Office for Diversity, Literacy & Outreach Services

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.

ODLOS launches Intersections, calls for contributors

CHICAGO – The ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services (ODLOS)is launching Intersections, a new blog that highlights the everyday work of library and information science workers as they advocate for equity and inclusion as they relate to diversity, literacy and access among membership, the field of librarianship and the communities they serve.

NYC librarian swims to raise funds for Spectrum in memory of Lynn Taylor

Miriam Tuliao, assistant director of selection at BookOps, announced that she will participate in the Grimaldo's Mile Swim to raise funds for the Spectrum Scholarship Program.  The event will be taking place in Brooklyn, NY on July 30, 2016.

Dollar General Literacy Foundation renews commitment to the American Dream literacy initiative

CHICAGO – Thanks to a generous grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, the American Library Association (ALA) and its Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services (ODLOS) will administer a fifth round of American Dream grants to public libraries to expand services to adult English language learners.

Join the Lecture Series, "The Birth of a Nation: Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition"

The Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services (ODLOS) of the American Library Association (ALA), The United Nations Remember Slavery Programme, Fox Searchlight Pictures, and BazanED invite libraries to participate in a nationwide lecture series and community-building initiative, "The Birth of a Nation: Slavery, Resistance & Abolition." The series is in observance of the 185th Anniversary of Turner's Rebellion, as well as the United Nations' International Day for the Remembrance of The Slave Trade and its Abolition, observed annually (since 2007) on August 23 (

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