...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



Remember the Alamo? The legendary 13-day battle for San Antonio's prime tourist attraction was raging this week in 1836
While you're in San Antonio, paddle upriver to the SAPL website and enjoy a virtual tour of the library's fabulous Xicano Fine Arts Exhibition of work by inmates of the Bexar County Adult Detention Center. (And if you're curious about the word Xicano, check



José Vasconcelos, too, visited the San Antonio Public Library, and wrote about it. The Mexican education secretary who established nearly 2,000 libraries in the 1920s later ran his country's national library. SOL's guiding spirit, Flaco's hero: the immortal don Pepe was born Feb 28, 1882 in the city of Oaxaca.

Raul González of Mexico won gold and silver medals in race walking at the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984, the same year he celebrated his eighth birthday. That's right: Raul was born Feb 29, 1952.

SOL 53 Contents:

February 25, 2001
1. Materials query: The Oregon Trail
2. Meet Mexican Librarians, and Maybe SI's Swimsuit Idol, at FORO XI
3. Share Your Outreach Know-How
4. Teresa's New Address & Good Advice
5. Collection-Building Tool: Multicultural Meta-Site
6. Meet Jaime Declet
7. Hennepin County Library's Multilingual Links (Hmong, Khmer, Lao, Russian, Somali, Spanish, and Vietnamese!)
8. Computer Equipment Sought for Salvadoran Earthquake Relief
9. Prodigy's New Service Targets Spanish Speakers.


1. The Oregon Trail: Request for Spanish-Language Sources

From: Amy Kinard

We have an elementary school teacher seeking materials about the Oregon Trail in Spanish.  Our collection is too small for this, and we don't find anything in our few catalogs.  Does anyone happen to have suggestions?  Muchas gracias.  

Amy Kinard
Reference Department
Jackson County Library Services
413 West Main Street
Medford, Oregon 97501

2. Cross-Border Library Forum

Hermosillo's own Elsa Benítez is on the cover of the new Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, but that's not the real big news from Sonora's capital city: The 11th FORO Transfronterizo de Bibliotecas, March 15-17, will bring together librarians from all across North America. You can view the lineup of workshops and presentations, and register to attend, at

3. Outreach and Extension Survey Invites Your Participation

From: Tricia Oborne

Please excuse any cross postings; I just wanted to cover all of my bases. I am currently conducting a review of extension services and outreach programs within public libraries throughout the United States. In particular I am interested in finding out more about:

-Past and existing outreach programs
-Use of volunteers in outreach and extension services
-Bookmobile services
- Services and programs for different segments of the population, including but not limited to seniors, children, ethnic populations, disabled populations, literacy, etc.
-Organizational structure of extension services departments found in public library systems.

For each of these topics I am also interested in  funding issues, successes and failures as well the scope of the project or services. I would be interested in speaking with individuals involved in either extension services or outreach programming. In addition, I am interested in material published on the above topics or any other helpful information. Thanks.

Tricia Oborne ~ Jefferson County Public Library
Temporary Head, Children's Services ~ Belmar Branch
555 S. Allison Parkway
Lakewood, CO  80226

4. Sources for Info on Serving Spanish Speakers

From: Teresa Pacheco [Please note Teresa's new address]

Arlene’s student [SOL 52] will find a very good source of information in Salvador Guereña’s new book, Library Services to Latinos: An Anthology. Kathleen De la Peña McCook has also written extensively on this topic. There are many other primary resources – if she has access to Library Literature online, she can search by keyword and retrieve a wealth of articles.
Teresa Pacheco

5. We Never Meta-Site We Didn't Like

Our friend Felipe Meneses Tello in Mexico City ( points us toward an excellent collection development resource, the Internet School Library Media Center (ISLMC) Multicultural Page. This meta-site assembles a wide variety of resources for teachers, librarians, parents and students looking for book reviews and the like:

6. Cleveland Rocks! Meet Jaime Declet

From: Jaime Declet

My name is Jaime Declet. I am from Puerto Rico, but I live in Cleveland, Ohio.  I work for the Lorain Public Library System in Lorain, Ohio.  We have five branches, two of which have a large Hispanic population.  I was hired to take care of the Spanish collection--both Adult and Children's--at the main branch. It is a challenge to select for the collection, because right now I see a need more for the practical side like how-to books and such stuff.  I know that I am going to get a lot of criticism for doing that and not looking at the classics.  Like I said, it will be a challenge.

7. Hennepin County Library's 'Worldlinks'

From: Tammy Pineda

Our library has added a neat new site on our Public Home page: The site is always being updated with more links. 

[Flaco would add the adjective 'fabulous' to Tammy's description]

8. Appeal for IT Relief in Earthquake-Ravaged El Salvador

From: Prof. Jayne Spencer

Please help us meet the needs of Salvadorans who have survived the recent devastating earthquakes.

El Rescate and Computación Sin Fronteras, two nonprofit organizations in Los Angeles, request your support in obtaining two computers for El Rescate's center in San Salvador, and one laptop to link communities affected by the earthquakes this month and last.

This equipment will help rural and urban families in El Salvador to access social and legal services, as well as communicate with family and loved ones.

If you choose to contribute with a personal check, please make it payable to Computación Sin Fronteras and mail it to Professor Spencer.

Please feel free to direct inquiries to:
Jayne Spencer, UCLA Dept. of History (Latin American Studies), 10374 Bunche Hall,
Mail Code 696724, Los Angeles, CA 90095-6967  / TEL (310) 824-3012

Paul Padilla, UCLA Dept. of History, 6248 Bunche Hall / TEL (310) 825-3720

--El Rescate, founded in 1981, serves communities in Los Angeles and assists with legal services, community outreach, education, immigrants' rights, and economic development.  It also provides relief to communities and families in El Salvador with reconstruction in the wake of the recent earthquakes.

--Computación Sin Fronteras was formed in 2000 to partner with communities in creating communication technology centers tailored to local needs.

9. Prodigy Aims to Put More Spanish Speakers Online

For an account of how one major ISP intends to "break down the language barriers that have kept many Spanish-speaking Americans away from the Internet, " see the article titled 'New Trend in Internet Services Aids Growing Online Latino Market' at


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