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:

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