Library Services Conferences

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CHICAGO — Every day, libraries provide immigrants in their communities with access to essential programs and resources that help them to navigate society. During the 2015 American Library Association Annual Conference (June 25-30), attendees will have many opportunities to learn about resources, programming ideas, model practices and innovative approaches that libraries can employ as they connect immigrants with critical information they need to build better lives for themselves and their families, from library collections, English language learner services, citizenship tools and legal services.

From 8:30 - 10 a.m. on Saturday in room 3001 in Moscone West, the Association of Library Service to Children (ALSC) will host “New Immigrants, New Approaches: Serving Your Community's Deep Diversity with Programming and Acquisition.” With continuous news stories and rhetoric about “illegal” immigrants and “Islamification” of the Western world, this session will explore how libraries can change the conversation about “new arrivals” and welcome diverse neighbors into the library community. Additionally, the session will demonstrate the power of diverse books to reduce prejudice, guidelines and programming models for sharing diverse immigrant stories with communities, book lists and other resources.

From 1 - 2:30 p.m. on Saturday afternoon in room 2006 in Moscone West, attendees will learn about the opportunities and challenges libraries encounter as they provide innovative literacy services in their communities during “The American Dream Starts @ your library®: Stories from the Field.” Since 2008, The American Dream Starts @ your library® grant initiative has supported English language learner programming in over 100 libraries in 24 states. Funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, the American Dream Starts @ your library® grants help libraries build ESL collections, increase computer access and provide GED and literacy courses. American Dream libraries create replicable programs, sustainable community coalitions and annotated lists of proven resources for use by libraries across the country. This session will include representatives from the current cohort of American Dream libraries and the Office of Citizenship at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, highlighting stories, strategies and services.

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  • In the United States Government, the Bureau of Administration is part of the U.S. Department of State. The Bureau is responsible for administrative support operations, including procurement; supply and transportation; real property and facilities management; diplomatic pouch and mail services; official records, publishing, and library services...

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