Diversity

ALA awards 2017 Diversity Research Grants

CHICAGO — The American Library Association’s Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services has announced the recipients of the Diversity Research Grant for 2017-2018.

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

2017 ALA Diversity & Outreach Fair to celebrate inclusive outreach, diversity-in-action ideas

CHICAGO — The ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services has selected 33 presentations for the 2017 Diversity and Outreach Fair, to be held from 3 – 5 p .m. on Saturday, June 24 in the Special Events area in the Exhibits Hall at McCormick during ALA’s Annual Conference in Chicago.  

Celebrate the best in children’s literature at the Coretta Scott King Book Awards Breakfast

CHICAGO — The ALA Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT) and the Coretta Scott King Book Awards Committee will celebrate the best in children’s and young adult literature representing the African-American experience at the 2017 Coretta Scott King Book Awards Breakfast. The 2017 Awards Breakfast will be held from 7 – 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 25 in the Hilton Chicago Grand Ballroom during ALA’s 2017 Annual Conference and Exhibition in Chicago.

Libraries fuel cultural understanding and acceptance through Día, April 30

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.

Public Library Association awarded grant to sponsor summer library internships

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.

Dr. Carla Hayden to kick off Spectrum 20th Anniversary celebration at ALA Annual Conference

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.

PLA releases digital literacy tutorials in Spanish

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.

ALA seeks proposals for 2017-2018 Diversity Research Grants through April 15

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.

Libraries Respond website features timely information on serving immigrants, GLBTQ, indigenous populations

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.