Seale receives the 2001 Equality Award

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ALA News Release

For Immediate Release

May 2001

Seale receives the 2001 Equality Award

Doris M. Seale is the 2001 recipient of the American Library Association (ALA) Equality Award, which recognizes contributions to promoting equality in the library profession.

The award, given to an individual or group, includes a citation and $500 donated by Scarecrow Press, a member of the Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group.

Seale has been a champion of equality throughout her long and distinguished career. She has combined her heritage as a Santee/Cree woman with her vocations - librarian, teacher and writer - to facilitate positive change in the representation of American Indians in library resources. Seale co-founded Oyate, an organization to dispel stereotypes of American Indians found in textbooks and other media. "Seale's contributions to the library community have had a profound impact on the way librarians view children's literature," Award Chair Francesca Hary said.

"Her tireless efforts as a cultural educator to promote a more equitable world have facilitated positive changes in the way Native Americans are viewed by others and in the way they are represented in literature," Hary continued. "The ALA is proud to be able to present the 2001 Equality Award to her, and we hope that her efforts inspire new generations of librarians for years to come."

Naomi R. Campbell, Past President American Indian Library Association, also remarked on Seale's contributions to librarianship. "Seale is a woman in leadership who has enabled thousands of children all across our country and the world to enjoy the richness of American Indian cultures and histories without fear and shame."

Seale has a bachelor's degree in library science from Simmons College.

The Equality Award will be presented Tuesday, June 19, during the ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco.