Computer tips in Spanish
The website of the
venerable Spanish-language daily La
Opinion, published in Los Angeles for 75 years now,
offers a good selection of brief Hints from Heloise-type
articles that deal with the basics of computers. You might
find some of these handy for introducing your users and students
to various aspects of data wrangling:
¿Cómo se dice "homeschooling"?
From: Kay Birkebak
I was looking for
assistance in finding out the proper Spanish word/s for "homeschooling"
(the practice of parents who teach their children at home, in
contrast to sending them to a public or private school).
Any assistance would be helpful.
Up-to-date bestseller lists
ask about bestseller lists of Spanish-language books, and
we've pointed you toward a few. One of the best we've
seen is maintained by Spanish Book Distributors, who say their
top-10 lists of fiction & nonfiction "represent more
than 6,500 Libraries and Stores: Public, Universities, Colleges,
Schools, Prisons, etc." You can see the titles at
Help save the FORO!
For librarians interested
in Spanish-language services, the annual Cross-Border Library
Forum (the FORO) has for a dozen years now been one of the most
important, exciting, and rewarding gatherings going. Why,
your buddy Flaco found it a genuinely
The FORO straddles
the line, alternating from one year to the next between host cities
in the U.S. and Mexico. Last year's anfitrión was
Hermosillo, capital city of Sonora, and the 2002 conference was
scheduled for the border city of Laredo, Texas.
from all over North America were supposed to be walking the streets
of Laredo this week. But it never happened. The FORO
Poor scheduling (conflicts
with the Public Library Association meeting and a major
Mexican librarians' conference) coupled with slack promotion resulted
in a paltry number of registrants. All of which made life
difficult for organizer Janice Weber of the Laredo Public Library,
whose hard work was negated when she had to cancel. What's
more, Janice told Flaco, her health took a temporary but serious
dive as she struggled in vain to salvage the conference
Word has it that FORO
XII might be rescheduled for later this year if enough
folks express an interest in this worthwhile event.
You can reach Janice
Weber via email at email@example.com
or by phone at (956) 795-2400, x2257.
5. North Carolina:
It's not just for college basketball anymore
Lots of SOListas are
Tarheels. Makes sense--guess which U.S. state had the greatest
expansion, between the 1990 and 2000 censuses, of respondents
describing themselves as Hispanic? Read "The
Hispanic Boom in North Carolina" at HISPANIC Magazine's website.
A true maestra
The dynamic Ana
Álvarez of Seattle Public Library allowed Flaco to be a fly
on the wall earlier this month at one of her splendid introductory
computer classes for Spanish-speakers. The lab was filled
to capacity, and Ana worked overtime to ensure that everyone came
The Ensenada, BC native
is in her third year of teaching these classes--the other introduces
the Internet--and has refined her presentation over the course
of many hours of attentive teaching and listening. Those
of you who made the 2nd REFORMA national conference in Tucson
might recall hearing Ana discuss her work.
She passed along outlines
of the two-hour classes; watch for those to appear soon at this
site along with other gems from her innovative library mind.
Last month's contest
Several sharp SOListas
identified the great Sherman Alexie as the answer to the puzzler
in SOL 71; his new film The Business of Fancydancing wowed
audiences at Sundance and should inspire movie lovers everywhere
to dance to their local video shops and libraries demanding copies
of Smoke Signals, a flick as delightful as a slab of warm
The first correct
answer came from good ol' Henry
Georget, who took the book and made history by becoming the
first two-time SOL contest winner.
Another contest, another great prize
This time, we're giving
away a fabulous calendar from Mexico City. This big, beautiful
Calendario Libertario 2002 is packed with graphics and
with historical anniversaries important in the realms of civil
rights, social justice, and Latin American history, brought to
you by the same good people who publish the magazine Autonomía.
(And if you're not the lucky winner,
Roberto Barrón Suller will
be happy to sell you any number of them for a good price.)
For the first time
ever, we're floating a subjective sort of question. Decision
of the judges is final. It's a tall order, too: send me
a recipe for sugar-free capirotada. Best one wins
AARP's outreach in Spanish
To the ever-growing
list of institutions that are waking up to the importance of energetic
and effective Spanish-language promotion, add the feisty American
Association of Retired
Persons. Diversityinc.com explains what AARP is up
to in "AARP Aims for More Latino Members" at
http://www.diversityinc.com/public/2350.cfm, and you can have
a look at the organization's Spanish-language website, too: http://www.aarp.org/espanol/
Radio Free Fresno is on the air...and on the Web
There's nothing quite
like Radio Bilingüe. From its origins broadcasting to farm
labor camps in California's Central Valley to its current presence
as the only national distributor of Spanish-language programming
in public radio, this humane radio voice has a long history of
telling the truth about farm labor struggles, ag workplace safety,
immigration issues, and the richness of Spanish-speaking cultures
in the big dusty diaspora.
RB tells stories you
might not hear reported in the major media. Such as, for
example, that of a guy right here in Santa Ana, a paleta-cart
pusher who was put on ice for pointing a camera in the wrong direction
(see below, from RB's daily news digest site).
Radio Bilingüe network has grown, now stretching from Washington
State down to Puerto Rico. And now it covers the planet
thanks to, you guessed it, the mighty Web. Encourage your
users to listen live to this outstanding, informative broadcaster
VENDOR FACING DEPORTATION - (Reporter: Ruben Tapia; 2/22/02)
A popsicle and ice cream vendor in Santa Ana, California faces
deportation back to Mexico, despite the fact that his residency
application was progressing well. His crime? Videotaping
the outside of a federal building in a popular tourist area
in this city south of Los Angeles. Carlos Bartolomeo
Vazquez was interrogated by the FBI as a suspected terrorist
and detained behind bars for a month by the INS. Now, with
no money or outside support, the humble popsicle vendor anxiously
awaits his day in court before an immigration judge.
Drinking deeply from La Copa Mundial
about March Madness. It's very nearly time once again for
the World Cup, the hottest sports ticket on the planet.
Readers of Spanish who want to follow the latest happenings in
the wide world of soccer/fútbol
need go no farther than a Web-wired computer for some terrific
online magazines. Among the best are the electronic version
of that old favorite Don Balón,
from Spain, at http://www.donbalon.es/front/
and another one from Barcelona called Contrapie:
a North American orientation is more to your liking, check out
Golazo at http://www.laopinion.com/golazo/
And if all that's still not enough for the fútbol
fanatics in your life, check this
index of more than 50 online soccer publications.
Maradona shoots, scores at the Cuban International Book Fair
You can't talk about
recent world soccer history without mentioning the amazing Diego
Maradona. His book is wildly popular and really ought to
be in your library. He showed up last month at the Havana
book fair to introduce the Cuban edition of Yo soy el Diego, and
made quite a generous gesture. Read all about it at
are some excerpts from the article:
/ February 21, 2002
Maradona donates royalties from Cuban edition of his book
The former captain of Argentina's soccer team attends Cuban
launching of 'Yo soy el Diego de la gente' (Just Plain Diego),
at the International Book Fair
TAKING part in the Book Fair at Havana's San Carlos de la
Cabaña fortress, Diego Armando Maradona donated the royalties
from the Cuban edition of his book Yo soy el Diego de
la gente (Just Plain Diego) to "the Cuban people
and Fidel." The book is published on the island by
the Cuban Book Institute.
"I won't talk much. I know how to play soccer, but
it's Fidel who knows how to talk," he said, adding,
"Soccer has let me speak to the world through this
Afterward, he was obviously moved when referring to the
situation in Argentina. "My country exploded. In my
country there is no education, no health care, no future,
no nothing," he said. "That's why I've always
said that Cuba is an example. Today, more than ever, I repeat
that Cuba continues being a example that must be protected."
this book, the Argentine star recounts his life from his
start in soccer, living in the poor Buenos Aires neighborhood
of Cebollito, until he reached the heights...
From Granma to the Grammys...
awards went to Ramón Ayala y los Bravos del Norte and to T-Bone
Burnett, both huge favorites around these parts, but it was especially
heartwarming to hear that our ol' compinche Elijah Wald
took home a statuette for his important work documenting the Mexican
narcocorrido. We plugged his book and website in
Elijah Wald firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: March 3, 2002
Nice to hear from you. And yeah, it´s been quite a week......
The gravy was that I tied for the award with Walter Moseley, and
got to spend an hour with him backstage, hustling from press conference
to press conference......... I still haven´t caught my breath......and
that´s not to mention the 150 messages in my mailbox........
All the best,
Meanwhile, back in Cuba...
From: Ocean Press
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By Ernesto Che Guevara
Fighting words from Che Guevara for today's anti-corporate activists
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· Che's famous essay "Socialism and Man in Cuba"
· His controversial speech in Algiers in 1965
· Che's final Message to the Tricontinental, in which he calls
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Published in association with the Che Guevara Studies Center,
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PUBLICATION DATE: May 1, 2002
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Ambitious new anthology sheds important light on Latinos in the
Thought: Politics, Culture, and Society
By Francisco H. Vázquez and Rodolfo D. Torres
Latino/a Thought brings together the most important writings that
shape Latino consciousness, culture, and activism today.
This historical anthology is unique in its presentation of cross
cultural writings--especially from Mexican, Puerto Rican, and
Cuban writers and political documents--that shape the ideology
and experience of U.S. Latinos.
Click here to see a full description and table of contents
for Latino/a Thought . To request an examination copy,
simply click on the "exam copy" button on the description
page for the book.
H. Vázquez, Ph. D., Director
Hutchins Center for Interdisciplinary Learning
Sonoma State University
New Bilindex brings high-tech focus
Subject: Spanish-English bilingual thesaurus of high-tech terms
[Tesauro bilingüe en español e inglés de términos de alta tecnología]
Have you ever found yourself grappling
with high-tech terms in Spanish with your users or colleagues?
Subject Heading List in the fields of computer, information,
has been continuously published for
last two decades. Bilindex 2002 is now available. Although it
does not include the updates brought up by Bilindex
2001, this newest edition of Bilindex 2002 focuses on expanding the
new high-tech concepts and lexicological developments in the
computer industry, communications and information science.
Bilindex operations, which are located in Mountain View and
Los Altos, California, USA, are uniquely situated at the heart
of the Silicon Valley to keep abreast with new terms and headings
being coined as the technology develops in these hot-beds of
2002 is published in CD-ROM as a PDF file fully searchable using
the ubiquitous, free version of Adobe Acrobat Reader 4.0
Price US $795.00
Bilindex 2002 is also available in
hardcopy in loose-leaves for three-punch-hole binders.
Bilindex 2002 está
a la venta. Aún cuando esta nueva edición de Bilindex 2002 no
incluye los cambios y actualizaciones incluidos en Bilindex
2001, se concentra ésta, sin embargo, en expandir
la terminología y encabezamientos de materia creados por la
industria de computación, comunicación, y, por su puesto, aquel
nuevo léxico de la ciencia de la información y bibliotecología
y documentación. Las operaciones centrales de Bilindex se encuentran
ubicadas en Mountain View y Los Altos, California, USA, en el
corazón del Silicon Valley,
del Valle del Silicio, el cual pone a Bilindex en una ventaja
comparada para actualizar e integrar los nuevos términos y encabezamientos
de materia que son acuñados en estos viveros de nuevas tecnologías.
Bilindex 2002 ha sido publicado en CD-ROM como un archivo en
PDF (Portable Data File), cuyo texto puede ser escudriñable
y objeto de búsqueda a través del ubicuo y gratuito
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SOLista's sister teaches Library Spanish
Subject: LIBRARY SPANISH COMMUNICATION COURSE
I am excited to distribute this press release to all of you and
give you my support of this Library Spanish acquisition
course. The Teton County Library was one of the pilot sites
for the program, and it has been a huge success here! My
sister Elizabeth and I will be promoting the program at PLA
March 13-15 booth #2405-- hope to see you all there! Stop by the
booth to see the program first-hand and get more information.
Latino Outreach Coordinator
Teton County Library
March 1, 2002
Contact: Elizabeth Thompson Almann, 1-866-391-8901, email@example.com
THE LEARNING LIGHT LAUNCHES LIBRARY SPANISH COMMUNICATION
COURSE AT PLA
Spanish that Works...in the Library, a 16-hour live-instruction
course in basic conversational Spanish developed specifically
for librarians and library staff will be officially launched
to the public at the PLA conference in Phoenix, Arizona March
13-15, 2002, booth #2405. The course has been successfully
implemented at the Mesa Public Library in Mesa, AZ, and the Teton
County Library in Jackson, WY.
The course is based around a core vocabulary of library things
(for example, books in Spanish, videos for children, music
CD's), library places (circulation desk, computer area, bathroom),
and library actions (check-out, return, sign-in). Participants
learn functional language such as how to ask for a library
card, guide patrons to the Spanish language materials, or determine
if a situation requires a translator. There are no written
tests or workbook assignments, and participants will not
conjugate verbs or read and answer questions. Instead,
emphasis is placed on active participation in group and pair
work, which includes practice with flashcards and dialogue
role-play. The only course requirement is to practice vocabulary and
dialogues between lessons.
Teaching materials are provided and information is spelled out
in simple language, so it is easy to find a qualified instructor.
Spanish-speaking staff members with group facilitation experience
and a basic knowledge of Spanish grammar can also be trained
to lead the class. Spanish that Works...in the Library
is sold as a master copy, with a license to make up to 30
student copies for use at one library location for one calendar
year. License to make additional copies is available at
a low per-student cost. Course kit includes student text
and supplemental section, pull-out phrase sheets, flashcard
templates, course facilitator's guide, and 2 hours free consulting
with the author via e-mail or phone.
For more information visit:
Or call toll-free: 1-866-391-8901