outreach way up north
A feature headlined Libraries use story hours
to reach out to Hispanics: Effort makes patrons out of a growing
number of Spanish speakers ran yesterday in a Seattle-area
newspaper and spotlighted the work of the King County Library System.
You can read it at http://www.southcountyjournal.com/sited/retr_story.pl/26726
but watch out for the misspelling of your colleague Judy Zelters
name. Flaco spoke with Judy yesterday and shed be happy to
hear from you and swap outreach and programming ideas: firstname.lastname@example.org
By the way, KCLS Director Bill Ptacek was honored
at the ALA conference in Chicago, and you might be interested to
know that KCLS keeps a couple of its 44 branches open till midnight
on Fridays! http://www.southcountyjournal.com/sited/retr_story.pl/24870
2. More online booksellers
Okay, I acknowledge that for a librarian to stick
with a favorite search engine is a bit like an auto
mechanic with a favorite wrench size. Ideally we match
the tool to the job, but hey: Google, with its multilingual interfaces
(such as Spanish, at http://www.google.com/intl/es/ ), its
capacity to retrieve results matching a particular language, and
its recently-added Advanced Search screen that further
refines searches according to other useful variables, is as useful
as a metric crescent wrench. It also offers Yahoo-style
indices, such as this one you might find handy (if not handsome):
Online book retailers dealing in Spanish, Portuguese, and
See SOL 25 for some others.
3. Brigida Campos on REFORMAs 2nd
national conference ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
As far as RNC, I cannot praise the organizing committees enough!
From fundraising, programming, and especially the Tucson Local Arrangements
group--- all of these folks put on a wonderful conference that has
shown the world of Librarianship that Reforma has really come into
Imagine arriving at the Tucson Airport and as you are slogging along
the walkway with your carry-on luggage, you look up and off in the
distance you see a flashing sign that says:
Man, was that cool!
The best way to describe the whole ambience is for you to imagine
an ALA Conference and imagine how excited you can get when you see
one of your friends from back East (or out West) that you haven't
seen in two years, in five years, in ten years. Well, multiply that
by 600 or so and you can imagine how wonderful and uplifting this
4. Laurie knows
If I've done my research right, "Beisbol been berry,
berry good to me" was said by Chico Escuela,
played by "Saturday Night Live" original Garrett
Hayward, CA Public Library
Right you are, Laurie! Your book, as well as the one won last
time by Library Willie in Del Rio, Tejas, is on its way. And if
anyones wondering where that adorable beisbolero is now, check
5. SOL gets down, gets funky
Please let us know if you experience the same
problem reported by Brigida:
FYI, the latest SOL transferred to me with
some FUNKINESS regarding apostrophes (although accents were fine).
Here is one example...
> Did you make it to the REFORMA national conference in Tucson?
If so, we’re envious and want to hear about it…
6. Pathfinder-in-progress would be lost without your feedback
Recently revised and accessible at the site (see
below), our webguide for new Spanish-speaking users is always looking
for hot links. Do you have a favorite Spanish-language library site,
for example? Send it along!