2016 ALA Diversity & Outreach Fair to feature library services during times of civil unrest, diversity in action ideas
For Immediate Release
John L. Amundsen
Program Officer, Outreach and Communications
ALA Office for Literacy & Outreach Services
CHICAGO — The ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services has selected 28 presentations for the 2016 Diversity and Outreach Fair, to be held from 3 – 5 p .m. on Saturday, June 26 in the Special Events area in the Exhibits Hall at the Orange County Convention Center during ALA’s Annual Conference in Orlando.
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 “Libraries Transform: Outreach in Response to Civil Unrest.”
Presentations at the fair will also highlight library services to underserved or underrepresented communities, including people with disabilities; 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 2016 Diversity & Outreach Fair will feature presentations from the following organizations and initiatives:
ALA Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT)
ALA Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT)
ALA Spectrum Scholarship Program
ALA Task Force on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
The American Dream Starts @ your library
American Indian Library Association
Anaheim Public Library Bookmobile
Asian Pacific American Librarian Association (APALA)
Association of Bookmobiles & Outreach Services
Baruch College, City University of New York
Black Caucus of the American Library Association, Inc.
Chinese American Librarians Association
The Coretta Scott King Book Awards
Design for Learning
Florida State University, The Art of an Open Mind Digital Library Group
Librarians Build Communities (ALA)
National Network of Libraries of Medicine
Norfolk Public Library (Virginia)
Office of Minority Health Resource Center, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Plainfield Public Library
REFORMA - The National Association to Promote Library & Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking
The University of Michigan Library
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
University of Utah - J. Willard Marriott Library and University of Washington - Odegaard Undergraduate Library
University of Washington
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Yolo County Library - Arthur F. Turner Community Library
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.