plazek (ABOS Representative, July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2018)
Omar Jerome Poler (AILA Representative, July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2018)
Mr. Jeffrey Sowder (Member, July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2019)
Mrs. Barbara Salazar Torreon (Member, July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2019)
Mr. Kelvin Antonio Watson (BCALA Representative, July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2018)
Gwendolyn N. Weaver (Committee on Literacy Representative, July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2018)
Mr. Kieran Hixon (ARSL Representative, October 9, 2017, to June 30, 2018)
Ms. Mary Beth Lock (SustainRT Representative, July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2018)
Sherre L. Harrington (SRRT Representative, October 9, 2017, to June 30, 2018)
Ms. Dontana D. McPherson-Joseph (GLBTRT Representative, July 1, 2017, to July 1, 2018)
Clara Harmon (Intern, July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2019)
Ms. Kate Rojas (Intern, July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2018)
Dr. Qi Chen (CALA Representative, July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2018)
Twanna K. Hodge (Ex-Officio Member, July 1, 2017, to July 31, 2018)
Mr. Mike L. Marlin (ALA Executive Board Liaison, July 1, 2017, to July 1, 2018)
Lessa Kanani'opua Pelayo-Lozada (ALA Executive Board Liaison, July 1, 2017, to August 1, 2018)
Jody Gray (Staff Liaison, November 2, 2015, to July 1, 2020)

Displaying active committee roster as of 10/20/2017. Last retrieved on 10/20/2017. Members can log in to view full contact information for committee members.

Composition

ODLOS Advisory Committee is made up of 1 representative each from identified affiliates, ODLOS committees and subcommittees (ex-officio positions), round tables, with three member-at-large positions appointed by the President-Elect. Affiliates and Round Tables will select their own member representative. The breakdown is as follows:

  • American Indian Library Association (AILA)
  • Asian Pacific Librarians Association (APALA)
  • Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA)
  • Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA)
  • REFORMA (the national association to promote library and information services to Latinos and the Spanish speaking)
  • Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT)
  • Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA)
  • Ethnic & Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT)
  • Social Responsibilities Round Table (SRRT)
  • Sustainability Round Table (SustainRT)
  • Association of Bookmobile & Outreach Services (ABOS)
  • Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL)
  • Committee on Literacy (COL)--Chair will serve (ex officio)
  • Rural, Native and Tribal Libraries of All Kinds (RNTLOAK) Committee—Chair will serve (ex officio)
  • Committee on Diversity (COD) Chair will serve (ex officio)
  • Spectrum Advisory Committee (SAC, subcommittee of ODLOS Advisory Committee--Chair will serve (ex officio)
  • Diversity Research Grants Advisory Committee (DRGADV, subcommittee of ODLOS Advisory Committee--Chair will serve (ex officio)
  • 3 Members-at Large positions

All voting members will have two-year staggered terms, with a chairperson appointed annually by the ALA President-elect in consultation with the Advisory Committee members.  Ex-Officio Committee Chairs are appointed for terms aligned with their term as Chair.  

Subcommittees & Task Forces

PAST SUBCOMMITTEES

  • Subcommittee on Bookmobiles
  • Subcommittee on Library Services to Native Americans
  • Subcommittee on Library Services to the Poor and Homeless
  • Subcommittee on Older Adults

Staff Liaison

Jody Gray, Director
ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services
50 East Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60611
800-545-2433, ext. 5295 | jgray@ala.org