[Libs-Or] Fwd: [srrtac-l] New OLOS toolkit provides powerful new tools for library service to poor and homeless populations

Candise Branum cbranum at ocom.edu
Tue Oct 16 12:15:09 PDT 2012

The ALA Office for Literacy and Outreach Services (OLOS) just released a
new toolkit, "Extending Our Reach: Reducing Homelessness through Library
Engagement,” which is freely available in print or digital
See the press release below for more info!

Candise Branum, MLS
College Librarian
Oregon College of Oriental Medicine
75 NW Couch Street
503-253-3443 ext.134 | www.library.ocom.edu


CHICAGO — “Extending Our Reach: Reducing Homelessness through Library
Engagement,” the latest toolkit from the ALA Office for Literacy and
Outreach Services (OLOS) is now available as a free print or digital

Developed by the ALA Social Responsibilities Round Table (SRRT) and the
Office for Literacy and Outreach Services, “Extending Our Reach” offers
tips, tools, resources, model programs, best practices and much more to
assist librarians and library staffers in creating meaningful library
services for people who are experiencing homelessness.****

OLOS provides a series of outreach advocacy toolkits, including “Literacy
for All: “The Guide to Building Support for Your Tribal Library,” “How to
Serve the World @ your library: Serving Non-English Speakers in U.S. Public
Libraries,” “The Small but Powerful Guide to Winning Big Support for Your
Rural Library” and “Keys to Engaging Older Adults @ your library.” All
OLOS outreach
toolkits are developed by experts from the field and contain proven
strategies and resources for librarians to enhance library services in
their communities. The toolkit is available as an eight-page print edition
for free (up to 20 copies), an easily-navigable Web
as a downloadable PDF

For more information on “Extending Our Reach,” and other OLOS toolkits,
including ordering instructions, please visit www.ala.org/olos.****

Special thanks to Sandy Berman, Carolyn Caywood, John Gehner, Lisa Gieskes,
Leslie and Glen Holt, Anne Moore, Michael Santangelo, David Vess and Julie
Winkelstein for their contributions to this toolkit.****

The ALA Social Responsibilities Round Table (SRRT) is a unit within the
American Library Association. It works to make ALA more democratic and to
establish progressive priorities not only for the Association, but also for
the entire profession. Concern for human and economic rights was an
important element in the founding of SRRT and remains an urgent concern
today. SRRT believes that libraries and librarians must recognize and help
solve social problems and inequities in order to carry out their mandate to
work for the common good and bolster democracy. SRRT’s main website is
hosted at http://libr.org/SRRT.****

The mission of OLOS is to identify and promote library services that
support equitable access to the knowledge and information stored in
libraries. OLOS focuses attention on services that are inclusive of
traditionally underserved populations and people generally discriminated
against based on race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, language and
social class. The Office ensures that training, information resources and
technical assistance are available to help libraries and librarians develop
effective strategies to grow programs and services for library users.****


*John L. Amundsen | Communications Specialist | ALA Office for Literacy and
Outreach Services *

50 East Huron Street | Chicago, IL 60611 | T 312.280.2140 | F 312.280.3256|
jamundsen at ala.org   ****

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