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Intersections, the blog of the ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services (ODLOS), highlights the work of library and information science workers as they create safe, responsible, and all-inclusive spaces that serve and represent the entire community, as well as initiatives and projects supported by the office that promotes their work.


    By Jody Gray | It is common knowledge that among people of color and American Indians there is a coping mechanism called “code switching.” Basically, the idea is that an individual alternates their behaviors or language to fit a particular situation. It is so common, it often plays out as just our survival instincts taking over.   As someone who has worked in the field of equity and diversity for over a decade, I’m not immune. Code switching can lead to me compartmentalizing parts of my identity to stay present in the work at hand. For the most...

Read more | 09/19/2016 - 16:24

Hello and welcome to Intersections, the blog of the ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services! A successor to the Diversity & Outreach Columns blog, we envision Intersections to be a vibrant and thriving place for our members to share the stories of our members’ work in creating safe, responsible, and all-inclusive spaces that serve and represent their communities. What’s more, we’ll also will be sharing exciting news from the Office, including information on conferences, initiatives, grants, and much more. We invite you to be a part of...

Read more | 09/01/2016 - 14:21