ERIC Number: ED453831
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
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Library Service to Spanish Speaking Patrons: A Practical Guide.
Moller, Sharon Chickering
This book is a guide for librarians and media specialists who recognize the value of bilingual-bicultural education and are looking for ideas to develop library services for their Spanish-speaking patrons. Chapter one gives a brief history of Spanish-speaking people in the United States, as well as cultural characteristics, family role, socioeconomic factors, and level of education of Latinos. This chapter also includes the author's impressions and descriptions of libraries and library use in Mexico, Ecuador, Chile, and Puerto Rico. Chapter two presents ideas for developing adult services for Spanish-speaking patrons, and discusses how to make connections, materials selection criteria, library promotion, outreach programming, and periodicals, newspapers, computers and other resources. The next three chapters focus on materials, programs, and activities for preschool to early elementary school children, children in the middle grades, and teenagers. Chapter six focuses on communicating with Spanish-speaking patrons by speaking a language they understand and giving them the tools to figure out things for themselves. Chapter seven identifies Internet sites that can provide supplemental sources and services for Spanish-speaking patrons. Appendix A lists several helpful resources for librarians, including selection tools, Internet resources, listservs, organizations, book awards, book fairs, and conferences/workshops. Appendix B provides a Spanish-English chart of related vocabulary and bilingual examples and forms for the library. Appendix C gives names and descriptions, with addresses and other contact information, of publishers and distributors of Spanish-language materials. Includes an index. (Contains 189 references.) (AEF)
Descriptors: Childrens Libraries, Library Collection Development, Library Development, Library Material Selection, Library Materials, Library Services, Multilingual Materials, Program Development, Spanish Speaking, User Needs (Information)
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
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Audience: Media Staff; Practitioners
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