Libraries Respond: Immigrants, Refugees, and Asylum Seekers

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ALA Resolution in Support of Immigrant Rights 2006-2007 CD#20.2 (ALA Midwinter Meeting)

WHEREAS, America's immigrants are strong and valuable part of the social fabric of this nation; and

WHEREAS, The ALA Library Bill of Rights states that a person's right to use a library should not be denied or abridged because of origin, age, background, or views; and

WHEREAS, The library community opposes all attempts at the local, state and federal level to restrict access to information by immigrants; and

WHEREAS,  Restriction of access is a direct violation of the ALA Library Bill of Rights and Policy #60, Diversity, which states that "The American Library Association (ALA) promotes equal access to information for all persons and recognizes the ongoing need to increase awareness of and responsiveness to the diversity of the communities we serve"; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That ALA strongly supports the protection of each person's civil liberties, regardless of that individual's nationality, residency, or status; and, be it further

RESOLVED, That ALA opposes any legislation that infringes on the rights of anyone in the USA or its territories, citizens or otherwise, to use library resources, programs, and services on national, state, and local levels."

Adopted by the American Library Association Council
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Seattle, Washington

Responding to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Project Welcome: Libraries and Community Anchors Planning for Resettlement and Integration of Refugees and Asylum Seekers

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The Mortenson Center for International Library Programs has partnered with the American Library Association (ALA) on the IMLS-funded “Project Welcome,” a one-year planning grant (May 2016 – April 2017) that aims to learn about and articulate ways libraries can address the information needs of refugees and asylum seekers in order to support and empower them in their resettlement and integration process.

Project Welcome: Services for Libraries

Librarians are encouraged to explore these organizations and associations serving refugees and asylum seekers. Most of this list contains information about VOLAGs, or voluntary agencies. There are nine U.S. private agencies and one state agency that provide reception and placement services for refugees arriving in the United States.


Guidelines for Outreach to Immigrant Populations - Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table

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Prepared by the Guidelines for Outreach to Immigrant Populations Task Force, Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table, American Library Association. Approved by the EMIERT Executive Board, December 2015.

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Everyone is Welcome Here poster with woman wearing hijab and glassesFree "Everyone Welcome" pdf by Micah Bazant

Refugees Welcome poster man and childFree "Refugees Welcome" pdf by Micah Bazant