2013 Diversity & Outreach Fair celebrates creating integrated and meaningful experiences for people with disabilities
For Immediate Release
John L. Amundsen
Program Officer, Outreach and Communications
ALA Office for Literacy and Outreach Services
CHICAGO — The ALA Office for Literacy and Outreach Services (OLOS) has selected 27 presentations for the 2013 Diversity and Outreach Fair, to be held from 3 p.m. – 5:30 p .m. on Saturday, June 29 in the Special Events area of Hall A1 at McCormick Place during ALA’s Annual Conference in Chicago.
The selected presentations will highlight innovative and successful library outreach initiatives and programs during a poster session open to all ALA attendees at Annual Conference. The theme of this year’s fair will be Removing Barriers to Service for All: Creating Meaningful and Integrated Library Experiences for People with Disabilities.
Presentations at the fair will also highlight library services to underserved or underrepresented communities, including people with disabilities; poor and homeless populations; 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 2013 Diversity & Outreach presentations will include:
The Diversity and Outreach fair is free and open to all Annual Conference attendees. To learn more, please visit www.ala.org/divfair.
Generously sponsored by DEMCO, the ALA Diversity and Outreach Fair is an opportunity for libraries and member groups to share their successful diversity and outreach initiatives with ALA Annual Conference attendees, celebrate diversity in America’s libraries and exhibit “diversity in action” ideas.
To learn more about the Diversity and Outreach Fair, please visit www.ala.org/divfair.
For over 100 years DEMCO (www.demco.com) has supported the valuable work of librarians—taking pride in providing the best service possible. DEMCO’s mission is to continue to anticipate future needs, to supply products and services that support the activities of library professionals and improve library environments by making them more attractive and user-friendly. The people of DEMCO demonstrate their continuing commitment to library professionals through their support of the Library Champions Program and participation at ALA’s conferences.
The Office for Literacy and Outreach Services (OLOS) serves the Association by identifying and promoting library services that support equitable access to the knowledge and information stored in our libraries. OLOS focuses attention on services that are inclusive of traditionally underserved populations, including new and non-readers, people geographically isolated, people with disabilities, rural and urban poor people, and people generally discriminated against based on race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, language and social class.