1. Make your voice heard
in online survey
Prudence Cendoma has been a Spanish-language cataloger for more
than five years, and with an eye toward improving the way we all
do our work she has built an easy-to-use online survey. The
few moments you'll take to fill it out may well pay dividends to
Spanish-speaking patrons and the librarians who serve them.
From: Prudence Cendoma, firstname.lastname@example.org
I am a graduate student enrolled full-time in the Library and Information
Science program at the University of Pittsburgh interested in Spanish
language subject headings. There has been very little library literature
published on this topic. I've been working on a related project
and need your help. I've posted a research survey on the web at:
Since all of the fields are optional, responses to any of the questions
are greatly appreciated!
Thank you ~ Muchas gracias!
2. Oregon video welcomes Spanish speakers to libraries ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Roger Ebert's thumbs would surely join Flaco's in the upright
position for Washington County Cooperative Library Services' "Bienvenidos
a las Bibliotecas del Condado de Washington." The nine-minute
video follows a Spanish-speaking family through their introduction
to the public library courtesy of a librarian very much like the
ones they'd be likely to encounter in real life, and features professional
narration that clearly and succinctly explains the workings of the
From: BJ Doty email@example.com
Thanks for your kind words about the video.
It was our first video project, and the whole thing, including desktop
publishing/printing of the color video sleeve, reproduction of 50
copies, and all filming costs, came to about $6000. We're
grateful to the folks at TVCA (Tualatin Valley Cable Access) for
all their technical expertise and filming. The folks at Centro
Cultural provided actors, and Sarah Denney-Garcia, our resident
bilingual librarian, all appeared on their own time.
We've had many requests from the social service agencies in our
county for copies of the video to use with their Latino clients.
and we're having to print another batch. Even got some requests
from the earlier SOL note on the list. I sent copies to Texas
and our neighbors at Multnomah County Libraries. We hope that through
local agencies, as well as outreach efforts by the individual libraries,
we will reach our intended audience, and encourage families to use
their public libraries. I would welcome any feedback you might give
me after viewing the video. We have two professional collection
copies that are available for loan. If any library outside
Washington County wants a copy to keep, $5 would cover our costs
of shipping/handling/reproduction. The video is geared to
Washington Co., as it features our computer system and how to search
online. But other libraries who've seen it tell me it is a
good template for their own local production. We're happy
to share. Please contact me directly if your libraries are
Thanks and best of the autumn to you.
B.J. Doty, Program Educator
Washington County Cooperative Library Services
111 NE Lincoln St., #230-L, MS 58
Hillsboro, Oregon 97124-3036
3. Not yet an Olympic sport, but if beach volleyball can
make it, well... ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
If you've read about this crack cadre of cart wranglers at http://www.app.com/news/app/story/0,2110,302863,00.html
you might feel good to know that they work alongside one of your
From: Claire Johnston firstname.lastname@example.org
Behind in e-mail, I can finally get back to you...no, I'm not on
the drill team at Ocean County Library, but I know some of them,
most of them energetic circulation ladies who Rosie O' Donnell would
like, no doubt!
We are all hopeful that they may make it on the show which is taped
in New York.
Our other most recent national publicity was a blurb about OCL in
People Weekly. We had a Toyota Corolla in our lobby for a
year--this is a car crazy area of NJ! The blurb was actually
a Toyota ad which advertised our fund raising stunt (we sold $2
raffle tickets for almost a year to raise money for a building expansion).
I think it was the 8/14 issue- Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston on
the cover. No, I'm not in the photo but my two bosses, with
whom I get along quite well are there. So check that out, and one
could say that it's a small world...
On long postings in SOL issues, I agree with Pamela Conroy.
It might be faster for us to just read the brief mention of Spanish-related
articles and see the URL which we could use as a link than to scroll
through entire articles. All of it would be available in the SOL
archives on the web site too.
4. "But every
day is Librarians' Day!"
Flaco, who enjoys holidays as much as the next person, grew
up with a chip on his shoulder asking when the heck it was ever
gonna be Children's Day. Sometimes he wonders how we in the
U.S. can dare call ourselves civilized when we celebrate a day for
bosses but not for educators. Kids and teachers are honored
with holidays in Latin American countries, but it gets even better
than that: Argentina celebrates Librarians'
Day every September 13 and, as you'll see
from the posting below (pulled from the International Federation
of Library Associations and Institutions list at http://www.ifla.org/II/lists/ifla-l.htm),
parts of Mexico pay tribute to their noble bookslingers on the last
day of this month:
||Thu, 14 Sep 2000 08:22:36 -0400
||IFLA LISTS <email@example.com>
I will appreciate it if you could send me information about the
Librarian's Day in your countries: when it is celebrated and the
reason for a particular date. In Mexico there are states where the
Librarian's Day is celebrated on September 30 because of a religious
tradition in the devotion of Saint Jerome (Eusebius Hieronymus Sophronius)
and other states where it is celebrated due to a government decision.
This request is in order to let know our local librarian community
the ways this celebration is carried out in different countries
Please, send your answers to my personal e-mail address ( bamaya@TUNKU.UADY.MX ). Thank you in advance
for your kind cooperation.
Armando E. Burgos-Amaya
Regional Research Center
Autonomous University of Yucatan
President of "Southeastern Librarians, Civil Association"