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Public Libraries Using Spanish



On October 18, 1898, the US flag flew for the first time over Puerto Rico.

October 19 will mark 40 years since the imposition of the US export embargo against Cuba and the birthday of an entertainer who paid a price when she exported herself there.  Although Lalo Alcaraz (see below) uncharitably described her as 'the Joan Collins of Mexico,' no matter: Thursday will be the four-dozenth birthday of "La Movida" herself, Verónica Castro.  After Vero's 1991 visit to Cuba, her star on Miami's 'Walk of Fame,' Calle Ocho, was ripped out of the sidewalk & urinated upon by members of the Cuban exile community.  
SOL 38 Contents:

October 15, 2000
1. Day of the Dead links ('Dead links'?  That doesn't sound right...)
2. Hispanic Library Education Conference 

3. New book illustrated by Lalo Alcaraz
4. Dewey Decimal classification in Spanish  



1. Día de los muertos, online
The favorite syncretic celebration in the Americas has established an impressive web presence, with sites that could help your library develop a nice display of its own.  Mexico Connect's fabulous site features accounts of diverse observances, recipes, and wonderful images at  

Another eye-catching site, this one put up by the Arizona Republic newspaper, recounts some of the lore and history of the celebration:   A site for educators, with lesson plans and age-appropriate activities, is available thanks to Flaco's alma mater Northern Arizona University:   And if those sites aren't what you're looking for, try an extensive index of Day of the Dead links at

2. Trejo Foster Foundation Institute in WI next July
Contact: Jane Pearlmutter  


The Fifth National Trejo Foster Foundation Institute on Hispanic Library Education will be held July 20-22, 2001 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. This year's theme, Bridging Borders: Building Hispanic Library Education and Services in a Global Perspective, will focus on:

  • Building bridges and networks needed for recruitment of Hispanic library and information professionals
  • The role of border-crossing technologies to enrich information delivery and discovery: digital libraries, the Internet, and distance education
  • Bridging the digital divide and enhancing library service to Hispanic communities
  • Sharing across national borders to enrich Hispanic library education in the Americas

Both library educators and librarians with a commitment to creating a more diverse profession will want to attend.  To suggest a program or speaker, or to be put on the mailing list for more information, contact:

Jane Pearlmutter,
Director of Continuing Education,
UW-Madison School of Library & Information Studies,
600 N. Park Street,
Madison, WI 53706,

The Institute is co-sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Library & Information Studies and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Library & Information Science.

3. Just out: _Latino USA_, the cartoon history book  
You've probably seen the riotous cartoons of Lalo Alcaraz, and if you've been watching Spanish-language TV you might know about his recent run-in with Emilio Estefan.  The great satirista was in the neighborhood last night to sign copies of Latino USA: A Cartoon History which he he illustrated alongside the text of author Ilan Stavans, who's an Amherst College professor and winner of a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Latino Literature Prize.  You can learn more about this new title (Basic Books; ISBN: 0-465-08221-1) at and you can explore the wild comic mind of Lalo at his website.  

4. Dewey Decimal translation coming online 
Check the PLUS site over the next several days for a translation of Dewey classification system (down to the third summary, i.e. the thousand sections) that is slowly coming along as Flaco develops carpal tunnel syndrome.  

Additionally, don't overlook the Oakland Public Library/San Francisco Public Library Spanish Subject Headings available at the Bibliotecas Para La Gente site:


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