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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: 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

By: Nicole Thomas, Senior Assistant Librarian-Undergraduate Education, University at Buffalo Libraries Inequality in hiring is a significant issue being addressed across different sectors but what are academic libraries doing about it? Increasing diverse hires is a positive step forward, in theory, but to put the idea into practice there needs to be an overhaul of conventional methods already in place. The Equity and Social Justice Action Group (ESJAG) Hiring Task Force was formed in late 2020 at the University at Buffalo Libraries in Buffalo, NY. A subgroup of the Equity and Social...

Read more | 03/02/2021 - 16:03

Javier Barrios is a librarian for the Writers Guild Library in Los Angeles, California. The Writers Guild Library is the world’s only library and archive devoted entirely to writing for the screen and endeavors to preserve and promote the history and craft of screenwriting. He’s keenly well-versed in past and current writing trends which makes him a valued asset to library patrons and emerging writers. Some of the library’s initiatives include the Veterans Writing Project and Volunteer and Mentorship Programs. Javier studied screenwriting at the University of Southern...

Read more | 03/02/2021 - 13:58

By: Sabine Jean Dantus, Outreach Librarian, Lynn University Library; Stacy Alesi, Information Desk Librarian, Lynn University Library; Paige Stewart, Reference and Instruction Librarian, Lynn University Library The Lynn University Library’s mission is to prepare the next generation of innovators for success in life as information-savvy global citizens. In response to the Black Lives Matter movement, the Lynn librarians decided to start the “Be a Global Citizen” Social Justice series. Global citizens understand that the world is rife with injustice and work to...

Read more | 02/26/2021 - 08:00

By: Sommer Browning, Associate Director of Technical Services, Auraria Library, and Kelsey Brett, Head of Discovery and Metadata, Auraria Library Auraria Library is the library for the Community College of Denver, Metropolitan State University of Denver, and the University of Colorado Denver. We are committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in our services, resources, spaces, and organization. One way we engage with these topics at Auraria Library is through a Technical Services Inclusion and Equity group, where we discuss EDI initiatives specifically related to our work in...

Read more | 02/19/2021 - 08:00