Diversity

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.

Libraries champion nation’s diversity through Día, April 30

CHICAGO – Demographic trends indicate the United States will become a majority minority country in the near future. To help guide local communities during this time of rapid social change, libraries and librarians are developing programs, services and collections that are as diverse as the populations they serve.

AASL President’s Program to focus on diversity with speaker Jervette Ward

CHICAGO – Dr. Jervette R. Ward, associate professor of English at the University of Alaska Anchorage, will conclude the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Awards Ceremony & President’s Program taking place at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 23, as part of the 2018 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans.