Careers in Libraries for Immigrants (CILI)

logoIntegrating Immigrants into the LIS Workforce: A Pilot, Collaborative Project is a one-year pilot project to introduce refugees and immigrants to the library professions through a self-paced mini-course entitled, Careers in Libraries for Immigrants (CILI). Funding supports a collaboration to develop the course and then encourage participation among up to five immigrant or refugee adults who seek to apply their skills to the U.S. workforce. This project advances the ALISE Community Conn@CT mini-grant’s mission of connecting with social justice organizations to create innovative solutions. In addition, it presents an avenue for increasing ethnic and racial diversity in the library field. The REFORMA Education Committee has partnered with the REFORMA Mid-Atlantic Chapter, Prince George's County Memorial Library System, and Montgomery County Library System for this project.

Seeking participants for a mini-course on Careers in Librarianship for Immigrants

The REFORMA Education Committee and Mid-Atlantic Chapter in partnership with the Prince George's County Memorial Library System and Montgomery County Library System are pleased to offer a course designed to welcome adult immigrants to the library workforce. The online CILI program offers: 
  • Self-paced lessons
  • Short modules & activities
  • Language translation
  • A behind-the-scenes library tour
  • And participant stipends
To sign up or for more information, email by June 21, 2021.

Project Information

Co-PIs: Dr. Michele A. L. Villagran (San José State University) and Dr. Ana Ndumu (University of Maryland, College Park)
Funding Agency: Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE)
Funding Period: 2020-2021