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PolyTalk Interpreters Network

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PolyTalk Interpreters Network

  1. 1. PolyTalk: Library Interpreters Network Lincoln Trail Libraries System Joe Sciacca, Project Director Michelle Ralston, Project Coordinator
  2. 2. PolyTalk -- What is It? <ul><li>A service to help Illinois libraries reach out to people with limited English language skills. (Funded by an LSTA Grant) </li></ul><ul><li>Current Components </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Online database of volunteer interpreters available to be contacted by telephone for real time interpretation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>100 volunteers speaking 40 languages </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Over 350 registered users representing 165 libraries </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Language kit </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Basic library services and questions </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>30 languages represented </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Information Tools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Poster for identification in the library </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Informational brochures </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Signs to put at entrance to indicate library is a member of PolyTalk </li></ul></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Web Site Home Page http://www.polytalk.info
  4. 4. Web Site Login Page
  5. 5. Languages in Kit <ul><li>Spanish </li></ul><ul><li>Arabic </li></ul><ul><li>Vietnamese </li></ul><ul><li>Thai </li></ul><ul><li>Chinese </li></ul><ul><li>Polish </li></ul><ul><li>Korean </li></ul><ul><li>Urdu </li></ul><ul><li>Ukranian </li></ul><ul><li>Russian </li></ul><ul><li>Turkish </li></ul><ul><li>French </li></ul><ul><li>German </li></ul><ul><li>Greek </li></ul><ul><li>Gujarati </li></ul><ul><li>Tagalog </li></ul><ul><li>Hindi </li></ul><ul><li>Lithuanian </li></ul><ul><li>Italian </li></ul><ul><li>Japanese </li></ul><ul><li>Croatian </li></ul><ul><li>Czech </li></ul><ul><li>Farsi </li></ul><ul><li>Punjabi </li></ul><ul><li>Malay </li></ul><ul><li>Portuguese </li></ul><ul><li>Romanian </li></ul><ul><li>Serbian </li></ul><ul><li>Hungarian </li></ul><ul><li>Tamil </li></ul>
  6. 6. Language Identification Cards
  7. 7. Welcome Card *Note: This folder is normally in the patron’s language.
  8. 8. Set of Language Cards Each language has its own number and set of cards.
  9. 9. <ul><li>Each language card </li></ul><ul><li>offers the information in </li></ul><ul><li>both English and the </li></ul><ul><li>customer’s language </li></ul>
  10. 10. What Would You Like to Do Today? This card lists the range of topics covered in the kit. Each choice leads to a card with additional details.
  11. 11. Detailed Info Card (1 of 6)
  12. 12. Interpreter Card
  13. 13. Marketing Buzz <ul><li>2007 SirsiDynix Building Better Communities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Award </li></ul></ul><ul><li>2007 ILA Diversity Fair - 2nd Place </li></ul><ul><li>2006 ALA Diversity Fair - 3rd Place </li></ul><ul><li>2006 Champaign - Urbana </li></ul><ul><li>International Humanitarian </li></ul><ul><li>Award </li></ul>
  14. 14. Polytalk -- What’s Next? <ul><li>Multilingual Audio File Collection </li></ul><ul><ul><li>General information about libraries </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Welcoming messages </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Download or play for patron </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Expand Volunteer Recruitment and Library Participation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>More language coverage </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More Libraries Registered -- move to 500 libraries </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Model for Sustainability </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Position PolyTalk as a core cooperative service </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Self-sustaining for long term </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Work with partners beyond Illinois </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. PolyTalk Contact Information <ul><li>Email (....@lincolntrail.info) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Jan Ison, Executive Director (jison) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Joe Sciacca, PolyTalk Project Dir. (jsciac) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Michelle Ralston, PolyTalk Coordinator (mralst) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Voice: 217-352-0047 </li></ul><ul><li>Fax: 217-352-7153 </li></ul><ul><li>Web Site: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.polytalk.info </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.lincolntrail.info </li></ul></ul>

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