The Great Equalizer: Recognition of Library Settlement Partnerships at Toronto Public Library
Library Settlement Partnerships (LSP) is a Newcomer Information Service that is made possible by a partnership of the settlement sector, public libraries, and Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
At Toronto Public Libraries, there are 16 libraries throughout the library system that offer the LSP service. These services include one-on-one settlement information and referral as well as information sessions.
[Photo Credit: LSP Program Photos from the Library Settlement Partnership Website]
Library Settlement Partnership was recently recognized as a good practice in immigrant integration by the Cities of Migration, a website that seeks to improve local integration practice in major immigrant receiving cities worldwide through information sharing and learning exchange.
Cities of Migration showcases good ideas in immigrant integration and promotes innovative practices that create inclusion and urban prosperity.
This recognition places us in what is described as "an international showcase of excellence and innovation in urban integretion practice... followed by city leaders, integretion experts and practitioners world-wide".
The Library Settlement Partnership is also featured in their publication: Canada: Good Ideas from Successful Cities: Municipal Leadership in Immigrant Interation (March 2013, p. 18)
The publication offers a comparative look at various Canadian initiatives.