[Libs-Or] Fwd: [alacro-l] Innovations in library services to poor and homelesspeople, diversity in action ideas sought for 2015 ALA Diversity and Outreach Fair

Suzanne Sager bvss at pdx.edu
Wed Apr 1 07:00:49 PDT 2015


Suzanne L. Sager

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Subject: [alacro-l] Innovations in library services to poor and
homelesspeople,diversity in action ideas sought for 2015 ALA Diversity and
Outreach Fair
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For Immediate Release

March 30, 2015

*Innovations in library services to poor and homeless people, diversity in
action ideas sought for 2015 ALA Diversity and Outreach Fair*

CHICAGO – The ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach
Services invites library professionals from all kinds of institutions to
submit proposals to participate in the 2015 Diversity and Outreach Fair, to
be held from 3 – 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 27 at the American Library
Association's Annual Conference in San Francisco. *Applications will be
accepted through Friday, May 15, 2015*.

Generously sponsored by DEMCO, the ALA Diversity and Outreach Fair is an
opportunity for libraries and member groups to share their successful
diversity and outreach initiatives with ALA Annual Conference attendees,
celebrate diversity in America’s libraries and exhibit “diversity in
action” ideas. The theme of this year’s Fair will be library services for
poor and homeless people.

The 2015 Diversity and Outreach Fair will feature innovative and successful
library-based programs geared towards serving poor and homeless people.
Libraries provide many meaningful services and resources to poor and
homeless patrons, from programming and outreach, to reference services, or
“preventative librarianship,” where individuals can be connected to
essential resources, including information on obtaining food and housing,
healthcare and education. To maximize reach and effectiveness of these
services, libraries often collaborate with community partners to help reach
poor and homeless people in their community.

Also considered for participation are proposals that highlight library
services to underserved or underrepresented communities, including people
with disabilities; poor and homeless populations; people of color;
English-language learners; gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people;
new Americans, new and non-readers; older adults; people living in rural
areas; incarcerated people and ex-offenders and mobile library services and

Selected presenters will develop and facilitate a poster session to be held
during the ALA 2015 Annual Conference in the exhibits hall.  In addition,
the participants are encouraged to submit, in digital format, information
and resources from their program, to be shared through the Virtual
Diversity and Outreach Fair on OLOS Columns.

For more information, and to apply, please visit *www.ala.org/divfair*

*About DEMCO*

For over 100 years Demco (*www.demco.com* <http://www.demco.com/>) has
supported the valuable work of librarians—taking pride in providing the
best service possible. Demco’s mission is to continue to anticipate future
needs, to supply products and services that support the activities of
library professionals and improve library environments by making them more
attractive and user-friendly. Demco demonstrates their continuing
commitment to library professionals through their support of the Library
Champions Program and participation at ALA’s conferences.

*About the Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services*

The Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services drives activities
around three professional issues which collectively support equity and
inclusion as fundamental values of the association.  Relationships and
major initiatives undertaken by the Office across these three issues help
ensure the inclusion of diverse perspectives within our profession and
association to best position ALA as a trusted, leading advocate for
equitable access to library services for all.

For more information, please contact:

*John L. Amundsen*

Program Officer, Outreach and Communications

Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services

American Library Association

50 East Huron Street

Chicago, IL 60611

T 312.280.2140 | F 312.280.3256 | jamundsen at ala.org


Suzanne L. Sager
Oregon ALA Representative
Portland State University Library
PO Box 1151
Portland, OR  97207-1151

Phone: 503-725-8169
Fax: 503-725-5799

email: sagers at pdx.edu
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