Office for Literacy and Outreach Services

New OLOS toolkit provides powerful new tools for library service to poor and homeless populations

CHICAGO — “Extending Our Reach: Reducing Homelessness through Library Engagement,” the latest toolkit from the ALA Office for Literacy and Outreach Services (OLOS) is now available as a free print or digital edition.

Developed by the ALA Social Responsibilities Round Table (SRRT) and the Office for Literacy and Outreach Services, “Extending Our Reach” offers tips, tools, resources, model programs, best practices and much more to assist librarians and library staffers in creating meaningful library services for people who are experiencing homelessness.

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation renews support for 'The American Dream Starts @ your library'

Grants will increase literacy resources for adult English language learners

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA), with generous support from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, is offering a third round of “The American Dream Starts @ your library®” literacy grants to add or improve literacy services at public libraries nationwide.

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.

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