Diversity

ALA condemns racism and violence in Charlottesville

CHICAGO - Today American Library Association President Jim Neal released the following statement regarding the weekend’s tragic violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

ALA and affiliates issue joint statement on libraries and equity, diversity and inclusion

CHICAGO - Today the American Library Association, The American Indian Library Association, Asian Pacific American Librarians Association, Black Caucus of the American Library Association, Chinese American Librarians Association, REFORMA (The National Association to Promote Library & Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking) and the Joint Council of Librarians of Color issued a joint statement on equity, diversity, and inclusion.

ALA awards 2017-2018 Spectrum Scholarships

CHICAGO — Today, the American Library Association's (ALA) Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services awards 2017-2018 Spectrum Scholarships to 60 exceptional students pursuing graduate degrees in library and information studies.  Since 1997, the ALA has awarded more than 1000 Spectrum Scholarships.  In the 2017 application cycle, the Spectrum Scholarship Program received three times as many applications as there were available scholarships, and the majority of this year’s applicants were deemed highly fundable.  A prestigious committee of nine juror

Library Systems & Services supports LITA Spectrum Scholarship for future library leader

CHICAGO, June 12, 2017 - Library Systems & Services (LS&S) has increased its sponsorship level of the 2017-2018 LITA Spectrum Scholarship in honor of the 20th Anniversary of the Spectrum Scholarship Program of the American Library Association (ALA). The Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) Spectrum scholarship encourages interest in the library automation field among aspiring librarians with leadership potential.

Public Library Association hosts Washington, D.C. kickoff event for inclusive summer internship program

CHICAGO — A group of high-school-aged interns and their library mentors will travel to Washington, D.C. this month for the Inclusive Internship Initiative kickoff event. This initiative, which seeks to introduce young people from diverse backgrounds to careers in librarianship, is administered by the Public Library Association (PLA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). 

Inclusive Internship Initiative to launch at Library of Congress

Washington, D.C. - This summer 50 teens from diverse backgrounds and from 25 states will participate in the first-ever national Inclusive Internship Initiative, set to kick off at 9:30 a.m. on June 16, in the Madison Building of the Library of Congress.

Celebrate Outreach at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO – Every day, libraries across the country deliver vital library services across the communities they serve. To showcase the work outreach library professionals do on a daily basis, the ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services and the Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services is presenting Bookmobile and Outreach Saturday, a series of programs and events during ALA’s Annual Conference in Chicago that showcases the wide range of services and programs that libraries provide beyond their walls.

The silence of the archive

CHICAGO — “The Silence of the Archive,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, provides a groundbreaking discussion of a major but little considered issue: Why do archives, sometimes seen as the repositories of truth, often fail to satisfy users because they do not contain information which they expect to find?

ALA awards 2017 Diversity Research Grants

CHICAGO — The American Library Association’s Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services has announced the recipients of the Diversity Research Grant for 2017-2018.

The grants consist of a one-time $2,500 award for original research. Recipients will conduct their research over the course of the year, are expected to compile the results of their research into a paper and will be asked to present and/or publish the final product in conjunction with the American Library Association.

2017 ALA Diversity & Outreach Fair to celebrate inclusive outreach, diversity-in-action ideas

CHICAGO — The ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services has selected 33 presentations for the 2017 Diversity and Outreach Fair, to be held from 3 – 5 p .m. on Saturday, June 24 in the Special Events area in the Exhibits Hall at McCormick during ALA’s Annual Conference in Chicago.  

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