Ethnic minorities and the role the public library can play in helping them ’find their feet’ and move towards a happy integration in their new countries, is being looked into in more detail in this issue of SPLQ. Per Rekdal from Norway considers the concept of a multicultural society and suggests four very useful kinds of multicultural expertise on behalf of the librarian: information skills, awareness skills, cultural skills and social skills. Robert Vaagan, also from Norway, ponders the question of multiculturalism and the significance of the multicultural library. Swedish Marianne Lindberg discusses the report One in five library users, which highlights the county libraries of Östergötland and Jönköping’s policies in relation to the immigrant population, while the other contribution from Sweden deals with the project called Bridge of Words – integration of equal opportunities.
Multicultural cooperation on the net is flourishing, and both Finland, Norway, Sweden and Denmark report on successful and innovative services.
Finally, the Danish journalist Per Nyeng, has been posing some very interesting questions to the director of the Danish National Library Authority, Jens Thorhauge. The answers are both informative and thought-provoking.
Jonna Holmgaard Larsen
jhl AT bs.dk
Sidsel Hindal, sidsel.hindal AT abm-utvikling.no
Norwegian Directorate for Public Libraries
Barbro Wigell-Ryynänen, barbro.wigell-ryynanen AT minedu.fi
Finnish Ministry of Education, Dep. for Cultural Policy
Helena Kettner Rudberg, helena.kettner AT kur.se
Swedish National Council for Cultural Affairs
Scandinavian Public Library Quarterly (SPLQ)
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