ALA Diversity and Outreach Fair

ala diversity and outreach fair

2017 Diversity and Outreach Fair

Saturday, June 24, 2017 | 3:00-5:00pm | Chicago, IL

About the Fair

Each year, the ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services invites library professionals from all kinds of institutions to submit proposals to participate in the ALA Diversity and Outreach Fair, which is held during ALA’s Annual Conferences.

Generously sponsored by DEMCO, he Fair highlights library services to underserved or underrepresented communities, including people with disabilities; people experiencing poverty and homelessness; people of color; English-language learners; gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people; new Americans, new and non-readers; older adults; people living in rural areas; incarcerated people and ex-offenders; and mobile library services and bookmobiles. 

The theme for this year's fair is "Inclusive Outreach: Providing Services to the Underserved and Marginalized."

Selected presenters will develop and facilitate a poster session to be held during the ALA Annual Conference in the exhibits hall.  In addition, the participants are encouraged to submit, in digital format, information and resources from their program.

Presentation spaces will include a 4x8 raised bulletin board and a skirted 6' table. 

Please note: presenters are responsible for their own registration to ALA Annual Conference. 

Applications for the 2017 Fair are now closed

Past Fairs

2016: Theme - Libraries Transform: Outreach in Response to Civil Unrest

2016 Winners:

Representatives of DEMCO and the ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services have selected the following three presentations to win “Best of Show” recognition for creativity, visual appeal and stated impact on local community:

1. Yolo County (CA) Library, "Families Together in Public Library: A Second Chance for Probationer Parents"
2. REFORMA - The National Association to Promote Library Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking
3. Anaheim (CA) Public Library Bookmobile
All three institutions received gift certificates, courtesy of DEMCO. 
2015: Theme - Library Services for People Experiencing Poverty and Homelessness
        2015 Winners
  • First Place: University of North Carolina Greensboro, “The Library as an Incubator of Anti-Discrimination and Multicultural Engagement”
  • Second Place: University of Tennessee-Knoxville School of Information Sciences and the Center for Literacy, Education, and Employment, “Public Libraries and LGBTQ Youth Experiencing Homelessness: An IMLS Project
  • Third Place: Brooklyn Public Library, “Growing Outreach: Serving People Where they Are”
2014: Theme - Family Literacy
2013: Theme - Removing Barriers to Service for All: Creating Meaningful and Integrated Library Experiences for People with Disabilities
2012: Theme - Building Community Connections
2011: Theme - Family Literacy
2010: The - 20th Anniversary of ADA


For additional information about the ALA Diversity and Outreach Fair, please contact the ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services, 800-545-2433, ext. 2140, or