How Libraries Can Better Serve English Language Learners.ppt by qingyunliuliu


									       How Libraries Can
     Better Serve English
      Language Learners
  Compiled by Wendy Tucker from the articles below:
     Library Demographics, Services and Programs
    Serving Non-English Speakers:2007 Analysis of
                           written by Denise Davis
  Library Literacy Programs for English Language Learners
                                  written by Eileen McMurrer
      Serving Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Students:
Strategies for the School Librarian written by Melvian Dame
History of Library Literacy
l   In 1655 colonist Robert Keayne willed money for the founding of a
    public library in Boston.
l   Later industrialist Enoch Pratt and Andrew Carnegie endowed public
    libraries and stipulated local governments provide support for
l   Enoch Pratt’s libraries were to be for all rich and poor without
    distinction of race or color.
l   In 1960 the War on Poverty Program increased money for public
    libraries to reach out to new immigrants.
l   Between 1988 and 1995 the State of California Libraries analyzed
    and restructured programs to better serve ELL patrons.
Current Initiatives
l   The American Library Association(ALA)
    supports a nationwide effort to enhance the
    literacy services of local libraries to
    “encourage opportunities for maxium
    intellectual participation for underserved
l   Broward County, Florida publishes a newsletter in six different
    languages that cover topics of interest to new immigrants.
l   Queens Public Library in New York has serviced over 10,000 of
    adults in its reading and literacy programs.
l   Arlington County, Virginia library has satellite library collections in
    apartment complexes with large immigrant populations.
l   Arlington County, Virginia has bilingual weekly story times at four of
    their branches and apartment complexes.
l   Arlington also has a “CyberCenter” computer learning lab in a
    branch to teach reading and other literacy skills. The lab was funded
    by the Gates Foundation in 2001.
l   The American Library Association and many
    local libraries are working hard to meet the
    various literacy and reading needs of English
    Language Learners. The development of
    library skills is an important part of learning
    English and learning how to read. It is
    important that public and school libraries
    continue to bridge the gap for ELL’s so they
    can become equal participants in our
Strategies for the School Librarian: How to
help our ELL students want to read.

l   A Welcoming Place: Make students feel
    special by hosting a special orientation for
    ELL students.
l   Each student would get a modified map of
    the library and information about the library
l   Thereafter ELL students would have smaller
    follow-up sessions with the librarian.

l ELL students were given individual assignments to
    complete using library resources.
l   To encourage students to use the library regularly, the
    library started a collection of reading materials in their
    native languages. Books and materials were borrowed
    from larger public libraries and embassies.
l   High interest low level paperbacks were purchased and
    borrowed from a local library.
l   A listening station with a cd-player and a collection of
    read along books in English was made available.

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