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Libraries and the Demographic Shift

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The demographic shift has gained more attention over the years.  This conference deals with providing attendees with information on how to prepare for this shift and sounds like a fascinating place to be.  Numerous programs were offered to give ideas on how to deal with various parts of the shift and the Joint Conference of Librarians of Color (JCLC) hosted the event.

We live in an ever-changing world.  Libraries have become the focal point for many new to communities and as we have more and more individuals coming to cities that may not speak the same language, libraries need to be ready to assist these patrons in any way they can.  The JCLC brought in well-known faces to people from around the world – the keynote speaker was Sonia Manzano, Maria on Sesame Street.  It was mentioned that many of the conference attendees thanked her for assisting them in learning English – this is something that libraries and librarians need to consider more and more.  Something so simple as a children’s show has become a worldwide phenomenon because it can be used in a variety of ways to help individuals of all ages to progress. 

I really like the closing note given by Jamal Joseph – “libraries empower the communities that they serve”.  I think this is such a true statement and one that librarians need to think of as we progress.  Communities are ever-changing and libraries need to keep up with that change, offering a variety of services that can help.  This can be as simple as books in multiple languages to something more interactive, like ESL classes or tutoring hours or something similar.  This can help each individual grow and give people a common ground while also helping the community grow.

This article also made me think of other situations.  My brother recently moved to San Francisco to attend college.  Two of his roommates are from China and had never been in the states.  What did the three of them do?  They visited the library of their university.  This college knows that many students come from around the world and has made their library equipped to assist with that.  I’d love it if all libraries looked at their communities and considered what they could do to offer programs and activities to a more diverse audience and how that could benefit their community.


Written by mantha1126

October 13, 2012 at 1:46 pm

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  1. I found an article which discusses the topic of libraries and the demographic shift. The article begins by stating that “Libraries are a mirror of the communities that they serve.” This is so true because those who live in the community are the ones who frequent the library the most. It is their place. It is the job of the libraries and librarians to “know” their respective communities and do their absolute best to ensure that the library is properly serving the community. This includes the purchase of physical and virtual materials, programming, etc. If the library is focused on serving the community, it will truly belong to the people.


    November 21, 2012 at 11:18 pm

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