Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services

American Library Association
50 E. Huron St.
Chicago, Illinois 60611
1-800-545-2433 ext. 5048
Fax: 312-280-3256
Email: diversity@ala.org
 

Mission

The Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services drives activities around three professional issues which collectively support equity and inclusion as fundamental values of the association.  Relationships and major initiatives undertaken by the Office across these three issues help ensure the inclusion of diverse perspectives within our profession and association to best position ALA as a trusted, leading advocate for equitable access to library services for all.

Initiatives & Projects

We currently administer the following major initiatives in support of our mission:

Staff

Gwendolyn Prellwitz
Acting Director
800-545-2433, ext. 5048
gprellwitz@ala.org

Responsible for oversight and administration of the Office's activities and budget; serves as staff liaison for the Committee on Diversity, ALA's Ethnic Caucuses and related groups; guides the Office in its efforts to provide active consultation, facilitation and training on diversity issues.  Manages the Spectrum Scholarship program and related grants; supports the creation of new projects advancing the recruitment of a diverse library workforce; manages Spectrum communications, marketing, and data reporting.

Kristin Lahurd
Literacy Officer
800-545-2433, ext. 3275

Manages adult literacy projects and partnerships; coordinates the development of literacy resources for libraries, facilitates literacy-related discussions across library types; and represents ALA on the National Coalition for Literacy.

John Amundsen
Program Officer, Outreach and Communications
800-545-2433, ext. 2140
jamundsen@ala.org

Collaborates with member leaders in the development of outreach programming and resources in support of local library staff and stakeholders’ efforts to address information needs of traditionally underserved populations; administers communication efforts including press release preparation, Web pages, ALA Connect communities, blogs, and social networking tools; develops resources and promotional materials; shares in iaison responsibilities; and assists in planning of special events.

Zina Clark
Program Coordinator, The American Dream Starts @ your library
800-545-2433, ext. 4297
 
Facilitates the day-to-day operations of the American Dream Starts @ your library Project, and provides customer service and regular communication to participating libraries. Compiles reports on the activities of the American Dream libraries, Coordinates the organization of presentations on the American Dream Project, securing program slots and assists with preparation of presentations on project outcomes.