Free webinar seeks to help libraries launch services for immigrants

For Immediate Release
Fri, 07/07/2017


Laurence Deutsch

Manager, Communications

Public Library Association

The Public Library Association (PLA) and the American Library Association's Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services (ODLOS) are partnering to offer a webinar for library professionals who are interested in offering services to immigrants. Representatives from the Immigration Advocates Network (IAN) will share valuable information about their free online tools—immi and Citizenshipworks—which can be used to expand the capacity of a library's "citizenship corner" and provide people with self-guided immigration legal assistance. Additionally, two public librarians engaged in working with the immigrant population in their communities will give examples of citizenship workshops and other programs at their libraries aimed towards immigrant patrons.

Enrollment is free, but registration is required and space is limited. Here are the details:

Webinar: Starting Immigration Services in Your Library
Date: Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Time: 1-2 p.m. Central Time
Cost: Free

Click here to register or for more information.

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About the Public Library Association
PLA is the largest association dedicated to supporting the unique and evolving needs of public library professionals. Founded in 1944, PLA serves nearly 9,000 members in public libraries large and small in communities across the United States and Canada, with a growing presence around the world. PLA strives to help its members shape the essential institution of public libraries by serving as an indispensable ally for public library leaders. For more information about PLA, visit

About the Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services
The ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services (ODLOS) supports library and information science workers in creating safe, responsible, and all-inclusive spaces that serve and represent the entire community. To accomplish this, we decenter power and privilege by facilitating conversations around access and identity as they impact the profession and those we serve. We use a social justice framework to inform library and information science workers' development of resources. We strive to create an association culture where these concerns are incorporated into everybody's everyday work.