Thursday, December 13, 2007

Collection Development Resource

I've added a collection development handout from a CMRLS workshop to the MSLib-SLO Resources page. There are representative authors and poets from Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Guatamala, and Uruguay. This is especially useful if you are thinking of starting a 'classic collection' of Spanish titles. The last page of the handout is a listing of websites for Spanish 'bestseller titles' and non-fiction. Criticas Magazine ( is said to be "an English speaker's guide to the latest Spanish-language titles." It is a great resource, there is a list of 100 must have titles at the Criticas Magazine site.

Remember, before you plan a collection...ASK someone what is needed or wanted in the community. I just thought I would share the resource. Also, be sure to check out the Spanish collection development resources at WebJunction ( There is even a collection development wiki at

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Pictures from the 12/10 Workshop

Our gracious guest, Karla Velez (Immigration Clinic, Catholic Charities)!

They look interested, don't they?

C-U-L-T-U-R-E, culture, we all have it.

That was funny; it was a joke wasn't it?

12/10/07 Workshop

Wow! What a great time we had at the workshop; discussions and planning, snacks and lunch. Everything is better when food is involved! I'll get the pictures from the workshop posted very soon.

Wasn't Karla Velez from Catholic Charities a delight to talk to? She said call anytime if you have questions and she meant it (601-948-2635). She and the rest of the staff at the Immigration Clinic are very excited about libraries in Mississippi!

Here is the file I said I would share with you of fiestas and public holidays of several different countries. Quite a few of these are religious holidays. The holidays and dates were pulled from the Internet from places like consulates, international calendars, and homework sites (even Wikipedia). Remember, talk to someone from your community before planning. Cinco de Mayo is not celebrated in every Spanish speaking country, it is not even a national holiday in Mexico. The beer companies, however, have made it a big US promotion!

Also, remember to check out WebJunction. The webinars are free and full of great information on planning and even how to get funding! After you log-in and read through some of the great forums, set the ones you want to follow to send you an email when there are new postings. AND, join in some of the discussions and great (here comes that word...) NETWORKING!

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Welcome! Bienvenidos!

Hola! Welcome to the Mississippi Libraries Spanish Language Outreach blog!

The goal is to make this a venue for discussing the "how's and why's" of Spanish Language outreach in Mississippi; and of course, bragging on what works and lamenting what doesn't.

Send articles or pictures you wish to share to and feel free to comment on any posts you see here.