I Welcome Refugee Rights Toolkit
Great resource for Refugee advocates. Good sample letters to the editor and suggestions for how to bring political pressure to bear on behalf of refugees.
Syrian Refugee Crisis Toolkit
Exceptional resource focused on the issues surrounding Syrian Refugees. Great universal advocacy resource for conversations about Syrian displacement and the role of the refugee in modern society.
This website is an attempt to codify a commitment to refugees by librarians and libraries. It is an ongoing, fluid, and mobile effort to bring information and resources to library services to refugee populations. We are actively soliciting information and partnerships. We want to leverage every bit of influence and pull that we possibly can for these often forgotten new members of our society.
Why do refugees matter? In the case of the United States of America refugees are the backbone of our nation. We are a country built on the principle of getting out of somewhere that sucks and trying a new start. If things are crappy back home, America has always been the land of promise, the shining city on the hill.
A lot of us who work in libraries still believe in all that stuff. We actively want to make it happen for as many people as possible. We believe that libraries as public institutions of trust, privacy, and social diligence are the perfect vector for helping refugees of all kinds.
Please use this space to exchange and develop ideas. Librarians have a lot of talent and ability to apply to this issue. We have a unique place of trust in society that lets us get to the heart of these things. Please set your shoulder to the wheel and help us in what we are doing. If you have refugee populations in your community please reach out to them and use the resources here to help. If you need something that you don’t see here please let us know and we will try and find a solution.
Thank you for the work that you do every day. If you are a refugee who has found this page thank you for your courage. Hold fast, together we shall move forward!
Libraries in Refugee Camps
Case study of the impact of a library on a refugee camp in Myanmar. Not immediately applicable for US refugees as we don’t have large scale camps but possibly effective as we look at immigration detainees.
Community Consultations Outreach Toolkit
Toolkit for involving policy decision makers in your work with refugee populations. Looks at how to engage them in your work, how to position your work as reaching the entire community, and how to do follow up visits and asks. Excellent tool to reach community leadership.
Public Libraries in Europe Welcome Refugees
Broad list of services and offerings that libraries across Europe. Good programs to model services on. Not comprehensive but good information across the board.
Library services for immigrants and refugees: actions and principles from a global perspective
Whitepaper looking at issues surrounding library services to refugees. It offers more of an analysis of issues than solutions but is well researched and a good basis for understanding.
Children’s Books about Refugees
Great list of books to help children understand the refugee crisis. Would be a wonderful way of developing empathy and useful both for storytime to refugees and their caregivers and for the community that is supporting them.
The official website of the REFORMA Children in Crisis project, working to get books and school supplies into the hands of detained unaccompanied minors. Includes resources and suggestions for setting up similar programs. First line service to children in detention centers.
Children in Crisis website