Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services

ALA book award winners featured in exciting virtual celebration

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) is offering an exciting new 11 hour virtual event celebrating the winners of several of its major book awards, including the esteemed Newbery and Caldecott medals, the Coretta Scott King Book Awards, the Printz Award, and the Stonewall youth and adult Book Awards.

ALA releases Libraries Respond - Black Lives Matter resource

CHICAGO - Since 2016, The American Library Association's (ALA) Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services (ODLOS) has maintained the Libraries Respond page – a resource for addressing current social justice issues. Our newest installment is Libraries Respond – Black Lives Matter.

ALA Executive Board stands with APALA in condemning xenophobia, racism

CHICAGO — The Executive Board of the American Library Association (ALA) stands with the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA) in condemning xenophobia and racism.

The ALA Executive Board endorses APALA’s March 13 statement, in which it “unequivocally denounce[d] the rise in racism and xenophobia against Asians and Asian/Pacific Americans in wake of the outbreak of COVID-19 (caused by the novel coronavirus)."

ACRL, ARL, ODLOS, and PLA announce joint cultural competencies task force

CHICAGO - The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the American Library Association’s Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services (ODLOS), and the Public Library Association (PLA) announce the formation of the Building Cultural Proficiencies for Racial Equity Framework Task Force. 

The task force is charged to create a framework for cultural proficiencies in racial equity that can be used in public and academic libraries through:

Tuliao to run 125 miles in support of Spectrum and in honor of NYPL anniversary

CHICAGO — As The New York Public Library (NYPL) celebrates 125 years, Miriam Tuliao has announced that she will run 125 miles during the month of June to raise funds for the Spectrum Scholarship Program. Her run will honor 125 current and former NYPLers who have dedicated their lives in service to New York City and communities all across North America.These inspiring, indefatigable library veterans include adult, children’s and teen specialists, managers, technical and reference services staff, readers’ advisors, programmers, and directors.

GLBT Book Month™ given new name

CHICAGO –  Formerly known as GLBT Book Month™, the American Library Association (ALA) will now observe the month of June as Rainbow Book Month™, a nationwide celebration of the authors and writings that reflect the lives and experiences of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, pansexual, genderqueer, queer, intersex, agender and asexual community.

Spectrum Scholarship Program launches apparel fundraiser

CHICAGO -- The American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services (ODLOS) launched a merchandise fundraiser today for the Spectrum Scholarship Program. All proceeds raised from the sale of merchandise will go to support critical funding, dynamic community building, and direct opportunities to collectively advance equity, diversity, and inclusion in the library/information science field through Spectrum.

ALA seeks proposals for 2020-2021 Diversity Research Grants

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services (ODLOS) seeks proposals for the Diversity Research Grant program. Applications may address any diversity-related topic which addresses critical gaps in the knowledge of diversity, equity and outreach issues within library and information science. Proposals are due by midnight Pacific time on April 15, 2020.

Imani Perry to keynote 21st annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Observance and Sunrise Celebration

CHICAGO – Professor and author Imani Perry will deliver the keynote address at the 21st Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Observance and Sunrise Celebration during the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting and Exhibits in Philadelphia. The 2020 Celebration will be held from 6:30-7:30 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 27 in the Pennsylvania Convention Center, Terrace II Ballroom.

ALA live webcast to reveal next classics in children's and YA literature  

CHICAGO - On Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, at 8 a.m. ET, the American Library Association (ALA) will reveal the next classics in children’s and young adult literature during its Youth Media Awards announcements from Philadelphia. Libraries, schools and book lovers from around the globe will follow the action live by visiting, Facebook Live  @AmericanLibraryAssociation or following hashtag #alayma20.