For immediate release | June 7, 2017

2017 ALA Diversity & Outreach Fair to celebrate inclusive outreach, diversity-in-action ideas

CHICAGO — The ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services has selected 33 presentations for the 2017 Diversity and Outreach Fair, to be held from 3 – 5 p .m. on Saturday, June 24 in the Special Events area in the Exhibits Hall at McCormick during ALA’s Annual Conference in Chicago.

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 “Inclusive Outreach: Providing Services to the Underserved and Marginalized”

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.

During the Fair, Dr. Nicole A. Cooke, Spectrum Doctoral Fellow and assistant professor and MS/LIS program director at the iSchool at Illinois, will be honored with the 2017 American Library Association (ALA) Achievement in Library Diversity Research. The Diversity Research Grants Advisory Committee, a subcommittee of the Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services Advisory Committee, are pleased to recognize her for her contributions to the profession and her promotion of diversity within it. Achievement is defined as a body of work or a groundbreaking piece whose dissemination advances our understanding of or sparks new research in the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion. The Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services began designating this honor in 2004.

The 2017 Diversity & Outreach Fair will feature presentations from the following organizations:

ALA Committee on Literacy

ALA Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Implementation Working Group

Anaheim Public Library

Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association

Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services

Black Caucus of the ALA, Inc.

Chinese American Librarians Association

Coretta Scott King Book Awards Committee - a Committee of EMIERT

DC Public Library, “SpotOn Grownups, Micro-Learning Tech Lessons at the DC Public Library”

Design for Learning Program, South Central Regional Library Council, “Teaching Library Workers How to Provide Inclusive Online Instruction: The Design for Learning Program”

Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT)

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

Gwendolyn Brooks Permissions, "Gwendolyn Brooks: Continued Relevance"

Houston Public Library

The Joint Conference of Librarians of Color, Inc.

Mortenson Center for International Library Programs and American Library Association, “Project Welcome: Public Libraries Serving Refugees”

Mortenson Center for International Library Programs and Take Part Research Cluster, “Community-Library Inter-Action (CLIA) Guide”

Office of Minority Health Resource Center, “Office of Minority Health Resource Center - Celebrating 30 Years of Library Service to Communities of Color”

Old Dominion University, “Books Titles Reppin' the Urban Youth Ain't Jus Got ''Em in a MetroThang: In the Margins - Fiction and Nonfiction Titles”

REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking

Santa Clara City Library

School of Information, UT-Austin, “Reaching Those Who Served: Recruiting and Preparing Military Veterans for Careers in Librarianship”

Seguimos Creando Enlaces, “Seguimos Creando Enlaces: a Showcase for Diversity Outreach”

Skyline College

Spectrum Scholarship Program

Social Responsibilities Round Table

Sustainability Round Table (SustainRT)

Towson University

Tuzzy Consortium Library

University of Alabama, “Outreach to Student Support Services at the University of Alabama”

University of Missouri - Kansas City

University of North Carolina at Greensboro, “Fostering Intercultural Learning and Global Engagement at the Academic Library”

University of Tennessee, Knoxville

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.

The ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services supports library and information science workers in creating safe, 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.


John L. Amundsen

Program Officer, Outreach and Communications

ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services

(312) 280-2140