MyLanguage – serving multicultural Australia

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Publisher: The State & Territory Libraries of NSW, QLD, SA, VIC, WA, NT and ACT

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Year of Publication: 2011

Format: website

Description: This is an update of a 2005 portal site. The new website is extremely useful and broad-ranging. MyLanguage national manager, Brendan Fitzgerald, says the new MyLanguage is all about making life easier and more inclusive for Australia’s non-English speaking population. It aims to provide a hub where public libraries and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities can actively share information resources and programs to support culturally and linguistically diverse communities. The introduction to the site says: “The site is still in the beta testing phase but please send us back your feedback at the bottom of each page. Add your programs and events online and join in conversations across the site.

My Language is a joint partnership between the State & Territory Libraries of NSW, QLD, SA, VIC, WA, NT and ACT.

As a way of enriching Australia’s linguistic and cultural cyberspace, seven State and Territory Libraries created this portal in 2005 to enable people to search and find information on the internet in over 65 languages. Since then My Language has provided access to over six-million information links: search engines, web directories, government websites, digital library projects and syndicated news headlines.

My Language supports the social inclusion agenda of governments through building digital inclusion for CALD communities, especially with new technologies and Web 2.0 opportunities. As a result in 2010 an updated vision and new objectives marked a significant shift for the project as described below.

Vision

We will use information technologies to enable libraries to empower CALD communities to:

Achieve greater social inclusion; and,

Maintain and enrich cultural and linguistic identity.”

Audience(s): Trainers, non-Christians, mature Christians, ESL teachers, ESL students, Christian workers

Animist, Atheist, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Muslim

Language(s): Welsh, Vietnamese, Turkish, Thai, Tamil, Tagalog, Swahili, Spanish, Serbian, Russian, Romanian, Punjabi, Portuguese, Polish, Pashto, Norwegian, Nepali, Marathi, Mandarin, Macedonian, Korean, Japanese, Indonesian, Hindi, Hebrew, Greek, German, Gaelic, French, Finnish, Farsi, English, Dutch, Dari, Danish, Czech, Croatian, Chinese, Cantonese, Bulgarian, Bengali, Belorussian, Basque, Azeri, Arabic, Albanian, Afrikaans

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Web Address: http://mylanguage.gov.au/

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Comment: This is a vast and varied site full of useful resources and information.