Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The IFLA Library Services to Multicultural Populations has wrapped up its midyear meeting and I will soon be returning to Austin. Mid-year assessment is so crucial to not only maintaining connections but also to making progress. The IFLA SIG on Indigenous Matters has much to do between now and the IFLA World Library and Information Congress in August. In addition to our meetings, the wonderful Fundacion de Tres Culturas set up visits to libraries that offered unique services, especially services for multicultural populations including recent immigrants. Public libraries continue to shine in adjusting their policies in providing borrower's cards, offering support for English language learners, space for exhibits and community events, and even the creation of a graphic novel featuring a librarian super hero! Congratulations and bravo to librarians in Granada, Huelva, and Cartaya!

Meanwhile, my thoughts this week are also with our library whanau in Aotearoa/New Zealand, especially in Christchurch. News is sparse but at this point there are reports of property damage to friends' homes but no injuries. Let us hope that news remains the same.