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ALA, BCALA respond to destruction of Michael Brown, Jr. Memorial Tree

CHICAGO – On Saturday, April 18, the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA) dedicated a living memorial tree and stone monument to the City of Ferguson, Missouri.  The tree was planted in January-Wabash Park with a monument stone at its base honoring slain teen Michael Brown, Jr. 

ALSC to host Online Day of Diversity Forum

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) announced an open forum on the topic of diversity.

ALA Office for Diversity calls for 2015-2016 Diversity Research Grant proposals

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Office for Diversity seeks proposals for its Diversity Research Grant program.  Applications may address any diversity topic, including the recruitment and promotion of diverse individuals within the profession or the provision of library services to diverse populations, which addresses critical gaps in the knowledge of diversity issues within library and information science.

The application deadline is May 26, 2015. Applicants must be current ALA members. 

Top 250 LGBTQ books for teens

CHICAGO — Written by experts on the subject and addressed to teen book buyers, “Top 250 LGBTQ Books for Teens,” identifies titles that address the sensitive and important topics of coming out, being out and the search for community. Spotlighting the best gay, lesbian, bi, transgender and questioning books written for teens, Michael Cart and Christine A.

Winner of 2015 Zora Neale Hurston Award for promoting African-American Literature announced

CHICAGO — Carolyn Garnes, founder and CEO of Aunt Lil’s Reading Room, is the 2015 recipient of the Zora Neale Hurston Award, an annual achievement award administered by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association and sponsored by HarperCollins.

ALSC’s Día Family Book Club program named 2014 USBBY Bridge to Understanding Award winner

CHICAGO The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has been awarded the 2014 Bridge to Understanding Award for their Día Family Book Club Program. ALSC President Ellen Riordan will accept this award from the United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY) during the USBBY Gathering from 8 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 30, 2015 at the Hilton Chicago – Williford A.

ALA task force seeks your input on equity, diversity and inclusion

CHICAGO The ALA Task Force on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion was created in the spring of 2014 by then ALA President Barbara Stripling.

The Task Force is currently in the information-gathering phase. To aid with information gathering, it has launched a series of short surveys to be conducted at times to coincide with the ALA Midwinter Meetings and Annual Conferences through 2016. These surveys are designed to help understand the culture of the association, the profession and our communities with respect to equity, diversity and inclusion.

ALSC announces Building STEAM with Día book lists

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association, has released new Building STEAM with Día book lists for children from birth to 8th grade.

ALSC, CBC announce Day of Diversity: Dialogue and Action

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), in collaboration with the Children’s Book Council (CBC), will be hosting a Day of Diversity: Dialogue and Action in Children’s Literature and Library Program on Jan. 30, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois.

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