Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services

2017 American Dream libraries announced

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services is pleased to announce the recipients of the fifth round of the American Dream Literacy Initiative grant, generously funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.

ALA strongly protests rollback of protections for our nation’s transgender students

CHICAGO  – Today American Library Association President Julie Todaro released the following statement strongly protesting the rollback of protections for transgender students in our nation’s public schools.

American Library Association announces 2017 youth media award winners

ATLANTA - 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 in Atlanta, Georgia.

A list of all the 2017 award winners follows:

John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature:

Cooke recipient of 2017 Achievement in Library Diversity Research Award

CHICAGO — Nicole A. Cooke, assistant professor in the iSchool at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is the recipient of the 2017 American Library Association (ALA) Achievement in Library Diversity Research Honor.

ALA joins observance of National Day of Racial Healing

Chicago -  On Jan. 17, the American Library Association (ALA) will join the W.K. Kellogg Foundation's Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation in the observance of the National Day of Racial Healing.  The day will provide an opportunity for the ALA to broaden and deepen its commitment to social justice in equity, diversity and inclusion.  

ODLOS Town Hall at Midwinter to explore identity and healing in challenging times

CHICAGO — Numerous shootings, sexual assaults, attacks in the legislation against the rights of GLBT communities and an election that continues to challenge our identity as a country have defined these difficult times.

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.

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.