...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



NY Times: But at one time you proclaimed yourself a Marxist, no?

- Fuentes: No, I've alway proclaimed myself a reader of Marx and a student of Marx.

NY Times: A drawing room Marxist?

Fuentes: Not even a drawing room Marxist. What do you call these things in which one studies in university libraries? Carrels! I'm a carrel Marxist! (Laughs.) But I'm also a carrel Spinozist, and a carrel Nietzschean, and a carrel Kantian and a carrel Platonist. Because I have read them, and I think they are part of the baggage of any cultivated man in the 20th century.

On November 11, Carlos Fuentes celebrates 72 years of lighting up study carrels, television screens (The Buried Mirror), opinion pages, and of course bookshelves.

SOL 41 Contents:

November 8, 2000
1. A magazine for pre-teen girls
2. Spanish-language core collections?
3. Diversity toolkit

4. Cuba tour for librarians
5. Spanish e-books list indexed by Yahoo!
6. Travel grant for IFLA conference



1. Barbie, too, speaks Spanish now
A few months back, our search for magazines in Spanish aimed at pre-adolescent girls came up empty, but if you're still seeking such a magazine have a look at Barbie It's produced in Mexico, by the same publisher who brings you Muy Interesante and Crecer Feliz, and the content is consistent with interests of this pre-teen target audience.

2. Collection guidance for Spanish-language materials?
A question that's been coming up recently concerns sources of collection development help: has anyone found or developed good lists that would enable public libraries to put together sound Spanish-language core collections?

3. Diversity Toolkit site
One nice feature of this website is its assortment of printable monthly theme bookmarks:

4. They send us musicians, we send them librarians

From: Connie Bennet

I thought the following might be of interest to SOL-folk.

Connie J. Bennett, Director
Silver Falls Library District
410 South Water Street
Silverton, Oregon 97381
Voice (503) 873-6513
Fax   (503) 873-6227

Cuba Library Tour
for librarians and their friends
An invitation to join the first organized tour of Cuba's libraries direct from Canada
Leaving Feb. 19th, 2001 for 2 weeks

Visit the National Medical Library, the University of Havana, and tour various schools.

Visit distinct regions of this island paradise: the beach at Varadero, the restored colonial city of Trinidad, the capital city of Havana, and see a farmers' co-op, a botanical garden, the natural caves of Vinales, and other sites.

Learn firsthand how the Cuban people have access to free public libraries and free education, and have a very high literacy rate.

- Meet government officials from the Ministry of Education.
- Talk with Cubans in their neighbourhoods about their communities.
- Enjoy the music, the dance, and the enthusiasm of Cuba!
- Experience firsthand the warmth of Cuba!

Cost: Canadian $2500 (US $1675) from Vancouver, B.C., Calgary, or Edmonton
(Canadian taxes and single supplement extra)

A deposit of $250 is required by December 1st.

For more information, call Roberto Carrasco, M.A., Cuban Arts Project, (604) 736-0931 or Susan Weber, MLS (604) 876-6917

Travel arrangements made by Joyce Holmes, Friendship Tours
The Cuban Arts Project is a non-profit organization promoting cultural
and educational exchanges.

5. Yahoo!, too, speaks library
Yahoo! has been adding to its handy indexes of library-related flotsam on the Web. Check out and you'll probably discover some useful sites. And at for example, you can find UNAM's 'Libros en Red,' a collection of online Spanish-language texts, with links to magazines and other sites supplying electronically published literature.

6. IFLA travel grants for 2001 conference in Boston

From: Pamela Conroy

Perhaps this information would be of interest to some SOListas from other countries. 
Pamela Conroy
Children's Librarian
Highland Park Public Library
494 Laurel Ave.
Highland Park,  IL  60035
Tel: (847) 432-0216
Fax: (847) 432-9139

---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Fri, 27 Oct 2000 07:50:45 -0400
Reply-To: International Federation of Library Associations mailing list  <IFLA-L@INFOSERV.NLC-BNC.CA>
Subject: Announcement, Danida Travel Grant Year 2001


IFLA ALP is pleased to announce the availability of the Danida Travel Grant, to support a number of delegates from developing countries to attend the 67th IFLA Council and General Conference, to be held in Boston, Massachusetts, 16-25 August 2001.

Priority will be given to younger professionals with a minimum of 5 years of experience in the field of libraries. In appointing the grants, the Grants Committee will look for a balance between all sectors of library & information work. Applications, including professional curriculum vitae and information on present occupation should be submitted as soon as possible and should be received by the ALP Focal Point not later than 1st February, 2001.

Criteria for allocation of the Danida Travel Grant

- Candidates are from developing countries (according to Worldbank standards).
- Priority to younger professionals.
- Priority to applicants who are not regular IFLA conference attendees.
- Wide geographic distribution.
- General quality of application.
- Professional background and experience: level of education, positions held and professional experience in general. Type of library experience is also considered in order to get balance between all sectors of library and information work.
- Committed letter of application and well presented CV.

Application forms can be requested from the ALP office. You will also
find them at the IFLA web site.

c/o  Uppsala University Library
Box 510
SE-751 20 UPPSALA, Sweden

Fax: +46 18 471 3994

c/o Uppsala University Library
Box 510, S-751 20 UPPSALA, Sweden
Tel:+46 18 471 3990, Fax:+46 18 471 3994



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