Office for Diversity, Literacy & Outreach Services

NYC librarian swims to raise funds for Spectrum in memory of Lynn Taylor

Miriam Tuliao, assistant director of selection at BookOps, announced that she will participate in the Grimaldo's Mile Swim to raise funds for the Spectrum Scholarship Program.  The event will be taking place in Brooklyn, NY on July 30, 2016.

Dollar General Literacy Foundation renews commitment to the American Dream literacy initiative

CHICAGO – Thanks to a generous grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, the American Library Association (ALA) and its Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services (ODLOS) will administer a fifth round of American Dream grants to public libraries to expand services to adult English language learners.

Join the Lecture Series, "The Birth of a Nation: Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition"

The Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services (ODLOS) of the American Library Association (ALA), The United Nations Remember Slavery Programme, Fox Searchlight Pictures, and BazanED invite libraries to participate in a nationwide lecture series and community-building initiative, "The Birth of a Nation: Slavery, Resistance & Abolition." The series is in observance of the 185th Anniversary of Turner's Rebellion, as well as the United Nations' International Day for the Remembrance of The Slave Trade and its Abolition, observed annually (since 2007) on August 23 (

2016 ALA Diversity & Outreach Fair to feature library services during times of civil unrest, diversity in action ideas

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.  

Summer BreakSpot in Orlando

The ALA Task Force on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and Librarians Build Communities Member Interest Group invites you to join them in supporting the Orange County Library's Summer Breakspot. Four Orange County Public Library branches are hosting Summer BreakSpot.

Donate School Supplies in Orlando!

The ALA Task Force on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in collaboration with Orange County Library System and Librarians Build Community are sponsoring a school supplies drive at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference to benefit students in the Orlando area.  As you prepare for your trip, put a packet of pencils or notepaper in your suitcase – they don’t take up much room, and are good placeholders for the books you’ll surely be bringing back.  We are looking for:

ALA president responds to Orlando mass shooting

CHICAGO – American Library Association (ALA)  President Sari Feldman released the following statement regarding the tragic mass shooting at Pulse, a popular GLBTQ nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

“The library community is deeply saddened by the tragedy at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando,” said Feldman. “Our thoughts are with the victims, their families and friends, and the GLBTQ community.

Seminole and Miccosukee Tribes of Florida

2016 Annual Conference will be held in Orlando, FL. The American Library Association would like to acknowledge the indigenous history of the state of Florida and recognize the Seminole Tribe of Florida and the Miccosukee Indian Tribe of Florida across the state.

Retired ALA Finance Director to go the extra mile for Spectrum

CHICAGO - Gregory Calloway, retired Associate Executive Director of Finance of the American Library Association (ALA) will be raising funds for ALA’s Spectrum Scholarship Program by participating in the Ricky Byrdsong Memorial Race Against Hate in Evanston, Ill on June 19. 

“Today more than ever, awareness of and actions to promote diversity and inclusion are extremely critical to the betterment of our society. Supporting Spectrum is more important now than ever! Join me in the fight against all kinds of harmful…isms,” said Calloway. 

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