2009 Diversity and Outreach Fair Participants Announced

Contact: Isaac Tufvesson

Communications Specialist, ALA

(312) 280-2140



For Immediate Release

July 7, 2009

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) Office for Literacy and Outreach Services (OLOS) Advisory Committee has announced  the librarians and library supporters selected to participate in the 2009 Diversity and Outreach Fair at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, Illinois.

The Diversity & Outreach Fair will take place from 3-5 p.m. on Saturday, July 11, at McCormick Place West in the Special Events Area, Level 3, Hall F2.

The following libraries and organizations have been selected to present at this year’s Fair:

Participants Selected from University Libraries:

University of California, Los Angeles Department of Information Studies (Calif.)

University of Arizona Libraries Main Library (Ariz.)

University of North Carolina at Greensboro Libraries (N.C.)

University of the Pacific (Calif.)

East Asia Library of University of Washington Libraries (Wash.)

Participants Selected from Public and Special Libraries:

Birmingham Public Library (Ala.)

Cleveland Public Library (OH)

Filipino American Library (Calif.)

Greensboro Public Library (N.C.)

Hennepin County Library (Minn.)

Multnomah County Library (Ore.)

National Network of Libraries of Medicine

Oak Park Public Library (Ill.)

Oxon Hill Library (Md.)

Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County (N.C.)

Renne Library (Mont.)

South Plainfield Free Public Library (N.J)

Participants Selected from Library Associations:

DEMCO, Inc. (Wis.)

ALA - Coretta Scott King Book Awards Committee

ALA - Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Roundtable (EMIERT)

ALA - Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered Roundtable (GLBTRT)

ALA - LeRoy C. Merritt Humanitarian Fund

ALA - Office for Diversity, Spectrum Scholarship Program

ALA - Office for Literacy and Outreach Services (OLOS)

ALA - OLOS Subcommittee on Bookmobiles

ALA - The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)

Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA)

Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA)

Joint Conference of Librarians of Color (JCLC)

Knowledge River at the University of Arizona (Ariz.)

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

This year’s participants represent academic, public and special libraries, as well as library associations from across the country.

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 accessibility and other innovative outreach services to underserved communities. Once again DEMCO, Inc., event sponsor since 1998, will provide refreshments and award prizes for presentation creativity, visual appeal and impact on local community.

Participants will share their diversity and outreach resources and initiatives in face-to-face presentations with conferees, utilizing a poster session and table talk format. Abstracts and contact information from the event will be available at the event and on the OLOS web site after conference at