Conversing with the Ethnic Affiliates of the American Library Association Webinar

For Immediate Release
Mon, 04/22/2019


Amber Hayes

Program Officer, Outreach and Communications

Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services

Chicago - As part of ALA’s President Loida Garcia-Febo efforts in the area of diversity, equity, and inclusion, the Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services (ODLOS) has invited ALA’s affiliate members of the Joint Conference of Librarians of Color to an online conversation to share their history, projects, and news on May 1 at 1 p.m. CST.

Affiliates include members of diverse ethnic groups among their membership and also include library workers serving ethnically diverse communities. While affiliates are associations not governed by the American Library Association or within ALA's many divisions, their mission and work align with ALA's values and mission.

There are many opportunities for collaboration between ALA and its affiliates; ALA staff members attend affiliate meetings, promote their programming, and attend annual conferences if possible. To learn more about affiliates visit:

This free 90-minute webinar will feature information on ALA's six ethnic affiliates as well as user-focused resources. Attendees will hear from the below six ethnic affiliates: 

  • American Indian Library Association (AILA)
  • Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA)
  • Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA)
  • CALA Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA)
  • Joint Council of Librarians of Color (JCLC)
  • The National Association to Promote Library & Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking - REFORMA

Interested parties can register here:


The Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services (ODLOS) – The ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services supports library and information science workers in creating 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.