Library Services to Diverse Communities in Europe: The Case of the Roma Community in Spain

Agustín-Lacruz, María-Del-Carmen and Saurin-Parra, Julia Library Services to Diverse Communities in Europe: The Case of the Roma Community in Spain. IJIDI: The International Journal of Information, Diversity & Inclusion, 2020, vol. 4, n. 3/4, pp. 20-35. [Journal article (Paginated)]

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English abstract

Public libraries have developed standards to provide reading and information services to diverse populations. This has helped the public library to fulfil an informal educational and social role, particularly in engaging traditionally excluded groups, such as the Roma minority in Spain. However, well-developed library initiatives in Spain are scarce; in addition, culturally sensitive services do not thrive, and research and reflection on this reality from the library standpoint are rare. The overarching goal of this article is to provide librarians with suggestions for improved services for the Roma community in Spain. It is achieved through the critical analysis of public library services to the Roma community that currently exist in the European Union. Based on this analysis, practical suggestions are offered.

Spanish abstract

Las bibliotecas públicas han desarrollado estándares para brindar servicios de lectura e información a poblaciones diversas. Esto les ha ayudado a desarrollar un papel educativo y social, en particular al involucrar a grupos tradicionalmente excluidos, como la minoría gitana española. Sin embargo, las iniciativas bibliotecarias en España son escasas: además, los servicios culturales son poco sensibles a esta realidad y la investigación y la reflexión sobre todo esto desde el punto de vista bibliotecario son raras. El objetivo de este trabajo es proporcionar a los bibliotecarios sugerencias para mejorar los servicios para la comunidad gitana en España. Para esto, se ha realizado un análisis crítico de los servicios bibliotecarios públicos a la comunidad gitana que existen actualmente en la Unión Europea. Con base en este análisis, se ofrecen sugerencias prácticas.

Item type: Journal article (Paginated)
Keywords: Public Libraries; Diversity; Minorities; Roma Community
Subjects: B. Information use and sociology of information > BC. Information in society.
C. Users, literacy and reading. > CC. User categories: children, young people, social groups.
C. Users, literacy and reading. > CE. Literacy.
Depositing user: JuliaeInes MonteAlto
Date deposited: 14 Jun 2021 12:47
Last modified: 14 Jun 2021 12:47
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10760/42115

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