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  • 1.  Fwd: ODLOS Newsletter Winter 2024

    Posted Feb 15, 2024 01:00 PM
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    Greetings from the Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services

    African-American Flag by Hammons, David, American, born 1943

    Happy Black History Month!

    The Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services invites you to join us in celebrating Black History Month 2024 by taking the time to reflect on and enjoy the works of Black authors, artists, activists, and trailblazers.


    In a tumultuous time where book banning is on the rise and intellectual freedom is being attacked, we are highlighting Black educators and librarians who are speaking up to advocate for the rights of readers. Dr. Nicole Cooke, who spearheads the Spectrum Doctoral Fellowship Program, spotlights the inspirational reason that librarians and educators fight against book bans, stating "we serve our communities by providing them with books that open the world to them and give them the opportunity to learn about themselves and others." Because the ban on affirmative action affects Black librarianship, our collective fight is considered a protection towards marginalized communities. When scholar Ibram X. Kendi spoke at last year's ALA Annual Conference, he vocalized "as much as we may feel alone fighting book bans, you have generations of company, and generations of Americans cheering you on in this freedom fight." Past ALA Executive Director Tracie Hall, who was the first Black woman to step into the role, spoke on the wide generational community driven perseverance, stating "it's really about this moment in time for libraries and librarians and for all of us who are committed to ensuring that the right to read passes on to another generation."

    National Day of Racial Healing @ ODLOS

    Thanks to our ALA community who joined us for the National Day of Racial Healing 2024 with ODLOS last month! Launched in 2017 by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the National Day of Racial Healing is part of the US Movement for Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation (TRHT) and is observed immediately following Martin Luther King Jr. Day. For the eighth annual US National Day of Racial Healing this year, ODLOS hosted "NDRH 2024: Creating Space for Shared Reflections," a virtual panel made up of leaders within ALA who answered questions about their perspectives and experiences involving racial healing and equity. Our panel was moderated by ODLOS Director Kevin Strowder and included Alanna Aiko Moore, Gwen Weaver, Olivia Blake, and Ray Pun as our panelists.


    A recording of the panel is available on the ALA Youtube. If you're looking for other resources towards your community's collective racial healing or learning of racial justice, please check out our National Day of Racial Healing page on the ALA website for more Healing Hour materials.

    Celebrating Black Disabled Leaders during Black History Month

    Join the ADA National Network as they celebrate the intersectionality of Black and disabled communities this month through the sharing of resources and articles. Follow them on Facebook or LinkedIn.

    World Institute on Disability Blog Centering Black Disabled Leaders

    Check out this blog post from the World Institute on Disability on 12 Black Disabled Activist and Advocates You Need to be Following, featuring writers, entrepreneurs, and change-makers from several mediums.

    Scholarship & Award Opportunities

    The 25th Anniversary of Spectrum

    This year's Spectrum Advisory Committee (SAC) has been hard at work planning and hosting events to celebrate the Spectrum Scholarship's 25th anniversary! Aside from the regular programming, like new scholar orientation, informational webinars for interested applicants, and Scholar Spotlights, SAC has held celebratory events such as the Spectrum History Webinar with guests including Spectrum founders Betty Turock, Elizabeth Martinez, and Binnie Tate Wilkin, among others.


    This year's advisory committee is launching the $25 for 25 years fundraising campaign. Donations for the initiative will help the committee reach its commemorative $250,000 fundraising goal. Donations in any amount can be made at


    One final note - Spectrum Scholarship applications are due this March 1st. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply at

    The Spectrum Scholarship Announces Sponsors for the 2023-2024 Spectrum Cohort

    The Spectrum program funds scholarships through its endowment and the generous contributions of individuals and organizations whose donations support the Spectrum Family of Funds. This year's sponsors are ProQuest, part of Clarivate; Elsevier; the Medical Library Association (MLA); the National Library of Medicine (NLM); the Northern California & Nevada Medical Library Group (NCNMLG); the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC); the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL); OCLC, Core; the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA); the Library Instruction Round Table (LIRT); and Rainbow Round Table (RRT).

    For 2023-2024, scholarships have been awarded in honor of the following supporters via endowment: Leo Albert, the Calloway family, Louise Giles, William R. Gordon, Satia Marshall Orange, Miriam Tuliao, and Dr. Betty J. Turock.

    Nominations Open for the David Cohen/EMIERT Multicultural Award

    The Ethnic Multicultural Information Exchange Roundtable (EMIERT) of the American Library Association is now accepting nominations for the David Cohen/EMIERT Multicultural Award. This award recognizes recent articles that include significant new research related to the understanding and promotion of multiculturalism in libraries in North America. Works published within the last two years preceding the award application deadline shall be eligible to receive the award. Recipients of the David Cohen Awards are presented with $500 and a plaque at ALA's Annual Conference during EMIERT's annual chair's program.


    Nominations for the award will be accepted until February 15, 2024. Winners will be announced by March 15, 2024.


    The selection of an award will be made by the EMIERT Awards Committee. Please send nominations to Dr. Andrea Jamison via no later than February 15, 2024, by 10 p.m. CT. Self-nominations will be accepted.


    For more information, head to to learn more.

    Applications for ALA's Century Scholarship Open Through March 1st

    ALA's Century Scholarship is an annual scholarship of $2,500 that funds services or accommodation for a library school student(s) with disabilities admitted to an ALA-accredited library school, administered by ALA's Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment (HRDR). The scholarship will fund services or accommodations that are either not provided by law or otherwise by the university that will enable the student or students to successfully complete the course of study for a Master's or Doctorate in Library Science and become a library or information studies professional. Learn more about how to apply!

    Highlighting LLX Events

    ALA Announces Winners of the Stonewall Book Awards

    The Stonewall Book Award – Mike Morgan and Larry Romans Children's and Young Adult Literature Awards are given annually to English-language works of exceptional merit for children or teens relating to the LGBTQIA+ experience. This year's Stonewall Book Award – Mike Morgan and Larry Romans Children's and Young Adult Literature Award Winners are:


    "Cross My Heart and Never Lie" written and illustrated by Nora Dåsnes, translated by Matt Bagguley and published by Hippo Park, an imprint of Astra Books for Young Readers.


    "Only This Beautiful Moment," written by Abdi Nazemian and published by Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.


    The Stonewall Book Award – Mike Morgan and Larry Romans Children's and Young Adult Literature Award Committee additionally named twelve honor titles for the award – eight in Children's Literature, and four in YA Literature.


    The Stonewall Book Award – Barbara Gittings Literature Award is given annually to English-language works that are of exceptional merit relating to the LGBTQIA+ experience. This year's Barbara Gittings Literature Award winner is:


    "Freedom House" by KB Brookins, and published by Deep Vellum.


    The Barbara Gittings Literature Award Committee additionally named four honor titles for the award.


    The Stonewall Book Award – Israel Fishman Non-Fiction Award is given annually to English-language works of biography, memoir, history, criticism, reference works, fine arts, etc. that are of exceptional merit relating to the LGBTQIA+ experience. This year's Israel Fishman Non-Fiction Award winner is:


    "Hijab Butch Blues: A Memoir" by Lamya H and published by The Dial Press, an imprint of Random House, a division of Penguin Random House.


    The Israel Fishman Non-Fiction Award Committee additionally named four honor titles for the award.

    ALA Announces Winners of the Coretta Scott King Book Awards

    The Coretta Scott King Book Awards encourage the artistic expression of the African American experience via literature and the graphic arts; promote an understanding and appreciation of the black culture and experience; and commemorate the life and legacy of Coretta Scott King for her courage and determination in supporting the work of her husband, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., for peace and world brotherhood. This year's Coretta Scott King Book Award Winners are:


    "Nigeria Jones," written by Ibi Zoboi, published by Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.


    "An American Story," written by Dare Coulter published by Little, Brown and Co., a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc.


    The Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent affirms new talent and offers visibility for excellence in writing and/or illustration at the beginning of a career as a published African American creator of children's books.


    This year's Steptoe author award goes to Jade Adia, author of "There Goes the Neighborhood," published by Hyperion, an imprint of Buena Vista Books Inc. This year's Steptoe illustrator award goes to Briana Mukodiri Uchendu, illustrator of "We Could Fly," written by Rhiannon Giddens, published by Candlewick Press.


    The Coretta Scott King Book Award Committee additionally named six honorees for the award – three authors, and three illustrators. Check out the full list on CSKBART's website.

    ALA Celebrates Authentic Representations of Disability Experience through Schneider Family Book Awards

    "Henry, Like Always," "The Fire, the Water, and Maudie McGinn" and "Forever is Now" are the three winners of the 2024 Schneider Family Book Awards, which honor an author or illustrator for the artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences. The award winners were announced during the American Library Association's LibLearnX: The Library Learning Experience held Jan. 19-22 in Baltimore. Read the full press release of the winner and honor books.

    25th Annual MLK Sunrise Celebration

    Joined by nearly 200 ALA community members, ALA hosted the 25th Annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Sunrise Celebration at LibLearnX in Baltimore. Our event commemorates Dr. King's legacy and recognizes the connection between his life's work and the library world. Thank you to our participants and sponsors (OCLC, ODLOS, SRRT, and BCALA) for helping us create an incredible event. A recording of the celebration is available to stream on the ODLOS Youtube page.

    Upcoming Conferences

    Make plans today to attend the Association of Bookmobile & Outreach Services Annual Conference

    October 14-17, 2024 | Indianapolis, Indiana



    Check this out, new this year! Pre-Conference sessions and opportunities included at no additional cost. Conference registration includes three full days filled with networking opportunities with fellow outreach staff, gaining valuable information and ideas through continuing education opportunities, and refueling your tank as an outreach staff member. Visit for more information.

    Registration for the PLA 2024 Virtual Conference is now open!


    Can't make it to Columbus? We've got you covered! You can now be a part of the PLA 2024 Conference experience from the comfort of your own desk. The PLA Virtual Conference will coincide with the in-person event, April 3–5, 2024.


    Register by February 23 to receive Advanced rates.


    Association of Research Libraries: IDEAL Conference 2024

    The Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility in Libraries & Archives (IDEAL) Conference raises awareness and appreciation of workplace diversity issues through the exploration of theory and practice in the libraries and archives.

    Save the date and plan to join us for the next IDEAL Conference, to be held July 15–17, 2024, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

    News from Round Tables, Interest Groups, & Affiliates

    Round Table Election Update

    Keep an eye out for nominations being posted next month in your respective round tables! More details will be shared soon.


    Seeking Submissions For EMIERT's Literary Awards Task Force

    EMIERT is seeking members to participate in a new committee: The Literary Awards Task Force. This task force is charged with the development of a literary award to acknowledge exemplary materials for children and young adults that promote multiculturalism and further the work of EMIERT members. This task force will be composed of current members of EMIERT and will meet quarterly during the calendar year. If you are interested in participating, please contact Richard E. Ashby at:

    Black Deaf Resources InfoGuide

    Bridging Deaf Cultures (BDC) member, Joan Naturale, created an InfoGuide for the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) entitled "Black Deaf Resources". This resource guide provides information about prominent Black Deaf people as well as historical and cultural information about the Black Deaf community in the United States.


    The Bridging Deaf Cultures Interest Group is in a transitional phase. It's open to all deaf/hard of hearing library workers and their allies. If you're interested in shaping the future of the group, please email to join.

    Updates from the Library Services for Patrons with Dementia/Alzheimer's Interest Group (LSDA)

    The Library Services for Patrons with Dementia/Alzheimer's Interest Group (LSDA) is pleased to announce that we have refreshed our ODLOS resources page. Our new page includes more current information on serving patrons with Alzheimer's Disease and related dementias in the library and has a wealth of links to recorded webinars and other tools that can support library staff working with this population.

    The page also includes a link to a new tool that can be customized and used for providing patron-centered Reader's Advisory services. People in the early stages of dementia are still able to read, but may need some accommodations in regards to the amount of text on a page, preference for illustrations to assist with memory and cognition, and selections of shorter fiction. Adapt and use this tool to best support the reading needs of your patrons with dementia.

    LSDA is also pleased to announce that, with support from our sponsor, Library Juice Academy, we are launching a new "Dementia Services" listserv to replace our current Google discussion group. Use this link to subscribe. This listserv encourages open communication for all library workers serving the dementia/Alzheimer's community. Join this free listserv to stay informed on the latest information on LSDA open member meetings and best practices for library services. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of these patrons.

    Reading Coretta's Books

    Earlier this year, the Coretta Scott King Book Awards Round Table (CSKBART) Standing Program Committee planned a literature week, Reading Coretta's Books, in celebration and remembrance of Mrs. Coretta Scott King. Through the virtual Coretta Scott King Book Awards Literature Week (January 15-19, 2024), participants learned about Mrs. King's life and heard from special guests including Alice Faye Duncan, Queen Meccasia Zabriskie, and Carole Boston Weatherford, who delivered a special reading of one of her award-winning CSKBART titles. Learn more about CSKBART at, and follow their lead in recognizing Dr. and Mrs. Coretta Scott King's work in social justice.

    Upcoming Events in the Community

    SRRT Virtual Summit 2024

    "Abolitionist Visions and Intersections: Centering Human Relationships and Building Institutional Connections for Social Justice," SRRT Virtual Summit, March 19, 2024

    This conference places abolitionism as philosophy and practice in conversation with libraries and the broader community services and human resources landscape of which they are a part. It is inspired by SRRT's broader effort to encourage expansive, provocative, cross-disciplinary conversations that center intersectional issues and struggles. We invite provocative and engaging explorations of the convergences, tensions, and disjunctions between abolitionism and library work and the many other areas of action, engagement, and inquiry that abolitionism touches on. Potential topics include arts programming, literacy, and educational opportunities in prisons; policing and public safety; prison and jail libraries; racism and mass incarceration; parole, probation, and reentry; youth justice; information access and censorship in carceral settings; inside organizing; and more.

    We expect that many presentations will discuss the work of libraries and librarians, but we also hope that, in the vein of knowledge justice, we spotlight issues, experiences, and voices that deepen our understanding of how information is of use and put to use in carceral settings, as seen through the lens and in the voices of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people themselves. All people with lived experience expertise will be compensated for their participation.

    Visit the website for a detailed description of scope, suggested topics, and link to the speaker submission form: Submissions are due February 15, 2024. Event registration will open mid-February. Please reach out to Rachel Rosekind for more information:

    Courage Is Not Contagious

    Today we Celebrate the Importance and power of Black History Month. Black History 365. February stands as the grand celebration, not the end all be all. Thank you to Dr. Carter G. Woodson and for continuing the work. This year's theme is Black History and the Arts. BCALA stands on the shoulders of giants Effie Lee Morris & Dr. E. J. Josey as well as many others.

    IBlackCacus is a vital organization providing support and empowerment for Black/African American LIS graduate students. Our mission is to amplify POC voices, ensuring their perspectives are acknowledged and valued within the LIS community. This spring, we're launching monthly guided study sessions, alternating between Saturdays and Sundays for flexibility. Check our website for session times.

    In celebration of Black History Month, we're proud to present "Courage can be Contagious": a speaker series exploring intellectual freedom and information weaponization in America, scheduled for February 21, 2022, at 2 pm EST.


    Lessons from Historic Black Activist Librarianship

    As the semester progresses, join us on April 10th for a student-led discussion in our Real Talk series: "Does 'Blacktivist' Librarianship Exist?: Lessons from Historic Black Activist Librarianship." Stay updated on these events and more at Join us as we uplift and unite Black scholars in LIS.

    Culture Keepers XII: Unity in Diversity: Stronger Together in the African Diaspora

    Get ready to dive into a whirlwind of excitement at the upcoming National Conference of African American Librarians (NCAAL) held July 24th – 27th, 2024 at the New Orleans Marriott hotel. Step into a dynamic space where Black librarians and information professionals gather to celebrate innovation in all fields of the profession. From exploring the invaluable contributions of Black authors and scholars to discussing strategies for promoting diversity and inclusion within library spaces, this summit offers a platform for empowerment, connection, and advancement. With thought-provoking discussions, enlightening workshops, and inspiring keynote speakers, NCAAL XII is poised to ignite passion and foster collaboration among Black library professionals. Join us as we honor our past, embrace our present, and shape the future of librarianship through the lens of Black excellence. This is more than a conference; it's a transformative journey toward equity, representation, and cultural resurgence in libraries nationwide.

    Upcoming ALA eLearning Opportunities in Disability Inclusion and Accessibility

    American Sign Language with Children in Storytime or in the Classroom: A Practical Guide - 6-week eCourse; begins Monday, April 1, 2024. Panelist Kathy MacMillan (she/her) is a writer, nationally certified American Sign Language interpreter, librarian, and signing storyteller.

    External Professional Development Opportunities: Disability and Accessibility Focus

    Transforming Librarianship to Model Neuro Inclusion in Libraries

    Date/Time: February 28, 2024 - 3:00pm EST

    Register here:


    While libraries are increasingly implementing practices and services designed to serve neurodivergent patrons, such efforts have not yet extended to neurodivergent library employees. This session will introduce participants to the neurodiversity employment movement and its impact in other fields, such as IT. The presenters will also share results from an IMLS-funded initiative that highlights the voices of neurodivergent librarians and their journey of negotiating identity as they face barriers and enablers to their success. Neurodivergent librarians are an important part of the profession, so it is imperative that libraries adopt neuro inclusive practices in their workplaces.

    Come learn what to consider at your library!

    Want to Contribute to this Work? Consider Donating to ODLOS

    The ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services supports LIS workers in creating responsible and all-inclusive spaces that serve and represent the entire community. To accomplish this, we decenter power and privilege by facilitating conversations around access and identity as they impact the profession and those we serve. We use a social justice framework to inform library and information science workers' development of resources. We strive to create an association culture where these concerns are incorporated into everybody's everyday work.


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    February 2024