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ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom launches Our Voices

CHICAGO – Today, the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) and Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services announced Our Voices, an initiative to offer a template to interested libraries to promote the growth of diverse, quality content in library collections.

ALA seeks internationally active mentors

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) is looking for internationally active U.S.-based librarians to serve as mentors for 50 new career librarians in the U.S. from diverse backgrounds.

The new career librarians received support from an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grant (RE-00-15-0108-15) to attend the 2016 International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) Congress in Columbus, Ohio, in August.

ODLOS launches Intersections, calls for contributors

CHICAGO – The ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services (ODLOS)is launching Intersections, a new blog that highlights the everyday work of library and information science workers as they advocate for equity and inclusion as they relate to diversity, literacy and access among membership, the field of librarianship and the communities they serve.

Announcing the 2016 #BannedBooksWeek Author Lineup

The Office for Intellectual Freedom eagerly reveals the talented authors who will be contributing their thoughts and perspectives for Banned Books Week on ALA's Intellectual Freedom Blog.
Their pieces will be posted Sept. 25 through Oct. 1. 

Contribute to the Banned Books Week conversation on twitter with the hashtag #BannedBooksWeek.

NYC librarian swims to raise funds for Spectrum in memory of Lynn Taylor

Miriam Tuliao, assistant director of selection at BookOps, announced that she will participate in the Grimaldo's Mile Swim to raise funds for the Spectrum Scholarship Program.  The event will be taking place in Brooklyn, NY on July 30, 2016.

Dollar General Literacy Foundation renews commitment to the American Dream literacy initiative

CHICAGO – Thanks to a generous grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, the American Library Association (ALA) and its Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services (ODLOS) will administer a fifth round of American Dream grants to public libraries to expand services to adult English language learners.

Join the Lecture Series, "The Birth of a Nation: Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition"

The Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services (ODLOS) of the American Library Association (ALA), The United Nations Remember Slavery Programme, Fox Searchlight Pictures, and BazanED invite libraries to participate in a nationwide lecture series and community-building initiative, "The Birth of a Nation: Slavery, Resistance & Abolition." The series is in observance of the 185th Anniversary of Turner's Rebellion, as well as the United Nations' International Day for the Remembrance of The Slave Trade and its Abolition, observed annually (since 2007) on August 23 (

President's message to ALA members and Annual Conference attendees

CHICAGO -  Today American Library Association (ALA) President Sari Feldman released the following message regarding diversity, equity and inclusion activities taking place during the ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition, June 23 - 28, in Orlando, Florida.

In the wake of the devastating and horrible tragedy that happened this past weekend in Orlando. I have been moved by the outpouring of concern and support from our ALA members toward the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting.

Summer BreakSpot in Orlando

The ALA Task Force on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and Librarians Build Communities Member Interest Group invites you to join them in supporting the Orange County Library's Summer Breakspot. Four Orange County Public Library branches are hosting Summer BreakSpot.

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