I just returned from the 27th LIBER International Book Fair in Madrid, Spain where I represented REFORMA at Libraries, Creativity & Book Promotion, a program presented by FESABID (Spanish library association). The purpose of the event was to share different ways of promoting reading in various formats – beyond books. It was a pleasure to present with Hilario Hernandez from the Fundacion German Sanchez Ruiperez who spoke about virtual book clubs with more than 1,500 members! along with traditional ways of promoting books. Catuxa Seoane from Coruna Municipal Library System (Sistema de Bibliotecas Municipales de Coruna) shared examples of social websites used to promote libraries and reading. My presentation included ways of promoting reading and library services for Latinos and the Spanish speaking in the USA. All presentations are available here. [On the picture from left to right: Jose Merlo (FESABID), Loida, Gloria Perez-Salmeron (FESABID President), Catuxa Seoane and Hilario Hernandez.]
I also had the opportunity of selecting brand-new materials in Spanish language. LIBER is Spain’s hottest event for librarians developing collections in Spanish. Antonio Maria Avila, Executive Director of the Spanish Association of Publishers Guide (FGEE), told me that this year LIBER had a 26% increase in attendance from the last time the fair was hosted by Madrid (LIBER alternates cities between Barcelona and Madrid). Librarians, publishers and book sellers were very happy with exhibitors. The organizers of the fair were fantastic. I particularly liked the Business Center equipped with computers and printers which allowed me to keep up with my office, family and friends in the USA.
Muchas gracias a Maricruz Moreno, Ignacio Dominguez, Alina San Juan y Francisco Vives.
See pictures on the Flickr widget to the right–