Diversity

ALA takes responsibility for past racism, pledges a more equitable association

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) accepts and acknowledges its role in upholding unjust systems of racism and discrimination against Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) within the association and the profession.

We recognize that the founding of our Association was not built on inclusion and equity, but instead was built on systemic racism and discrimination in many forms. We also recognize the hurt and harm done to BIPOC library workers and communities due to these racist structures.

ALA statement condemning police violence against BIPOC, protesters and journalists

CHICAGO — The American Library Association is deeply saddened by the death of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis Police Department, as well as the killings by police or vigilantes of Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Ahmaud Arbery, and far too many others. We are in solidarity with the statements of BCALA and APALA, and affirm our earlier statement condemning violence and racism towards Black people, Indigenous people and all people of color.1 2 3

ALA releases Libraries Respond - Black Lives Matter resource

CHICAGO - Since 2016, The American Library Association's (ALA) Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services (ODLOS) has maintained the Libraries Respond page – a resource for addressing current social justice issues. Our newest installment is Libraries Respond – Black Lives Matter.

ALA Executive Board stands with BCALA in condemning violence and racism towards Black people and all People of Color

CHICAGO  — The Executive Board of the American Library Association (ALA) stands with the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA) in condemning violence and racism towards Black people and all People of Color.

ALA Executive Board stands with APALA in condemning xenophobia, racism

CHICAGO — The Executive Board of the American Library Association (ALA) stands with the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA) in condemning xenophobia and racism.

The ALA Executive Board endorses APALA’s March 13 statement, in which it “unequivocally denounce[d] the rise in racism and xenophobia against Asians and Asian/Pacific Americans in wake of the outbreak of COVID-19 (caused by the novel coronavirus)."

Tuliao to run 125 miles in support of Spectrum and in honor of NYPL anniversary

CHICAGO — As The New York Public Library (NYPL) celebrates 125 years, Miriam Tuliao has announced that she will run 125 miles during the month of June to raise funds for the Spectrum Scholarship Program. Her run will honor 125 current and former NYPLers who have dedicated their lives in service to New York City and communities all across North America.These inspiring, indefatigable library veterans include adult, children’s and teen specialists, managers, technical and reference services staff, readers’ advisors, programmers, and directors.

GLBT Book Month™ given new name

CHICAGO –  Formerly known as GLBT Book Month™, the American Library Association (ALA) will now observe the month of June as Rainbow Book Month™, a nationwide celebration of the authors and writings that reflect the lives and experiences of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, pansexual, genderqueer, queer, intersex, agender and asexual community.

2020 Over the Rainbow Book List features 70 titles for adult readers

PHILADELPHIA -- The Over the Rainbow Book List Committee of the American Library Association's Rainbow Roundtable (RRT) gave careful consideration to 324 books this year, 152 fiction and 172 nonfiction. Choosing 32 fiction titles and 38 nonfiction titles to make up the complete 2020 Over the Rainbow Book List, the committee was thrilled by the continued expansion of queer publishing, the depth of substantial topics covered, and the number of quality books from all over the genre spectrum. No longer is the focus solely upon stories of tragedy, but rather about lives filled with joy.

Libraries Ready to Code Opens Call for Applications: Mini-Grants for Digital Skills Programs

In advance of Digital Learning Day, ALA is opening a call for applications for $700 mini-grants to school, tribal, public, and academic libraries to design and implement programs using Google’s Applied Digital Skills resources.

ALA seeks proposals for 2020-2021 Diversity Research Grants

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services (ODLOS) seeks proposals for the Diversity Research Grant program. Applications may address any diversity-related topic which addresses critical gaps in the knowledge of diversity, equity and outreach issues within library and information science. Proposals are due by midnight Pacific time on April 15, 2020.