Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services

2017 Coretta Scott King Book Donation Grants announced

CHICAGO – The W.R. Saffold Community Resource Center in Britton’s Neck, S.C., the Mayaguez Children’s Library in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico and the Lawrence Memorial Library in Windsor, N.C. have been selected to receive books as part of the 2017 Coretta Scott King Book Donation Grant program.

Spotlight on Rural, Native and Tribal Libraries at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) Rural, Native and Tribal Libraries of All Kinds Committee (RNTLOAK) and the American Indian Library Association (AILA) will be hosting two presentations during its Spotlight on Rural, Native, and Tribal Libraries: From Fresno to Alaska program at Annual Conference. The session will take place Monday, June 26th from 8:30-10:00am in room W176a in McCormick Place.

Celebrate the best in children’s literature at the Coretta Scott King Book Awards Breakfast

CHICAGO — The ALA Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT) and the Coretta Scott King Book Awards Committee will celebrate the best in children’s and young adult literature representing the African-American experience at the 2017 Coretta Scott King Book Awards Breakfast. The 2017 Awards Breakfast will be held from 7 – 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 25 in the Hilton Chicago Grand Ballroom during ALA’s 2017 Annual Conference and Exhibition in Chicago.

Satia Marshall Orange recipient of 2017 EMIERT Distinguished Librarian Award

CHICAGO — Satia Marshall Orange, former director of the Office for Literacy and Outreach Services (OLOS), is the recipient of the 2017 American Library Association Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT) Distinguished Librarian Award. The Distinguished Librarian Award recognizes significant accomplishments in library services that are national or international in scope and include improving, spreading, and promoting multicultural librarianship.

Innovative outreach programs and strategies sought for 2017 ALA Diversity & Outreach Fair

CHICAGO – The ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services invites library professionals from institutions of all kinds to submit proposals for the 2017 Diversity and Outreach Fair, to be held from 3 – 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 24 during the American Library Association's Annual Conference in Chicago. Proposals will be accepted through Tuesday, May 15.

Public Library Association awarded grant to sponsor summer library internships

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced today that it will pilot a diversity-focused library internship program this summer. PLA received funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (grant RE-00-17-0129-17) to launch the Inclusive Internship Initiative (III) program, which seeks to introduce young people from diverse backgrounds to careers in librarianship.

SRRT, SustainRT, AILA, APALA welcome Bill McKibben to ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO – Acclaimed environmentalist, activist and author Bill McKibben will be speaking at the American Library Association (ALA) 2017 Annual Meeting and Exhibits in Chicago from 1 - 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 24 in an event co-sponsored by ALA’s Social Responsibilities (SRRT) and Sustainability (SustainRT) Round Tables, the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA) and the American Indian Library Association (AILA). The title of Mr. McKibben’s talk will be “Imagining a World That Works – In Time to Prevent a World that Doesn’t.”

Get ready for National Bookmobile Day 2017 with free materials, ideas and more

CHICAGO — Every day, bookmobiles help transform communities they serve, providing access from books, magazines and videos to job search assistance and much more. On April 12, join the nationwide celebrations for #NBD2017 as libraries across the country highlight the vital services bookmobiles provide on the sixth annual National Bookmobile Day during National Library Week. 

Dr. Carla Hayden to kick off Spectrum 20th Anniversary celebration at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO - 14th Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden, the first woman and the first African American to lead the national library, will headline a special kick-off celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the American Library Association (ALA) Spectrum Scholarship Program at the 2017 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition in Chicago.

The cocktail hour “Spectrum at 20: A Celebration of Community” will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, June 25 at the 19 East Event Gallery located at 19 East 21st Street.

ALA seeks proposals for 2017-2018 Diversity Research Grants through April 15

The American Library Association (ALA) Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services seeks proposals for the Diversity Research Grant program. Applications may address any diversity-related topic which addresses critical gaps in the knowledge of diversity, equity, and outreach issues within library and information science.

The application deadline has been extended to midnight central time on April 15, 2017.

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