ALA Diversity and Outreach Fair

ala diversity and outreach fair

Generously supported by DEMCO

2016 Diversity and Outreach Fair

Saturday, June 25, 2015 | 3:00-5:00pm

Orlando, FL

About the Fair

Each year, the ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services invites library professionals from all kinds of institutions to submit proposals to participate in the ALA Diversity and Outreach Fair, which is held during ALA’s Annual Conferences.

Generously sponsored by DEMCO, the ALA Diversity and Outreach Fair is an opportunity for libraries and member groups to share their successful diversity and outreach initiatives with ALA Annual Conference attendees, celebrate diversity in America’s libraries and exhibit “diversity in action” ideas.

The Fair highlights library services to underserved or underrepresented communities, including people with disabilities; people experiencing poverty and homelessness; people of color; English-language learners; gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people; new Americans, new and non-readers; older adults; people living in rural areas; incarcerated people and ex-offenders; and mobile library services and bookmobiles. Each year’s fair focuses on a special theme based on service to one of these communities. 

Selected presenters will develop and facilitate a poster session to be held during the ALA Annual Conference in the exhibits hall.  In addition, the participants are encouraged to submit, in digital format, information and resources from their program.

Book Drive

In conjunction with the 2015 Fair's theme of Library Services for People Experiencing Poverty and Homelessness, the Hunger, Homelessness, and Poverty Task Force of the ALA Social Responsibilities Round Table is coordinating a book donation drive benefiting organizations in the Bay Area, including Compass Family Shelter, the Providence Foundation of San Francisco, the Berkeley Food and Housing Project, YEAH! (Youth Engagement, Advocacy, and Housing), and the Homeless Prenatal Program.

Although the 2015 ALA Annual Conference has concluded, donations are still being accepted. Please contact Michelle Jeffers with the San Francisco Public Library at for more information. 

Suggested titles for donation

2015 Winning Presentations

Representatives of DEMCO and the ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services have selected the following three presentations to win “Best of Show” recognition for creativity, visual appeal and stated impact on local community:

  1. First Place: University of North Carolina Greensboro, “The Library as an Incubator of Anti-Discrimination and Multicultural Engagement”
  2. Second Place: University of Tennessee-Knoxville School of Information Sciences and the Center for Literacy, Education, and Employment, “Public Libraries and LGBTQ Youth Experiencing Homelessness: An IMLS Project
  3. Third Place: Brooklyn Public Library, “Growing Outreach: Serving People Where they Are”
All three institutions received gift certificates, courtesy of DEMCO. 

Application - Opening Spring 2016

We will begin accepting applications for the 2016 Fair in Orlando in Spring, 2016. Stay tuned for more informaiton! 

Past Fairs


For additional information about the ALA Diversity and Outreach Fair, please contact the ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services, 800-545-2433, ext. 2140, or