Professional Development · Public Libraries

IMLS Offers Free Webinar on Immigration Services for Public Libraries

This might be handy for some of our public libraries here in Texas! Next week, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will host a free webinar for public librarians on the topic of immigration and U.S. citizenship. Join in to learn more about what resources are… Continue reading IMLS Offers Free Webinar on Immigration Services for Public Libraries

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Serving the homeless is already a core mission of public libraries!

For some reason, media is talking a lot about how public libraries are serving their homeless patrons right now. This is by no means a new phenomenon. And I don’t understand why it makes us look like we are struggling to stay relevant by focusing on this patron base. The role of a public library… Continue reading Serving the homeless is already a core mission of public libraries!

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Pew Research Study On Public Libraries and the Hispanic Population

Public Libraries and Hispanics
Immigrant Hispanics Use Libraries Less, but Those Who Do Appreciate Them the Most

This information is not surprising. Public libraries have a huge opportunity to serve the immigrant Hispanic population, especially here in Texas. The Austin Public Library offers free citizenship classes and many resources on obtaining citizenship.

What else can public libraries to do serve the immigrant Hispanic population?

via Public Libraries and Hispanics | Pew Research Center’s Hispanic Trends Project.