19 May 2016

Library Services to Immigrants and Refugees: webinar recording now available

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By Loida Garcia-Febo

We are pleased to share a link to an archive recording of our “Library Services to Immigrants and Refugees” webinar which took place on 31 March 2016. IFLA Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning and the New Professionals SIG partnered with the American Library Association to present this one-hour webinar. We are happy to produce an online resource that will be available for everyone to revisit and listen anywhere at any time.

We believe in libraries serving all the groups in our communities. Therefore, we were glad to collaborate with various library groups to share the most current best practices and models to serve immigrants and refugees. Libraries are vital centers for diverse populations including immigrants, refugees and multilingual people.

During the online event, Jan Richards, Secretary and Information Coordinator of the IFLA Public Libraries Section, and Manager of Central West Libraries in Australia, shared best practices and models from different countries compiled by her Section which you can find on the document titled “Responding! Public Libraries and Refugees”.  You can read more about their publications and projects on the IFLA Public Libraries website.

Jukka Relander, President of the European Bureau of Library, Information and Documentation Associations (EBLIDA), and President of the Finnish Library Association shared insights from the library community in Europe. EBLIDA has developed a strong campaign to promote services to these populations and you can stay updated by following its website which features libraries from different European countries serving refugees.

Jack Hang-tat Leong, Chair of IFLA Library Services to Multicultural Populations Section, and Director of University of Toronto Libraries in Canada, spoke about the IFLA/UNESCO Multicultural Library Manifesto Toolkit published by his Section.

Loida Garcia-Febo, IFLA Governing Board Member, coordinated the event and shared early findings and initial recommendations about programs, topics, and services based on results of her early research about public libraries serving immigrants and refugees in the U.S.A.

Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning, Professional development, Social inclusion, Access to information, Access to knowledge, Advocacy, refugees

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