The American Library Association (ALA) Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT) has published EMIERT Guidelines for Outreach to Immigrant Populations to facilitate recent immigrants’ inclusion and participation in society while preserving and promoting their distinct cultural and linguistic heritages.
The library’s role as a place for self-education, enlightenment, citizenship and English language learning is especially relevant, as 14 percent of Americans are now foreign-born. The combined population share of immigrants and their U.S.-born children, 26 percent today, is projected to rise to 36 percent in 2065, according to the Pew Research Center.
This resource provides practical guidance for libraries on the issues to consider when planning and designing library programs and services for new immigrant populations. Topics included are Collection Development, Programming and Services, Staffing and Personnel and Community Engagement.
The guidelines may be found on EMIERT’s Resources and Bibliographies page.