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by Barbara Hoffert
Library Journal – 15 July 2009

Do you remember how you learned a second language? By drilling on conjugations (je parle, tu parles, il/elle parle)? By practicing dialog (“Hola. Me llamo Barbara.)? Whatever method you used, you were probably told at the time that it was the method for learning a second language. For decades, though the recommended method kept changing, linguists tended to argue that there was only one best way to get French or Spanish or Hindi under your belt.

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by Anne Gault
inCite – Jan/Feb 2009

The article offers information on the Sweet/Suite for Seniors, a promotional program launched by the Grenfell Public Library in New South Wales in 2007 for older members of the community. The program included an entertainment show, the seniors Week Morning, a Travel for Seniors Information Morning and the Magical May Morning. It was designed to market the library as an institution which values and welcomes older members.

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by Carolyn Bourke
inCite – 1 April 2009

The article focuses on the Fairfield City, one of the most culturally diverse communities in Australia. It notes on the challenging task of providing library services, which require the employment of local people with suitable qualifications and experience who are rich in cultural understanding and language skills. It explores the work in a multicultural community which involves a diverse workforce and different approaches to management and teamwork.

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by Anne Hall
inCite – 1 April 2008

The article focuses on the cooperative collection development in New South Wales. It states that the Western Sydney Cooperating Libraries (WESCOL) is a partnership and a joint initiative of these five public libraries which consists of a collection of three community languages including Arabic, Chinese and Vietnamese. Moreover, all challenges have been overcome by WESCOL project’s success.

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by Vivien Chung
inCite – 1 April 2009

The article focuses on the Willoughby City Library, dominated by Chinese community group. It states that the library has been organising different activities for the Chinese customers with its extensive Chinese language collection that can widen its services to the Chinese community in the area. A book club for Chinese readers have been created to provide opportunity for people who enjoy reading books. It also cites the preparation and experiences of the organisers for the making of the club.

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by Michelle Massman
InCite – 1 April 2009

The article focuses on the City of Canterbury and a library that ranks in the fifth most culturally diverse local government area in Australia. The library has a service that actively involves with the community over a broad multicultural service delivery. It has developed strategies that ensure to meet the needs of the community through improved programs and to make a difference to the lives of people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds in the community.

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by Debra Cooper
APLIS – 1 March 2009

Linguistic diversity is an essential part of the living heritage of humanity. Libraries have developed within literate cultures and have traditionally promoted linguistic diversity through a wealth of resources and services to diverse communities. The focus for public libraries now is to engage with new and emerging communities from oral cultures. This has led to the libraries in Queensland reevaluating their collections and services to be inclusive of the tangible and intangible cultural heritage for future generations. Edited version of a paper presented at the November 2007 Queensland Multicultural Summit.

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by Marijana Bogdanovic and Graeme Johanson
Australian Library Journal – 1 May 2007

This paper reports on the implementation of ‘My Language Portal’ in the City of Greater Dandenong Libraries (CGDL), Melbourne, Victoria, through the development of a ‘My Language Portal Project Plan’ in 2006.

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by Tim Gritten
Marketing Library Services – May/June 2008

If you are going to reach out to a target audience that rarely enters the library, you can find no better group than senior citizens in a retirement center. And if you are going to visit a retirement center, you can find no better means to engage the residents than by offering them the opportunity to play an interactive and physically stimulating game from Nintendo called the Wii. With the Wii, the seniors are able to enliven their minds and bodies, and it’s helped some of them foster personal relationships with our Indiana State University (ISU) librarians and with the outside community.

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