The ALA Office for Diversity was merged with the ALA Office for Literacy and Outreach Services in 2015 to become the Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services.The Office for Diversity existed as a stand alone initiative of the ALA from 1998-2015.
- Sandra Rios Balderrama was ALA's first director of the Office for Diversity. She began at ALA in January 1998. She served until 2002.
- Read the interview upon her departure in 2002: "Diversity officer says farewell." American
Libraries 33, no. 8 (September 2002).
- Tracie D. Hall
- Karen M. Brown Letarte, an enrolled member of the White Earth Band of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, Director, ALA Office for Diversity, effective 4 September 2007.
- Gwendolyn Prellwitz- Interim director, 2007-2009.
- From 2009 to 2012, Miguel A. Figueroa served as Director of the Office for Diversity and Spectrum Scholarship Program and the Office for Literacy and Outreach Services .
- Mary Ghikas-Interim director of both Offices. 2012-2013.
- Michelle Harrell Washington. Office for Diversity and Spectrum Scholarship Program and the Office for Literacy and Outreach Services . 2013-March 2015.
- Gwendolyn Prellwitz- Interim director of both Offices. 2015-
Below is a screen capture for the ALA Office for Diversity. It was still on the ALA website in May 2015 but links go 404.
Diversity Counts - ALA Releases National Study of Diversity in Library WorkforceThe American Library Association (ALA) has released "Diversity Counts," a comprehensive study of gender, race and age in the library profession. The study was conducted by the ALA Office for Research & Statistics, ALA Office for Diversity and Decision Demographics, a research firm based in Arlington, Va. and confirms the need for continued recruitment of people of color. "This study is a call to action for the profession," said ALA President-Elect Loriene Roy. "While we have made progress, the findings confirm the need to commit additional time and financial resources to recruit a more diverse workforce. If libraries are to remain relevant to all of our users, our staffs must reflect our country's demographics." Review the findings at www.ala.org/diversitycounts.
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