Comparative Research: 2014-2016

SPANISH-SPEAKING IMMIGRANTS IN CANADA AND THE U.S. & THE EXPERIENCES OF PUBLIC LIBRARIANS IN TORONTO, CANADA, AND NYC, U.S.

This study focuses on Spanish-speaking immigrants living in the Greater Toronto Area (Ontario, Canada) and New York City (USA). It examines their reading practices in immigration and use of public libraries before and after immigration, as well as and the image of the library held by them in their home and host countries. It also explores the experience of public librarians working with Spanish-speaking immigrants in both Toronto and New York. The focus on Spanish-speaking immigrants allows for reaching out to one of the largest immigrant groups in Canada and the USA who, despite their linguistic closeness, represent an impressive variety of countries of origin and cultures, including reading and publishing cultures. It also explores the experience of public librarians serving immigrant communities. The Toronto-based part of this study is now nearing completion. I am currently in NYC, setting up a comparative portion of the study. For more information, please write me at keren.dali@alumni.utoronto.ca.

 

This research was supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

SSHRC

 

 

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