Programming and Outreach Pre-Merger Team
MPL / Library Links!
Goals To connect first-generation library users with library resources and programs.
Process Partnerships Coordinator initiates system-wide relationships and programs. Library
Links! Coordinator supervises staff and manages programs. Liaisons perform several
Work within library buildings during open hours to provide direct service to
first-generation library users. 50%
Provide direct outreach to first-generation library users at community events,
schools, and other service agencies, connecting them to the resources and
programs of the public library. 25%
Plan, develop, implement and evaluate library services and programs to
enhance the well-being of first-generation library users in Minneapolis. 15%
Translate library publicity pieces into Somali, Spanish, or Hmong to make them
understandable (in language and in culture) to non-English speakers in
Evaluate existing print resources and make recommendations for additional
resources that will benefit first-generation library users. 5%
Institutional MPL has been committed to serving new immigrants for over a century. The Library
history Links! model was created in 1999 through the Carnegie Gateway Project. The project
was designed to build on MPL’s existing strengths, enhancing these aspects of library
services: world language collections, the Homework Helper program, outreach to new
immigrants, and adult literacy and English Language Learning. Library Links! began
with three Bilingual Outreach Liaisons, who introduced Southeast Asian, Latino, and
East African immigrants to the library. Library Links! has now become a key element
in MPL’s service to the community, and has been integrated into the library’s
permanent service model. The program continues to expand and evolve each year.
Staffing 1.5 FTE Bilingual Outreach Liaisons (Spanish) – 52 regular hours, plus 3-4
additional outreach hours, per week, worked by 4 part-time, temporary employees.
1 FTE Bilingual Outreach Liaisons (Somali) – 36.5 regular hours, plus 1-2
additional outreach hours, per week, worked by 3 part-time, temporary employees.
0.4 FTE Bilingual Outreach Liaison (Hmong) – 13 regular hours, plus 1-2
additional outreach hours, per week, worked by 1 part-time, temporary employee.
0.3 FTE Early Literacy Outreach Liaisons – 11 regular hours per week, worked by
2 part-time, temporary employees
1.0 FTE Library Links! Coordinator – 37.5 regular hours per week, worked by 1
full-time, permanent employee
1.0 FTE Partnerships Coordinator/ Immigrant Resources and Early Literacy – 37.5
regular hours per week, worked by 1 full-time, permanent employee
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Funding Operating Budget
Grant funding for specific initiatives and projects
Guiding Building Bridges: A Three Year Plan for Service
MPL Strategic Plan
Example Sample of programs offered in conjunction 2007:
monthly Spanish language book club for adults at East Lake
weekly Spanish storytimes at 3 locations
bi-weekly Hmong Youth Circle at North Regional
10 week Somali storytelling series at Franklin
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