Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services

  • The 2018 JCLC Steering Committee invites you to submit a proposal for presentation at the conference focusing on the theme “Gathering all Peoples: Embracing Culture & Community” by December 15
  • Intersections - the blog of the ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services
  • Libraries Respond
  • Download the newly-updated (Spring 2017)  Small but Powerful Guide to Winning Big Support for Your Rural Library
  • Have a topic for a ODLOS Webinar? Let us know!
  • Support the Spectrum between now and Dec. 31st and you gift may be matched dollar for dollar up to $1,000.


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The ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services supports library and information science workers in creating responsible and all-inclusive spaces that serve and represent the entire community. To accomplish this, we decenter power and privilege by facilitating conversations around access and identity as they impact the profession and those we serve. We use a social justice framework to inform library and information science workers' development of resources. We strive to create an association culture where these concerns are incorporated into everybody's everyday work. 

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  • What We Do - Our mission and scope
  • Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion - Initiatives and partnerships promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion in libraries and the library profession
  • Lifelong Literacy - Resources, grants, and initiatives supporting literacy across the lifespan 
  • Outreach Initiatives - Initiatives and programs geared to promote access to library services to all
  • Resources - Member-driven and developed resources in support of diversity, literacy, and outreach services
  • Member Groups and Affiliates - Committees, roundtables, and affiliate organizations which liaise with the Office
  • Events - Year-round and Conference-based events held by the Office
  • Staff - Contact information for ODLOS staff

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