Four libraries in Ontario (Brampton, Hamilton, and Toronto) and British Columbia (Vancouver) participated in a research project to evaluate how inclusive urban libraries are in engaging with new immigrant youth. Each library targeted a different ethnic youth group of library and non-library users. Focus groups and walkabout clipboard surveys were carried out to establish youth’s perceptions on several aspects of their community libraries: local presence in the community, infrastructure, signage, collections, programs, physical environment, and youth engagement.
Visit www.siatoolkit.com for the downloadable copies of the Audit and Toolkit and other additional resources (a Bilingual version; complete literature review and bibliographic information; five short video clips that provide the “What” and “Why” of Social Inclusion).
Principal Organization: Canadian Urban Libraries Council
Principal Investigator: Betty Ferreira
Participants: New Immigrant Youth
Research Methods: Focus groups, surveys