Office for Diversity, Literacy & Outreach Services

At 2017 Midwinter Meeting, talk to ALA about accessibility for people with disabilities

As part of an ongoing effort to improve its member experience, the American Library Association (ALA) will host a series of conversations at the 2017 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta.  

The focus of these 90-minute Kitchen Table Conversations will be on a key aspect of inclusion: accessibility for people with physical, mobility, visual, auditory or cognitive disabilities. All conference attendees are encouraged to take part, whether or not they use accessible services.

Applications sought for 2017 Coretta Scott King Book Donation Grants

CHICAGO — Underfunded libraries, schools and non-traditional organizations that provide educational services to children are invited to apply to receive one of three Coretta Scott King Book Donation Grants.

Thousands to view ALA Youth Media Awards results live

(CHICAGO) The American Library Association (ALA) will reveal the next classics in children’s and young adult literature and media during its Youth Media Awards at 8 a.m. ET, Jan. 23, 20l7, from Atlanta, Georgia.   Libraries, schools and book lovers from around the globe will follow the action live through ALA social media channels and live webcast at http://ala.unikron.com/2017 .  

Library Workers at the Atlanta March for Social Justice & Women

CHICAGO - ALA invites Midwinter attendees and Atlanta-area library workers wishing to participate in the Atlanta March for Social Justice & Women to gather in Hall A3 of the Georgia World Congress Center for poster making from 10:30am-12:30pm on Saturday, January 21. 

The Atlanta March for Social Justice & Women will be a peaceful demonstration of solidarity bringing together members of underrepresented communities, women, and their allies in Georgia and nationally.  

SustainRT to host free webinar Dec. 1 on AALL’s sustainability efforts

CHICAGO - ALA’s Sustainability Round Table (SustainRT) will be hosting a free webinar Thursday Dec. 1, 2016, 12:15 - 12:45 p.m. ET.

David Selden with the National Indian Law Library, will talk about the founding of the Committee on Environmental Sustainability under the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL). The Committee’s activities include a Conference Travel Offset Project and a Resolution on Sustainability in Law Libraries.

Registration is free. To learn more, please visit www.ala.org/sustainrt.

Daina Ramey Berry to keynote 2017 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Sunrise Celebration at ALA Midwinter

CHICAGO – Noted historian Dr. Daina Ramey Berry will deliver the keynote address during the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Observance and Sunrise Celebration during the American Library Association’s (ALA) Midwinter Meeting and Exhibits in Atlanta. The 2017 Celebration will be held from 6:30-7:30 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 23 in the Georgia World Congress Center.  

EMIERT accepting proposals for 2017 ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO – The ALA Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT) is now accepting proposals for presentations highlighting ethnic and multicultural library programs at ALA’s Annual Conference in Chicago.  

American Dream Round Five application launches

$5,000, $10,000 grants available to public libraries for adult ELL services

Transforming Lives through Literacy: AEFL Week 2016

CHICAGO — As we mark 2016’s National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, from Sept. 26 through Oct. 1, libraries across the country are transforming lives through literacy services for adults and families. The increasing demand for services underscores the intersection of literacy with access and equity. In its ties to income inequality, health outcomes, housing access, and rates of incarceration, literacy is an issue of social and economic justice.   

ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom launches Our Voices

CHICAGO – Today, the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) and Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services announced Our Voices, an initiative to offer a template to interested libraries to promote the growth of diverse, quality content in library collections.

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