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EPL hires latino engagement coordinator

Ryan Wangman, Assistant City Editor

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The Evanston Public Library is hiring a new Latino engagement librarian, the library announced Thursday in a news release.

Miguel Ruiz, who previously worked as an e-learning librarian at University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries, will focus on the needs of Evanston’s Spanish-speaking residents.

EPL Director Karen Danczak Lyons expressed excitement to see Ruiz join the library staff.

“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,” Lyons said in the release.

Ruiz said he felt privileged to serve the Latinx community as a part of the library. He said he hoped to empower the community and provide equitable access to the library’s resources.

“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,” Ruiz said in the release.

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