Bulletin of the
Office for Diversity
American Library Association




Twenty Ways to Foster Diversity
Linda R. Musser
All employees can and do contribute to the climate of the workplace.


Hashing Out World Languages
Kay Schlumpf & Anna Yackle
The North Suburban Library System updates its menu with tempting offerings to attract non-English speakers and to nourish their needs.

Case Study
Jessica Chandler
Moving a whole library system along the road to diversity.

"The world in which you were born is just one model of reality. Other cultures are not failed attempts at being you. They are unique manifestations of the human spirit."
Wade Davis

We see things not as they are, but as we are.
Anais Nin

Every effort for progress, for enlightenment, for science, for religion, for political, for economic liberty emanates from the minority, not from the masses.
Emma Goldman



Disabilities & Accessible Information Technology
Marilyn Irwin
For most libraries inaccessibility is not intentional, but occurs due to the lack of knowledge or understanding of the needs of people with disabilities.


Nurturing Aspirations
Cristina Hernandez, 2003 Scholar
Individual libraries play a key role in recruiting support staff into MLIS programs.


September 15, 2004
Diversity Leadership Strategies for the 21ST Century, 2004 Kentucky Library Association Conference
Pre-Conference Diversity Workshop 10:00am-2:00pm
Lunch included with paid registration of $15.00. Hosted by:African American Librarians and Library Employees Round Table (AALLERT).Sponsored by: University of Kentucky Libraries, Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives, University of Louisville Libraries, Lexington Public Library. Presented by: Tracie D. Hall, American Library Association, Director of the Office for Diversity and the Spectrum Initiative. FMI visit:

October 21-23, 2004
Diversity and Learning: Democracys Compelling Interest

Association of American Colleges and Universities Conference, Sheraton Nashville Downtown Hotel, Nashville, Tennessee. FMI visit:

November 12, 2004
Women from Diverse Backgrounds and Cultures Coming Together to Speak Out
Sponsored by the Dallas Womens Foundation, the University of North Texas Ally Program, UNT Division of Equity and Diversity, UNT Womens Center, the Gay and Lesbian Association of Denton, and Wells Fargo. University of North Texas University Union, Denton, TX.FMI contact: Dan Emenheiser,, 940-565-2456.

Versed, the official publication of the American Library Associations Office for Diversity, is published 5 times per year online with paper printings available twice yearly at ALA midwinter meetings and annual conferences.

True to its meaning: practiced, skilled, or knowledgeable; Versed will bring together the most progressive practitioners and the best practices in current library-based diversity work.

Please consider submitting an article or editorial; sharing a successful program or initiative; reviewing and recommending diversity-related books and videos of interest to library service (whole bibliographies and videographies are especially welcome); tackling pressing social or professional issues; and publicizing diversity related events or conferences. Review theSubmission GuidelinesandEditorial Calendarfor more information.

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