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Saving Lives: Library Services to Diverse Populations

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Presentation made during the 6th Library Congress Leipzig hosted by the German Library Association, March 2016.

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Saving Lives: Library Services to Diverse Populations

  1. 1. 6th Library Congresss Leipzig 2016 Saving Lives: Library Services to Diverse Populations Loida Garcia-Febo IFLA Governing Board Member ALA Executive Board Member
  2. 2. Hallo Liebe Bibliothekarinnen und Bibliothekare!
  3. 3. Greetings from Information New Wave
  4. 4. Average annual rate of change of international migrants, 2000-2013 (percentage)
  5. 5. International migrants by major area, 1999, 2000, 2013
  6. 6. Ten countries with the largest number of international migrants, 1990, 2000 and 2013 (millions)
  7. 7. http://www.unhcr.org/509a836e9.html United Nations Convention relating to the Status of Refugees. Articulo 1. 1951
  8. 8. http://www.unhcr.org/556725e69.html#_ga=1.126660366.2082244717.1441905339 United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
  9. 9. Refugees by major area, 2013 (millions) In 2013, the total number of refugees in the world was estimated at 15.7 million, representing about seven per cent of all international migrants.
  10. 10. http://data.unhcr.org/mediterranean/regional.php February 2016
  11. 11. http://www.unhcr.org/56cf172b6.html Children and Family Protection Support Hubs Opportunity for Libraries
  12. 12. Article 19. Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.
  13. 13. Access to Information Target 16.10: “Ensure public access to information and protect fundamental freedoms, in accordance with national legislation and international agreements” Goal 16: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
  14. 14. IFLA/UNESCO Multicultural Library Manifesto Principles Each individual in our global society has the right to a full range of library and information services. In addressing cultural and linguistic diversity, libraries should: • serve all members of the community without discrimination based on cultural and linguistic heritage; • provide information in appropriate languages and scripts; • give access to a broad range of materials and services reflecting all communities and needs; • employ staff to reflect the diversity of the community, who are trained to work with and serve diverse communities. http://www.ifla.org/node/8976
  15. 15. IFLA/UNESCO Multicultural Library Manifesto Principles Library and information services in a culturally and linguistically diverse context include both the provision of services to all types of library users and the provision of library services specifically targeted to underserved cultural and linguistic groups. Special attention should be paid to groups which are often marginalized in culturally diverse societies: minorities, asylum seekers and refugees, residents with a temporary residence permit, migrant workers, and indigenous communities. http://www.ifla.org/node/8976
  16. 16. Lassen Sie uns zusammenarbeiten!
  17. 17. Loida Garcia-Febo research: Public Libraries serving Immigrants and Refugees
  18. 18. Immigrants Mexico China Vietnam Haiti India Pakistan Loida Garcia-Febo research: Public Libraries serving Immigrants and Refugees
  19. 19. Refugees Cuba Iraq Syria Buthan/Nepal Colombia Haiti Mexico Loida Garcia-Febo research: Public Libraries serving Immigrants and Refugees
  20. 20. Services Provided to Immigrants & Refugees • Classes to learn English • Weekly conversation clubs in different languages • Pre-GED and GED • Orientation to their new country • Classes to guide professional adults • Panel discussions, e.g. This Muslim-American Life • Cultural Salons including books, food and cultural exchanges • Film or Book Series Loida Garcia-Febo research: Public Libraries serving Immigrants and Refugees
  21. 21. Top Three Topics: • English classes • Life skills programs • Cultural programs • Technology workshops • Citizenship* • Job skills* Loida Garcia-Febo research: Public Libraries serving Immigrants and Refugees
  22. 22. Which services are more popular: in-person visiting the library or online. In-person. Loida Garcia-Febo research: Public Libraries serving Immigrants and Refugees
  23. 23. Partners • Government agencies • Community based organizations • Consulates • Foundations • Private corporations • Religious organizations • Individuals • Local media Loida Garcia-Febo research: Public Libraries serving Immigrants and Refugees
  24. 24. Initial Recommendations Based on Early Research Results • Develop services within the top areas of interest: English Classes for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Life skills programs, Cultural programs, Technology workshops, Job skills • Provide services in high demand: Classes to learn English, guidance to professional adults, orientation to new city/country, cultural exchanges • Partner with: private and public agencies, community based organizations, consulates, foundations, religious, individuals, local media, library associations
  25. 25. Library Services to Immigrants and Refugees • Free Online Event: March 31, 2016 Presented by: IFLA and ALA Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning & New Professionals SIG More information: https://npsig.wordpress.com/
  26. 26. Lassen Sie uns zusammenarbeiten!
  27. 27. Each Librarian, An Advocate!
  28. 28. Save the World
  29. 29. Library Services to Diverse Populations Loida Garcia-Febo IFLA Governing Board Member President, Information New Wave http://loidagarciafebo.com @loidagarciafebo Dankeshön!

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