Office for Literacy and Outreach Services

Digital supplement highlights libraries’ successes in serving adult English language learners

CHICAGO — A new digital supplement to American Libraries magazine out today tells the story of how libraries make a difference in the lives of adult English language learners and their families. 

The supplement  features libraries that received grant funding through the American Dream Starts @ your library project, and is released on the heels of an announcement that 50 new libraries will be eligible for American Dream grants in 2012.

Latino children’s authors and illustrators to receive prestigious 2012 Pura Belpré Award at ALA Annual Celebración

Pasadena, Calif. — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association and REFORMA (the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking, an ALA affiliate), will host the annual Celebración! to honor the 2012 medal and honor winners of the Pura Belpré Award during the annual conference of the American Library Association. The event will take place from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 24, 2012 in the Grand Ballroom Center in the Disneyland Hotel.

EMIERT celebrates 35 years of promoting ethnic diversity in libraries and the profession

CHICAGO — The ALA Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT) will mark 35 years of service as the Association’s source of information on recommended ethnic collections, services and programs with three sessions during ALA’s 2012 Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif.

Celebrate the very best in GLBT literature at the 2012 Stonewall Book Awards Brunch

CHICAGO — The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) of the American Library Association will mark another year of excellence in GLBT of the Stonewall Book Awards during the Stonewall Book Awards Brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, June 25, in the Anaheim Marriott Grand Salon A–D.

Panel to explore whistleblower protection at Annual Conference

CHICAGO — What is the line between protecting society and defending the truth? The ALA Social Responsibilities Round Table (SRRT) and the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Law and Political Science Section (LPSS) will present “National Security vs. the Right to Know,” a panel discussion during the 2012 ALA Annual Conference that will address the potential conflict between security concerns and the requirements of transparency, democracy, free press and the protection of whistleblowers.

GLBTRT and GLSEN team up to promote libraries as safe spaces during Annual Conference

CHICAGO — The ALA Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Roundtable (GLBTRT) and the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) will join forces to explore the ways that libraries can create safe, respectful and healthful environments for all youth, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression at ALA’s Annual Conference in Anaheim.

2012 Diversity and Outreach Fair celebrates building community connections

CHICAGO — The ALA Office for Literacy and Outreach Services (OLOS) has selected presentations for the 2012 Diversity and Outreach Fair, to be held from 3 p.m. - 5 p .m. on Saturday, June 23 in the Special Events area of Hall A at the Anaheim Convention Center.  

Explore service beyond library walls on Bookmobile Saturday

CHICAGO — Library outreach services continue to transform to meet the needs of 21st century patrons. Bookmobile Saturday, June 23, at the 2012 ALA Annual Conference provides attendees with opportunities to learn, network and gain inspiration.  Learn about the issues, technologies and best practices that are shaping today’s outreach services during two morning programs.

Celebrate excellence in children’s and young adult literature at the 2012 Coretta Scott King Book Awards Breakfast

CHICAGO — The Ethnic and Multicultural 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 2012 Coretta Scott King Book Awards Breakfast from 7 – 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 24 in the Hilton Anaheim Pacific Ballroom D during ALA’s 2012 Annual Conference.

2012 Rainbow Books list highlights quality GLBTQ books for children and teens

DALLAS – The 2012 Rainbow Books list, a joint project of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) and the Social Responsibilities Round Table (SRRT) of the American Library Association (ALA), was announced at ALA’s Midwinter Meeting held Jan. 20-23 in Dallas.

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