Public libraries in Utah play a critical role in connecting residents to the information they need and to the organizations and people who can help address those needs. The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the United States Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), have established an agreement of collaboration to promote public access to trustworthy citizenship and immigration resources. Libraries are urged to create physical and virtual spaces dedicated to assisting New Americans in their search for immigration and citizenship information and services. Please consider promoting the following resources:
- NEW! The app USCIS: Civics Test Study Tools is now available in the iTunes and Google Play app stores. The app helps you prepare for the civics test during the naturalization interview. It also has a game to challenge your civics knowledge, reminder notifications, and review of past tests. You can also switch between English and Spanish. In the app store search for “USCIS” or “USCIS civics.” Then, check that USCIS is the developer
- What libraries can do to assist New Americans
- Learn more and train your staff
- Establish a Citizenship Corner in the library and your website
- For a GREAT EXAMPLE of what libraries can do, see The American Place and the Virtual Citizenship Corner from the Hartford Public Library (CT).
- myUSCIS Online Portal. Information about the application process for immigration benefits and:
- Citizenship Resource Center
- Civics and Citizenship Toolkit
- Free or low-cost services to immigrants in Utah (funded by USCIS):
- Legal Assistance
- Citizenship Classes
- English Skills Learning Center, 4444 South 700 East, Suite 100, Salt Lake City, UT 84107 || 801-328-5608
Training for Librarians
- US Department of Justice Recognition and Accreditation Program
- Bridges to Citizenship: USCIS and Public Libraries
The State Library hosted a free webinar conducted by the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Service (USCIS) to teach librarians how to expand and enhance their services for immigrants in Utah. In this 1 hr. training Amber Vasek, USCIS Community Relations Officer, explained (1) the unlawful practice of immigration law and how it could affect librarians, (2) resources available to librarians and patrons, and (3) how to create a partnership between the library and USCIS.
- USCIS Tools and Resources
The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) invited libraries and museums to participate in a webinar to learn about USCIS customer service tools and citizenship education resources. See the Tools and Resources presentation slides (PDF, 3 MB).
- Beyond the Welcome Sign: Tailoring Immigrant Services for Success
Archived webinar, originally presented on May 11, 2017, and hosted by WebJunction and Library Journal. There is much more to supporting immigrants and refugees than hanging out a “welcome” sign at your library. Learn innovative approaches to identifying and celebrating immigrant leaders; how to foster networking between native-born and newcomer populations and between immigrant groups of varying national origins; how to highlight immigrant-positive narratives; and more. You’ll be sure to find practical ideas among the multi-pronged strategies that these librarians have used to ensure that new immigrants really do feel welcomed by the library and the community.
For more information or assistance contact:Juan Tomás Lee
(801) 715-6769 or (800) 662-9150 (Utah toll-free)