Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services

Public libraries invited to apply for $10,000 American Dream grants for adult literacy services

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) and Dollar General Literacy Foundation invite public libraries to apply for grants to expand services for adult English language learners or adults in need of basic education and workforce development.

ALA receives $1.1 million from W.K. Kellogg Foundation for reading and discussion model for underserved youth as part of national Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation effort

CHICAGO — Libraries will engage more than 5,000 underserved young adults in transformative, humanities-based reading and discussion programming thanks to a $1.1 million grant to the American Library Association (ALA) from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF).

The Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Great Stories Club (TRHT GSC), will connect ALA’s longstanding Great Stories Club literary programming model to the Kellogg Foundation’s Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation efforts.

Nominees sought for 2018 Coretta Scott King – Virginia Hamilton Author/Illustrator Award for Lifetime Achievement

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) is accepting nominations for the Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Author/Illustrator Lifetime Achievement Award. The award is named for award-winning children’s author Virginia Hamilton (1936-2002), recipient of the 1983, 1986 and 1996 Coretta Scott King Book Award, 1974 National Book Award and the 1975 John Newbery Medal. In 1994, she was awarded the prestigious Hans Christian Anderson Author Award for the body of her work and was named a fellow of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation in 1995.

GLBTRT seeks nominations for 2018 awards recognizing outstanding service to the GLBT community

Every year, the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) of the American Library Association seeks to honor librarians, library related organizations (including libraries, library staff, library boards, library friends), and other individuals or groups (public or private) that have demonstrated excellence in the area of responding to the needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community.

Libraries Transform through Literacy: AEFL Week 2017

CHICAGO – As we mark 2017’s National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, from September 24-30, libraries across the country are transforming lives through literacy services for adults and families. The correlation between literacy and income inequality, health outcomes and rates of incarceration, among other issues of social and economic justice, underscores how literacy intersects with equity, access, and inclusion.

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.