...una biblioteca es un gabinete mágico en el cual hay muchos espíritus hechizados. Despiertan cuando los llamamos; mientras no abrimos un libro, ese libro, literalmente, es un volumen, es una cosa entre las cosas.      - Emerson

Public Libraries Using Spanish


SOL 4   February 10, 2000


SOL 4 Contents:


1. Meet Library Willie

2. Mexico City librarian (and Solista) Martin Vera on UNAM


1. Meet Library Willie


Subject: Formal Introduction of librarywillie

Greetings from!  Actually I am Willie Braudaway, the Reference Librarian at the Val Verde County Library in Del Rio, Texas (see Lety Ramos' previous introduction).  By the way, I am female, as "Flaco" soon discovered.

I'm looking forward to being properly edified by the information you all will freely share.  I met Marie Kaneko at FIL in Guadalajara this year -- she has lots to offer!  If I have anything worthwhile to share, you can bet you'll hear from me.  Thanks for the opportunity to learn.

Willie Braudaway


2. Librarian Martin Vera on the UNAM strike


 I'm a member from Mexico City and I'm part of the new Mexican Study Circle on Political Librarianship

This message is only to ask for your support and to inform that paramilitary forces occupied the major Mexican Autonomous University (UNAM) and ended a nine-month student strike with repression. This was ordered by President Zedillo with a false sense of the law and cheered by politicians, pseudo human-rights officials and mass media commentators.

The repression was not violent, it was without weapons, but the government knew how to act: using mass-media manipulation and breaking their promise that the only solution to this problem was going to be through open public dialogue.

The result: more than 800 students in jail. ¿Why?  Only for asking for more financial resources for higher education. Only for asking for justice. They didn't have weapons. Only ideas.

One of the main occupied departments of the campus was Philosophy, where the Library School is located.

This is only a call to be aware that librarians in every country must fight against the intolerance and injustice that comes as a result of world globalization.  We must not let libraries and education be driven only tosatisfy market requirements. In other words, don't put libraries in the hands of the capitalism. Thanks for your attention.

If you're interested in reading "official" news about the conflict, see

but don't believe that is says all the truth.

 My best regards, (with sad feelings...)

  Martin Vera

Bruce Jensen

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