Library services to immigrants are extensive and include world language collections, multicultural programming, ESL, citizenship, computer classes, and information brokering. Learn how your library can better support immigrants in “We Belong Here: Expanding Immigrant Access to Government and Community,” a free webinar hosted by e-government service Lib2gov from the American Library Association’s Washington Office and University of Maryland’s iPAC.
This webinar will focus on e-government services that open access for immigrants, using the Hartford Public Library’s American Place Initiative as a national model for immigrant services, resources, and engagement through public libraries.
Homa Naficy, chief adult learning officer for the Hartford Public Library, will lead the interactive webinar. Homa Naficy joined Hartford Public Library in 2000 to design and direct The American Place program for Hartford’s immigrants and refugees. Born in Paris, a native of Iran and now an American citizen, Multicultural Services Director Homa Naficy began her library career as a reference librarian at Newark Public Library. Before joining the staff of Hartford Public Library, she served as a reference librarian at Yonkers Public Library and later as librarian for Adult Services and Outreach for the Westchester Library System.
The American Place has become a magnet for new arrivals seeking immigration information, resources for learning English and preparing for United States citizenship. In 2010, the program was awarded two major grants, a citizenship education grant from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (the only library in the nation to receive such funding), and a National Leadership grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services designed to promote immigrant civic engagement. On completion, this project will serve as a model for other libraries nationally. The American Place program is also the only library in the state to receive funding for adult basic education from the Connecticut Department of Education. In 2001, Ms. Naficy received the Connecticut Immigrant of the Year Award, and in 2013 she was chosen a “Champion of Change” by The White House.
Webinar title: We Belong Here: Expanding Immigrant Access to Government and Community
Date: March 11, 2015
Time: 2:00-3:00 p.m. EST
The webinar will be archived.
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