.Aula máxima es la biblioteca, y también lugar de recreo del espíritu. - José Vasconcelos
SOL 87 Contents:
SOL comes to you in dazzling Technicolor from the entertainment capital of the world: Hollywood, California, where the palm trees sway, the roses and hibiscuses bloom, and the neighbors' discarded couches decorate the sidewalks. Grab yourself a box of Jujubes or a tub of palomitas and settle in for our epic Summer Cinema Issue.
1. Marie makes movie magic
Hey, did you see Marie Kaneko's article in the Mar/Apr 2003 issue of Críticas? "Spanish-language Videos and DVDs: A Resourceful Librarian's Tips for Starting a Collection," on pp. 68-70. It has a lot of good advice for building a movie lineup that's certain to be a popular attraction. Marie's long lists of resources and distributors are apt to show you something new. Don't overlook those free-loan videos in Spanish from the CMP, either. And here's another tool to help you catch up with a place that's become, once again, a hotbed of exciting filmmaking: find out who won this year's Ariel Awards (the Mexican Oscars) and the Diosa de Plata prizes, selected by film critics and writers, at the Mexican Film News Page.
From: Alison Butler, MLIS firstname.lastname@example.org
Just discovered this facility recently: you can browse the Internet Movie
Database (http://www.imdb.com/) by
language. Or, you can use this example
bookmark changing the language name in the last part of the URL [and be
sure to capitalize it]:
With more than 100 films from a dozen countries, it claims to be the biggest Latin American filmfest in the US. The Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival will be lighting up the neighborhood here from July 18 to August 2. One certain high spot, for Flaco anyway, will be screenings of Alex Lora: Esclavo del Rocanrol, a documentary/concert film about one of the baddest & most venerable rockeros there is. Maybe the companion book and soundtrack album will be on sale in the lobby. It could happen.
From: Steve Fesenmaier email@example.com
To order this video, contact LAVA—the Latin American Video Archives—by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, by phone 212-463-0108, or by fax 212-243-2007. Our website, www.latinamericanvideo.org, allows for secure purchases by credit card.
From Latin America to North Carolina
NUESTRA COMUNIDAD - LATINOS IN NORTH CAROLINA
Nuestra Comunidad: Latinos in North Carolina highlights key historical
moments of the recent Latino immigrant experience in North Carolina. The
documentary looks at North Carolina's changing demographics, focusing on
the increasing numbers of Latinos moving into the state during the last
decade. It reflects on the positive impact that the arrival of Latinos
has had on North Carolina's economy as well as on the cultural
encounters between Anglos and Latinos in a state that, prior to the last
decade, had relatively few Latinos.
Robin Imperial—a transplanted North Carolinian herself—is doing a survey of Spanish-language literacy practices, and your input would mean a lot.
Yes, she's also the book review editor of the REFORMA newsletter. If you're still frustrated that you haven't won any free books in the SOL quizzes, complain to Robin and she'll fix you right up. She'll make you work for your books, but the work's pleasurable.
Wayne Selcher, a professor of International Studies at Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania, has put together a nice directory of Spanish-language stuff on the web. Many of the links are for learners of the language, but there are many items here that will appeal to native speakers as well.
In honor of their hoopsters taking the NBA championship, we bring you a San Antonio Express-News story, "Library of the future," by Michelle Koidin Jaffee from June 9, 2003. Excerpts:
...The library system also began amassing Spanish-language books, sending a team of staff to the Guadalajara book fair each year. Today the 83,000 or so Spanish books make up about 4.5 percent of the 1.8 million items (books, magazines, CDs, etc.) in the library system.
"As a result, we have many more materials available, probably not as many as we need, but our circulation has increased by 75 percent in those areas," says Laura Isenstein, director of the library...
"They've certainly made some progress," says Jimmy Jimenez, president of the local chapter of REFORMA, a national organization that promotes library access to Latino communities. "The Latino Collection continues to grow. I don't think it's at a point yet where it's completely satisfactory, but I think they're headed in the right direction."
Jimenez would like to see a librarian specifically assigned to the collection and a campaign that promotes it to the community and beyond. ... Isenstein said. She added that a bilingual, community-wide survey revealed many people who didn't grow up in San Antonio think library cards cost money...
Nobody has worked any harder thanSandy Berman over the past three decades to make libraries more vital and interesting. Item 18 will tell you how to get a free copy of the magnum opus of his pioneering Hennepin cataloging crew. The letter below is typical of many he's sent to his local library system in the Twin Cities. He doesn't merely send samples of the Spanish-language and bilingual papers mentioned in the postscript; he has bought the library subscriptions to some of them.
Dear Colleague and Neighbor,
Over the past year, I've recommended that HCL subscribe to several locally- produced, alternative periodicals that present news and opinion not otherwise found in the mainstream press. [A list of local publications follows here]
Adding these titles would tangibly diversify and revitalize HCL's periodical collection. Further, they would document and reflect the fuller spectrum of regional political, social, and cultural activity, making available unorthodox views and information as mandated by the Library Bill of Rights.
Enclosed is a sample of another suggested publication, PROFANE EXISTENCE: ANARCHO-PUNK RESOURCE MAGAZINE, which just published its 42nd issue.
Yours for a more dynamic and representative collection,
P.S. I'd much appreciate a report on the status of these recommendations as well as those for five Latino journals:
Big ups to Santa Paula, CA librarian Paula Clarke, who aced the contest and miraculously snagged three bilingual kids' books from Raven Tree Press:
----- Original Message -----
There were several close-but-no-cigar answers. Paula's was the first correct response so the books have found a home at the good ol' Blanchard Community Library in the heart of coastal California's citrus country. And while we're on the subject of Raven Tree Press, heavyweight book critic Ryujin Magón gives high marks to a brand-new title of theirs called Oh, Crumps!/¡Ay, caramba! about a sleep-deprived farmer who dreams of milking the fence and mowing the silo. The story's by veteran children's librarian and registered dairy farmer Lee Bock.
The aforementioned librarian-farmer is in America's Dairyland, so there's a good chance she saw "Foreign language items up at library" in the June 11, 2003 Madison Capital Times. Hardworking reporter Pat Schneider quotes PLA president—and GLISA grad—Luis Herrera as well as Críticas editor-in-chief Adriana López in the piece, which begins,
The Madison Public Library is adding foreign language materials to its shelves at a clip that reflects a national trend, especially in Spanish...
From: Maria F. Tavera email@example.com
Me gustaría sugerirles un enlace que creo puede tener cabida en su página web, es un portal educativo, con reportajes, noticias y con un directorio de cursos (que en estos momentos estamos actualizando y mejorando) ...
This is a remarkable site from Spain: a well-designed directory of
opportunities in higher education, professional training, and distance
learning . It's packed with advice and
fresh practical information of use to university students, jobseekers,
and career-changers. If the site grows and incorporates more
schools in places outside Spain, it could become an important stop for
Spanish speakers looking for ways to reach their educational goals.
This is a remarkable site from Spain: a well-designed directory of opportunities in higher education, professional training, and distance learning . It's packed with advice and fresh practical information of use to university students, jobseekers, and career-changers. If the site grows and incorporates more schools in places outside Spain, it could become an important stop for Spanish speakers looking for ways to reach their educational goals.
"Latino in L.A.: Books in English and Spanish by American Writers Break Out" is the title of a Book Expo America report in Publishers Weekly, June 16, 2003, by Críticas book review editor and World Press Review stalwart Carmen Ospina. Her piece mentions an assortment of hot titles, for all ages, that you'll want to know about.
A couple of our favorite alterlatina bands around here are Go Betty Go and Los Abandoned. They play a lot of shows together. Get a load of one of their posters and you'll have an idea of why we like 'em so much; any rocker who understands the Zen of LC classification, and vice-versa, is okay by us. Need to know more? Check into future Pulitzer bait Gustavo Arellano's profile of Los Abandoned:
"Spanglish is the national language of L.A!" interjects Verde, who has a habit of spouting hilarious non sequiturs...
We journey once again into the heartland for this story, from the Omaha World-Herald of June 19, 2003: "Español Web Retailers Are Discovering Profits in Spanish Content" by Deborah Alexander. If you're still looking for reasons to have a Spanish-language website for your library, you might want to read this one:
Martha Pinto of Omaha uses the Internet to research her profession and her hobbies and to e-mail friends and relatives. Juan Lara spends his time online checking car prices, buying phone cards and catching up on the news.
Pinto and Lara are part of a growing Hispanic market using the Web as a central communications tool, according to an America Online survey on Hispanic e-commerce...
...Even if the consumers are bilingual, retailers have the most impact
by producing information about products in the user's first
language...It's tailoring customer service and marketing to a
If you can't judge a book by its cover, it stands to reason that you can't judge a newspaper article by its headline. So don't be afraid to read "Library invites Latinos to check it out" by Diane Huber in The Oregonian of June 17, 2003 to learn about one Portland-area library's efforts to attract users by hiring a checker from a neighboring grocery store.
Earlier this month a reader suggested that we set up a discussion board. It's a good medium for questions and announcements that need quick attention. Twenty-some people have signed up, and because our topic is narrow, the email load islight—we hope you'll join us!
From Robin Imperial:
That interesting question received but one reply on this mellow board, so why not sign up and kick in a better idea or two? You've got nothing to lose.
SOL discussion board:
Innovative and enlightened cataloging database, gratis
Another posting on our board dealt with the famous Hennepin County Library authority files and bibliographic records.
ALA president Mitch Freedman has said the work of the wide-awake HCL catalogers, those ground-breaking "Sandynistas" working alongside Sandy Berman, gave "librarians everywhere an inspired and brilliant example of how cataloging can serve people rather than degrade and insult them, and one must not omit, [Sandy] demonstrated that cataloging actually can help people find what they are looking for."
Which is what a library should be doing, no? You can use this database to help your library stop hiding stuff from folks. I mean, if you want.
Keep in mind, by the way, that NoveList used to pay big money for HCL data. Now you can get, for free, this important body of work. Steve Fesenmaier tells you how on the SOL discussion board; we can vouch for Chris Prom's quick and attentive service.
Yet another reason to be on the SOL discussion board—job postings!
Bilingual reading outreach to childcare providers
[Flaco remembers seeing the beautiful work that genius Jody Westerman and her gang do up in Washington County in their program that supplies rotating treasure chests of books to daycare folks and trains them in storytelling and fun uses of those books. This here job is sure to be a wonderful adventure:]
From: Angela Reynolds
Vivir en Hollywood / Andar en limousine / Ellos quieren ser felizVOLUMEN CERO
Bruce Jensen firstname.lastname@example.org Junior Partner/Editorial Intern: Ryujin "Gordito" Magón