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- ALA's American Dream Starts @ your library which provides a one-time grant up to $15,000 to add or expand literacy services for the adult English language learners in their communities.
- ALA's New Americans Project
- Library Programs and New Americans White Paper in HTML or PDF offers 9 recommendations or "strategies as a list of options rather than a prescriptive model."
- Libraries Serve Refugees is an effort to bring together resources and assets to help libraries serve refugees. They are particularly looking to build a body of experts in this area and connect them to libraries that are developing services to refugee populations.
- Project Welcome: Libraries Serving Refugees and Asylum Seekers is an effort to help libraries that wish to provide programs and services for immigrants living in their communities by learning from USA and international library services who are already serving this community. Our work has produced among other resources, guides for library staff and stakeholders on serving refugees and inform other community members on issues affecting refugees. Includes the Project Welcome Guide: Public Libraries Serving Refugees
- U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Citizenship Resource Center, with additional resources for libraries, recognizing that libraries play a critical role in serving immigrant communities.
- Welcoming America leads a movement of inclusive communities becoming more prosperous by making everyone feel like they belong.
Latino and Puerto Rican Affairs Commission (LPRAC)
Report Focuses on English Language Learners and Their Impact on Connecticut's Education and Workforce from the Latino Endowment Fund / Hartford Foundation for Public Giving
English as a Second Language - service providers in Connecticut - source: Network of Care
Literacy Volunteers in Connecticut:
- Literacy Volunteers of Central CT
- Literacy Volunteers of Eastern CT
- Literacy Volunteers of Greater Hartford
- Literacy Volunteers of Greater New Haven (including Meriden, Wallingford and the Valley)
- Literacy Volunteers of Greater Waterbury
- Literacy Volunteers on the Green (Litchfield and Fairfield counties)
- Literacy Volunteers, Valley Shore, CT (Serving the towns of Chester, Clinton, Deep River, Essex, Guilford, Killingworth, Lyme, Madison, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, and Westbrook)
Other Tools & Resources
From the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) of ALA:
English Language Learners (ELL) in 2013-2014, by District - source: CT Mirror
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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