Bulletin of the
Office for Diversity
American Library Association




Magic Carpet
Mitali Perkins
An author's perspective on multicultural library service to children.


Languaging with the Libraries
Sylvia M. DeSantis
Bringing international users into the fold.

"Don't mistake cultural sensitivity and cultural awareness for cultural competence."
Steve L. Robbins, Ph.D.

"Communicating effectively with those with whom we have fundamental disagreements is more difficult but often more important than communicating with those we like."
Roger Fish

"Use the tools of the job to create social change. There is power in being behind the scenes in the information arena. Use it to make a difference in the world, to do good."
tatiana de la tierra



The Role of Diversity in Accreditation
Renee D. McKinney
Report from the ALA Office for Accreditation.


Mister Librarian
Rob Vega, 2002 Scholar
A "double-minority" finds difference in unexpected places.


November 11 14, 2004
Building Personal and Professional Competence in a Multicultural Society: National MultiCultural Institutes 2004 Fall Conference
Hyatt Regency, Bethesda. FMI visit:

November 12, 2004
Women from Diverse Backgrounds and Cultures Coming Together to Speak Out
University of North Texas University Union, Denton, TX.FMI contact: Dan Emenheiser,, 940-565-2456.

March 17-19, 2005
2005 National Conference on Leadership Diversity: Unleashing the Power
Rosen Centre Hotel, Orlando Florida. FMI visit:

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