CHICAGO – On April 30, hundreds of libraries across the country will celebrate Día, a national library program that fosters literacy for all children from all backgrounds. Demographic projections show more than half of the country’s children will be part of a minority race or ethnic group in the next few years, and programs such as Día play a critical role in helping meet the needs of an increasingly diverse population, while also fueling cultural understanding and acceptance.
CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced today that it will pilot a diversity-focused library internship program this summer. PLA received funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (grant RE-00-17-0129-17) to launch the Inclusive Internship Initiative (III) program, which seeks to introduce young people from diverse backgrounds to careers in librarianship.
CHICAGO - 14th Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden, the first woman and the first African American to lead the national library, will headline a special kick-off celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the American Library Association (ALA) Spectrum Scholarship Program at the 2017 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition in Chicago.
The cocktail hour “Spectrum at 20: A Celebration of Community” will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, June 25 at the 19 East Event Gallery located at 19 East 21st Street.
CHICAGO — Spanish speakers will now have access to digital literacy training resources thanks to recent efforts by the Public Library Association (PLA), a division of the American Library Association. PLA announced today that all learning content on its website DigitalLearn.org is available in Spanish.
The American Library Association (ALA) Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services seeks proposals for the Diversity Research Grant program. Applications may address any diversity-related topic which addresses critical gaps in the knowledge of diversity, equity, and outreach issues within library and information science.
The application deadline has been extended to midnight central time on April 15, 2017.
CHICAGO – To help libraries meet the information needs of their communities during these challenging times, the American Library Association (ALA) Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services (ODLOS) has created Libraries Respond (www.ala.org/librariesrespond), a comprehensive online resource that aims to keep current events in conversation with libraries' ongoing work in and commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion.
CHICAGO – Today American Library Association President Julie Todaro released the following statement strongly protesting the rollback of protections for transgender students in our nation’s public schools.
CHICAGO — On Saturday, Jan. 21, at the 2017 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta, the Public Library Association (PLA) Board approved the creation of a PLA Task Force on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.
CHICAGO — Nicole A. Cooke, assistant professor in the iSchool at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is the recipient of the 2017 American Library Association (ALA) Achievement in Library Diversity Research Honor.
Chicago - On Jan. 17, the American Library Association (ALA) will join the W.K. Kellogg Foundation's Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation in the observance of the National Day of Racial Healing. The day will provide an opportunity for the ALA to broaden and deepen its commitment to social justice in equity, diversity and inclusion.