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Libraries and Diversity

Nation’s Libraries Places of Opportunity for Diverse Populations
CHICAGO, April 7, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/
“Libraries are part of the American Dream,” said Julie Corsaro, president, Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the ALA.  “As families continue to try to make ends meet, libraries are working with new Americans to assist with learning English, applying for jobs, identifying e-government resources and educational tools that will enhance their quality of life.  Education is the key to making good choices. Low literacy is linked to poverty, crime, dependence on government assistance and poor health. By motivating children and parents to read, libraries are fueling a healthier democracy.”

Helping tribal libraries around the country
By Anne Wolf
“Tribal libraries serve many purposes, depending on the tribe’s circumstances and needs, Berry said. Some libraries serve as an archive; others are museums; still others are educational, often serving as an adjunct school library. Many combine some or all of these functions. Few have professionally trained librarians or sufficient resources to serve their communities.” [American Indian Library Association]

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