Office for Diversity, Literacy & Outreach Services

Achievement in Library Diversity Research Nominations

Each year the Diversity Research Grant Advisory Committee of the American Library Association’s Office of Diversity seeks to recognize an individual for significant contributions to diversity research and outreach efforts in Library and Information Science by honoring them with an Achievement in Library Diversity Research. Achievement is defined as a body of work or a groundbreaking piece whose dissemination advances our understanding of or sparks new research in the areas of diversity. Entries are not limited to peer reviewed, scholarly publication.

American Library Association announces 2016 youth media award winners

BOSTON - 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 & Exhibits in Boston.

A list of all the 2016 award winners follows:

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

Thousands to join free ALA Youth Media Awards webcast

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) will unveil the next classics in children’s and young adult literature and media during the ALA Youth Media Awards at 8 a.m. ET on Jan. 11, 20l6, from the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.  Unlimited virtual seats for the ALA Youth Media Awards webcast will be available at http://ala.unikron.com/2016/  the morning of the announcements, as virtual visitors will join more than 2,000 onsite audience members.

Stripling to deliver Call-to-Action address at 2016 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Sunrise Celebration

CHICAGO – Barbara Kay Stripling, senior associate dean and assistant professor of practice at Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies and past-president of the American Library Association (ALA), will serve as Call-to-Action speaker at the 2016 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Sunrise Celebration during ALA’s Midwinter Meeting in Boston. The 2016 Celebration will be held from 6:30 - 7:30 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 11 in room 205BC in the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

Libraries Transform: Adult Education and Family Literacy

CHICAGO – As we mark national Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, libraries across the country are transforming lives through literacy services for adults and families. The need is great. In the U.S. low literacy is a reality for one in six adults, while one in 10 speaks limited English, and nearly 30 million adults lack a high school diploma. Whether native or foreign born, these Americans struggle not only with low literacy and its associated issues—worse health outcomes, lower wages and higher unemployment—but also with challenges to accessing 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.  

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