Monday, February 2, 2009

Spanish Language Outreach UpdateFebruary 2009

Live event for Spanish language outreach in today's economy

We are all aware of the downturn in the economy, and we are experiencing firsthand its effect on our libraries, our lives, and our communities. WebJunction recently began hosting a series of virtual "Town Halls" on the general subject of tough times, staff training, and now a session focused specifically on how tough times impact Spanish speakers and our outreach efforts to that community. To that end, we invite you to join us on February 10 at 2 pm Eastern / 11 am Pacific for a Town Hall on SLO in Tough Times. This new webinar format is designed to encourage participation from all attendees. Therefore, please come to this one-hour session prepared to ask and answer questions, share stories, brainstorm solutions, and offer practical advice. Bring your challenges and ideas, and we'll tackle them together in the town hall?and in the coming year through additional webinars, resource sharing and learning.

Go to the WebJunction Events Calendar to register:

View the archives of the previous Town Halls:

With New Year brings changes to SLO Program
Just after we greeted the new year, we found ourselves expressing profound thanks and saying good-bye to Laura Staley, long-time project manager of the Spanish Language Outreach Program. Before leaving for her new adventures, Laura put the final touches on the final report of the SLO Program and posted it to WebJunction. If you haven't read about the many successful outcomes and experiences of this three-year program, we encourage you to do so. We are so proud of the work that all of the participants did to train, implement, and share their success stories on outreach to the Spanish-speaking community.
However, this report and Laura's departure does not mean the end of the outreach work! Jennifer Peterson, veteran WebJunction staff member who has worked on the SLO program in the past, will be managing the SLO project going forward. You will have a chance to visit with Jennifer during the February 10 SLO Town Hall. You can also contact her via email at (and be sure to make her your WJ friend!). We look forward to your continuing participation in the project's efforts.

Read the SLO Final Report:

Visit Jennifer's WJ Profile:

How to stay in touch with WebJunction
If you don't already have a subscription, we encourage you to sign up for the official WebJunction newsletter, Crossroads. This monthly email publication highlights what's happening on WebJunction, including inside tips on course discounts and special events. To sign up, simply type your email in the subscription box on the WJ homepage. Each issue is emailed the first Wednesday of every month. Another way to find out what's new and what's popular on WebJunction is to check out the Hot Topics page. We updated it monthly to reflect new documents, courses, discussions, and events; plus, we list those pages that have been most viewed during the past month.

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Monday, August 18, 2008

Share Your Stories!

  • Have you implemented any services or programs @ your library especially for your Spanish speaking patrons? Were your efforts successful?
  • Have you changed anything @ your library to help your Spanish speaking patrons?
  • Have you changed the way you market your library for your Spanish speaking patrons?
  • Have you seen an increase in Spanish speaking patrons @ your library? This article from the Sun Herald shows a large increase in Mississippi.

Click "comments" below this post and let us hear from you!

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Spanish Language Programming Resources

The Hennipen County Library System (Minneapolis, Minnesota, area with 41 branches!) shares files with fellow librarians through their Extranet: "Welcome to Hennepin County Library's extranet. Here we offer a sampling of resources from our staff intranet and public website to the broader library community. We welcome your comments and suggestions."
I'm sharing the link with you because there are several files dealing with Story Times to Spanish speaking patrons and even a presentation from the Spanish Language and Literacy Conference, held January 26, 2007 - World Language Storytimes – Bernie Farrell, presenter. These are worth taking a look! Thank you, HCLS, for sharing!

Friday, March 14, 2008

OLOS Diversity Fair Scholarship

Remember hearing about the Spanish Language Outreach Program’s Diversity Fair Scholarship at the workshop you attended? WebJunction is offering a scholarship for one workshop participant and one trainer to attend ALA and present at the OLOS Diversity Fair this June in Anaheim. Additional details are available here. The application is very simple and the deadline for applying is 4/11/08. Read about the winning entry from 2007. Apply. Represent Mississippi in Anahein at ALA!

The scholarship will cover:

  • - 3 days hotel stay
  • - Airfare
  • - Conference fees
  • - Meals
  • - Materials for making display

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Recommended Books in Spanish

Barahona Center for Study of Books in Spanish for Children and Adolescents (from California State University at San Marcos) has a website that recommends Spanish language books by age, country setting, publisher and publication date, Dewey number, even author, illustrator, and translator. I entered "8th grade-12th grade, USA," and did not enter any other criteria; I got a list 182 titles with ISBN, catalog information, where it was reviewed, and a picture of the front cover when available. WOW!

This is the website link for recommended books in English about Latinos. It works the same way; I entered "1st grade to 6th grade, and USA," I got 415 titles!

You have to check out these sites!

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Kids@Your Library Toolkit has Spanish Translations

This link has Top 10 Things for Kids to Do @ Your Library in Spanish, as well as public service announcements in Spanish.
If anyone has found information that will be helpful to the group of participants, let us know and we will post it.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Biloxi - January 29, 2008

This workshop was hosted by the Margaret S. Sherry Memorial Library, Biloxi; a great group concerned about service to all of their multi-cultural communities.

Again, a great group, great food, and GREAT ideas!

Hard at work, planning!

One of the resources discussed at this workshop was MIRA! (Mississippi Immigration Rights Alliance). Their web address is They are very interested in working with Mississippi libraries.
Also discussed...the WebJunction webinars. Check out this page for In Depth Webinars pertaining to the Spanish Language Outreach Program. There are live webinars planned and archived webinars that you can view at any time. A great resource, not only for the Spanish Language Outreach Program, but library information in general.