Category Archives: Multilingual populations

Fundamental Freedoms, Library Services, and Multi-Lingual Populations

Sharing a link to a Special Issue of Indiana Libraries:  Intellectual Freedom and Censorship. Glad to have contributed a piece about our Fundamental Freedoms, Library Services, and Multi-Lingual Populations, p. 45-46.


Librarians Sound Off: Not a Lack of Latino Lit for Kids, but a Lack of Awareness

-Sharing an article published by School Library Journal-

Librarians Sound Off: Not a Lack of Latino Lit for Kids, but a Lack of Awareness

Some quotes from the article:

And as the United States population continues to grow more diverse—with Latinos being the most represented minority at 16%, according to the 2010 census—librarians continue to be instrumental in meeting the needs of the communities they serve. Many develop and create their collections according to their changing neighborhoods.

“How wise are librarians that they want to see all groups represented in their collections? They go the extra mile and work with the small presses,” REFORMA past president Loida Garcia-Febo tells SLJ.

Garcia-Febo, for example, actively encourages presses large and small to produce stories about Hispanics that portray “the true Latino experience,” in every skin color, economic status, and tradition. “And, from personal experience,” she tells SLJ, “I can say that publishers actually listen.”

And within ALA, librarians of any background should strive to become active in the many ethnic library associations, such as Asian Pacific American, American Indian, and the Black Caucus, Garcia-Febo says. “This is a complex issue and we must continue to bring it to the table, not only among ourselves, but also everyone in our community: nonprofit organizations, celebrities, and government agencies,” she says, adding that the more people involved in the cause, the more successful it could be.

Full article, here.

Diversity, Advocacy, Stress and Technology Addressed at JCLC

Sharing a summary from The 2nd Joint Conference Librarians of Color  published by American Libraries Direct, September 26, 2012.  Included, a link to NPR’s Tell Me More featuring JCLC and services to Spanish-speakers.

Diversity, advocacy, stress, and technology addressed at JCLC
Sanhita SinhaRoy writes: “Diversity, leadership, and community engagement were the three main themes at the plenary all-conference session at the Joint Conference of Librarians of Color, September 19–23, in Kansas City, Missouri. While each leader of thefive ethnic caucuses discussed how these three topics play a role within their associations, a few other common themes surfaced: branding, membership, and advocacy.” Other sessions covered the topics ofwelcoming new immigrants into your library, combating workplace stress, and all things digital. NPR’s Tell Me More program interviewed Loida Garcia-Febo about service to Spanish-speakers and mentioned the JCLC conference….
AL: Inside Scoop, Sept. 20–22; NPR, Sept. 26

Librarians Reach Out To Spanish Speakers @ NPR

Sharing a link to an interview I did with NPR about library services to multi-ethnic, Latino and Spanish-speaking populations.

Libraries Reach Out to Spanish Speakers

September 26, 2012

Librarians are facing a need to adapt to the rapidly changing makeup of America. Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks with international librarian consultant Loida Garcia-Febo about what it’s going to take to make libraries more accessible to Spanish speakers, and the significance of serving a multicultural landscape.

Joint Conference of Librarians of Color 2012

I am really looking forward to the Joint Conference of Librarians of Color 2012  (JCLC2012), a conference for library workers serving diverse, multi-lingual and multi-ethnic populations. That makes JCLC a conference for everyone! JCLC is sponsored by five associations of ethnic librarians:

JCLC 2012: September 19-23, 2012. See you soon in Kansas City, Missouri!

I am delighted to have the opportunity to speak at the following two sessions:

  • Serving Latino Communities: Best Practices and Advice

September 21, 2012 at 3:00 p.m.

A fast-paced and interactive session! Eight REFORMA librarians representing a variety of different library types and locations will talk about their best practices for involving the Latino community in library services. Using the Lightning Talk format, each presenter will have 20 slides and 15 seconds per slide to talk about their best practices and innovations in serving the Latino community. After the talks, we’ll have a Q&A session in which audience members will direct the conversation and ask the questions that will help them implement effective practices in their own libraries.

  • Online Tools for Spanish Speakers: Innovation from Academic and Public Libraries

September 22, 2012 at 4:00 p.m.

This session features examples from academic and public libraries building communities for Latinos and Spanish speakers. It also presents best practices, tips and information about emerging technologies used by libraries to establish a presence in Spanish-speaking communities. The session is recommended for everyone including outreach librarians at academic and public libraries, library senior staff and library decision-makers.

  • Note that there will be a 50 for Freedom of Speech event at JCLC 2012 organized by Adriana McCleer. I will be reading at the event:

50 for Freedom of Speech, September 21 at 7:00 p.m.  Stay updated by visiting

Librarians @ ABC – Tiempo TV show

Sharing links to my participation along with my colleague Manny Figueroa in Tiempo, a TV show on ABC (Channel 7 in NYC). Topics: libraries, building community, immigrants, Queens Library, Latinos and Spanish speakers. Loida Garcia-Febo

Tiempo – Segment 3

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Tiempo – Segment 4

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Pathways to Progress: Issues and Advances in Latino Librarianship

Just published! A terrific book about Latino librarianship in the Americas. The book, edited by John Ayala and Salvador Guerena and published by Libraries Unlimited from ABC-CLIO, features articles written by many library colleagues including yours truly. It is a must-have resource to stay up-to-date regarding advances and issues experienced by Latino librarians.

From the publisher’s website:

Spanish speaking or Latino groups in the United States can be Anglo, Chicano/Chicana (Mexican Americans), Chilean, Colombian, Cuban, Peruvian, or Puerto Rican. This collection mirrors the ethnic diversity of Latino population, providing a uniquely broad coverage of Latino librarians in America.

Emphasizing public, school, and academic libraries,Pathways to Progress: Issues and Advances in Latino Librarianship taps the leading minds of the Latino library world to provide expert discourse on a wide spectrum of library services to Latino patrons in the United States. This collection of articles provides an accurate, insightful discussion of the issues and advances in Latino library service.

Coverage of library service to the Latino community includes subjects such as special collections, recruitment and mentoring, leadership, collection development, reference services to gays and lesbians, children services, and special library populations. Contributors include library practitioners who are of Mexican, Chilean, Peruvian, Nicaraguan, Puerto Rican, and Cuban descent. Best practices are presented and explained in-depth with practical examples and documented citations.

• Provides representation of the various Latino and Spanish speaking communities in the United States
• Includes contributions from some of the leading voices in Latino librarianship
• Documents current developments and trends in librarianship

Library Day in the Life – Loida Day 2: Answering Your Emails

Today was a particularly good day for communicating with colleagues.  I started the day emailing with librarians and students from Europe to identify accommodations for others attending an international library conference. During the day I also answered emails from the US and various regions of the world. In general, the emails were about strategies to serve multicultural populations, how to become involved in international librarianship and how to address issues related to access to information and intellectual freedom when a county and a library administration pose barriers. Yes, I will answer Your emails! We will work together to find the answers You need, coordinate, plan, develop, create!

The Public Library and the Recession


Here is a link to “La biblioteca publica frente a la recesion: accion social y educativa” a book published by Ediciones Tres Fronteras, Spain. It includes a lecture I presented in Spain about the same topic, The public library and the recession: educational and social action.  You can find the list of contributors here.  Also available in google books.

New Guide to Spanish Reading

If you are a buyer of books in Spanish, this Guide is for you: Essential Guide to Spanish Reading for Children and Young Adults
It offers a compilation of literary and reference texts destined for Spanish readers of various ages. The book consists of a variety of appropriate works selected by prestigious organizations from the Americas and Spain that have been dedicated to this work for many years.

Watch the video!

Loida Time!