ESRT: Ethnic Services Round Table


Statement of Purpose

The purpose of this Round Table is to provide a forum for the exchange of information within the following objectives:

  • to share information on ethnic services through a cooperative network,
  • to develop and promote ethnic collections,
  • to design services for ethnic groups, and
  • to provide up-to-date funding information available from public and private sources in support of ethnic programs.

What We Do


  • Presents workshops and programs at NYLA Annual Conferences.
  • Formulate and recommend policy statements for NYLA on relevant issues.
  • Disseminate information on ethnic services through our newsletter (included in your dues) and website.
  • Present awards for outstanding contributions to multicultural library services.
  • Publish lists to aid librarians in materials selection.
  • Cooperate with other NYLA units on joint ventures.
  • Maintain liaisons with the American Library Association's Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT) and other groups with similar interests.

Join Us

All are welcome to join Ethnic Services Round Table (ESRT)! Membership dues are only $10 in addition to the regular New York Library Association (NYLA) dues. For information about becoming a member of NYLA, visit the NYLA Membership page.

If you are already a NYLA member and you would like to join ESRT, please fill out this form, make check payable to NYLA, and send with this form to New York Library Association, 6021 State Farm Road, Guilderland, New York 12084.