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New online gallery highlights selected artwork from Coretta Scott King Book Awards winning and honor titles

The Coretta Scott King Book Awards Illustrations Gallery is a new feature on the Coretta Scott King Book Awards website.  The gallery includes beautiful, large images from the award-winning and honor titles, and showcases the outstanding illustrators who have received the award.  We hope the gallery will inspire you to read these beloved books in your library, your classroom, and your home.

The Coretta Scott King Book Awards Committee is dedicated to celebrating and promoting the artistic expression of the African American experience through literature and the graphic arts.  We are excited to celebrate the contributions of Coretta Scott King Book Award Winner and Honor illustrators in a new and exciting way!

Check back often for new additions, and happy browsing!


Literacy at a Glance @ NOLA 2011

Interested in learning more about literacy trends and initiatives across the profession at Annual Conference?

The ALA Committee on Literacy and the Office for Literacy and Outreach Services (OLOS) Advisory Committee have compiled this list of programs at Annual highlight literacy efforts across the Association.

Download a printable version of this list (.pdf)


Friday, June 24

ALA Literacy Assembly

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm, Committee on Literacy

Marriott at Convention Center – Blaine Kern E

The Literacy Assembly is a forum for information sharing, building Association-wide collaboration, and promoting library efforts in libraries of all kinds.

Saturday, June 25

Many Voices, One Nation

12:00-1:30 pm, Committee on Diversity

Monteleone – Queen Anne BR

Many Voices, One Nation brings together writers and artists from different perspectives in a rich program of spoken word and performance.

Literacy Programs in Libraries around the Globe

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm, IRRT

Hilton Riverside – Rosedown

This session explores successful literacy initiatives, from early childhood to adult, in libraries of all types around the globe.

Why Transliteracy

1:30 pm – 3:30 pm, LITA

MCC – 278-282

This session explores the theoretical aspects of transliteracy, explaining why it is important and how it is tied to libraries.

Working Towards Transliteracy

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm, LITA

MCC – 278-282

Transliteracy is the ability to read, write and interact across a range of platforms. This session examines the practical aspects of Transliteracy.

Diversity and Outreach Fair

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm, OLOS Advisory Committee

MCC – 260-262

The Diversity and Outreach Fair features innovative and successful library-based family literacy programs serving diverse families.

Sunday, June 26

Transforming Information Literacy for Today’s Students: Libraries as Sponsors of Transliteracy

8:00 am – 10:00 am, AASL

MCC – 338

In a participatory library culture high school students are taking an inquiry stance on information literacy.  Explore how students are using cloud computing and web 2.0 tools for information management.

Early Literacy Model Magic

10:30 am – 12:00 pm, ALSC

MCC – 277

Tips and techniques for using early literacy models, including Every Child Ready to Read,  to meet the needs of families.

Raisin’ Readers: Improving Literacy for Rural Children and Youth

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm, Committee on Rural, Native, and Tribal Libraries of All Kinds, co-sponsored by the Committee on Literacy

MCC – 348

Rural, Native, and tribal libraries sponsor, host, and launch initiatives that support young and teen readers and their families.  This program features the Honorable James K. Bartleman, Canadian diplomat, author, literacy advocate, and member of the Mnjikaning First Nation.

Making Information Literacy Instruction Meaningful through Creativity

1:30-3:30 pm, ACRL/IS

MCC – 278-282

Panelists will discuss teaching as a process of shared learning and the concept of expanding the conventional definition of information literacy to include elements creativity.

Visual Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education: Introducing a New Interdisciplinary Information Literacy Standard for 21st Century Learner

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm, ACRL, Co-sponsored by Arts, IS and WGSS

MCC – 339

Visual literacy experts and practitioners will introduce a working draft of the new Visual Literacy Competency Standards and discuss implementation strategies for higher education.

Teen Parents & Babies: The ABCs of Early Literacy Outreach

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm, ALSC

MCC – 338

This session examines the benefits of partnering with schools and other organizations to reach and inform teen parents of latest findings in early childhood brain development.

Monday, June 27

Jean Coleman Library Outreach Lecture

8:00 am – 10:00 am, OLOS Advisory Committee

MCC – 346-347

Robert Wedgeworth, a member of the National Museum and Library Services Board (NMLSB) and former Executive Director of the American Library Association and past President of ProLiteracy Worldwide, will present the 2011 Jean E. Coleman Library Outreach Lecture.

A Lifetime of Literacy in Libraries: Marking the Milestones from Infancy to Maturity

10:30 am – 12:00 pm, Committee on Literacy

MCC – 346-347

Panelists representing ALA divisions, offices, and committees will describe national literacy initiatives and provide access to a wealth of resources. Camila Alire, ALA past-president, will introduce the session.

For more information, please contact OLOS at (312) 280-4294, or email olos@ala.org.


Deadline to Apply for Diversity & Outreach Fair @ ALA Annual Conference rapidly approaching – Apply today!

The deadline for the 2010 Diversity and Outreach Fair is rapidly approaching. This popular event will be held on Saturday, June 26, 2010, during the ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. 

Applications will be accepted through Friday, May 16.

Sponsored generously by DEMCO and coordinated by the ALA Office for Literacy and Outreach Services, the Diversity and Outreach Fair provides an opportunity for libraries and member groups to share their successful diversity and outreach initiatives with ALA Annual Conference attendees.  The Fair celebrates examples of diversity in American libraries and demonstrates possibilities for libraries seeking “diversity in action” ideas.  Selected applicants will have the opportunity to present posters and converse with conference attendees about their diversity initiatives. 

In honor of the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities act, this year's fair will celebrate accessible library services for all patrons and highlight innovative services to underserved communities. Additional available topics include services to underserved or underrepresented communities and mobile library services.  

For more information, and to apply, please visit www.ala.org/divfair.

 Questions about the Diversity and Outreach Fair? Contact John Amundsen, OLOS Communications Specialist, at 312.280.2140, or email jamundsen@ala.org.