Services to Older Adults theme for 2009 Diversity and Outreach Fair

Contact: Isaac Tufvesson

Communications Specialist, ALA OLOS

(312) 280-2140


For Immediate Release

March 10, 2009

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) invites members from all types of libraries to participate in the Diversity and Outreach Fair taking place from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 11, during the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. Sponsored by DEMCO, the fair is organized by the Office for Literacy and Outreach Services as a way to celebrate examples of diversity in American libraries and demonstrate possibilities to libraries seeking “diversity in action” ideas. Selected applicants will share their diversity initiatives in face-to-face presentations with conferees through a poster session and conversation.

Topics in addition to services to Older Adults include:

• Accessibility

  1. Service to People with Disabilities
  2. Access to Technology
  3. Innovative Solutions to Accessibility Issues
  4. Innovative Services to Homebound People
  5. Innovative Services to Other Underserved or Underrepresented Communities

• Library services to those who are:

  1. Poor and homeless
  2. People of color
  3. English language learners
  4. Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered
  5. New Americans
  6. New and non-readers
  7. People living in rural areas
  8. Incarcerated & ex-offenders

• Mobile Library Services and Bookmobiles

• Other (e.g., professional development, community partnerships, staff development and training)

The Diversity Fair was first held at the Annual Conference in 1998 by the ALA's Office for Literacy and Outreach Services (OLOS), and has been sponsored by DEMCO since its inception. Over the years the fair has highlighted “diversity-in-action” initiatives from library outreach programs across the country. It encourages librarians addressing diversity programs, activities and services in local libraries to share their resources with others. Presenters share information in poster sessions and informal conversations with conference attendees.

Prizes will be awarded by DEMCO for best displays. The “Best of Show” recognition for creativity, visual appeal and stated impact on local community include:

1. First Place: $200 DEMCO gift certificate

2. Second Place: $100 DEMCO gift certificate

3. Third Place: $50 DEMCO gift certificate

To participate in the 2009 Diversity Fair, complete the online entry form available at . Or print and Fax to (312) 280-3256, Attn: Isaac Tufvesson.

DEADLINE for receipt of entry form is
April 17. Those selected will be notified by
April 24 via e-mail from OLOS. Questions may be directed to Isaac Tufvesson at (800) 545-2433 ext. 2140, ALA Office for Literacy and Outreach Services, 50 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611 or by e-mail