Diversity

Joint statement from the presidents of AILA, APALA, BCALA, CALA, REFORMA and ALA

CHICAGO —The values of diversity, equity, and inclusion form the foundation of the library profession and our professional associations. Those values have been challenged by the discriminatory enforcement of the “Stand Your Ground” law in Florida and the fact that ALA’s 2016 Annual Conference is scheduled for Orlando. The Executive Committee members of ALA and the BCALA Executive Board have actively engaged in conversation to determine the best solution to this challenging dilemma.

Every Child Ready to Read® for Spanish-Speaking Communities

CHICAGO The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Public Library Association (PLA) announce the release of a new Every Child Ready to Read® product. The Every Child Ready to Read® your Library® Toolkit for Spanish-Speaking Communities is now available as a digital download from the ALA Store.

ALSC announces the Día Family Book Club Curriculum

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has announced the release of the Día Family Book Club Curriculum. As an extension of El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day), commonly known as Día, the Día Family Book Club is a reading program that engages children and families in the shared reading and discussion of contemporary children’s literature that reflects our common plurality. 

ALA Office for Diversity calls for 2014-2015 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 April 30, 2014. Applicants must be current ALA members. 

ALSC awards mini-grants to 15 libraries to start Día Family Book Clubs

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has awarded 15 libraries mini-grants to start their own Día Family Book Club. These clubs will utilize multi-cultural, multi-lingual or second language books to provide an opportunity for families in  their community to come together. The mini-grants are part of ALSC’s Everyone Reads @ your library grant, generously funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.

Registration opens for 2014 National Día Program Registry

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) is inviting librarians to register their 2014 El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day) programs in the Día National Program Registry.

Ten Spectrum Scholars receive PLA Conference Travel Grant

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) has awarded 10 2014 Spectrum Scholar/PLA Conference Travel Grants to Spectrum Scholars LaToya Devezin, Claudia Flores, Gloria Jertberg, William Langston, Sarah Hashemi Scott, Eimmy Solis, Victoria Thomas, Jade Valenzuela, Marco Veyna-Reyes and Sophie Young.

AASL names Ina Laguerta as 2013 Spectrum Scholar

CHICAGO - As part of its commitment to furthering diversity in the school library profession, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has named Ina Laguerta as its 2013 Spectrum Scholar. The Spectrum Scholarship fund is the American Library Association’s (ALA) national diversity and recruitment effort designed to address the specific issue of under-representation of critically needed ethnic librarians within the profession. AASL supports Spectrum Scholars through conference assistance and mentoring.

ALA awards 2013 Diversity Research Grants

CHICAGO - The American Library Association’s Office for Diversity has announced the recipients of the Diversity Research Grants for 2013.

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 publish the final product in conjunction with the American Library Association.

Dr. Montiel-Overall named 2013 Achievement in Library Diversity Research Honoree

CHICAGO — Dr. Patricia Montiel-Overall, associate professor, School of Information Resources and Library Science, and affiliate professor, Mexican American Studies, College of Social and Behavioral Science, University of Arizona has been named the 2013 Achievement in Library Diversity Research Honoree.  As part of its ongoing support of the propagation of library-based diversity research, the ALA Council Committee on Diversity and the ALA Office for Diversity are pleased to recognize Montiel-Overall for her contributions to the profession and her promotion of diversity within it.

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