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Welcome: Library Services to Multi-Lingual Communities in Connecticut: Translations of Library Card Applications


The Connecticut State Library is pleased to announce that we had sample library card application forms translated into 15 languages and are making them available 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 contract that provide these services as well...

In-Person Translation/Interpretation Services Including Document Translation: If a Connecticut library needs further translations done into other languages or needs additional terms for their own application, they can take advantage of the Connecticut state contract for In-Person Translation/Interpretation Services including Document Translation. (You'll see the "Show Vendor List" button at the very bottom of the contract page - it contains 20 vendors and their contact information.) The contract number is: 14PSX0152, and may be used by Connecticut state agencies and political subdivisions. Our translations (below) were done by Interpreters and Translators, Inc. from Manchester but there are other companies on the contract that provide these services as well.

Welcome: Services to Multi-Lingual Communities

Welcome is a discussion group for Connecticut library staff serving multilingual communities. The group is facilitated by 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

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