ALA Diversity and Outreach Fair
2017 Diversity and Outreach Fair
Saturday, June 24, 2017 | 3:00-5:00pm | Chicago, IL
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.
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.
The theme for this year's fair is "Inclusive Outreach: Providing Services to the Underserved and Marginalized."
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.
Presentation spaces will include a 4x8 raised bulletin board and a skirted 6' table.
Please note: presenters are responsible for their own registration to ALA Annual Conference.
Application - Now Open through May 15
The submission form is now open - submit your proposal by Friday, May 15
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:
First Place: University of North Carolina Greensboro, “The Library as an Incubator of Anti-Discrimination and Multicultural Engagement”
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
Third Place: Brooklyn Public Library, “Growing Outreach: Serving People Where they Are”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.