Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services

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Mission

The ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services supports library and information science workers in creating responsible and all-inclusive spaces that serve and represent the entire community. To accomplish this, we decenter power and privilege by facilitating conversations around access and identity as they impact the profession and those we serve. We use a social justice framework to inform library and information science workers' development of resources. We strive to create an association culture where these concerns are incorporated into everybody's everyday work.

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ODLOS supports library and information science workers creating responsible and all-inclusive spaces that serve & represent the entire community.

Initiatives & partnerships promoting equity, diversity & inclusion in libraries and the library profession.

Find & connect with library experts in the areas of equity, diversity & inclusion.

Strategic planning, workshops, webinars, and other presentations for library audiences.

Through the Spectrum Scholarship Program, ALA affirms its commitment to diversity and inclusion by seeking the broadest participation of new ...

ODLOS works closely with 8 groups to serve marginalized voices and communities.

Initiatives

Resources, grants, and initiatives supporting literacy across the lifespan.

Read the latest EDI news every month.

Initiatives and programs geared to promote access to library services to all.

Engaging Multilingual Communities Guide

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Did you know that in the United States over 67 million people speak a different language rather than English at home? This guide is designed to support library personnel who serve multilingual patrons through events, collections, and enrichment opportunities.

Inside, you'll find examples of programs, services, and more for your community.

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News

Intersections

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion eLearning

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eLearning

The Baltimore Elementary and Middle School Library Project is a testament to what is possible when public, private, and

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eLearning
Webinar

Learn how to help overcome barriers and consistently provide resources and support to African American writers.

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eLearning

Learn about the ALA Ecosystem Initiative, an effort to strengthen library advocacy across library types through

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July 2024 Learning Live: READCON: A Curriculum for Library Readiness, Advocacy, and Community Empowerment During

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Atypical managers share their strategies for success, tools for immediate action, and techniques for self-acceptance.

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In this eCourse, respected authority Hilda Weisburg will give school librarians concrete strategies for demonstrating

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"Who Manages, Who Leads Part Two" is a four-week program for managers and leaders to learn advanced theory and practice

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Learn how to grow dementia-inclusive service in public libraries of all sizes, financial capacities, and community

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This four-week course by librarian and gerontologist Fatima Perkins helps libraries engage older adults. It covers

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The swiftly developing landscape of artificial intelligence, combined with its rapid integration into our work and

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Learn how to provide access to a menu of streaming app optons so patrons are able to stream movies and television

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Reference Interview is a comprehensive six-week asynchronous course focusing on the methods of evaluating reference

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BizRef 101 is for any librarian in-training who wants to gain confidence and knowledge around BizRef topics such as

Contact Us

225 N Michigan Ave
Suite 1300
Chicago, IL 60601
1-800-545-2433 ext. 4294
Fax: 312-280-3256
Email: diversity@ala.org

Kevin Strowder
Director
kstrowder@ala.org
800-545-2433 ext. 5295

Hillary Pearson
Program Manager, Accessibility Services
hpearson@ala.org
312-724-9251 ext. 5020