Out of Information Poverty: Library Services for Urban Marginalized Immigrants

Lan Shen

Abstract


This paper provides an analytical overview of the literature on information poverty and the strategies of reducing such poverty for urban marginalized groups from cultural and structural perspectives. Focusing on the urban immigrants in the United States, this paper discusses their informational needs with respect to literacy skills, technology support, cultural awareness, and information resources. In addition, the paper evaluates the library services demonstrated by the selected urban libraries that supply diversified education programs and civic engagement activities in an attempt to establish a more equitable and harmonious community.


Keywords


information poverty; urban marginalized groups; immigrants; library services; literacy skills

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