Updated 2007 Diversity and Outreach Fair participants announced

Contact: Tanga Morris
For Immediate Release
June 5, 2007

Updated 2007 Diversity and Outreach Fair participants announced

CHICAGO - The American Library Association (ALA) Office for Literacy and Outreach Services (OLOS) Advisory Committee congratulates the librarians and library supporters selected to participate in the 2007 Diversity and Outreach Fair. This year’s participants represent academic, public and special libraries, as well as library associations, agencies and service providers, from across the country.

OLOS is particularly happy to announce that two new exhibitors have joined the fair since the initial announcement last week: They are the Teri Rose Memorial Library at the Leather Archives & Museum and “Creative Responses to Aging in America," a joint exhibit of the Cleveland (Ohio) and Alameda County (Calif.) Public Libraries (see listings below).

This annual event routinely celebrates extraordinary examples of diversity and equity of access in America’s libraries, with multiple ideas for local libraries in search of “diversity- and outreach-in-action” programs and services. This year the Fair will highlight bookmobile and other innovative outreach services to underserved communities. For the sixth consecutive year, sponsor DEMCO, Inc. will award prizes for presentation creativity, visual appeal and impact on local community, and provide refreshments for Fair attendees.

Participants will share their diversity and outreach resources and initiatives in face-to-face presentations with conferees, utilizing a poster session/table talk format. Abstracts of each presentation and presenter contact information will be available after the conference on the OLOS web site at http://www.ala.org/olos.

The Diversity & Outreach Fair will take place on Saturday, June 23, 2007 from 3 – 5 pm in the Washington Convention Center’s Exhibit Hall Special Events Area.

The following libraries and organizations have been selected to present at this year’s diversity fair.

Participants Selected from Academic Libraries:

Herman B Wells Library, Indiana University, Bloomington (Ind.)

Odum Library, Valdosta State University (Ga.)

Oviatt Library, California State University, Northridge (Calif.)

Simmons College Library (Mass.)

Participants Selected from Public and Special Libraries:

Baltimore County Public Library (Md.)

Brooklyn Public Library (N.Y.)

Chicago Public Library’s Wrightwood-Asburn Branch (Ill.)

Cleveland Public Library (Ohio)

County of San Diego Public Library (Calif.)

Enterprise Library, Las Vegas Clark County Library District (Nev.)

Filipino American Library (Calif.)

Greenbelt Library, Prince George's County Memorial Library System (Md.)

Harford County Public Library (Md.)

Las Vegas-Clark County Library District (Nev.)

Lee County Library System (Fla.)

Lexington Public Library (Ky.)

Lincoln Trail Libraries System (Ill.)

Montgomery County Maryland Public Library (Md.)

National Library of Medicine (Md.)

Olympia Timberland Library (Wash.)

Queens Library (N.Y.)

Rochester Public Library (Minn.)

Schimelpfenig Public Library (Texas)

Seattle Public Library (Wash.)

Teri Rose Memorial Library at the Leather Archives & Museum (Ill.)

Utah State Library (Utah)

Venito Garcia Library and Archives (Ariz.)

Participants Selected from Library Associations, Schools and Service Providers:

ALA/Coretta Scott King Book Awards

ALA/LeRoy C. Merritt Humanitarian Fund

ALA Office for Diversity

ALA Office of Literacy & Outreach Services

American Indian Library Association

Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association

Chinese American Librarians Association

Deadbear Productions Outreach Services

Graduate School of Library and Information Studies, University of Rhode Island

OBS Inc.

School of Information, University of Texas at Austin

Thomas Brooks, Author, HPA Publishing and Alpha Multimedia

UCLA Department of Information Studies