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Library Services for Immigrants and New Americans

Celebration and Integration

by Jennifer Koerber

 

In today’s changing political climate, immigrants and new Americans comprise a larger part of library patrons than ever before.

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March 2018

Libraries Unlimited

Pages 192
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Adult Services and Programs/Multicultural Populations
  Children's and Young Adult Services/Multicultural Populations

If you’re wondering what your library can do for your community’s immigrant population, start with this book, replete with resources, tips, and suggestions that will prove valuable guidance to any librarian who wants to better serve this still-growing part of America’s population.

This up-to-date guide to developing and implementing a wide variety of services to immigrants and new Americans focuses on the practical steps of creating and promoting programs. Illustrated by success stories in libraries throughout the country, the book discusses both traditional (ESOL and citizenship classes) and transformative (legal aid and workforce development) programs and services in terms of size, type, and local political climate (e.g., sanctuary cities) at a variety of public libraries as well as in select school libraries.

As changes unfold in regard to how the federal government and local communities view and treat immigrants and new Americans in their midst, this topic deserves a fresh take from the profession. The author meets that need, providing practical ideas that range from creating more accessible websites and improving wayfaring and customer service in order to overcome cultural roadblocks to dealing with backlash in communities as libraries extend outreach and partnership-building goals.

Features

  • Outlines practical steps to take regardless of library size and type
  • Shares ideas for community outreach initiatives designed both to draw in program participants and to educate local-born residents about their new community members
  • Describes accessibility changes that are easily implementable and will help all users, including immi-grants and new Americans
Author Info

Jennifer Koerber is a freelance trainer and writer on emerging technologies, the social web, usability in a library setting, and staff development. Formerly public instruction curriculum development coordinator at Boston Public Library, she has written extensively for Library Journal and is coauthor, with Michael P. Sauers, of Emerging Technologies: a Primer for Librarians.

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