About us BCALA's Mission, Vision and Values

  • About us

    BCALA's purpose is to call to the attention of the American Library Association the need to respond positively on behalf of the Black members of the profession and the information needs of the Black community by reviewing, analyzing, evaluating, and recommending to the American Library Association actions on the needs of Black librarians which will influence their status in the areas of recruitment, development, advancement, and general working conditions; and to provide information on qualifications of Black librarians.

our history BCALA History from its founding to the present day

  • 1970

    Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA) has continued to be an integral part of the library literature during the thirty-five year history of the organization. As the organization has grown, so too has the amount of literature. The heading “Black caucus” was first indexed in Library Literature in 1970.

  • 1980

    Whose Talking About BCALA

  • Diversity

    Diversity and Equity Through Unity: A Brief History of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association

  • Equity

    For a quarter of a century, the Black Caucus has remained diligent in its mission. Two sources of its strength have been exemplary leadership and a continuous agenda which has successfully monitored and addressed pertinent societal developments.

  • Unity

    More laudatory advancements that were achieved by the distinguished leadership:

job opportunities The BCALA Career Center

  • Coming Soon: A new way to post, search and secure job opportunities for library professionals...

    As part of our new Internet presence, BCALA is launching an improved job posting, searching and application solution:

    • Employers can post job opportunities and search resumes
    • Job seekers can post resumes and browse opportunities by category
    • Full calendaring and scheduling capabilities
    • No cost to job seekers to post resumes
    • Affordable and easy to use solution for employers

    To find out more or to register for notification of the official launch of the Job search tool, please use our Contact Us form.

the highest level of professionalism BCALA Executive Leadership and Board Members

  • Jerome Offord, Jr.

    Jerome Offord, Jr.

    Jerome Offord, Jr. is the current President of BCALA

  • Annie M. Ford

    Annie M. Ford

    Annie M. Ford is Treasurer of BCALA

  • Diane Covington

    Diane Covington

    Diane Covington is Secretary of BCALA

  • Kelvin A. Watson

    Kelvin A. Watson

    Kelvin A. Watson is the President-Elect of BCALA