IMLS Offers Free Webinar on Immigration Services for Public Libraries

IMLS Offers Free Webinar on Immigration Services for Public Libraries

This might be handy for some of our public libraries here in Texas!

Next week, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will host a free webinar for public librarians on the topic of immigration and U.S. citizenship. Join in to learn more about what resources are available to assist libraries that provide immigrant and adult education services. The webinar will provide an overview of how libraries can expand these services and even acquire free materials to display.

Webinar Details
Date: May 27, 2015
Time: 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. EDT
Click here to register

Prior participation in previous webinars on this topic is not required. Registration is not requried, but the agencies recomment that you check your system for compatibility in advance.

This series was developed as part of a partnership between IMLS and USCIS to ensure that librarians have the necessary tools and knowledge to refer their patrons to accurate and reliable sources of information on immigration-related topics. To find out more about the partnership and the webinar series, visit theServing New Americans page of the IMLS website or on the USCIS website.

via IMLS announces new immigration webinar for public libraries – District Dispatch.

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Serving the homeless is already a core mission of public libraries!

Serving the homeless is already a core mission of public libraries!

In this Feb. 19, 2015 photo, people wait to enter the Nashville Public Library as Rick Reed, right, the library’s superintendent of plant operations and maintenance, unlocks the front doors in Nashville, Tenn. Many public libraries discourage homeless people from hanging around. But more and more libraries are beginning to view services to the homeless as an important part of their mission. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) (The Associated Press)

For some reason, media is talking a lot about how public libraries are serving their homeless patrons right now. This is by no means a new phenomenon. And I don’t understand why it makes us look like we are struggling to stay relevant by focusing on this patron base. The role of a public library is to connect the community to the best relevant information to meet their needs. How is serving the homeless not already a core mission?

I love that some libraries have brought in a social worker to assist these patrons. Rather than giving them a handout with resources they could utilize and asking them to stop bathing in the bathroom, these libraries are really filling an information need. What a radical idea!

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Pew Research Study On Public Libraries and the Hispanic Population

Public Libraries and Hispanics
Immigrant Hispanics Use Libraries Less, but Those Who Do Appreciate Them the Most

This information is not surprising. Public libraries have a huge opportunity to serve the immigrant Hispanic population, especially here in Texas. The Austin Public Library offers free citizenship classes and many resources on obtaining citizenship.

What else can public libraries to do serve the immigrant Hispanic population?

via Public Libraries and Hispanics | Pew Research Center’s Hispanic Trends Project.