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Connecting Cultures: Ethnic Services in the Libraries of New York State

Edited by: Irina A. Kuharets, Brigid A. Cahalan and Fred J. Gitner

A collection of 30 essays on the topic of multicultural services. This book describes the experiences of New York State librarians since 2001, and showcases exemplary library services to African Americans, Afghans, Bangladeshis, Chinese, Russians, and Spanish speakers, as well as Irish, Hasidic and Orthodox Jewish communities, and others.

The essays describe library programs for children, young adults and adults, and will inspire and guide library staff in serving ethinc populations. This publication is appropriate for professional collections, library schools, and any librarian seeking to improve library services to multicultural communities.

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Paperback: 196 pages
Publisher: New York Library Assn; 1st edition (September 1, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0931658772
ISBN-13: 978-0931658778
Package Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 inches

Price: $36.00
NYLA Member Price: $31.50
Price include shipping to U.S. addresses.

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Reviews for Connecting Cultures

Goodreads reviewer recommended "I highly recommend this any to library staff in public services, particularly to new staff, that may be intimidated by ESL services or looking to expand multicultural programs and resources in their library".
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"Connecting Cultures: Ethnic Services in the Libraries of New York State is possibly the most important work of library scholarship I've encountered. Beautifully written and conceived."
- Gary Shteyngart, Novelist. Author of The Russian Debutante's Handbook, Adbsurdistan, Super Sad True Love Story, and Little Fialure (memoir)

"Connecting Cultures illustrates in concrete and exciting ways how library staff members that reach out and connect with communities they serve can develop programs that capture and captivate their multicultural communities. Here you have a road map for how your library can do the same thing."
- Yolanda J. Cuesta, M.L.S., from Foreward

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ESRT is always in need of writers. ESRT is accepting contributions in the form of bibliographies, articles for our newsletter, and essays for our upcoming book. For more information, please contact:

Irina Kuharets
ESRT Publications and Newsletter Committee Chair
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