For immediate release | March 12, 2013

EMIERT webinar to explore library services to refugee populations

CHICAGO – The ALA Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT) is launching its quarterly webinar series with a look at how libraries assist refugees in the United States as they transition into their new communities, from 1-2 p.m. CST on Friday, April 19.

Led by Homa Naficy, director of multicultural services, Hartford Public Library, and Sanja Bebic, director, Refugee and Immigrant Integration, Center for Applied Logistics, this webinar will examine the unique challenges faced by refugees and the vital role that libraries and library professionals can play as they settle in their new lives in the United States.

Registration is $20 for ALA members, $25 for non-members and $120 for groups. For more information, and to register, please visit

This webinar is the first in EMIERT’s new series of quarterly webinars focused on multicultural issues in librarianship.

The Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT) serves as a source of information on recommended ethnic collections, services, and programs. It organizes task forces, institutes, and workshops, and develops forums and symposia programs for ALA Annual Conferences that deal with the key issues of ethnicity and librarianship. EMIERT cooperates with other ALA units, including the ethnic caucuses, in joint projects for the betterment of outreach services.


John Amundsen

Communications Specialist

Office for Literacy and Outreach Services (OLOS)

1-800-545-2433 ext. 2140