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Abstract:
Noting the tremendous influx of new residents to the Hudson Valley region, the Mid-Hudson Library System will assist member libraries in supporting and responding to their unique requests. This is especially crucial due to disconnects between ethnic minority newcomers, non-ethnic minority newcomers, and area natives. This program will facilitate community integration by identifying their common needs as new residents, regardless of ethnicity, to offer shared programming among all three groups. Library staffs are being inundated with new inhabitants expecting higher levels of service and access to very specific community information. Your Library: Gateway to the Community will enable librarians to become proficient in serving these populations by providing training and resource assistance. Essentially, the project will help libraries serve the newest members of their dynamic communities, highlight the value of library services to a fresh group of residents, and illustrate the library's role as a community commons.

Specific activities will include:

Your Library: Gateway to the Community is funded in part by Federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds in program year 2003-4 awarded to the New York State Library by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services, and in part by the Mid-Hudson Library System.

Resources for participating libraries:

Project Startup

New Resident Resource Kit

Programs for New Residents

New Resident Resource Website

Graphic for new resident webpage link  

 


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