ERIC Number: ED116670
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Dec-4
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Chinese Library Services to a Predominantly Chinese-Speaking Community.
Chan, Stella W.
The San Francisco Public Library has developed some special services for Chinese-speaking patrons. A collection of Chinese materials at the Chinatown branch now contains 9,000 fiction and non-fiction books, 9 newspapers, 19 periodicals, and over 300 phonograph records. Bilingual citizenship books are provided, as are reference books on China and the Chinese in English. Members of the Chinese-speaking community helped select books at first, and librarians now order books from Hong Kong and Taiwan as well as from local sources. Since most books are cataloged at the branch, a simplified system was developed to speed the process. Branch librarians are bilingual, providing three Chinese languages, and publicity announcements and flyers are in both English and Chinese. Many special services are given: class visits, tours, library participation in local events, bilingual programs, and music programs. Chinese residents of all ages and interests can enjoy fiction, philosophy, history, classical Chinese music, or the latest Hong Kong record hits at the Chinatown branch. (LS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California (San Francisco)