Office for Diversity, Literacy & Outreach Services

ALA Awards 60 Spectrum Scholarships for 2015-2016

CHICAGO — Today, the American Library Association's (ALA) Office for Diversity awards 2015-2016 Spectrum Scholarships to 60 exceptional students pursuing graduate degrees in library and information studies.

ALA Announces 2015-2016 Diversity Research Grant Recipients

CHICAGO — The American Library Association’s Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services has announced the recipients of the Diversity Research Grants for 2015.

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.

ALA and ProLiteracy seek pilot sites for adult literacy library initiative – deadline extended to July 12

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.

ALA task force seeks your input on Orlando and conference climate

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

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.

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