Cross Canada Checkup: Multicultural Services in Public Libraries

Jang, Wendy; Basi, Ravi; Vanderkooy, Magdalena; Sullivan, Parn
February 2004
Feliciter;2004, Vol. 50 Issue 1, p26
Richmond Public Library (RPL) strongly believes in the value of programming and community partnerships, which help to promote library services to the community and attract new customers. Faced with the challenge of serving an increasingly diverse multicultural community, RPL established the Multilingual Services Department in April 2000 to develop services for new immigrants and the multicultural community. Surrey Public Library carries books and other materials in the city's top 15 languages. The two largest ethno-cultural groups in Surrey are South Asians and Chinese, most of whom speak Punjabi and Mandarin, so collections in these 2 languages are diverse and extensive.


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