Diversity

ALA announces Spectrum Doctoral Fellowship Program and informational session

CHICAGO - The American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce the return of the Spectrum Doctoral Fellowship Program. Building off the success of the Spectrum Scholarship Program which provides one-year academic funding for LIS students who identify as American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, Middle Eastern or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander, the Spectrum Doctoral Fellowship Program seeks to recruit diverse LIS faculty members. 

Core Webinar: Improving Web Site Accessibility

CHICAGO—Accessibility in library websites is intrinsic to the inclusivity and access to opportunities and resources for people who might otherwise be excluded or marginalized, and those who create or maintain web content for libraries must work to remove certain barriers to web site access. On Tuesday, February 8, Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures will hold the webinar "Improving Web Site Accessibility" at 1 pm CT. During this webinar presenters will discuss a project to assess the accessibility of St.

Centering the lived experience of generational poverty

CHICAGO — Drawing from her own lived experience, in “Profiles in Resilience: Books for Children and Teens That Center the Lived Experience of Generational Poverty,” published by ALA Editions, author Christina H. Dorr shines a light on some of the cultural values that exist across both rural and urban poverty, inviting teachers, librarians, and others who work with children from low-income families to see them in their cultural context and appreciate the values they bring to the classroom or library.

Core Webinar: Building Capacity for Community-led Planning

CHICAGO—To live out our core values of equity, diversity and inclusion, libraries are seeking ways to be more community-centered. Community-led planning is a method that can be used to create public programs and services that celebrate the strengths and interests of diverse communities. However, it can also be a big cultural shift for many libraries. In this webinar, library leaders will learn about an evidence-based process to build their library’s capacity to make this change.

National survey finds libraries play expanded role in digital equity, bridging gaps in access to technology

CHICAGO – As the nation celebrates Library Card Sign-up Month this September, a new report from the Public Library Association (PLA) details how libraries are further extending their technology services and resources in the face of pandemic limitations. The 2020 Public Library Technology Survey report provides the most current and complete picture of how libraries serve as digital equity hubs.

Preconference Registration Opens for Core Forum

Even before the 2021 Core Forum officially kicks off with an evening welcome reception on Thursday, October 7, attendees can register to participate in an all-day library buildings tour or one of four afternoon workshops offered that same day. Full preconference descriptions, presenters, and registration rates can be found at www.coreforum.org

Preconference options on Thursday, October 7, include:

ALA to host Emergency Connectivity Fund Q&A Instagram Live event for libraries, featuring acting FCC chairwoman

WASHINGTON, DC – The American Library Association (ALA) will host a live Q&A event on Instagram, this Thursday, July 29 at 2 p.m. EDT to share how libraries are planning to use the Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF), a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program supporting digital equity efforts through libraries and schools nationwide.

Programming for adults with developmental disabilities

CHICAGO — Public libraries everywhere have embraced inclusion and expanded their programming for youth with disabilities, especially autism. It’s imperative that libraries also offer rich and age-appropriate initiatives for adults with developmental disabilities (DD); after all, as youth now served by their libraries grow up and reach adulthood, they will continue to want and expect libraries to be responsive to their needs.

ALA Awards Spectrum Scholarships for 2021

CHICAGO — Today, the American Library Association's (ALA) Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services awarded the 2021 Spectrum Scholarships to 60 exceptional students pursuing graduate degrees in library and information studies.