Models from New Zealand & the States

From ALA Conference, Washington DC – notes from Sunday, June 24 & Monday, June 25

Two of the coolest offerings of Sunday, June 24:

  • Swap & Shop presented by ALA/OLOS was perfect to find examples of how programs and services are publicized in various academic, public, school and special libraries. 
  • International Poster Session sponsored by IRRT. One poster that attracted my attention: Oral History from New Zeland developed by the Library of the University of Auckland and Timeframes, a beautiful history project coordinated by the National Library of New Zealand.  Quality!

English Only: Censorship and its Impact on Latino Children & Young Adults in School & Public Libraries was a most interesting program with Judith Krug, Director of the ALA Office of Intellectual Freedom and Congressman Raul Grijalba, great supporter of all-things immigrants and language rights.  REFORMA and the OIF sponsored this program divided in two parts: first the speakers addressed the audience and then attendees were directed to break into groups according to their interests in public library, legal issues, outreach, immigration and 2nd language. I attended the legal issues group and found out that Ammendment 14 of the Constitution is a legal provision against discrimination by color, race and nationality…. and if a library system received Federal funds and have a significative group of certain ethnicity within their library service area, said system should provide materials and services on the native language of that particular ethnic group. You can ask Peter Zamora about it! This lawyer for a community organization moderated the group.

notes from June 25:

Today, I spoke at Marketing Libray Services to the Melting Pot  a program presented by the Public Library Association. I shared information about three recent successful projects from Queens Library. For more information, click on the links!

Bienvenidos a Queens – a database where Queens’ residents find information and services from more than 100 non-profit community organizations which can be searched by location, name of organization, and 13 categories

Queens Library HealthLink – an almost two-million dollar, five year initiative to increase access to cancer screening and care among medically underserved communities in Queens. Partners are Queens Library, American Cancer Society, Queens Cancer Center and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

Faces Campaign – a successful initiative to encourage Queens’ residents to apply for a library card announced in English and Spanish. I am on the Spanish announcements on buses and buses’ shelters.

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