Serving New Immigrant Communities in the Library

Libraries Helping New Americans: Information Literacy for Immigrants
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The following are some ways that libraries can help families affected by the termination of TPS. One agency that librarians should be aware of is local Salvadorian, Haitian, Honduran, and Nicaraguan consulates.

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Patrons may need to go to their consulates to obtain birth certificates or other official documents. Librarians should know and provide patrons with consulate contact information. Consulates may not be able to help answer specific questions regarding the TPS application process.

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However, if you notice an increase in referrals or questions about consulates reach out to the individual consulate to prepare the agency to help their citizens. Libraries can also refer patrons to CARECEN, the Central American Resource Center, a nonprofit organization that offers low-cost immigration legal services, community education programs, and advocacy and organizing to achieve fair and more inclusive immigration, education, and labor laws and policies in Los Angeles and the rest of the nation. Librarians can order or print and supply Know Your Rights Cards in multiple languages to community members affected.

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If you are unsure about what services are available to patrons in the area, call , a free and confidential community information and referral service. These resources are available to help our immigrant communities find answers. Librarians are doing amazing work in serving TPS holders at a time when there are many questions and insecurity about their futures.

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Its goal is to help facilitate communication between organizations across the state working on or concerned with the rights of immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers and to help community members identify local organizations to turn to, either for help or as volunteers. The News section provides links to news articles and media coverage of local, state and national immigration issues.

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The center also trains university staff, faculty, and administrators on how to work more effectively with students from immigrant and refugee backgrounds. Hours are Monday — Friday, 10 am — 5 pm. Programs in multiple languages for immigrants include the Immigrant Justice Corps free and low-cost legal services , cultural programs, citizenship preparation, job and career help, adult literacy classes, and English conversation groups.

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Begin the call by saying who you are and about your intentions. I would also like to thank all of the library learners and patrons I talked to in my study of persistence who remain anonymous about their experiences in library literacy programs and about their lives, as well as the directors and staff of these programs. To her, the way to solidifying trust with immigrants is by building lasting relationships that one would not find on the internet or through the phone, especially as the potential for immigrants to be victims of fraud increases. Researchers use How to Assess Community Needs and Assets them for learning about sudden changes in a community, for elaborating on findings of research, for directing the subject of new research, or as new data to make a case at community or library meetings. Letters of Transit: Reflections on Exile and Memory. In this case, be sure to follow up on questions that might not have been fully answered, or use additional comments to elaborate on a new, important issue that arose in the interview.

Serves the Brooklyn, New York area, but programs are free and open to the public. Branch hours and contact information available on the website.

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Includes citations of related case law. Also contains a brief overview of state laws regarding undocumented minor immigrants and a list of states where undocumented immigrants are eligible for in-state college tuition. Research, statistics, downloadable presentations, and annual reports regarding immigrants and economic development in the greater Detroit area.

Provides free support to those seeking asylum in the U. It is enriched with anecdotes and profiles from the author's research and experience with immigrant communities.

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It is recommended for all libraries that serve immigrant communities. Coverage includes knowing and planning for new immigrants' needs, assessing community needs and assets, gathering resources for serving new immigrant communities, communicating competently with new immigrant communities, changing library policies to meet new needs, accommodating new immigrants with library services, building multicultural collections for new immigrant communities, and connecting new immigrants to learning opportunities.

In the last chapter of the book, 'Final Thoughts' the author reemphasizes that the key to serving immigrant populations is in knowing exactly who these populations are and learning how to effectively assess this specific communities' special needs. In general, any library looking to provide or improve services to their immigrant populations will get a wealth of information from this book and learn the very important initial steps of how to identify the specific population and its specific needs.

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