For immediate release | March 5, 2012

Diversity Leadership Online introduces new courses on recruitment and value of diversity

CHICAGO - The American Library Association’s Office for Diversity will introduce two new courses to the Diversity Leadership Online series, beginning April 18, 2012. This ongoing webinar series provides the foundation for a culture of responsible diversity leadership within the profession.

Diversity Leadership Online will include:

1. April 18, The Diversity Conversation: Why You Need to Have It and How To Start It

2. April 25, Recruiting for Diversity

3. May 2, Valuing Diversity

To register and learn more about upcoming sessions, please visit: Individual webinars in this series cost $20 for ALA members, $25 for non-members and $120 for groups (all participants watch in the same location). All webinars will be archived, and individuals who cannot attend a scheduled session should register in order to be notified when the archive is available for viewing.

Begun in 2003 as a training initiative from the ALA Office for Diversity, the Diversity Leadership Institute examined the concepts of diversity and leadership and provided resources to assist individuals in furthering diversity. The Institute was designed to develop a cadre of enlightened library and information professionals who recognize and respect diversity leadership as a basic tenet of our profession and within society overall. Participants were given concrete tools to make a difference within their organizations and within the profession, regardless of where they are in an organization.

As diversity leadership becomes more critical for our profession and our institutions and with new opportunities for individuals to participate in learning no matter where they are, the ALA Office for Diversity is excited to provide the valuable content of the Diversity Leadership Institute in an online format.

Questions about the Diversity Leadership Online series may be directed to Miguel Figueroa at or at 1 (800) 545-2433, ext. 5295. For more information about ALA’s Office for Diversity please visit


Miguel Figueroa