Library hires advocate for Latinos


The Latino community in Evanston now has a fulltime advocate at the Evanston Public Library.

Miguel Ruiz, who was the E-Learning Librarian at the University of Wisconsin libraries in Madison, has joined the EPL staff as the library’s new Latino Engagement Librarian.

In a news release announcing his appointment, EPL Director Karen Danczak Lyons said that Ruiz’ “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 said his funadamental goal at EPL is to “listen to and advocate for, the needs of our Latino community and ensure that our services, resources, and collections reflect our diverse residents.”

At UW, Ruiz’ experience included online learning, information literacy, multicultural resources, and diversity and inclusivity initiatives.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio stations and business-oriented magazines.

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