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The 2014 Diversity and Outreach Fair at the ALA’s Annual Conference

The American Library Association (A.L.A.) Office for Literacy and Outreach Services (O.L.O.S.) invites library professionals from all kinds of institutions to submit proposals to participate in the 2014 Diversity and Outreach Fair, to be held at A.L.A.’s Annual Conference in Las Vegas from 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 28, 2014. Applications will be accepted through Thursday, May 15, 2014.

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 family literacy.

The 2014 Diversity and Outreach Fair will feature innovative and successful library-based family literacy programs. Family literacy encompasses a broad range of library programming from all areas of the profession, including early childhood services as well as teen programs, digital literacy, teen programming, financial literacy and other initiatives that bring families together. Using all technologies and materials, from books to tablet computers, family literacy initiatives promote literacy across the lifespan.

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 bookmobiles.

Selected presenters will develop and facilitate a poster session to be held during the ALA 2014 Annual Conference in the exhibits hall. In addition, the participants are encouraged to submit, in digital format, information and resources from their program.

One can apply online. According to the A.L.A., “The Office for Literacy and Outreach Services (OLOS) serves the Association by identifying and promoting library services that support equitable access to the knowledge and information stored in our libraries. OLOS focuses attention on services that are inclusive of traditionally underserved populations, including new and non-readers, people geographically isolated, people with disabilities, rural and urban poor people, and people generally discriminated against based on race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, language and social class.”

DEMCO is a library and archives vendor that sells books, bookcases, book carts; archival boxes, conservation supplies, and archival photo albums; promotional bookmarks, posters, stickers, book bags, and gifts; arts and crafts supplies; creative toys, stuffed animals, and puppets; maps, globes, and other classroom supplies; educational videos and games; furniture for indoor public spaces; office supplies, office equipment, and office furniture; outdoor furniture; audio-visual equipment; carpets, rugs, and mats; clocks; art prints; artificial plants; flags; garment wracks; janitorial supplies; ladders and stools; waste receptacles; lecterns and other presentation items; stages and risers; signs and sign holders; and security and traffic control equipment. In other words, it sells everything a library or archival repository needs except (a) the physical plant, (b) workers, (c) rare books, and (d) archival documents and photos.

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