These resources for libraries serving Spanish-speaking patrons including outreach, marketing, programming, and computer related resources. This has grown as a result of the many experiences, successes, best practices, and strategies shared by libraries and staff from around the country who participated in WebJunction's Spanish Language Outreach Program. Your experiences, templates, and questions are all welcome here if you work to support services for Spanish speakers. See also Spanish Language Outreach Program Workshop Curriculum.
Self-paced courses and webinar recordings on this topic are freely available in the WebJunction Course Catalog.
Most Recently Added
Three Lessons for Launching Successful Multilingual Programs at Your Library
Publish Date: News / 22 September 2022
The Center for Immigration Studies estimates that 67.3 million Americans speak a language other than English at home, a number that has more than doubled since 1990. That’s a huge number with powerful implications for social institutions, including l...
Employment and Training Resources for Spanish Speakers
Publish Date: News / 6 February 2022
As part of an ongoing collaboration with the U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration (DOL/ETA) and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), WebJunction is pleased to update you on employment and training resources ...
Bilingual Storytimes: Reaching Through the Language Barrier
Publish Date: Webinar / 12 October 2017
This webinar focuses on how to research, plan, and deliver storytimes in languages other than English, even when you don't speak the language.
Book Review: Once Upon a Cuento, Bilingual Storytimes in English and Spanish
Publish Date: News / 6 September 2016
When I was asked to review Once Upon a Cuento, Bilingual Storytimes in English and Spanish by Jamie Campbell Naidoo and Katie Scherrer, I have to confess that I was skeptical. The idea of reading and reviewing another book with samples of bilingual o...
Before Bilingual Storytime: Strategies for Successful Outreach to Latino and Spanish-speaking Communities
Publish Date: News / 14 July 2016
Library programs for new audiences often suffer from "if we build it, they will come" syndrome. So, if we know simply offering a new program to a new audience isn't likely to be as successful as we want, then what are strategies to ensure b...
Before Bilingual Storytime: The Outreach Bridge to Engaging Latino and Spanish-speaking Families
Publish Date: Webinar / 7 July 2016
This webinar presents strategies for library outreach to and engagement with Latino and Spanish-speaking communities, laying the groundwork for successful programming.
Outreach to Spanish-speaking and Latino Communities: Crossroads Poll Results
Publish Date: News / 14 June 2016
In May, we asked library staff in our monthly Crossroads poll what their libraries are doing in the area of outreach to Spanish-speaking and Latino communities.
How to Traverse the World of Accents
Publish Date: News / 23 September 2014
Have you encountered patrons who speak perfect English but with accents you are not familiar with? Have you asked them to repeat themselves so that you can address their queries? Have you felt distressed about not being able to reach your patrons hal...
The International Language of Competencies
Publish Date: News / 3 June 2014
WebJunction's Competency Index for the Library Field was conceived primarily as a foundation of knowledge, skills and attitudes for U. S. public libraries. Since the first publication in 2009 and continuing with the updated 2014 edition, the...
Spanish Translation of Competency Index
Publish Date: Document / 3 June 2014
Translation of WebJunction's updated 2014 edition of the Competency Index for the Library Field into Spanish