ALA’s Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) Task Force on non-English Access issued its report and recommendations on October 10 for public comment. I enjoyed working with many long-time colleagues from RLG partner institutions and area studies groups. Isn’t it a timely report when, as Merrilee mentioned, the US just passed the 300 million population mark, attributed to the rise in immigrants? And those immigrants read non-English language materials. (Hey! In my hometown of San Francisco, 45% of all residents speak a language other than English at home, including mine.)
Comments are requested by December 1. No comments on either the report or the recommendations, so far. How about you? Aren’t we all interested in internationalization and globalization and outreach to the worldwide community? Doesn’t that involve non-English access?
If you don’t have the time to read all 70 pages of the report (or the few I contributed), please read the executive summary and recommendations and submit some comments.
Karen Smith-Yoshimura, senior program officer, works on topics related to creating and managing metadata with a focus on large research libraries and multilingual requirements.