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Intersections, the blog of the ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services (ODLOS), highlights the work of library and information science workers as they create safe, responsible, and all-inclusive spaces that serve and represent the entire community, as well as initiatives and projects supported by the office that promotes their work. Please note that these blog posts are by individuals and do not reflect the views of their employers.


  By: Deborah Hakes, Director of Communications and Marketing, Georgia Public Library Service Finding an innovative way to fit the needs of their community is something for the Cherokee Regional Library to take pride in, just as they hope Next Chapter may offer a model for other public libraries to emulate. Cherokee Regional Library was recently recognized by Georgia Public Library Service as the state’s public library of the year for efforts like Next Chapter. For individuals leaving Dade County Jail in Trenton, Georgia, the barriers to re-entering normal life in the...

Read more | 05/07/2021 - 08:00

This interview was conducted via email with Sofia Leung and Jorge López-McKnight, co-editors of the recently published Knowledge Justice: Disrupting Library and Information Studies through Critical Race Theory, an anthology of essays focused on challenging the foundational principles, values, and assumptions of library and information sciences (LIS) in the United States. Sofia and Jorge opened up the conversation to include several authors who contributed to this anthology: April M. Hathcock, Dr. Antonia (Toni) Olivas, and Lalitha (Lali) Nataraj.   Mimosa Shah (MS): What...

Read more | 05/06/2021 - 09:52

By: Lindsay Holbrook, Librarian, Jeffery Manor Branch-Chicago Public Library This past year has been one of the most challenging in recent memory. It has been fraught with danger, stress, and anxiety. With many suffering the loss of a loved one it has also been a time of personal financial crisis and extreme social isolation. While this may dull our outlook on the world, we should still consider something in the midst of it all. Why not be grateful? Having gratitude during the COVID-19 pandemic is probably the farthest thing from anyone's mind right now. It could be challenging...

Read more | 04/23/2021 - 08:00

By: Chapel Cowden, Health & Science Librarian, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Library; Laura Perryman, Business Manager, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Library; and Andrea Schurr, Digital Development Librarian, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Library In alignment with the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga’s core values and strategic goal of embracing diversity and inclusion, the UTC Library held its annual Staff Development Day in July 2019 in order to provide staff training on EDI issues and to begin a dialogue on our Library values related...

Read more | 04/16/2021 - 08:00

By: Todd Deck, County Librarian, Tehama County Library When I was in graduate school for my MLIS program back in 2010, I remember attending a seminar on outreach. I do not recall much about the seminar, but I do remember the presenter saying, “outreach is a big, squishy word for librarians.” The presenter’s point was that the word “outreach” could mean so many different things to librarians. COVID-19 has made outreach in libraries an even squishier word because outreach has become even more important and frankly even more difficult. ...

Read more | 04/06/2021 - 08:00

By: David Kelsey, 2021 Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services President, and Lori Berezovsky, 2021 Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services President-Elect When COVID-19 hit the United States in March 2020, libraries responded by discovering new and innovative ways to connect with their community members through bookmobile and outreach programs. Library outreach workers have been at the forefront of serving their communities throughout the pandemic, ensuring that patrons have access to quality and meaningful materials and resources. While wearing PPE and...

Read more | 04/02/2021 - 08:00

  By: Mireille Stürmann, Teen Librarian, Providence Public Library; Kate Aubin, Teen Educator, Providence Public Library; Jordan Goffin, Head Curator of Collections, Providence Public Library; Janaya Kizzie, Events Coordinator, Providence Public Library; Jade Lopez, Information Services Specialist, Providence Public Library; Clara Mendonca, Information Services Librarian, Providence Public Library; Beatrice Pulliam, Director of Technology & Information Services, Providence Public Library In 2020, as part of a new strategic plan, Providence Public Library (PPL) made a...

Read more | 03/12/2021 - 08:00

By: Jo Schofield, Branch Manager, Stark County District Library As professional librarians and library workers, what is our role in social justice? How are our library policies and procedures reflective of our mission to create and sustain inclusive spaces and services? My staff and I are a mixed identity group that is diverse in almost every sense of the word—racially, culturally, religiously, etc. It was clear to me that topics around equity, diversity, and inclusion were not only important professionally to my team and our library but also personally. Tiffany Hughes-...

Read more | 03/05/2021 - 08:00

The Spectrum Advisory Committee has compiled this list of Spectrum Scholars standing for office in the 2021 ALA Elections. We encourage you to support the mission of the Spectrum Scholarship Program by supporting these leaders!  The 2021 ALA Elections open March 8, 2021 and close on April 7, 2021.  If you're a Scholar standing for office in the upcoming ALA election, and you do not see your information listed here please let us know at spectrum@ala.org and you will be added. Additionally, check out the Spectrum Advisory...

Read more | 03/03/2021 - 16:26

The Spectrum Advisory Committee compiled topics from the Spectrum community and created three questions to pose to the candidates for the 2022-2023 ALA Presidency: Stacey A. Aldrich, Ed Garcia, and Lessa Kanani'opua Pelayo-Lozada. Each candidate's responses are included below. The 2021 ALA Elections open on March 8, 2021, and close on April 7, 2021.  Be sure to also check out our 2021 Spectrum Elections Guide highlighting Spectrum Scholars standing for election across our organization.  What does Equality,...

Read more | 03/03/2021 - 11:42