What is a Library Champion?
The Library Champions Project (LCP) is a three-month volunteer program for new immigrants.
During the project, Library Champions are trained to conduct outreach to other new immigrants. The LCP’s four training sessions focus on building communication, presentation and outreach skills and on the range of programs, services, and resources that are available in libraries and out in the community.
After the training, Library Champions develop a three-month outreach plan that is doable and fits their schedule. The outreach plans include sharing information with friends, family, colleagues and individual community members, giving group presentations, speaking with community agencies, and using social media. LCP facilitators support the Champions with their outreach by helping them identify additional contacts and overcoming any challenges they might encounter.
On average, each Library Champion shares information with more than 50 other new immigrants. As of April 2020, close to 1,500 new immigrants have been trained as Library Champions and these individuals have reached out to about 85,000 other new immigrants.
More than 50 libraries across Greater Vancouver and the Fraser Valley are a part of the Library Champions Project. The project is also supported by numerous immigrant-serving organizations and community agencies which assist with project promotion and referrals.