From the ALA Director 4/4: ALA Office for Diversity

Office for Diversity 


Spectrum Leadership Circle and ALA Legacy Society

Since September 1, 2013, nearly 200 individual donors and organizations have contributed more than $75,000 through dinners and other events plus annual appeal gifts. The Office for Diversity recognizes members of the new Spectrum Leadership Circle and ALA Legacy Society who have designated the Program in their estate plans at

Retreat for Spectrum Doctoral Fellows

The Office for Diversity is hosting a retreat for the six Spectrum Doctoral Fellows, April 5-7 in Champaign-Urbana with the support of inaugural Spectrum Doctoral Fellow Dr. Nicole A. Cooke and the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The agenda can be viewed at

Knowledge Alliance Recruitment Initiative

The Knowledge Alliance recruitment initiative, developed with support from IMLS, has deployed racially and ethnically diverse early career librarians to fifteen spring career and graduate education fairs targeting students from underrepresented groups.  Through this mentoring focused brand, recruiters engage potential library professionals at every step of their journey.  Through this project, OFD is working with a number of partnering libraries and library schools to offer five “Essential Information” workshops in Seattle, Chicago, Los Angeles, Atlanta and New York during the month of May.  These workshops are designed to help prospective LIS students from underrepresented groups prepare for graduate education, navigate career options, and connect with a diverse network of peers and mentors to help break down the complexities of a transforming industry and build a path that suits each individual’s goals and skills.  Help OFD let prospective participants know about this opportunity by sharing 

This was excerpted from EBD # 12.20 2013-2014 Report to Council and Executive Board April 4, 2014 from Keith Michael Fiels Executive Director.

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