Serving Latino Communities:
A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians by Camila Alire and
Orlando Archibeque. Neal-Schuman Publishers, New York. 1998. ISBN
1-55570-276-7. 255pp. index; bibliography. $39.95
This is a comprehensive, nuts-and-bolts guide
to building a service strategy from the ground up. The authors,
recognizing that much of their readership is unfamiliar with cultures
of the Spanish-speaking world, offer well-drawn introductions
of key cultural assumptions that affect library use patterns.
Alire and Archibeque stress the importance of developing a rationale
and of effectively selling ideas to local power brokers. Those
who face resistance in implementing service improvements will
find a wealth of reasoned arguments and approaches in this book,
whose breadth and timeliness make it an essential text.
Serving Latino Communities explains the
importance of forming community partnerships with agencies such
as schools, social service providers, museums, churches, police,
businesses, and local clubs. What's more, it offers suggestions
on how to nurture and make the most of such relationships, as
well as how to go about structuring the library board and staff.
The book contains sample Spanish-language forms,
along with translations of Dewey classifications, and a number
of bilingual flyers used in promoting actual library programs.
A useful resource directory and rich bibliography round out this
engaging and easy-to-understand volume.