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If We Want To Change The Society, We Need To Read Books So That We Can Change Our Mindset And Outlook”

Selina Sharmin MLS
Coping Skills Librarian
New Americans Program
Queens Public Library

Ms. Selina Sharmin is currently the Coping Skills Librarian for New Americans Program at Queens Public Library in Queens, New York City, since 2011. Ms. Sharmin coordinates lectures and workshops, primary languages other than English presented in Queens Public Library’s sixty five branches to help 2.3 million immigrants in Queens adjust to life in their new country in America. She conducted a Bengali Story time for the first time at Queens Public Library in 2007 and American Public Television PBS Kids had a special book reading program in Bengali “Parenting Tips with Selina” in 2013.
During this Pandemic since March 2020, Ms. Sharmin coordinated more than 250 virtual presentations in various languages through Webex: Bengali, Chinese and Spanish. Topics were related to COIVD-19 Mental Health & Anxiety, Yoga, Unemployment & Housing Benefit in NYC, How to apply for Health Insurance in NYC, Computer Online Classes in Bengali, Computer Online Classes in Spanish and U.S. Citizenship Virtual Classes.
Ms. Sharmin received her Masters of Library and Information Science Degree from St. Johns University USA in 2006. She earned a scholarship from Queens Public Library and achieved Post Master’s Degree in Library Science from Queens College USA in 2009. She also achieved another Degree in Library and Information Management from University of Dhaka, Bangladesh in 1997. She has completed a computer diploma course from New York City, 2001. She has also successfully completed certificate for Financial Counselor from City University of New York 2014. Ms. Sharmin has given lectures for Master’s of Library Science Schools students in St. Johns’s University and South Carolina University of Library Science School in USA since 2015. Ms. Sharmin attended New York State civil service exam for Librarians and her score was 100 out of 100 in 2016. Currently, she is a candidate for PhD Program at Long Island University C.W. Post, New York.


Ms. Sharmin is the first Bangladeshi Woman Librarian at Queens Public Library since 2007 and first South Asian who became President elect for New York Library Association/Ethnic Services Round Table (ESRT) 2019-2020. She provides continuing education for Public Library practitioners at various American Library Association’s Annual Conferences, New York Library Association’s Annual Conferences and New York Black Librarian Caucus Inc. Conferences. She also offered training for Government and Foreign delicate from China, Korea and Taiwan on behalf of Queens Public Library in 2017. Ms. Sharmin has worked as a Children Librarian, Young Adult Librarian, Adult Librarian, Reference Librarian, and Special Services Librarian at Queens Public Library since 2000.
Ms. Sharmin originally from Tangail, Bangladesh and immigrated to New York City in 2000. She is an active member of the American Library association USA, Public Library Association USA and serving in several voluntary governance positions including the Executive Board. She is one of the active member for Queensboro President’s Task Force in NYC since 2011. She received a citation of honor from Queens Boro President Melinda Katz in 2015 for serving 2.3 million immigrants community in Queens for promoting Bengali language and culture in mainstream America. Mrs. Sharmin Also received an award from International Federation of Library Association (IFLA) in 2016 for writing an Essay about serving immigrants in America. This essay competition held throughout the whole world and Ms. Sharmin was one of them out of 100 recipients. Furthermore 2020, She is the President for her own non-profit organization “Nolak Women for Bangladeshi Women USA, Inc.

She believes, “If we want to change the society, we need to read books so that we can change our mindset and outlook.”

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