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Chief Adult Learning Officer, Hartford Public Library, CT
Born in Paris, a native of Iran and now an American citizen, Chief Adult Learning Officer Homa Naficy began her library career as a reference librarian at Newark Public Library, New Jersey. Before joining the staff of Hartford Public Library, she worked for the Yonkers Public Library and for the Westchester Library System in New York. Homa Naficy joined Hartford Public Library in 2000 to design and direct The American Place (TAP), program for Hartford’s immigrants and refugees. TAP has become a magnet for new arrivals seeking immigration information, resources for learning English, and preparing for United States citizenship. In 2010, the program was awarded two major grants, a citizenship education grant from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (the only library in the nation to receive such funding), and a National Leadership grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services designed to promote immigrant civic engagement. On completion, this project will serve as a model for other libraries nationally. In 2001, Ms. Naficy received the Connecticut Immigrant of the Year Award.