The Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table is an organization authorized by the Council of the American Library Association. Its purpose shall be to provide a forum for the exchange of information on library materials and resources in English and other languages and to promote service for all ethnolinguistic and multicultural communities in general.


  • To serve as a source of information on recommended ethnic collections, services, and programs.
  • To organize task forces, institutes, and workshops to carry out the functions of the Round Table as defined in the petition.
  • To develop for Annual conferences forums and symposia programs that deal with the key issues of ethnicity and librarianship.
  • To maintain a liaison with the Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services and cooperate with other ALA units, including the ethnic affiliates, in joint projects for the betterment of outreach services.
  • To disseminate the work of the Round Table through a program of presentations and/or publications.

If you are already a member of the American Library Association, please consider adding membership in EMIERT when renewing your membership. Annual dues for the Round Table are $20.00 (individual membership), $10.00 (student membership), or $25.00 (organizational membership).  If you are interested in joining ALA and the Round Table for the first time, please see the ALA Membership page for additional information.

If you are interested in serving on an EMIERT committee, please fill out the ALA Volunteer Form.