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Solidarity in Words, Solidarity in Action

An election is one of the strongest forms of democracy in action. As such, it should also be one of our most joyful celebrations. The year’s particularly divisive campaign, however, revealed a chasm of which many of us were not fully aware.

PLA President Felton Thomas Jr. releases statement on public libraries and inclusiveness

CHICAGO – Public Library Association (PLA) President Felton Thomas Jr. released the following statement in response to the divisive election season and the post-election challenges our communities face. This message is in support of the statement released earlier today by the American Library Association.

ACRL Diversity Alliance launches

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is pleased to announce the launch of the ACRL Diversity Alliance. Approved by the ACRL Board of Directors at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida, the ACRL Diversity Alliance program unites academic libraries who share a commitment to increase the hiring pipeline of qualified, talented individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups.

ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom launches Our Voices

CHICAGO – Today, the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) and Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services announced Our Voices, an initiative to offer a template to interested libraries to promote the growth of diverse, quality content in library collections.

ALA seeks internationally active mentors

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) is looking for internationally active U.S.-based librarians to serve as mentors for 50 new career librarians in the U.S. from diverse backgrounds.

The new career librarians received support from an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grant (RE-00-15-0108-15) to attend the 2016 International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) Congress in Columbus, Ohio, in August.

ODLOS launches Intersections, calls for contributors

CHICAGO – The ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services (ODLOS)is launching Intersections, a new blog that highlights the everyday work of library and information science workers as they advocate for equity and inclusion as they relate to diversity, literacy and access among membership, the field of librarianship and the communities they serve.

Announcing the 2016 #BannedBooksWeek Author Lineup

The Office for Intellectual Freedom eagerly reveals the talented authors who will be contributing their thoughts and perspectives for Banned Books Week on ALA's Intellectual Freedom Blog.
Their pieces will be posted Sept. 25 through Oct. 1. 

Contribute to the Banned Books Week conversation on twitter with the hashtag #BannedBooksWeek.

NYC librarian swims to raise funds for Spectrum in memory of Lynn Taylor

Miriam Tuliao, assistant director of selection at BookOps, announced that she will participate in the Grimaldo's Mile Swim to raise funds for the Spectrum Scholarship Program.  The event will be taking place in Brooklyn, NY on July 30, 2016.

Dollar General Literacy Foundation renews commitment to the American Dream literacy initiative

CHICAGO – Thanks to a generous grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, the American Library Association (ALA) and its Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services (ODLOS) will administer a fifth round of American Dream grants to public libraries to expand services to adult English language learners.

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