Diversity

International librarianship as professional development

CHICAGO — Whether you’re a library professional with decades of experience or a recent graduate in your first position, career enrichment can mean so much more than simply watching a webinar, taking a class, or even attending a conference. There’s a different kind of professional development out there, one that involves travel, experiencing different cultures and new languages, and learning the kinds of interpersonal skills you can’t get sitting behind a desk.

ALA awards Spectrum Scholarships for 2018

CHICAGO - Today, the American Library Association's (ALA) Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services awards 2018-2019 Spectrum Scholarships to 62 exceptional students pursuing graduate degrees in library and information studies.  Since 1997, the ALA has awarded more than 1,100 Spectrum Scholarships.  In the 2018 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 ten jurors selected this year’s Spectrum

ALA announces Diversity Research Grants

CHICAGO – The American Library Association’s (ALA) Office of Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2018-2019 Diversity Research Grant. This grant financially assists researchers in completing a project that is closely tied to equity, diversity, and/or inclusion in the library and information sciences field.

 

Tuliao swims to honor mentors and raise funds for Spectrum

Miriam Tuliao has announced that she will participate in the Foster Lake Cable Swims (Sanctioned OW, 2 Mile Cable National Championship) to raise funds for the Spectrum Scholarship Program. The event will take place on July 12th in Sweet Home, Oregon.  This is Tuliao's eleventh year swimming to raise funds for ALA’s Spectrum Scholarship Program.

Retired ALA Finance Director continues to go the extra mile for Spectrum

Gregory Calloway, retired Associate Executive Director of Finance of the American Library Association (ALA) will once again be raising funds in support of the ALA’s Spectrum Scholarship Program by participating in the Ricky Byrdsong Memorial Race Against Hate in Evanston, Ill on June 17.

PLA launches new interest groups in online community platform

CHICAGO -- The Public Library Association (PLA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has unveiled eight new interest groups in the online community platform, ALA Connect. ALA Connect is a site where members of ALA meet and mingle virtually, discuss library-related topics and issues, share ideas, collaborate in communities, and come together to do the work of the Association.

2018 Coretta Scott King Book Donation Grants Announced

CHICAGO — Art Aids Art and the eKhaya eKasi Art and Education Center in Khayelitsha, South Africa; the Athens Housing Authority, University of Georgia College of Education, and Parkview Community in Athens, GA; and the Uni Project in New York, NY have been selected to receive books as part of the 2018 Coretta Scott King Book Donation Grant program.

Alexandra Rivera wins the 2018 Equality Award

CHICAGO — Alexandra Rivera is the 2018 recipient of the ALA’s Equality Award. The annual award, $1,000 and a framed citation of achievement donated by Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, is given to an individual or group for outstanding contributions toward promoting equality in the library profession.

Public Library Association announces library cohort for 2018 Inclusive Internship Initiative

CHICAGO -- Today the Public Library Association (PLA) announced the libraries in its 2018 Inclusive Internship Initiative (III) cohort. Last summer, PLA piloted this first-of-its-kind internship program designed to present librarianship as a viable career option for the next generation of Americans. In 2017, PLA sponsored paid, mentored public library internships for 50 high school juniors and seniors at 39 host libraries across the U.S., including two tribal libraries and sites in Alaska and Hawaii.

AASL publishes new research on diversity in graphic novels

CHICAGO – New research published in the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) peer-reviewed online journal, School Library Research (SLR),examines how race is depicted in graphic novels for teens in light of the “We Need Diverse Books” and “Reading Without Walls” movements. SLR promotes and publishes high-quality original research concerning the management, implementation and evaluation of school library programs.