...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



Now that summer's here, you might want to mix yourself a cool beverage and think back to June 22, 1898 when U.S. forces shelled a little village, fighting alongside Cuban independence forces to chase the Spaniards out of Daiquirí.

SOL 61 Contents:

June 21, 2001
1. Cataloging
2. Día de los Niños/Día de los Libros
3. Jornaleros
4. Surfing the Web in Spanish: Latest trends


1. Spanish in our libraries, sure--but in our catalogs?!

Your friend Flaco recently thumbed through a whole lot of library catalogs (maybe even yours) and heard from some cutting-edge catalogers who are working hard to help Spanish speakers get the most from their libraries. Read all about it in "The Monolingual Cataloging Monolith" (soon to be a major motion picture) at and let us know what you think.

Last week brought a visit to one of the libraries featured in that piece, City of Commerce (CA) where your longtime SOL sister Marie Kaneko showed off some of what makes her library so special: well-thought-out Spanish-language collections, terrific videos and music, good signage, and a brilliant bilingual catalog. And just imagine: Commerce covers about six square miles. It has four public libraries. Life doesn't get much better than that, folks.

2. Help 'em plan a slam-bang Día de los Niños in Illinois

From: Tatar, Becky <>

Hi!  We are trying to plan way ahead for this on a city committee I am on. If you did a Día de los Niños in the last few years, could you e-mail me directly what you did and how it went?  We figure we would be crazy for trying to reinvent this wheel.  Thanks so much!
Sorry for any cross posting.

Becky Tatar
Unit Head, Periodicals, Audiovisual
Aurora Public Library
1 E. Benton Street
Aurora, IL   60505
PHONE: 630-264-4100
FAX: 630-896-3209

3. Jornaleros

Day laborers gather at parking lots and street corners across the U.S., looking for work. Read about them at , , or, if you're really ambitious, at .

Has your library done outreach or offered services to jornaleros? Are you interested in doing so? Have a look at a rough bibliography at and kick back some suggestions on how to make it better.

4. Surfeando

A recent study finds that US Spanish-speaking webheads are suddenly paying more attention to sites in Spanish. See "Latinos Spending More Time on Spanish-Language Sites" at It turns out that there's been a recent boost in 'net savvy among Spanish-speaking users, if the study's to be believed. Asked to name their favorite destinations, "The domains respondents cited most often in the study were (70 percent knew about the site, 40 percent visited), (41 percent, 29 percent), Yahoo en Español (30 percent, 23 percent), (31 percent, 21 percent) and (28 percent, 19 percent)."



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