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|Colón-Aguirre M.; Ceja Alcalá J.
|Seeking Engagement: Use and Perceptions of Libraries, Archives and Museums (Lams) by Spanish-speaking Latinx Living in Boston
Colón-Aguirre M.; Ceja Alcalá J. Seeking Engagement: Use and Perceptions of Libraries, Archives and Museums (Lams) by Spanish-speaking Latinx Living in Boston,Public Library Quarterly
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|Spanish-speaking Latinx are currently the second largest racial/ethnic group in the United States however, general understanding of their use of libraries, museums and archives (LAMs) is limited. This study seeks to understand the level of use and perceptions of LAMs by members of the Spanish-speaking Latinx community. The results presented in this study stem from phenomenological interviews conducted with 13 individuals who identify as Latinx and live in the Boston metropolitan area. The interviews identified a wide array of experiences with LAMs in Boston. In general, libraries were the most used by the participants, followed by museums; archives were the least used. Participants who have or have had children living in the household indicated that their use of libraries and museums was mainly driven by the educational needs of the school-aged children in the household. This work demonstrates the need to create relationships with the Latinx community in order to encourage stronger and more sustained use of LAMs. The different areas of focus for the LAMs considered here are; the need for libraries to foster more consistent use among Latinx, for museums to explore ways in which they can encourage more visits to a greater variety of museums and for archives to create more awareness of the organization itself and its usefulness. © 2022 The Author(s). Published with license by Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.