1. Spanish in our libraries, sure--but in
Your friend Flaco recently thumbed through a whole
lot of library catalogs (maybe even yours) and heard from some cutting-edge
catalogers who are working hard to help Spanish speakers get the
most from their libraries. Read all about it in "The Monolingual
Cataloging Monolith" (soon to be a major motion picture) at
http://www.sol-plus.net/plus/cataloging.htm and let us know what you think.
Last week brought a visit to one
of the libraries featured in that piece, City of Commerce (CA) where
your longtime SOL sister Marie Kaneko showed off some of what makes
her library so special: well-thought-out Spanish-language collections,
terrific videos and music, good signage, and a brilliant bilingual
catalog. And just imagine: Commerce covers about six square miles.
It has four public libraries. Life doesn't get much better than
2. Help 'em plan a slam-bang Día
de los Niños in Illinois
From: Tatar, Becky <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Hi! We are trying to plan way ahead for this
on a city committee I am on. If you did a Día de los Niños in the
last few years, could you e-mail me directly what you did and how
it went? We figure we would be crazy for trying to reinvent
this wheel. Thanks so much!
Sorry for any cross posting.
Unit Head, Periodicals, Audiovisual
Aurora Public Library
1 E. Benton Street
Aurora, IL 60505
Day laborers gather at parking lots and street corners
across the U.S., looking for work. Read about them at http://www.wweek.com/html/urbanpulse080900.html
, http://www.daylabor.org/research/resrch1/resrch1.htm , or, if you're
really ambitious, at . http://www.ccis-ucsd.org/PUBLICATIONS/wrkg22.PDF
Has your library done outreach or
offered services to jornaleros? Are you interested in doing
so? Have a look at a rough bibliography at http://skipper.gseis.ucla.edu/students/bjensen/html/plus/jornaleros.htm and kick back some suggestions on how to make it better.
A recent study finds that US Spanish-speaking webheads
are suddenly paying more attention to sites in Spanish. See "Latinos
Spending More Time on Spanish-Language Sites" at http://www.diversityinc.com/insidearticlepg.cfm?SubMenuID=120&ArticleID=3265&fromemail=yes
It turns out that there's been a recent boost in 'net savvy among
Spanish-speaking users, if the study's to be believed. Asked to
name their favorite destinations, "The domains respondents
cited most often in the study were Univision.com (70 percent knew
about the site, 40 percent visited), Terra.com (41 percent, 29 percent),
Yahoo en Español (30 percent, 23 percent), LaMusica.com (31 percent,
21 percent) and StarMedia.com (28 percent, 19 percent)."