Office for Diversity, Literacy & Outreach Services

ALA Awards 2016 Diversity Research Grants

CHICAGO — The American Library Association’s Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services has announced the recipients of the Diversity Research Grant for 2016.

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.

Innovative and successful diversity-in-action ideas sought for 2016 ALA Diversity & Outreach Fair

CHICAGO – The ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services invites library professionals from all kinds of institutions to submit proposals to participate in the 2016 Diversity and Outreach Fair, to be held from 3 – 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 25 at the American Library Association's Annual Conference in Orlando. Applications will be accepted through Tuesday, May 17, 2016.

ALA task force seeks your input on economic implications of participating at ALA functions

CHICAGO — The ALA Task Force on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion was created in the spring of 2014 by then ALA President Barbara Stripling.

Gear up for National Bookmobile Day 2016: free materials available

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 13, join the nationwide celebrations as libraries across the country will celebrate the vital services bookmobiles provide on the sixth annual National Bookmobile Day during National Library Week.

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  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.


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