Sunday, January 16, 2011


While I have already mentioned a few websites on library resources for Spanish-speaking patrons, I feel I should also mention many books that are available within this subject. Each photo is linked to the webpage for that particular book.
Bienvenidos! Welcome!: A Handy Resource Guide for Marketing Your Library to Latinos by Susannah Mississippi Byrd covers many topics revolving around outreach to the Latino community. These topics include demographics, collection development, library services, outreach, and a marketplace containing many print and online Spanish-language resources.

Library Service to Spanish Speaking Patrons: A Practical Guide by Sharon Chickering Moller covers a brief history of Spanish-speaking people in the U.S., adult outreach services, youth outreach services, basic Spanish terms used in the library and gives online resources for developing library service to Spanish-speaking patrons.

Serving Latino Communities by Camila Alire and Jacqueline Ayala gives an almost step-by-step guide for librarians to follow in order to effectively reach out to the surrounding Hispanic community. Topics covered include understanding the Latino community, how to decide whether your library is surrounded by a large Latino community, programs and partnerships involved with getting started, collection development, and funding for these library services.

Library Services to Latinos is an anthology edited by Salvador Guerena. This anthology is a collection of 17 professionally-written papers focused on the various aspects of library services to Latinos. Topics included are library services for children, Spanish-speaking patrons in academic libraries, outreach to Latinos, and a list of electronic resources for reaching out to Latinos.

Crash Course in Serving Spanish-Speakers by Salvador Avila is my favorite of all the books in this post. I read this book from front cover to back cover and couldn't put it down. It was so informative and well-written. It covers the "who/what/where/when/how and why" of providing library services to Spanish-speakers. Other topics include outreach; services, programs, and marketing to Spanish-speakers; and even surveys on and issues of Spanish-speakers. 

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