Office for Diversity

Michelle Harrell Washington appointed director of ALA's Office for Diversity, Office for Literacy and Outreach Services

CHICAGO — Mary W. Ghikas, senior associate executive director, ALA, has announced that Michelle Harrell Washington has been appointed the new director, Office for Diversity (OFD) and Office for Literacy and Outreach Services (OLOS), the American Library Association, effective Feb. 11, 2013. 

ALA Office for Diversity calls for 2013-2014 Diversity Research Grant proposals

CHICAGO - The American Library Association (ALA) Office for Diversity seeks proposals for its Diversity Research Grant program.  Applications may address any diversity topic, including the recruitment and promotion of diverse individuals within the profession or the provision of library services to diverse populations, that addresses critical gaps in the knowledge of diversity issues within library and information science.

The application deadline is April 30, 2013. Applicants must be current ALA members. 

American Library Association releases new data to update Diversity Counts report

Kansas City, Mo. — The American Library Association (ALA) released new data to update “Diversity Counts,” a comprehensive study of gender, race, age and disability in the library profession. 

IMLS hosts 'All Things Digital' panel at Joint Conference of Librarians of Color

CHICAGO — The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) will convene an “All Things Digital” panel at the Joint Conference of Librarians of Color, Sept. 19-23, 2012, in Kansas City, Mo. 

“All Things Digital,” from 8:30 - 10 am. on Saturday, Sept. 22, will provide an opportunity to explore the future of library services with experts leading some of the profession’s most innovative and ambitious projects.

Latino children’s authors and illustrators to receive prestigious 2012 Pura Belpré Award at ALA Annual Celebración

Pasadena, Calif. — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association and REFORMA (the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking, an ALA affiliate), will host the annual Celebración! to honor the 2012 medal and honor winners of the Pura Belpré Award during the annual conference of the American Library Association. The event will take place from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 24, 2012 in the Grand Ballroom Center in the Disneyland Hotel.

Chabrán named 2012 Achievement in Library Diversity Research Honoree

CHICAGO — Richard Chabrán, adjunct professor, School of Information Resources and Library Science, University of Arizona, has been named the 2012 Achievement in Library Diversity Research Honoree. As part of its ongoing support of the propagation of library-based diversity research, the ALA Council Committee on Diversity and the ALA Office for Diversity are pleased to recognize Mr. Chabrán for his contributions to the profession and his promotion of diversity within it. The Office for Diversity began designating this honor in 2004.

ALA awards 2012 Diversity Research Grants to Naidoo, Simpson, Wallace, Wiegand

CHICAGO — The American Library Association’s Office for Diversity has announced the recipients of the Diversity Research Grants for 2012.

The grants consist of a one-time $2,000 award for original research and a $500 travel grant to attend and present at the 2013 ALA Annual Conference.  Recipients are expected to conduct their research over the course of the year and compile the results into a program for the 2013 American Library Association Annual Conference in Chicago.

Many Voices, One Nation welcomes Chertavian, Fekadu, Huerta

CHICAGO — Gerald Chertavian, Tewodros Fekadu and Javier O. Huerta will join Many Voices, One Nation: Anaheim, from 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. on Friday June 22 in the Anaheim Convention Center Room Room 304 AB, during the 2012 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif.  Admission to Many Voices, One Nation is free and open to all Annual Conference attendees.

2012 Spectrum Scholarship winners announced

CHICAGO —This year, the American Library Association's (ALA) Office for Diversity is awarding a new round of 50 Spectrum Scholarships.

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