How to Serve the World @ your library

Serve the World @ your library

Serving Non-English Speakers in U.S. Public Libraries



Alire, Camila A. 
Serving Latino communities : a how-to-do-it manual for librarians / Camila Alire, Jacqueline Ayala.  2nd ed.  New York : Neal-Schuman Publishers, 2007.

Block, Marylaine
The thriving library: successful strategies for challenging times / Marylaine Block.  Medford, NJ : Information Today, 2007.

Bridging cultures : ethnic services in the libraries of New York State / edited by Irina A. Kuharets, Brigid A. Cahalan, Fred J. Gitner.  Albany, NY : New York Library Association, Ethnic Services Round Table, 2001.

Byrd, Susannah Mississippi
¡Bienvenidos! = Welcome! : a handy resource guide for marketing your library to Latinos / Susannah Mississippi Byrd.  Chicago : American Library Association ; El Paso, TX : Cinco Puntos Press, 2005.

Carlson, Ann and Carlson, Mary
Flannelboard Stories for Infants and Toddlers, Bilingual Edition. / Ann Carlson and Mary Carlson. Chicago, IL : American Library Association, 2005.

Cuban, Sondra
Serving new immigrant communities in the library / Sondra Cuban.  Westport, CT : Libraries Unlimited, 2007.

From outreach to equity : innovative models of library policy and practice / Office for Literacy and Outreach Services ; edited by Robin Osborne.  Chicago : American Library Association, 2004.

Multicultural Librarianship : an international handbook / edited for the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions, Section on Library Services to Multicultural Populations by Marie F. Zielinska with Francis T. Kirkwood.  München ; New York : K.G. Saur, 1992.

Pavon, Ana-Elba
25 Latino Craft Projects / Ana-Elba Pavon and Diana Borrego.  Chicago, IL : American Library Association, 2003.


“Illegal Immigrant Curbs Face Uphill Climb” (in “USA Today,” March 7, 2008)
“U.S. Libraries and Anti-Immigrant Sentiment—How Librarians Are Coping with Discrimination to Better Serve Hispanic Communities” (in “Criticas,” October 1, 2007)

“Surge in Immigration Laws Around U.S.” (in “New York Times,” August 5, 2007)

“Libraries Examine Policies as Two Counties Target Illegals” (in “American Libraries Online,” July 2007)

“Libraries Boost Offerings for Immigrants” (in “The Washington Post,” April 23, 2007)


“Serving Non-English Speakers in U.S. Public Libraries, 2007 Analysis of Library Demographics, Services and Programs” (American Library Association, Office for Research and Statistics, Office for Literacy and Outreach Services, Office for Diversity, Public Programs Office, April, 2007)

“Welcome Stranger, Public Libraries Build the Global Village,” (Urban Libraries Council, January 2008) (follow link to file)
Includes 5 Strategies for Success:  1) Understand local immigration dynamics, 2) Bring sensitivity to service delivery, 3) Build English capacity, 4) Create connections to local institutions, and 5) Encourage civic engagement.

“Library Services for Immigrants: A Report on Current Practices,” (Office of Citizenship, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, March 2006)

“Public Library Services to New Americans: Speeding Transitions to Learning, Work and Life in the U.S.,” (Urban Libraries Council, April 2003)

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