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Stories from the Field Saturday, June 27, 2015 ALA Annual Conference Stories from the Field Saturday, June 27, 2015 ALA Annual Conference

Presenters Kristin Lahurd, American Library Association Daniel Slota, A. K. Smiley Library Dorothy Podolak, Presenters Kristin Lahurd, American Library Association Daniel Slota, A. K. Smiley Library Dorothy Podolak, A. K. Smiley Library Sandra Tauler, Camarena Memorial Library Norma Gerardo, Camarena Memorial Library Cathay Reta, Azusa City Library Nathan Steifel, U. S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

 • Adult ELLs • Dollar General Literacy Foundation • 160+ libraries • Eligibility: • Adult ELLs • Dollar General Literacy Foundation • 160+ libraries • Eligibility: Public library; 20 miles

2014 -2015 Libraries 2014 -2015 Libraries

Mobile Learning Fosters Adult Literacy A. K. Smiley Library Mobile Learning Fosters Adult Literacy A. K. Smiley Library

Founded in 1898 Serves community of 70, 000 Heritage Room and Lincoln Memorial Shrine Founded in 1898 Serves community of 70, 000 Heritage Room and Lincoln Memorial Shrine Adult Literacy Program reaches 150 participants this year 80 active pairs of tutors and learners Lincoln Memorial Shrine A. K. Smiley Library

Computer Literacy Class • • • 2 classes to date 20 total participants 5 Computer Literacy Class • • • 2 classes to date 20 total participants 5 volunteers to assist 3 library staff to support Benefits to learners

Web-based Reading Program • 16 Elevate Licenses • Technology Enhances Learning (TEL) • Tech Web-based Reading Program • 16 Elevate Licenses • Technology Enhances Learning (TEL) • Tech Coaches • Learner Support • Program Monitoring

i. Pads for Learning • • • i. Pads: 5 purchased Variety of apps i. Pads for Learning • • • i. Pads: 5 purchased Variety of apps On and Off-site Elevate Procedure for check-out

Partnerships • • • City of Redlands Friends of Library American Association of University Partnerships • • • City of Redlands Friends of Library American Association of University Women (AAUW) Family Services Association Redlands Unified School District

Communication Efforts • Local & Regional newspapers • Redlands Reads Newsletter • Friends of Communication Efforts • Local & Regional newspapers • Redlands Reads Newsletter • Friends of the Library • Tutor emails • Literacy Roundtable • Christmas party

Program Development • Board and Director support • Laptop cart • Future classes • Program Development • Board and Director support • Laptop cart • Future classes • Support for technology

Lessons Learned Computer Literacy Class • Customization • Scheduling • Volunteer Support Elevate • Lessons Learned Computer Literacy Class • Customization • Scheduling • Volunteer Support Elevate • On-going Support • Update of Software • Tutor Involvement i. Pads • Wi. Fi at School sites • RFID Issues • Updating Apps

Contact Information A. K. Smiley Public Library 125 W. Vine Street Redlands, CA 92373 Contact Information A. K. Smiley Public Library 125 W. Vine Street Redlands, CA 92373 909 -798 -7565 ext. 4138 Daniel Slota [email protected] org Dottie Podolak [email protected] org

Sandra Tauler, Library Director Norma Gerardo, Program Coordinator ESL @ YOUR LIBRARY Essential Student Sandra Tauler, Library Director Norma Gerardo, Program Coordinator ESL @ YOUR LIBRARY Essential Student Learning @ Your Library Camarena Memorial Library Calexico, California

WHAT WE ALREADY OFFERED o Adult Literacy one-to-one tutoring; 15 – 30 adults per WHAT WE ALREADY OFFERED o Adult Literacy one-to-one tutoring; 15 – 30 adults per FY o Let’s Talk – Conversation group; 5 -20 adults o Mango Languages

AMERICAN DREAM ESL @ YOUR LIBRARY o 2 components: - ESL Class - Self-paced AMERICAN DREAM ESL @ YOUR LIBRARY o 2 components: - ESL Class - Self-paced learning i. Pads o 24 students

IPADS, TEXTBOOKS & WORKBOOKS o 8 i. Pads o 24 textbooks and 24 workbooks IPADS, TEXTBOOKS & WORKBOOKS o 8 i. Pads o 24 textbooks and 24 workbooks

ALLOCATING GRANT FUNDS o Grant $7, 720 o Personnel Teacher’s stipend $3, 000 o ALLOCATING GRANT FUNDS o Grant $7, 720 o Personnel Teacher’s stipend $3, 000 o Collection Development Books & workbooks $1, 520 o Technology 8 i. Pads $3, 200 19

PARTNERSHIPS, OUTREACH & MEDIA o Community partners: - Calexico Neighborhood House - Robert Morales PARTNERSHIPS, OUTREACH & MEDIA o Community partners: - Calexico Neighborhood House - Robert Morales Adult School o Outreach – Two literacy fairs o Media – Local newspaper, flyers, library’s Facebook page

ASSESSING PROGRAM & STUDENT SUCCESS o Student retention o Mango Languages’ assessment o Student ASSESSING PROGRAM & STUDENT SUCCESS o Student retention o Mango Languages’ assessment o Student pre and post survey

CLASS IN PROGRESS o Class roster – high turnover o Keep in touch with CLASS IN PROGRESS o Class roster – high turnover o Keep in touch with the teacher and students o Create a “Borrower’s Agreement” for the i. Pads o i. Pad protection cover and carrying bag

CONTACT INFORMATION o Sandra Tauler, Library Director stauler@calexico. ca. gov o Norma Gerardo, Program CONTACT INFORMATION o Sandra Tauler, Library Director [email protected] ca. gov o Norma Gerardo, Program Coordinator [email protected] ca. gov

Leamos. TM (Let’s Read) at the Library Azusa City Library California Leamos. TM (Let’s Read) at the Library Azusa City Library California

Azusa City Library Suburb of Los Angeles, nestled in the foothills of the San Azusa City Library Suburb of Los Angeles, nestled in the foothills of the San Gabriel Valley • Population 46, 361 • 58. 5% speak language other than English at home • 67% Hispanic • 11. 6% Spanish speakers in L. A. County non-literate

“What we really need is ESL. ” “Ok. Let’s do ESL. You and us “What we really need is ESL. ” “Ok. Let’s do ESL. You and us together. ” Original Partners: Neighborhood Homework Help Foothill Family Service Canyon Christian Fellowship Foursquare Hispanic Church Dalton Elementary School Lee Elementary School

Unique Model Library provides • leadership, • tutor training and support, • books and Unique Model Library provides • leadership, • tutor training and support, • books and materials Sites provide • Site Coordinator, • tutor and student recruitment, • space Each site is autonomous, yet connected.

Unique Model • Volunteers tutor small groups (3 -5) • At sites where students Unique Model • Volunteers tutor small groups (3 -5) • At sites where students are connected • To overcome social filter issues

Our Niche Adults who have not been successful elsewhere – due to lack of Our Niche Adults who have not been successful elsewhere – due to lack of time, lack of confidence

Leamos. TM (Let’s Read) • Spanish Literacy online course (www. leamos. org) • Adults Leamos. TM (Let’s Read) • Spanish Literacy online course (www. leamos. org) • Adults with less than 3 years formal education • Assisted by Volunteers

 • Chromebooks • Volunteer Coordinator: Monica Mejia Ponce Recruitment, outreach, trains other tutors • Chromebooks • Volunteer Coordinator: Monica Mejia Ponce Recruitment, outreach, trains other tutors

What Makes it a Partnership? Let’s start with the MOU Memorandum of Understanding What Makes it a Partnership? Let’s start with the MOU Memorandum of Understanding

Issues and Rewards Issues • • Paper Flow Ownership Slows down the process Financial Issues and Rewards Issues • • Paper Flow Ownership Slows down the process Financial Considerations Rewards • Reach new patrons • Increase library visibility • Increase use of library collection • More connected with the community

Sometimes the hardest part is letting go. Sometimes the hardest part is letting go.

Collaborating with Public Libraries to Promote Citizenship and Immigrant Civic Integration American Library Association Collaborating with Public Libraries to Promote Citizenship and Immigrant Civic Integration American Library Association Annual Conference San Francisco, CA • June 27, 2015

What is USCIS? U. S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) secures America’s promise as What is USCIS? U. S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) secures America’s promise as a nation of immigrants by providing accurate and useful information to our customers, granting immigration and citizenship benefits, promoting an awareness and understanding of citizenship, and ensuring the integrity of our immigration system

USCIS and Public Libraries Why partner with libraries? § ‘Welcoming spaces‘ § Convenient locations USCIS and Public Libraries Why partner with libraries? § ‘Welcoming spaces‘ § Convenient locations § Public Internet access § Support for lifelong learning § Information navigators (both inside and outside the library) § More than 55 percent of people who immigrated to the United States within the last 15 years use the public library at least once per week* *Institute of Museum and Library Services. Talking Points: Libraries are Key to Success for New Americans. June 2012. http: //www. imls. gov/assets/1/workflow_staging/Asset. Manager/2270. PDF

USCIS and Public Libraries Mechanisms for Collaboration § Memorandum of Understanding with the Institute USCIS and Public Libraries Mechanisms for Collaboration § Memorandum of Understanding with the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) § Letters of agreement with cities and municipalities § USCIS Citizenship and Integration Grant Program § USCIS Community Relations Officers

USCIS and Public Libraries Memorandum of Understanding with IMLS § Former USCIS Director Alejandro USCIS and Public Libraries Memorandum of Understanding with IMLS § Former USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas and then IMLS Director Susan Hildreth announced the partnership on April 15, 2013 § Objective: Expand the availability of information about the citizenship and naturalization process for immigrants § Does not include a formal funding source

USCIS-IMLS Accomplishments in Fiscal Year 2014 § 5 training webinars provided for librarians § USCIS-IMLS Accomplishments in Fiscal Year 2014 § 5 training webinars provided for librarians § 73 naturalization ceremonies held in public libraries § 212 naturalization information sessions held in public libraries with 4, 023 individuals in attendance § Dedicated USCIS web page for the library community http: //www. uscis. gov/citizenship/organ izations/libraries

USCIS and Public Libraries Letters of Agreement with Cities § Los Angeles, CA – USCIS and Public Libraries Letters of Agreement with Cities § Los Angeles, CA – 73 public libraries § Chicago, IL – 80 public libraries § Nashville, TN – 21 public libraries § Atlanta, GA – 34 public libraries § New York, NY – 217 public libraries § Boston, MA – 24 public libraries § Additional cities coming soon…

Stories from the Field City of Los Angeles § Established ‘Citizenship Corners’ in each Stories from the Field City of Los Angeles § Established ‘Citizenship Corners’ in each of the 73 Los Angeles public libraries § Distributed nearly 144, 800 publications to Los Angeles public libraries § Trained more than 100 Los Angeles public librarians on the naturalization process and USCIS citizenship preparation materials and resources § Held citizenship-related programs (including classes and information sessions) for more than 2, 700 attendees at Los Angeles public library locations

Stories from the Field City of Los Angeles (cont. ) § Three contributing factors Stories from the Field City of Los Angeles (cont. ) § Three contributing factors to success: § Community support through a privatelyfunded directory of immigration and naturalization service providers § Collaboration with local USCIS grant recipients § Ongoing promotion by city officials (through op-eds in local papers, PSAs, and speaking engagements)

Stories from the Field City of Nashville § Nashville’s Pathway for New Americans Program Stories from the Field City of Nashville § Nashville’s Pathway for New Americans Program links immigrants with local libraries and community centers that have established ‘New Americans Corners’ § USCIS has provided training to Nashville librarians to assist aspiring citizens § Nashville libraries offer citizenship and ESL classes, and tools and resources to help aspiring citizens prepare for naturalization § USCIS also conducted a training seminar for local adult educators at Nashville’s Main Library

USCIS and Public Libraries Citizenship and Integration Grant Program § Since 2009, USCIS has USCIS and Public Libraries Citizenship and Integration Grant Program § Since 2009, USCIS has awarded approximately $43 million through 222 grants to public and private non-profit organizations, including libraries § To qualify, organizations must have recent experience providing citizenship instruction and naturalization application services to eligible permanent residents § Additional information is available at www. uscis. gov/grants

Stories from the Field Hartford Public Library (HPL) § HPL received USCIS grant funding Stories from the Field Hartford Public Library (HPL) § HPL received USCIS grant funding in 2010, 2011, and 2014 § The American Place at HPL is a free program designed to welcome immigrants and support their transition into their new home § HPL is recognized by the Board of Immigration Appeals to provide legal advice and representation to immigrants § HPL offers free citizenship and ESL classes and volunteer cultural navigators to help mentor and tutor new immigrants

USCIS Resources for Libraries Community Relations Officers § Located in each of USCIS’s 26 USCIS Resources for Libraries Community Relations Officers § Located in each of USCIS’s 26 district offices § Build collaborative relationships with stakeholders through: o Regular meetings o Educational presentations o Special sessions on specific USCIS initiatives § Contact your local Community Relations Officer at Public. [email protected] dhs. gov

USCIS Resources for Libraries USCIS has developed an information page for libraries. This page USCIS Resources for Libraries USCIS has developed an information page for libraries. This page includes helpful resources, upcoming webinars, contact details for local USCIS CROs, and much more. The page is available at www. uscis. gov/citizenship/organizations/libraries

Next Steps Supporting Citizenship Education in Your Library § Visit the ‘Libraries’ section of Next Steps Supporting Citizenship Education in Your Library § Visit the ‘Libraries’ section of the Citizenship Resource Center – www. uscis. gov/citizenship § Consider establishing a ‘Citizenship Corner’ at your library § Contact your local USCIS Community Relations Officer at Public. [email protected] dhs. gov § Participate in an upcoming USCIS webinar for librarians § Sign up for USCIS email alerts

Questions? Please contact americandream@ala. org Thank you! Questions? Please contact [email protected] org Thank you!