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

About the Fair

Each year, the ALA Office for Literacy and Outreach Services (OLOS) 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; poor and homeless populations; 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. The theme for the 2015 Fair is Library Services to Poor and Homeless people

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.


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 deadline to submit proposals is Friday, May 15.

Submit your Proposal

Past Fairs


For additional information about the ALA Diversity and Outreach Fair, please contact the ALA Office for Literacy and Outreach Services, 800-545-2433, ext. 4294, or