About

Our Voices is an initiative of the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom and Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services.

American Library Association

The American Library Association (ALA), the voice of America’s libraries, is the oldest, largest and most influential library association in the world. Its more than 58,000 members are primarily librarians but also trustees, publishers and other library supporters. The association represents all types of libraries; its mission is to promote the highest quality library and information services and public access to information.

Office for Intellectual Freedom

The Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) is charged with implementing ALA policies concerning the concept of intellectual freedom as embodied in the Library Bill of Rights, the Association’s basic policy on free access to libraries and library materials.

Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services

The Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services serves the membership through its initiatives and programs, resource development, active consultations and training on diversity issues that impact the profession, the workplace and information service delivery. The Office also maintains an active recruitment program for people of color to the library profession known as the Spectrum Initiative.