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Collections in Other Languages in Connecticut Public Libraries
The documents on this page contain lists of public libraries in Connecticut that have collections in languages other than English. These lists are extracted from the "Collections" worksheet of Connecticut Public Libraries: Statistical Profile, published by the Connecticut State Library. Libraries are on these lists if they responded on the CT Public Library Annual Report that have what they consider 'substantial, active, non-English language print collections.'
The Excel spreadsheets below are set for filtering. You can click the arrow in one of the the grey boxes, check to select one of the text filters, and then click the OK button. The spreadsheet will filter to only show you libraries that have collections in a specific language. (Not sure how to limit a list using Excel filters? - Try this Office helppage on filtering data in Excel.)
Full List - Fiscal Year 2019:
Library Collections by Language
The following lists were updated based on data for FY 2019 (July 2018-June 2019)
Search Collections in Other Languages Using findIT
findIT CT is Connecticut's Statewide Library catalog. It contains the holdings of more than 300 libraries in Connecticut. You can use the links below search library collections for items in other languages. Searching findIT may be useful if you are searching for a specific title in another language. Also, findIT includes some academic and school libraries in the state.
Note that you can use the facets or limiters that appear in the left-hand column in findIT to refine your search.
Don't see a language above? Try findIT's Advanced Search where you can choose a language.
Welcome: Services to Multi-Lingual Communities
Welcome is a discussion group for Connecticut library staff serving multilingual communities. The group is facilitated by Steve Cauffman and Maria Bernier from the Division of Library Development at the Connecticut State Library.
Quick fact: 22% of the people in Connecticut speak a language other than English at home.*
*Source: 2013 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates via American Fact Finder
Welcome - Items from the Service Centers
Library Services for Immigrants and New Americans by Wondering what your library can do for your community's immigrant population? This book is replete with resources, tips, and suggestions providing valuable guidance to librarians who want 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. * 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
Publication Date: 2018-05-09
Library Services for Multicultural Patrons by Increasingly, libraries are struggling to deal with a growing diversity in the cultural background of their patrons. Problems arising from this cultural diversity afflict all library types school, public and academic. Library Services for Multicultural Patrons is by and for all libraries that are striving to provide multicultural services to match the growing diversity in the cultural background of patrons. The book is designed to offer helpful tips and practical advice to academic, public, and school librarians who want to better serve the multicultural groups in their communities. The contributors to the book are themselves practicing librarians and they share creative ideas for welcoming multicultural patrons into libraries and strategies for serving them more effectively. Librarians will find in these chapters tried and true tips and techniques for marketing and promotion, improving reference services for speakers of English as a second language, and enhancing programming that they can easily implement in their own libraries and communities. The chapters are divided into the following categories for ease of access: 1) Getting Organized and Finding Partners, 2) Reaching Students, 3) Community Connections, 4) Applying Technology, 6) Outreach Initiatives, 6) Programming and Events, and 7) Reference Services. Librarians of all types will be pleased to discover easy-to-implement suggestions for collaborative efforts, many rich and diverse programming ideas, strategies for improving reference services and library instruction to speakers of English as a second language, marketing and promotional tips designed to welcome multicultural patrons into the library, and much more."
Publication Date: 2012-10-12
Serving New Immigrant Communities in the Library by Build strong bridges with new members of your community. With this insightful guide, you will learn how to assess your current organizational performance with immigrants, gather data, and use that information to gain support for organizational initiatives. You will also discover how to adapt policies to better fit changing needs, overcome language barriers, develop public relations strategies that reach immigrants, and build culturally relevant collections, services, and programs for a changing community. Filled with quotes, anecdotes, and profiles from the author's research with immigrant communities, the book provides both a positive vision and practical plan for serving immigrants in your library, school, or organization.
Publication Date: 2007-04-30
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