I'm interested in Services to Refugees and Immigrants

Libraries strive to be welcome to all - and are an especially important place for immigrants and refugees. Learn how libraries serve immigrants and refugees at these sessions.

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We Welcome You to Welcome Everyone: Serving Immigrants in Public Libraries.
Saturday 4:00 - 5:00PM
Libraries from four major metropolitan hubs for immigrants and refugees will discuss their strategies, working spaces and programs in their respective systems. The success of the programs and activities are rooted in sensitive, responsive and flexible approaches which build on community trust, feature community-based organizations and reflect community aspirations. 

Support for Services to Immigrants and Refugees through Sister Libraries
Saturday 4:00 - 5:00PM
The Sister Libraries partnership program managed through IRRT is often perceived as a means for foreign libraries – especially those in developing countries - to improve their professional quality, by learning from American libraries. While this is one of the benefits for those libraries, there are also benefits for American libraries. Partnerships are two-way streets, and when handled well both sides can learn a lot from each other.


Libraries supporting social inclusion for refugees and immigrants
Sunday 9:00 - 10:00AM
A panel of international speakers will discuss how libraries throughout the world, on their own or in collaboration with community organizations, are providing social services and support for refugees and immigrants. UNESCO emphasizes the importance of social inclusion for international migrants and encourages cities and local governments to "ensure social rights for migrants to adequate housing, education, health and social care, welfare and decent standard of living according to basic needs such as food, energy and water.”

Project Welcome Recommendations and Action Plan: Implications for Libraries Serving Refugees
Sunday 2:30 - 3:30PM
Project Welcome (https://publish.illinois.edu/projectwelcome/), an IMLS-funded planning grant, has completed its work to learn and articulate ways libraries can address the information needs of refugees and asylum seekers in their resettlement and integration process. The session will present the recommendations, action plan and guide, developed by the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs in partnership with ALA’s Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services, and the International Relations Office, followed by a discussion on how libraries can adopt ways to support the successful resettlement and integration of refugees into their communities, and partner with refugee resettlement agencies and others in this endeavor.


How Libraries Abroad Address the Worldwide Refugee Crisis
Monday 9:00 - 10:00AM
As the international refugee and asylum seekers population continues to grow worldwide, countries beyond the United States are facing increasing challenges to provide services and resources for them. Many social service agencies confront these challenges; prominent among them are libraries in many communities. The work of the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) directly relates to these challenges, and this program will use several of their initiatives as a basis for the presentation of examples and discussion.

Libraries Saving Lives: Serving immigrants and refugees
Monday 1:00 - 2:00PM
Libraries around the globe are responding to and welcoming newcomers of all ages, languages, and nationalities into their communities. By developing services, programs, collections and spaces, they are assisting these particularly vulnerable populations with logistical and cultural adjustment through such programs as innovative language learning meet-ups, job-seeking guidance, and homework assistance. During this program, you’ll hear about how librarians in Malmö, Sweden; Cologne, Germany; and Kentucky, U.S., are using ground-breaking models and creating dynamic spaces to engage immigrants and refugees.