...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 7   February 24, 2000

Mexican Flag Day 


SOL 7 Contents:


1. Cross-Border Library Conference Coming Soon

3. Free Bookmobile Offer
2. Another Pathfinder Suggestion, & Meet Peggy Rudberg


1. FORO X in Albuquerque, March 23-25, 2000


The Mexico-Canada-US FORO Transfronterizo de Bibliotecas (Cross-Border Library Conference) is well worth knowing about.  This year's website is at and below you'll find an update from one of the organizers.

If you want to read some amazing tales about last year's FORO, which su humilde servidor was fortunate to attend, check out


From: elizabeth n steinhagen    ens1@UNM.EDU

Date: Tue, 22 Feb 2000

Hello friends:

Just a month away now for the FORO in Albuquerque and that is the reason for this brief reminder.

Our website is up and running and we wanted to let you know that most of the information about FORO activities is available at

It does have registration information, hotel (& other lodging options), program highlights, as well as a preliminary program (which may still evolve until the meeting!) and links to area activities.  We also have final listing for the 2 preconference workshops: one on preservation (basic to intermediate) given by Sandra Jaramillo and others of the NM Archives, and one on risk taking, a popular topic, presented by Johan van Reenen, of the UNM Centennial Science Library. 

For any additional information, questions, comments, please email one of us listed on the website and we'd be happy to respond fast.

We do look forward to greeting you here and we are convinced you'll enjoy this tenth FORO in Albuquerque -- and start thinking about future FOROs.

See you all soon!  

Elizabeth N. Steinhagen
Head, Ibero American Cataloging Section
University of New Mexico General Library
Albuquerque  NM  87131
email:        (that's a "one")


2. Meet Peggy Rudberg and Read Her Pathfinder Idea


 From: Peggy Rudberg

[Forwarded from SOL 5]

>1. Question: Wish list for a Spanish-language pathfinder


>Could your library use a good pathfinder in Spanish—that is, a concise guide to useful Spanish-language reference sources both on the shelves and on the Web?  Something you could print out, fold twice, and distribute to patrons?  Let me know what you’d like to see in such a pathfinder; I’ll work it out and make it available at the website.

Dear Bruce,

This is exactly what I was looking for when I joined this list: a guide to free reference sources on the WEB in Spanish.

 My name is Peggy Rudberg and I am a librarian at the College of Santa Fe. Next year I am on sabbatical and my proposal was to volunteer some consultation and actual time to one of our sister universities in Mexico. I attended FIL in Guadalajara last November and have met with and begun e-mail communication with the librarian at Universidad LaSalle in Guadalajara, where I am going to visit and volunteeer my assistance and time next academic year. As with many libraries in Mexico, resources are limited and one way I hope to be able to increase their resources is with internet resources in Spanish, as they do have an internet connection. So, I would really appreciate suggestions of sites in Spanish that might be useful for both high school and college level students. (There is a high school affiliated with the University).

Esperando noticias suyos, me despido cordialmente.


        Peggy Rudberg
College of Santa Fe


3. Free Bookmobile! (To a good home...)


"Una camioneta gris/con placas de California..."

Estoy dispuesto a donar mi camioneta Ford, 1969 pero bien chida de veras, a una biblioteca que la necesite para realizar un programa de extension, o sea de 'bibliobus', dirigido a comunidades alejadas y/o a gente que tenga dificultades en llegar a su biblioteca.  Favor de ponerse en contacto si esto le interesa, y quizas Vd. podria manejar esa camioneta de regreso desde Albuquerque.

 Here's the deal:  If your library has a use for a good ol' Ford Econoline E-300 (that's the 1-ton) I'd like to work something out with you.  The only catch is that if I give the thing away it must be used for a solid book- or cyber-mobile outreach effort.  Oh, the other catch is that it's a '69--which frankly is only a catch if you can't handle a wrench.  I've owned it for a dozen years and it runs goooood.

Interested?  Get in touch.   Bruce Jensen (323-463-2393)

Bruce Jensen

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