Diversity

September 2017 update from the Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Task Force

As the nation grapples with a resurgence of hateful rhetoric and white supremacist violence, public libraries are finding themselves, naturally, at the center of critical community conversations around inclusion, tolerance, and safety. It's timely that the PLA Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Task Force began our work in earnest this summer at ALA Annual in Chicago.

ALA responds to end of Deferred Action to Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program

CHICAGO -  Today American Library Association President Jim Neal released the following message regarding the Trump administration’s announcement that it will end the Deferred Action to Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program which protected nearly 800,000 undocumented youth from deportation as they pursued the American dream.

"Our nation’s libraries serve all community members, including immigrants, offering services and educational resources that transform communities, open minds and promote inclusion and diversity,“ said Neal.

ALA and GLBTRT work to safeguard civil liberties, continue to support understanding and mutual respect

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) and the ALA’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) released the following statement in response to current policy efforts to exclude transgender individuals from military service, LGBTQ recognition under the Civil Rights Act and other protections from discrimination by means of actions addressing religious freedom.

“Regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race or class, we all deserve to live and thrive in a society that fosters mutual respect and understanding.

PLA echoes ALA statement condemning racism and violence in Charlottesville

CHICAGO - The Public Library Association (PLA) proudly supports the American Library Association's (ALA) position on the recent tragic violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. Last week ALA President Jim Neal released the following statement: 

ALA condemns racism and violence in Charlottesville

CHICAGO - Today American Library Association President Jim Neal released the following statement regarding the weekend’s tragic violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

ALA and affiliates issue joint statement on libraries and equity, diversity and inclusion

CHICAGO - Today the American Library Association, The American Indian Library Association, Asian Pacific American Librarians Association, Black Caucus of the American Library Association, Chinese American Librarians Association, REFORMA (The National Association to Promote Library & Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking) and the Joint Council of Librarians of Color issued a joint statement on equity, diversity, and inclusion.

ALA awards 2017-2018 Spectrum Scholarships

CHICAGO — Today, the American Library Association's (ALA) Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services awards 2017-2018 Spectrum Scholarships to 60 exceptional students pursuing graduate degrees in library and information studies.  Since 1997, the ALA has awarded more than 1000 Spectrum Scholarships.  In the 2017 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 nine jurors selected this year’s Spectrum

Library Systems & Services supports LITA Spectrum Scholarship for future library leader

CHICAGO, June 12, 2017 - Library Systems & Services (LS&S) has increased its sponsorship level of the 2017-2018 LITA Spectrum Scholarship in honor of the 20th Anniversary of the Spectrum Scholarship Program of the American Library Association (ALA). The Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) Spectrum scholarship encourages interest in the library automation field among aspiring librarians with leadership potential.

Public Library Association hosts Washington, D.C. kickoff event for inclusive summer internship program

CHICAGO — A group of high-school-aged interns and their library mentors will travel to Washington, D.C. this month for the Inclusive Internship Initiative kickoff event. This initiative, which seeks to introduce young people from diverse backgrounds to careers in librarianship, is administered by the Public Library Association (PLA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). 

Inclusive Internship Initiative to launch at Library of Congress

Washington, D.C. - This summer 50 teens from diverse backgrounds and from 25 states will participate in the first-ever national Inclusive Internship Initiative, set to kick off at 9:30 a.m. on June 16, in the Madison Building of the Library of Congress.