Three Lessons for Launching Successful Multilingual Programs at Your Library
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
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 ...
Book Review: Once Upon a Cuento, Bilingual Storytimes in English and Spanish
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
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...
Outreach to Spanish-speaking and Latino Communities: Crossroads Poll Results
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
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...