ERIC Number: ED330368
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Library Programs. Library Services for Individuals with Limited English Proficiency. Fiscal Year 1987.
Neff, Evaline B.
Libraries have played an important role in developing and operating programs which enhance English-language skills and ease assimilation into U.S. society. This report presents descriptions of the Library Services and Construction Act (LSCA) grants which funded library programs and projects benefitting individuals with limited English-speaking proficiency in Fiscal Year 1987. The programs and project descriptions are listed alphabetically by state. In 1987, 17 states and two outlying areas (Guam and Puerto Rico) funded 34 projects to provide cultural and library services to an estimated 5.7 million persons of limited English-speaking proficiency; the programs covered at least 30 languages and offered a variety of services, including information and referral programs via telephone; provision of print and audiovisual materials in foreign languages and materials on English as a second language (ESL); ESL tutoring; storytelling for children in foreign languages; cultural programs featuring music, films, guest speakers, and performers from foreign countries; outreach programs; training for library personnel in the language and cultural values of the immigrant communities in order to enhance services to bilingual groups; production of foreign-language/English directories, brochures, and pamphlets; and building bibliographic databases. Concluding the report is a table identifying federal, state, and local expenditures, by state or outlying area, for library services for individuals of limited English proficiency. The table also indicates the number of people served for each state. It is noted that 24 of the 34 programs were for Spanish-speaking individuals. (MAB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Identifiers: Library Services and Construction Act