The Evanston Public Library is pleased to welcome Miguel Ruiz, the Library’s new Latino Engagement Librarian. Ruiz will coordinate and work to provide library services for the Evanston Latino community both within and beyond the walls of the library with an extra emphasis on the needs of Evanston’s Spanish speaking residents. In 2015, Evanston’s Latino or Hispanic population was estimated at 10.5%, up from an actual percentage of 9% in 2010.
Evanston Public Library Director Karen Danczak Lyons said, “We are delighted to welcome Miguel to our Community Engagementteam. His experience in making community connections, outreach to the Latino population, and understanding of libraries as gateways to new immigrants, as well as his dual language ability, will be wonderful assets as he intentionally reaches out to and supports our residents.”
Ruiz states, “I feel incredibly privileged to serve our Latina/o community as a member of the Evanston Public Library. My fundamental goal is listen to, and advocate for, the needs of our Latino/a community and ensure that our services, resources and collections reflect our diverse residents. In doing so, we aspire to promote equitable access and empower our community.”
Ruiz joins the Library from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries where he was the E-Learning Librarian, specializing in online learning for a library serving almost a million annual visitors. His experience includes leadership in online learning, information literacy, multicultural resources, and diversity and inclusivity initiatives.