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Public Libraries, Immigrants and Refugees: Partnership for Inclusivitiy


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In this session the second cohort of Academic and Cultural Enrichment (ACE) Scholars facilitate a dialogue on diversity issues that impact equity and inclusivity in the library and information field and services. Four diversity issues will be introduced through “ignite”presentations, during which experiences, perspectives, challenges and strategies and best practices related to the issues will be discussed, and will conclude with group summaries of strategies. Using a critical lens and in conversation with these recent MLIS graduates (16-20), diversity concerns and barriers in the profession will be uncovered. This proposed session is an exercise in collaborative learning and in connecting theory and practice around diversity and libraries. - Jennifer Herring, Mari Noguchi, and Touger Vang, ACE Scholars

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Public Libraries, Immigrants and Refugees: Partnership for Inclusivitiy

  1. 1. Ten-Step Library Community Partnership Guidefor New Americans Resettling and RebuildingNew LivesJennifer HerringMari NoguchiTouger VangACE Scholars, Class of 2013
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  3. 3. Persons who areunable or unwilling toreturn to their homecountry due to a“well-founded fear ofpersecution” becauseof race, a social groupaffiliation, politicalopinion, religion, ornationality.Section 101(a)42 of the Immigration and Nationality Act(INA)jeffreykirk.authorsxpress.comRefugee Camp in DarfurImage source: http://commons.wikimedia.orgRefugee Camp in west ThailandImage source: http://rising .globalvociesonline.orgRefugee Camp in east ZaireImage source:
  4. 4. The movement ofpersons intoanother countryseeking permanentresidence forvarious reasons,including family,environment,politics, andemploymentDelegates reflected about what they wantedfrom life in the future at the United We Dreamcongress in Kansas City. (12/2/2012)Credit: Dan Gill for the New York Times
  5. 5. Immigration Policy Center American Immigration Council
  6. 6.  Assimilation assistance in schoolsEnglish as a Second Language classesInformation Literacy sessions Communication Resources Health Services and Resources Financial Resources And perhaps more…
  7. 7. • United States Department of Homeland Human Services –Office of Refugees Resettlement•• United States Department of Secretary – Bureau of Population,Refugees and Migration•
  8. 8. Community Relations with Community Leaderor RepresentativeKhmer Buddhist Society
  9. 9. • Voluntary Agency (VOLAG)• Church World Services• International Rescue Committee• Lutheran Immigration and RefugeeService• United States Conferences ofCatholic Bishops• World ReliefNon-Profit Organizations/Centers:• North Carolina African ServicesCoalition• UNCG Center for New North
  10. 10. • The Mosaic Festival honors World Refugees Day.• MOSAIC FESTIVAL 2013 – COMING SOON!• Saturday, June 8th, Time: 12:00-8:00pm(
  11. 11. Create focus groups with New American participants
  12. 12. • Create websites, bibliographies and directories of information resources
  13. 13. Basic & Advanced English Classes, US Citizenship Class, etc.Other programs based on their needs
  14. 14. Display New American visual artsOffer cultural programsPromote One City – One Book (Greensboro, NC)) Cambodia toGreensboro Exhibit atGreensboro HistoricalMuseum, GreensboroNCMontagnardBackstrapWeavers’InteractiveWorkshopat GlenwoodBranch PublicLibrary, GreensboroNC
  15. 15. Queens Library in New YorkWebsite - Americans ProgramAdult literacyMultilingual servicesHealth InformationWebsite in Spanish
  16. 16. • Wake County Public Libraries program• Targets refugees and immigrants
  17. 17. Fadiman, Anne. The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures.1st. ed. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2012. 368. Print.Kirk, Jeffrey. 10 Million to 1: Refugee Resettlement: A How-To Guide. Bloomington: Balboa Press, 2011. 180. Print.Martin, David. The United States Refugee Admissions Program: Reforms for a New Era of Refugee Resettlement. Washington D.C.:Brooking Institute Press, 2005. 134. Print.Mott, Tamar. African refugee resettlement in the United States (The new Americans:Recent immigration and American Society) . ElPaso: LFB Scholarly Publishing, 2009. 322. Print.Pipher, Mary. The middle of everywhere: Helping refugees enter the American community. New York: Mariner Books, 2003. 416.Print.Pho, Tuvet-Lan. Southeast Asian Refugees and Immigrants in the Mill City: Changing Families, Communities, Institutions -- ThirtyYears Afterward . Woodstock: Vermont, 2008. 250. Print.