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Welcome: Library Services to Multilingual Communities in Connecticut

Resources for providing library services to multilingual communities


The Connecticut State Library had sample library card application forms translated into 15 languages for libraries to use. Each translation is in Word and pdf format so that libraries can copy and paste the fields that they need into their local application form.

How did we do it? We asked librarians to submit sample library card applications. We identified the most commonly used terms on the sample applications. We then polled librarians to give us a "wish list" of the top 5 languages for which they wanted translations. We weighted the scores to get a ranking and were able to purchase translations of the most commonly used terms for the 15 languages that scored the highest. Our translations (below) were done by Interpreters and Translators, Inc. from Manchester, CT, and they are on state contract to provide these services. There are other companies on the state contract that provide In Person Interpreting and Document Translation services as well. If a Connecticut library needs further translations done into other languages or needs additional terms for their own application, they can take advantage of that state contract as well.

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