Office for Diversity, Literacy & Outreach Services

2015 ALA Diversity & Outreach Fair to feature library services to people experiencing poverty and homelessness, diversity in action ideas

CHICAGO — The ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services has selected 23 presentations for the 2015 Diversity and Outreach Fair, to be held from 3 p.m. – 5 p .m. on Saturday, June 27 in the Special Events area in Exhibits Hall at the Moscone Convention Center during ALA’s Annual Conference in San Francisco.  

ALA’s Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services and ProLiteracy receive IMLS grant to expand adult literacy services through libraries

CHICAGO – ALA’s Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services, in partnership with ProLiteracy, has received a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to develop online training and supporting resources to better equip librarians and library staff to serve adult learners. The grant award is $106,669.

ALA Annual Conference programming to highlight library services for immigrants

CHICAGO — Every day, libraries provide immigrants in their communities with access to essential programs and resources that help them to navigate society.

ALA and ProLiteracy seek pilot sites for adult literacy library initiative

CHICAGO – ALA’s Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services and ProLiteracy have joined efforts to further the initiatives outlined in the Adult Literacy through Libraries National Library Literacy Action Agenda. With a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program, ALA and ProLiteracy will develop an openly accessible training and a collection of resources.

VMM15: Your historic opportunity to vote on a VMM resolution

CHICAGO — Be one of more than 500 members who will have the first-time ever opportunity to vote on a resolution submitted via the Virtual Membership Meeting (VMM15). American Library Association (ALA) members can make their voices heard regarding the organization’s strategic direction and budget priorities by sharing their ideas and experiences and offering their suggestions during the annual Virtual Membership Meeting (VMM).

Free webinar to explore innovations in ELL community engagement

CHICAGO — The ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services will host a free webinar highlighting successful and replicable programs and services geared towards English language learners. The webinar, “ELL Practitioners Panel: Innovations in Community Engagement” will be held from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Central Time on Wednesday, May 6.

ALA Office for Diversity calls for 2015-2016 Diversity Research Grant proposals

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Office for Diversity seeks proposals for its Diversity Research Grant program.  Applications may address any diversity topic, including the recruitment and promotion of diverse individuals within the profession or the provision of library services to diverse populations, which addresses critical gaps in the knowledge of diversity issues within library and information science.

The application deadline is May 26, 2015. Applicants must be current ALA members. 

ALA task force seeks your input on equity, diversity and inclusion

CHICAGO The ALA Task Force on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion was created in the spring of 2014 by then ALA President Barbara Stripling.

The Task Force is currently in the information-gathering phase. To aid with information gathering, it has launched a series of short surveys to be conducted at times to coincide with the ALA Midwinter Meetings and Annual Conferences through 2016. These surveys are designed to help understand the culture of the association, the profession and our communities with respect to equity, diversity and inclusion.

ALA Awards 2014 Diversity Research Grants

CHICAGO — The American Library Association’s Office for Diversity has announced the recipients of the Diversity Research Grants for 2014.

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 publish the final product in conjunction with the American Library Association.

Office for Diversity accepting nominations for Achievement in Library Diversity Research

CHICAGO As part of its ongoing support of the propagation of library-based diversity research, the ALA Office for Diversity is seeking nominations for the 2014 Achievement in Library Diversity Research. 

The Achievement in Library Diversity Research recognizes ALA members for their contributions to the profession through research on diversity issues within library and information science. 

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