Orlando Support Activities

ALA is working with member groups and local organizations to plan activities that will be announced as they are confirmed.  Please use the resources and informational links on this page to get involved in support efforts wherever you are, and also to make your conference feel more comfortable and safe if you’re joining us in Orlando.

From the ALA President

ALA President Sari Feldman’s June 13th statement expresses the importance of joining together to support the community in Orlando. “Our nation’s libraries serve communities with equity, dignity and respect. ALA will carry this legacy to Orlando. In defiance of fear, ignorance and intolerance, the library community will continue its profound commitment to transforming communities by lending its support.”

Second Statement (June 15th) from ALA President Sari Feldman


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Memorial Event

The memorial event for the Pulse shooting victims will be in the OCCC Chapin Theater W320, Saturday, June 25, 8:00– 8:30am. Doors will open at 7:30am.


Donate Blood

Saturday, June 25, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM and Sunday, June 26, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Orange County Convention Center, West Building, Exhibit Hall, End of 400 aisle

To sign up for a donation time, go to https://www.oneblood.org/donate-now/ and type in sponsor code # 10145.


Opportunities from the ALA Task Force on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion





Convention Center Security

As with all ALA conferences, security plans are developed with input from local security contractors, convention center staff, and local police.  The convention center has updated their security program for the safety of all participants.


Library safety session sponsored by ASCLA

Active Shooter Policies in Libraries Program: Be able to complete an environmental scan to identify potential risk areas at your library, as well as write an active shooter policy/procedure for your library. Most libraries have policies dealing with a problem or unruly patrons. Find out how to protect your patrons and staff from a darker problem, someone intent on inflicting actual physical harm. The NDSL active shooter procedure will be presented as a model as well as tips for writing your policy. Speaker:  BreAnne Meier, North Dakota State Library, Date: Saturday, June 25, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Location: Orange County Convention Center, W101B.


Support Orlando Business


Use this list to find women- and minority-owned businesses in the Orlando area. The list was created by the Orange County Library System and is maintained by the ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services.


National Library of Medicine Resources

MedlinePlus Coping with Disasters: https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/copingwithdisasters.html

Coping with Disasters, Violence, and Traumatic Events https://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/coping.html

Searches on Disaster Lit®: the Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health

Other relevant resources:


Safety Tips for travelers

Here are some basic tips for safe travel.


podcast on library security from american libraries

ASCLA Past-President in the News: Active Shooter Training: ASCLA Past-President Kathleen Moeller-Peiffer (director of New Mexico State Library) speaks in the American Libraries Dewey Decibel podcast, episode 2, May 23, 2016, about library security and making your space safer!  Listen to the podcast (at about 38.23) as Kathleen explains about some of the active shooter training programs she made available to her staff at the New Mexico and New Jersey state libraries. She talks about the programs’ usefulness for frontline staff and the model that was used at Scott County (Ky.) Public Library.


donating and What you can do in your community

Please also consider some activities that can be performed within and from our local communities.

Donate or encourage others to donate blood.

As citizens in Orlando respond to the appeal for blood donations, we should all be reminded that many local blood banks across the country are in need. Visit http://www.redcross.org/give-blood to find a blood drive happening in your own community or to schedule an appointment to donate. For those who may not be able to donate blood due to the FDA-mandated one-year blood ban for men who have sex with men (a point of particular concern for many given the circumstances of this latest tragedy), reach out to allies who can donate on your behalf, and encourage critical conversation around the ban and its impact on the queer community in times of crisis and beyond.

Donate to verified fundraising efforts to support victims and their families.

Orlando’s Mayor Buddy Dyer established OneOrlando.org (by mail at OneOrlando, P.O. Box 4990, Orlando, FL 32802) to support nonprofits that support the victims and families.

Equality Florida Action Inc., a non-profit advocacy group for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in that state, has set up a page for donations (https://www.gofundme.com/PulseVictimsFund) on the crowdfunding site GoFundMe.

Celebrate GLBT Book Month in your library

This can be as simple as having a display of books or a small sign.  Free materials are available at http://www.ala.org/GLBTBookMonth  Your community needs to know they are welcome in the Library.  Do what you can to get the word out.

Open to All

Use the toolkit "Open to All" for suggestions on how to serve the GLBT community in your library. It is available free for download at http://www.ala.org/OpenToAll.

Everything Orlandoans can do to give and receive help

Orlando Weekly has created a cumulative list of ways for you to help, places that are offering help, as well as information for you to get help if needed.  

National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance

From the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA),  After the Orlando Tragedy resources, information about where you can donate to victims and families in Orlando, where you can receive counseling support, and more are all at http://www.nqapia.org/wpp/resources-after-the-orlando-tragedy/  

Cranes for Change

"Let's stop violence, one crane at a time."  http://www.cranesforchange.org/