Welcoming the Outsider: The Practices of Public Libraries Towards Immigrants

40 Pages Posted: 5 May 2015

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Linda Williams

Arizona State University, School of Public Affairs

Date Written: March 23, 2015

Abstract

Studies of the actions of local public agencies towards immigrants show that bureaucratic agencies play an important role in the integration of immigrants into the community. Much of the research has focused on the actions of street-level bureaucracies such as local law enforcement agencies and schools in specific geographic areas. Other public agencies and organizations also provide services to immigrants. Public libraries have historically provided important information and services to immigrants and continue to do so. Results from a nationwide survey of public library systems show many libraries actively engage with immigrants in their community to provide critical services and have consciously and deliberately developed practices that are intended to develop positive relationships between the library and immigrants and to help immigrants integrate into the community.

Keywords: bureaucratic incorporation, welcomeness, immigrant

JEL Classification: J78

Suggested Citation

Williams, Linda, Welcoming the Outsider: The Practices of Public Libraries Towards Immigrants (March 23, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2602407 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2602407

Linda Williams (Contact Author)

Arizona State University, School of Public Affairs ( email )

411 N Central Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85014
United States
602-496-1158 (Phone)

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