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Monday, July 31, 2006

WI Atlas selection

I chose "Newest Arrivals" as the most important map for Wisconsin librarians/info professionals to understand. This map shows the locations and percentages of total population for recent immigrants to the state. The two broad groups that are highlighted are Asians and Hispanics, with each group broken down further into national/regional subgroups. Librarians who work in areas with a growing non-English speaking population should consider selecting materials in the native language of people in their communities. ESL materials and programs should also be important parts of public libraries in communities with a growing immigrant population. If a collection is going to be used it needs to reflect the needs of patrons- language, citizenship, adult education, and employment information are all possibly topics of interest to recent immigrants.


At 11:55 AM, Blogger Paula said...

I agree that these are very important things to know about an area. The maps give a good overall view of the state as a whole. More detailed information for a specific town/city would hopefully be available from census data.

At 1:14 PM, Blogger Lori said...

I thought this was a useful map, too. While a group of 'newest arrivals' may be obvious within a community, it is less likely those outside the community would be aware of regional immigration trends. Using maps like this could help in developing networks of services for immigrant populations in spite of geographic separation.


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