.Aula máxima es la biblioteca, y también lugar de recreo del espíritu. - José Vasconcelos
SOL 83 Contents:
From: Willie Braudaway email@example.com
Subject: Looking for Drug Guide in Spanish
Hi Flaco --
A lot of US and Canadian libraries (and other agencies, and banks, too) have taken to honoring a Mexican ID card called the matrícula consular. Now, sure enough, a fierce backlash is being wound up by anti-immigrant groups. You can read about the controversy in a zillion newspapers and magazines this week, or listen to an NPR report about it.
Where does Solina Marquis get all her energy and good ideas? Heck, we don't know—but we're glad she shares them with us. Her latest creation is a Spanish-language guide to learning about the Internet, chock-full of clear instructions and well-chosen links:: http://www.sol-plus.net/solinaweb.htm
Your buds at Spanish That Works, an outfit that offers language courses for library staffers, have generously made available several of their useful publications, all in dazzling PDF format.
http://www.thelearninglight.com/InglesBiblioteca.pdf is a one-page sheet, intended for Spanish speakers, of library English. Now, wouldn't that make a nice handout to copy and leave on a shelf in your Spanish-language stacks?
http://www.thelearninglight.com/LibraryPhraseLists.pdf is an extensive library phrase list, for the reference of Anglophone desk staff
http://www.thelearninglight.com/10ways.pdf proffers suggestions for language practice and for reinforcing a Spanish-friendly atmosphere at your library
http://www.thelearninglight.com/Dewey1.pdf gives Spanish-speaking users a brief guide to the Dewey Decimal classification system
Few journalists rake th' muck as diligently and as expertly as Greg Palast. He grew up a San Fernando Valley lad, studied under Milton Friedman as one of his "Chicago Boys," and has since investigated, as a hired consultant, graft and corruption at the highest levels. Not only did he uncover aspects of the 2000 Florida election scandal that US newspapers wouldn't touch (Palast's bosses at the BBC weren't as shy, and the US Civil Rights Commission confirmed his findings, a bit too late), but he has also looked into some of our lethal meddling in Latin America. His website has a substantial and eye-opening Spanish-language component.
So, last week we saw the splendid Mexican movie El crimen del Padre Amaro (double featured with a subtitled Catch Me If You Can...it cost four dollars...ticket prices in your neighborhood may vary) and once again Missus Flaco was all agog over Gael García Bernal, that talented tapatío whose fine face is practically emblematic of Mexico's cinema renaissance following his star turns in Amores perros and Y tu mamá también, as well as a Levi's commercial which speaks volumes about the value of a good bilingual dictionary. García was profiled in a newspaper story last week, and if you're a real hardcore fan of his you just might turn your knowledge into books in this issue's contest, below.
Some bilingual children's books from the fine folks at Raven Tree Press have taken up residence in the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library thanks to Ruth Mitchel, who evidently is something of an authority on the comic Groo, the Wanderer and its creator Sergio Aragonés:
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From: Mitchel, Ruth
Sent: Thursday, December 26, 2002 10:49 AM
Subject: post Navidad quiz SOL82
Groo's dog's name is Rufferto and his cartoonist is from Spain.
Ruth H. Mitchel, Youth Services Librarian
But it doesn't end there—we've got more great stuff to give away. We're not going to ask, "Where's the campus of Oregon State University?", because if we did Ruth in Corvallis would win again. In fact, we're gonna ban her from this issue's competition just to keep things interesting. But we'll make it easy for the rest of y'all this time by giving you a choice of questions. The first correct response to either one wins three of Raven Tree's bilingual books—that's a $51 value! Have a look at Raven Tree's online catalog to get an idea of what's in store for the fortunate quiz winner. No, you don't get extra credit for answering both questions, and remember that your answer goes to firstname.lastname@example.org.
All right, so here's the catch: both questions concern the mighty George Lopez.
1) In which film do both George and Gael García Bernal appear, and what happens to G-Lo's character in that one?
2) What's the song that plays over the opening credits of The George Lopez Show, and who's the band that recorded it? (Hint: their name seems to be on everyone's mind lately.)
Best of luck. But even if you don't win this time you can still get one complimentary Raven Tree Press book just for being a paid-up member ofREFORMA; here's how.
Speaking of bilingual books, a couple of Flaco's favorite people have great ones out in paperback. The divine ms. tatiana de la tierra's For the Hard Ones / Para las duras is a collection of poems and prose by a lovestruck lesbian librarian. How good is this one? In a full-blown, out-of-his-head rrrrave review, Librusa kingpin José Carvajal said the book made a lesbian out of him. The author hopes her work will "journey under the skin, into the bloodstream, of those who need it most." Available for $14 from Calaca Press or from tatiana herself.
And that now-famous folktale from the jungles of Chiapas, The Story of Colors / La historia de los colores, by Subcomandante Marcos with illustrations by Domitila Domínguez, now has a low-priced paperback edition: $8.95 from Cinco Puntos Press (publishers also, while we're thinking of it, of the must-have ¡Sí, se puede! / Yes, We Can!).
The newspaper War Times gets a nod from Utne librarian Chris Dodge in the current issue. This tabloid, too, is bilingual, and timely; it's one of the periodicals that Sandy Berman and others have been encouraging their local libraries to acquire.
Hey, what's going on down there in Venezuela, anyway? If you're a student of FOX News, it's clear enough that The People are Rising Up against an Oppressive Dictator; on the other hand, if you're a student of, whaddayacallit, history, you might suspect that multinational business interests are trying to force the ouster of a democratically elected president, with some behind-the-scenes assistance from friends up north.
Either way, Venezuelan acid jazzheads Los Amigos Invisibles just want you to dance. Their website's a bilingual funhouse and their latest video is a real kick in the trasero, but you don't need to take my word for it—not with enthusiastic reviews like these. But why should you believe them, either? Give these locos a listen for yourself.
From: Andrea Ginsky email@example.com
Hispanic Services Librarian-Selby Public Library, Reference Section,
Sarasota, FL Posting #0310-2002
Amando Álvarez is a library director in Denver whose highly personal website is a carefully composed, informative, and utterly charming collection of poetry, stories, vintage photographs, and even a playabout libraries. This is a real treat.
12. "The world of the library...is life itself "
And Martha Enciso Durán, she's another True Believer. If you read Spanish you might be inspired by a recent profile of this University of Guadalajara 2002 Librarian of the Year; a portion of the piece is translated here for your delight:
"The world of libraries hadn't been part of my life, but the moment I stepped into it I fell in love. It's fascinating, it's dynamic, it's life itself. Here there's always activity, always work to be done. The life of the library is constantly on the move."
It's a pleasure to spend time at truly brilliant literary sites. El poder de la palabra opens access to more than 2,000 texts—biographies and excerpts—of 823 writers, 332 composers, 189 painters, 196 film directors, and 120 architects. Librarians might appreciate the Premios section of this handsome site, which lists dozens of important literary awards in Spanish and English and tells you who won each year.
Cyberallyu, in its 7th year, is a wordy wonderland full of essays, discussion forums, and literary news. Here you can read about such matters as Eduardo González Viaña's historic, heroic agitprop reading that clogged up the bridge between El Paso and Juárez.
At Flakozitas you can find everything from serious short biographies of famous contemporary writers, to the words of national anthems of most Latin American countries, to handy amorous phrases suitable for inclusion in love letters.
Finally, the lavish online journal Biblios deals, in Spanish, with librarianship, archival science, and musicology. The current issue has a piece on Japanese libraries.
firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Convocatoria evento
[Maribel Duarte, who handles public relations for the National Library of Cuba, sends this announcement about the upcoming Third World Libraries conference in Havana. Her message follows in English and Spanish]
Third World Libraries
Topics to be discussed:
1 – Libraries and cultural identity among Third World peoples
Registration: $150 US. For more information, contact:
Las Bibliotecas del Tercer Mundo
From: Lincoln Cushing email@example.com
Subject: New labor photo exhibit at IIR
Field Work - photo exhibit by Robert Gumpert, UC
Berkeley Institute of Industrial Relations, January 16- August 15,
Name: Mary Alice McCarthy
Bruce Jensen firstname.lastname@example.org