For immediate release | June 20, 2016

2016 ALA Diversity & Outreach Fair to feature library services during times of civil unrest, diversity in action ideas

CHICAGO — The ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services has selected 28 presentations for the 2016 Diversity and Outreach Fair, to be held from 3 – 5 p .m. on Saturday, June 26 in the Special Events area in the Exhibits Hall at the Orange County Convention Center during ALA’s Annual Conference in Orlando.

The selected presentations will highlight innovative and successful library outreach initiatives and programs during a poster session open to all ALA attendees at Annual Conference. The theme of this year’s fair will be “Libraries Transform: Outreach in Response to Civil Unrest.”

Presentations at the fair will also highlight library services to underserved or underrepresented communities, including people with disabilities; 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 2016 Diversity & Outreach Fair will feature presentations from the following organizations and initiatives:

ALA Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT)

ALA Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT)

ALA Spectrum Scholarship Program

ALA Task Force on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

The American Dream Starts @ your library

American Indian Library Association

Anaheim Public Library Bookmobile

Asian Pacific American Librarian Association (APALA)

Association of Bookmobiles & Outreach Services

Baruch College, City University of New York

Black Caucus of the American Library Association, Inc.

Chinese American Librarians Association

The Coretta Scott King Book Awards

Design for Learning

Florida State University, The Art of an Open Mind Digital Library Group

Librarians Build Communities (ALA)

National Network of Libraries of Medicine

Norfolk Public Library (Virginia)

Office of Minority Health Resource Center, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Plainfield Public Library

Queens Library

REFORMA - The National Association to Promote Library & Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking

The University of Michigan Library

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

University of Utah - J. Willard Marriott Library and University of Washington - Odegaard Undergraduate Library

University of Washington

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Yolo County Library - Arthur F. Turner Community Library

Generously sponsored by DEMCO, the ALA Diversity and Outreach Fair is an opportunity for libraries and member groups to share their successful diversity and outreach initiatives with ALA Annual Conference attendees, celebrate diversity in America’s libraries and exhibit “diversity in action” ideas.

To learn more about the Diversity and Outreach Fair, please visit

For over 100 years DEMCO ( has supported the valuable work of librarians—taking pride in providing the best service possible. DEMCO’s mission is to continue to anticipate future needs, to supply products and services that support the activities of library professionals and improve library environments by making them more attractive and user-friendly. The people of DEMCO demonstrate their continuing commitment to library professionals through their support of the Library Champions Program and participation at ALA’s conferences.


John L. Amundsen

Program Officer, Outreach and Communications

ALA Office for Literacy & Outreach Services

(312) 280-2140