ALA Diversity and Outreach Fair

ala diversity and outreach fair

Generously supported by DEMCO

2015 Diversity and Outreach Fair

Saturday, June 27, 2015 | 3:00-5:00pm | Exhibit Hall - Special Events Area

Moscone Center | San Francisco

Theme: Library Services for People Experiencing Poverty and Homelessness

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. The theme for 2015 is Library Services for People Experiencing Poverty and Homelessness

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 will be 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.

Donations will be accepted in specially-marked bins from June 26-29 throughout the conference campus, including in the street-level lobbies of the North and South buildings at Moscone Center, the Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services table in the ALA Office Area, and the DEMCO booth located at booth #3201. In addition, a special collection will take place at the Diversity and Outreach Fair.  

Suggested titles for donation

Want to donate titles after Annual Conference? Please contact Michelle Jeffers with the San Francisco Public Library at


Prizes will be awarded by DEMCO for best displays. The “Best of Show” recognition for creativity, visual appeal and stated impact on local community include:

  1. First Place: $200 DEMCO gift certificate
  2. Second Place: $100 DEMCO gift certificate
  3. Third Place: $50 DEMCO gift certificate


Applications are now being accepted! The extended deadline to submit proposals is 11:59pm on Sunday, May 31.

Submit your Proposal

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