ODLOS Webinar Topics

Do you have a great idea for a webinar? Share your passions with the profession! The American Library Association’s Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services (ODLOS) welcomes submissions of various topics for our future webinars.  We are especially interested in - but not limited to - areas related to Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach.

Submission Form

To submit a proposal, complete the online submissions form.  


Successful online webinar proposals should:
  • Name all presenters with relative teaching experience
  • Provide a 250 word description
  • Be aligned with ALA's guidelines, standards and competencies for equity, diversity, and inclusion
  • Show plans for presentations allotted for either 60 or 90 minutes
  • Clearly outlines learning outcomes that will advance services to our target service populations
  • Illustrate how the webinar will address a topic of interest for ODLOS

Our target service populations include

  • Historically disadvantaged racial and ethnic groups 
  • Those discriminated against based on gender or sexual identities and expressions
  • Those from other protected classes including: age, religion, and disability status
  • Those discriminated against based on nationality or language
  • Those who experience socio-economic barriers
  • People geographically isolated
  • People experiencing hunger, homelessness & poverty
  • Immigrants, refugees and new Americans
  • New and non-readers

Content areas we seek to develop

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
  • Advocacy
    • Valuing Diversity
    •  Recruitment for Diversity
  • Race
  • Micro-aggressions and Inclusion
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Gender expression
  • Feminism/combating sexism
  • Disability
  • Cultural Competency
    • Intercultural communications
  • Class
    • Social- economic justice
    • Equity
  • Family Literacy
    •  Literacy Across A Lifespan
  •  Adult Education
    •  Employment Recruitment
    •  Employment Services
  •  English Language Learning
    •  Citizenship and Immigration
  • Community Organizing and Peace Building
  • Organizational and Institutional Change
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • Serving Traditionally Underserved Populations

Speaker & Topic Suggestions

We also welcome hearing from you if you have ideas of presenters or additional topics not included above.  Please use the contact information below to share your ideas. 


ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services
50 E. Huron St.
Chicago, Illinois 60611
1-800-545-2433 ext. 4294
Fax: 312-280-3256
Email: diversity@ala.org