Creating More Inclusive Libraries
In FY2007, LTLS held two diversity forums which featured the wonderful Susan O'Halloran. Susan's enlightning and non-threatening approach for inclusion in all types of organizations was truly inspiring. With that in mind, LTLS set out to capture the essence of Susan's "Walking the Talk" program.
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of Outreach Materials
Responding to the request of member libraries for multilingual materials that make libraries more welcoming to patrons whose first language is not English, LTLS produced the following:
Multilingual bookmark and flyer. Professionally designed, downloadable, customizable bookmarks and flyers promoting library services in five of the top six languages spoken in East Central Illinois: English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, and French.
Multilingual screensaver. A professionally-designed downloadable screensaver featuring the phrase "Welcome to the library" in nine of the most commonly-spoken languages in East Central Illinois.
Download for PC [Instructions]
Download for Mac OS 8 and OS 9 [Instructions]
Download for Mac OS X [Instructions]
Multilingual "Welcome" poster. A professionally-designed 2' x 3' poster featuring the word "welcome" in 19 of the most commonly-spoken languages in LTLS. LTLS is investigating the reselling of this poster. One poster was given to libraries that participated throughout the grant.
"I Am An American" program.
LTLS interviewed six immigrants to the United States. The interviews covered a variety of topics including the role of libraries in an immigrant’s life. Each unique perspective tells a compelling story for one of the most basic of library services-- that of providing materials to patrons from all walks of life and backgrounds. Understanding their story helps the library become an inclusive and inviting community resource.
Ila Patel originally from Gujarat, India.
Lily Macz originally from Guatemala City, Guatemala.
Guy Lombela originally from Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire).
Ha Ho originally from Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon), Vietnam.
Marwan Yousef originally from Amman, Jordan.