Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services

ACRL funds 2018-19 Spectrum Scholar Stephanie Akau

CHICAGO – As part of its ongoing commitment to furthering equity, diversity and inclusion in librarianship, the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is supporting Stephanie Akau as its 2018-19 Spectrum Scholar. Akau currently works as a library information specialist at the University of New Mexico and is a student in the MLIS program at San Jose State University.

SRRT seeks applications for 2019 Herb Biblo Travel Grants

CHICAGO - The Social Responsibilities Round Table of the American Library Association (SRRT) is pleased to announce the first annual Herb Biblo Conference Travel Grants to help finance up to two SRRT members' attendance at the ALA Annual Conference. The $1000 award covers limited fees related to airfare, lodging, and conference registration.

GLBTRT seeks nominations for 2019 awards recognizing outstanding service to the LGBTQ community

CHICAGO - 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, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community.

ALA awards Spectrum Scholarships for 2018

CHICAGO - Today, the American Library Association's (ALA) Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services awards 2018-2019 Spectrum Scholarships to 62 exceptional students pursuing graduate degrees in library and information studies.  Since 1997, the ALA has awarded more than 1,100 Spectrum Scholarships.  In the 2018 application cycle, the Spectrum Scholarship Program received three times as many applications as there were available scholarships, and the majority of this year’s applicants were deemed highly fundable.  A prestigious committee of ten jurors selected this year’s Spectrum

American Library Association outraged by the refugee family separation policy

CHICAGO - American Library Association (ALA) President Jim Neal released the following statement regarding the outrageous and devastating act of separating refugee children from their parents and caregivers seeking asylum along the southwest border of the U.S. 

“The nation’s library community is appalled that innocent children would face such emotional trauma and would be locked in mass facilities and separated from their families,” Neal said. “There is no legitimate policy or moral basis for this unconscionable action.

ALA announces Diversity Research Grants

CHICAGO – The American Library Association’s (ALA) Office of Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2018-2019 Diversity Research Grant. This grant financially assists researchers in completing a project that is closely tied to equity, diversity, and/or inclusion in the library and information sciences field.

 

American Dream Literacy Initiative celebrates 10 years at 2018 ALA Annual Conference

An American Library Association (ALA) adult literacy initiative funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation will celebrate its 10th anniversary at the 2018 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans.

Tuliao swims to honor mentors and raise funds for Spectrum

Miriam Tuliao has announced that she will participate in the Foster Lake Cable Swims (Sanctioned OW, 2 Mile Cable National Championship) to raise funds for the Spectrum Scholarship Program. The event will take place on July 12th in Sweet Home, Oregon.  This is Tuliao's eleventh year swimming to raise funds for ALA’s Spectrum Scholarship Program.

Libraries celebrate June as GLBT Book Month™

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) and hundreds of libraries will celebrate June 2018 as GLBT Book Month™, a nationwide celebration of the authors and writings that reflect the GLBT experience.

The celebration is consistent with ALA’s commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion. It also recognizes the significant contributions of GLBT authors.