Raison d’être for Multicultural Library Services.

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Clara M. Chu, Professor and Department Chair (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/

Abstract: There is no denying that almost every nation around the globe has a multicultural population. The evidence is clear when one examines the sociodemographic data of each country) and sees the diversity in language, ethnicity, religion, among other variables. Furthermore, in a century with easier and faster modes of communication, and increased human migrations, nations are becoming even more multicultural. Our Section is cognizant of this and thus we are “striving to share [our] experience in library services to multicultural populations in view of the necessity to ensure that every member in our global society has access to a full range of library and information services.” (IFLA Library Services to Multicultural Populations Section Website, http://www.ifla.org/VII/s32/index.htm). To this end the Section has published Multicultural Communities: Guidelines for Library Services (2nd edition, revised,1998), which is available in eight languages (Dutch, English, French, German, Russian and Spanish are available online, Japanese and Italian are available in print). However, these guidelines are only helpful if communities themselves recognize the multicultural nature of its user population and have decided to implement services responsive to its needs.

Additional Information

IFLA Library Services to Multicultural Populations Section Newsletter, pp. 6-7, November 2004
Language: English
Date: 2004
Multicultural Library Services

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