Serving New Americans
We know that more than 55% of new Americans use the public library at least once a week. They find a trusted environment, resources and community connections that can ease the way to full participation in American society. For many people, new to the U.S., libraries serve as a gateway to citizenship, English language learning, and civic engagement. Libraries offer educational materials and training resources on immigration and citizenship.
Museums also address the needs of new arrivals with cross cultural programming and inclusive community outreach. Museum exhibitions and events help deepen understanding of diverse cultures and strengthen community connections.
On June 30, 2013, IMLS Director Susan H. Hildreth and United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Alejandro Mayorkas signed a memorandum of understanding to work together to help libraries provide accurate and useful information about immigration and citizenship benefits, promote an awareness and understanding of citizenship, and ensure the integrity of the immigration system.
For more information see the memorandum of understanding.
Susan Hildreth and Alejandro Mayorkas signing the memorandum.
Partnership resources on the IMLS website:
IMLS is partnering with CFPB and USCIS to create new resources and tools for public libraries. Two webinars will be presented in December.
July 3, 2013 03:45 PM
IMLS partners with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to provide public libraries with immigration and citizenship resources and training.
April 16, 2013 01:02 PM
At a Library of Congress Naturalization Ceremony, IMLS and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced a partnership to encourage collaboration between citizen and immigration services and public libraries.