Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services

Colson Whitehead to Keynote Freedom to Read Foundation’s 50th Anniversary Celebration

Colson Whitehead, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Underground Railroad, will be the keynote speaker for the Freedom to Read Foundation’s 50th anniversary celebration in Washington, D.C. on June 22, 2019. Tickets for this commemorative celebration are now available.

Go “Beyond the Racial Stalemate” at the 2019 ALA Annual Conference

In his 2008 speech on race, titled "A More Perfect Union," then-candidate Barack Obama described a "racial stalemate we've been stuck in for years." He suggested that, if we don't do something different, "nothing will change." A decade later, we're still stuck. How do we move forward? 

LLAMA webinar: Best practices for accessible and inclusive marketing

Outreach and marketing are vital for all types of libraries, but it can seem like an overwhelming challenge to ensure that promotional materials, online content and social media posts are inclusive and accessible to everyone. The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) will presentBeyond Ticking Off the Boxes: Best Practices for Accessible and Inclusive Marketing,” on Wednesday, March 13, at 1:30-3:00 p.m. CT.

ALA announces participants in Racial Healing Circle workshop with AAC&U

Forty-two library workers and educators have been selected to participate in a two-day workshop to learn how to lead Racial Healing Circles, a transformative facilitation process, championed by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, that strives to help communities engage with storytelling, deep listening and relationship building that can support healing from the effects of racism.

ALA President announces future EDI Efforts

CHICAGO - American Library Association (ALA) President Loida Garcia-Febo today unveiled a variety of tools for library workers to continue to embed Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) principles within the profession and communities at large.

“Libraries of all types are invaluable allies inspiring understanding and community healing as our profession and patrons work to understand our differences,” said Garcia-Febo. “This is a pivotal time for ALA members as we all work to transform the profession and our institutions through education and lifelong learning.

American Library Association launches EDI Speakers Bureau

Chicago – The Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services (ODLOS) has launched the EDI Speakers Bureau. This online resource highlights experts from the library profession who are available to speak on topics surrounding equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI).

American Library Association announces 2019 youth media award winners

SEATTLE  — The American Library Association (ALA) today announced the top books, video and audio books for children and young adults – including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery and Printz awards – at its Midwinter Meeting in Seattle, Washington.

A list of all the 2019 award winners follows:

John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature:

“Merci Suárez Changes Gears,” written by Meg Medina, is the 2019 Newbery Medal winner. The book is published by Candlewick Press.

American Indian Youth Literature Awards highlighted during ALA Youth Media Awards

SEATTLE – The American Indian Library Association’s (AILA) American Indian Youth Literature Awards were highlighted today during the American Library Association (ALA) Youth Media Award announcements. The awards are presented in even-numbered years, and new selection announcements will take place during the 2020 Youth Media Awards announcements on Jan. 27, during the ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

2019 Sydney Taylor Book Award winners announced

SEATTLE – Selections from a new addition to the ALA Youth Media Awards pantheon were revealed today. The 2019 winners of the Sydney Taylor Book Award, administered by the Association of Jewish Libraries, an affiliate of the American Library Association (ALA), were announced today in Seattle, Washington.

The Sydney Taylor Book Award is named in memory of the author of the classic All-of-a-Kind Family series. The Award recognizes titles for children and teens that exemplify high literary standards while authentically portraying the Jewish experience.