John Vincent has worked in the public sector since the 1960s, primarily for Hertfordshire, Lambeth and Enfield public library services in the UK. In 1997, he was invited to become part of the team that produced the UK's first review of public libraries and social exclusion (from which The Network, which he now coordinates, originated). John runs courses and lectures, writes, produces regular newsletters and ebulletins, and lobbies for greater awareness of the role that libraries, archives, museums, and the cultural and heritage sector play in contributing to social justice. He is particularly interested in supporting the work that libraries do with young people in care, with LGBTQ+ people, and with people seeking sanctuary and other 'new arrivals' to the UK.
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- About the Author
Libraries and Sanctuary is a practical guide to how libraries and their staff can support "new arrivals"—people who have crossed borders to reach a country. The book looks at the different drivers behind an individual's move, their need for signposting, and at the sorts of barriers that are faced by new arrivals and people seeking sanctuary. Readers will discover the background reasons for migration, the global political context of migration, and the likely impacts of both of these. They will also gain an understanding of just how much work libraries have done so far; learn from practical initiatives, "what works" examples and longer case studies; identify gaps in library provision; and find inspiration to start similar initiatives in their own institution. Drawing on the author's decades of work in libraries and social exclusion, this is a book for anyone seeking to create an inclusive and welcoming library community.
Definitions and scope of the book: when we talk about "refugees and other new arrivals", who exactly do we mean?
What has been the response in the UK?
What does any of this have to do with libraries?
Libraries' responses in the UK – historical background
What barriers are there to the take-up of library services by new arrivals? And how can we begin to dismantle these?
How are libraries responding today? And what more can we do? Some practical ideas …
And what can we learn from elsewhere?
- Appendix 1: Main countries of origin of people seeking asylum
- Appendix 2: Immigration status
- Appendix 3: A note on funding
- Appendix 4: A brief look at the supply of library materials
- Appendix 5: Outline for a course, "Working with new arrivals"
- Appendix 6: Some sources of information about new arrivals locally and regionally
- Appendix 7: Effective communications
- Appendix 8: Community cohesion