Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services

ALA responds to end of Deferred Action to Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program

CHICAGO -  Today American Library Association President Jim Neal released the following message regarding the Trump administration’s announcement that it will end the Deferred Action to Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program which protected nearly 800,000 undocumented youth from deportation as they pursued the American dream.

"Our nation’s libraries serve all community members, including immigrants, offering services and educational resources that transform communities, open minds and promote inclusion and diversity,“ said Neal.

ALA and GLBTRT work to safeguard civil liberties, continue to support understanding and mutual respect

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) and the ALA’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) released the following statement in response to current policy efforts to exclude transgender individuals from military service, LGBTQ recognition under the Civil Rights Act and other protections from discrimination by means of actions addressing religious freedom.

“Regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race or class, we all deserve to live and thrive in a society that fosters mutual respect and understanding.

Sustainability Round Table Announces Free Student Memberships

The ALA Sustainability Round Table (SustainRT) is pleased to announce free memberships for LIS students!

Beginning September 1, 2017, students may join SustainRT for free. To qualify for a free membership, students must be:

ALA condemns racism and violence in Charlottesville

CHICAGO - Today American Library Association President Jim Neal released the following statement regarding the weekend’s tragic violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Free webinar seeks to help libraries launch services for immigrants

The Public Library Association (PLA) and the American Library Association's Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services (ODLOS) are partnering to offer a webinar for library professionals who are interested in offering services to immigrants.

ALA awards 2017-2018 Spectrum Scholarships

CHICAGO — Today, the American Library Association's (ALA) Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services awards 2017-2018 Spectrum Scholarships to 60 exceptional students pursuing graduate degrees in library and information studies.  Since 1997, the ALA has awarded more than 1000 Spectrum Scholarships.  In the 2017 application cycle, the Spectrum Scholarship Program received three times as many applications as there were available scholarships, and the majority of this year’s applicants were deemed highly fundable.  A prestigious committee of nine juror

Library Systems & Services supports LITA Spectrum Scholarship for future library leader

CHICAGO, June 12, 2017 - Library Systems & Services (LS&S) has increased its sponsorship level of the 2017-2018 LITA Spectrum Scholarship in honor of the 20th Anniversary of the Spectrum Scholarship Program of the American Library Association (ALA). The Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) Spectrum scholarship encourages interest in the library automation field among aspiring librarians with leadership potential.

Celebrate Outreach at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO – Every day, libraries across the country deliver vital library services across the communities they serve. To showcase the work outreach library professionals do on a daily basis, the ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services and the Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services is presenting Bookmobile and Outreach Saturday, a series of programs and events during ALA’s Annual Conference in Chicago that showcases the wide range of services and programs that libraries provide beyond their walls.

ALA awards 2017 Diversity Research Grants

CHICAGO — The American Library Association’s Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services has announced the recipients of the Diversity Research Grant for 2017-2018.

The grants consist of a one-time $2,500 award for original research. Recipients will conduct their research over the course of the year, are expected to compile the results of their research into a paper and will be asked to present and/or publish the final product in conjunction with the American Library Association.

2017 ALA Diversity & Outreach Fair to celebrate inclusive outreach, diversity-in-action ideas

CHICAGO — The ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services has selected 33 presentations for the 2017 Diversity and Outreach Fair, to be held from 3 – 5 p .m. on Saturday, June 24 in the Special Events area in the Exhibits Hall at McCormick during ALA’s Annual Conference in Chicago.  

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