Category Archives: Libraries

Puerto Rican Heritage Month


We just celebrated Puerto Rican Heritage Month in NYC. For that reason, I would like to share some links about Latino literature:

Pura Belpre Award. Pura Belpre was the first Latina, Puerto Rican, librarian at the NYPL.

Latino Lit for Teens/ Libro por Libro. Latino authors writing for young adults.

Top 10 Latin@ Books 2015. Includes books in English and bilingual English/Spanish.

Latina’s 2015 Reading List. Selections for each month.




Access to information & the Post2015 development agenda

scheeder-garcia-febo-un-feb-2015This week I am at the United Nations in New York advocating for access to information at the #post2015 Intergovernmental Negotiations. Here I am sharing an article posted by the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) about our advocacy efforts this past February. Excerpt from the intervention by IFLA President-Elect, Donna Scheeder:

I wanted to remind delegates that in moving forward we must pay attention to a different kind of poverty that has not been mentioned much here – information poverty.

Information and knowledge really are the foundation for making progress towards sustainable development. Without access to information, people will lack the means to take the crucial decisions needed to improve their lives.

Increased access to information is a cross-cutting issue that will contribute to the achievement of all goals – whether in health, education, transparency and accountability: all goals will benefit from people being able to know more about how to achieve them.

And we – libraries – can help you get there. There are over 320,000 public libraries worldwide, and hundreds of thousands of school and research libraries – in all of your countries. Librarians are skilled information professionals who can be strong partners in increasing access to information. And we can help people gain the information literacy skills needed to improve their lives.

So when considering how we do this, let’s make sure we use the institutions who can help open up the datasets, knowledge resources and provide access to the ICTs people need to achieve sustainable development.

We look forward to being partners in the data revolution and helping us get to 2030 in great shape.”

Zines @ Barnard Library

JennaYesterday I attended the International Zine Day @ Barnard Library.  Jenna Freedman, Director of Research and Instruction and Zine Librarian gave me a tour of the zine archives and kindly answered all my questions. Zines are kept in a climate controlled room, inside acid-free cases, some are kept inside special folders and wraps, and both those in the archives and in the open collection are catalogued. I browsed their extensive collection and have posted photos on the slide show below. I had a fab time. There was zine making and I even got a copy of one in Spanish.

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I’ve been to zine festivals in NYC, but it was my first visit to the Zine Library at Barnard. These type of events are great to raise awareness about the richness of zines and allow zine fans like me to learn more about them and their authors. Here below is a video I made a few years ago during the NYC Zine Festival.

Summer Reading // Lectura de Verano

The other day I asked colleagues on my Facebook page for recommendations of books in Spanish to read during the summer.  I said I would post all the recommendations on my blog, and here they are:

Breaking grounds/ Abriendo caminos by Myrna Nieves

La Casa en Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

The Untold Tale of Victor Gerena by Edmund Mahony

The Five Acts of Diego Leon by Alex Espinosa

El nombre del viento -and- El temor de un hombre sabio by  Patrick Rothfuss

Flor de ciruelo y el viento by Rafael Acevedo

Postales by Frank Baez

La Sombra del Viento by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Patas Arriba. la Escuela del Mundo al reves by Eduardo Galeano

La Bruja de Portobello by Paulo Coelho

Contra el viento del norte by Daniel Glattauer

La Delicadeza by David Foenkinos

Mision Olvido by Maria Duenas

El lenguage de las flores by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

La libreria de las nuevas oportunidades by Anjali Banerjee

Signatura 400 by Sophie Divry

El tango de la Guardia Vieja by Arturo Perez-Reverte

Tegucigalpa by Cindy Jiménez-Vera

Everything from authors Eduardo Mendoza and Felipe Botaya.

Help This Week in Libraries — Your favorite library TV show!

This is a call for everyone. Help this unique library TV show today!

More than 2,400 library people from around the world tune in to the discussions on LinkedIn inspired by the interviews on This Week In Libraries.  Erik Boekesteijn and Jaap van de Geer bring  the discussion about innovation and the future of libraries into the spotlight each week, interviewing guests from around the world.

If you would like to be a part of the This Week in Libraries team, you can make a donation towards the 2013 series on this website

New York Librarian + Fashion Week

Allow me to share a link to my picture in today’s paper: Daily News, Thursday, September 29, 2011. [Second from left.]

The picture is part of a photo shoot organized by my library’s PR rep at our new Children’s Library Discovery Center during New York Fashion Week. I had a very nice morning… library, work and a picture in a New York newspaper!

 I even got a separate entry for my name


Cycling for Libraries

Today I am sharing a brief overview of what is probably the world’s longest library unconference, Cycling for Libraries. Two weeks, four countries, 80 participants and much energy! Created by Jukka Pennanen and Mace Ojala from Finland, this is so far one of the most creative and effective ways to advocate for libraries.

To top it all off, they lead a ‘library bike parade’ in Berlin to put libraries on the agenda of Berliners. IFLA Past President, Claudia Lux was one of the participants! They also presented at a session during the Conference, and spoke at a TWIL show

I will post edited videos and a more extended report later in July. In the picture above: Patrick Danowsky, Loida, Claudia Lux, Almuth Gastinger.

Jukka, Mace and their core working-group also coordinated seminars, library visits and answered questions from worldwide colleagues, literally on the-go. They also hosted a one-day conference in Berlin on June 6,  just before the 100 German Library Association Conference.  I was just glad to lead a discussion session about the Social Role of Libraries during this conference. 

In the picture to the left, Loida with Jukka Pennanen trying to decide where to place the flags to welcome librarians after the library bike parade.

Cycling for Libraries website:


My final thought: Would love to see Cycling the States for Libraries!

Celebrate Libraries!

April 10-16 is National Library Week in the USA. April is Love your Library Month! and we celebrate all types of libraries including Academic, Public, School and Special Libraries.

If you love libraries, support our libraries Now! Get involved! Save Libraries.

What Isn’t Great About Libraries?

Shanachies in NYC


 The fabulous Shanachies visited NYC and a good time was had by all. The highlight of the visit was their presentation at Queens Library. Erik Boekesteijn and Jaap van de Geer shared stories from their travels and investigation about libraries, innovation and technology. They also introduced a myriad of amazing services offered by DOK Library Concept Center- their library in the city of Delft in the Netherlands. Read about their presentation at the Public Library Association (PLA) Blog.


p4071229The event was attended by librarians from 25+ library systems in New York. Queens Library opened its doors to professionals from different library fields facilitating a terrific networking experience for all. Pictures on the Flickr widget – to the right.





2009 Library Week

libraries_save_lives_hat-p148543183408581652tdto_210As a librarian, I celebrate library week every week.


This year we are celebrating libraries with massive advocacy events to call attention to the importance of programs and services provided to all in the community.


Libraries all over the United States have hosted rallies. The media has been wonderful providing TV coverage and developing news stories about the critical role of libraries in the community. Politicians are trying to figure things out. Last week, the President of the American Library Association sent a letter to President Obama.



Library staff and volunteers are working very hard to save libraries, and are actively encouraging customers to sign petitions to keep libraries open. Here, Shanachie Jaap van de Geer signs a petition @ Queens Library.