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Latino librarianship : a handbook for professionals
Ghuereña, Salvador.
Publication Information:
Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., [1990]

Physical Description:
xiii, 192 pages ; 24 cm
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Central Library Z688.H57 L38 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
Central Library Z688.H57 L38 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Background, resources and strategies to address such topics as the changing Latino demographics, community analysis and needs assessments, reference tools, reference services, Latino databases, collection development for specific subgroups, Hispanic archives, the book trade industry as it relates to Hispanics, and the history and role of REFORMA (the National Association to Promote Library Service to the Spanish-Speaking). Annotation(c) 2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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There are now more than 20 million Latinos in the U.S., constituting the fastest growing component of the labor force but a far lower percentage of library users. Latino Librarianship addresses ways librarians can more actively serve the Latino community. Its essays make important points such as that limiting a Spanish collection to ESL and citizenship materials stereotypes Spanish-speakers' needs. Further, the contributors effectively summarize the essentials of important studies and papers, e.g., a Rand report's observation that Asians were five times more likely than Hispanics to use the library. Many contributions are devoted to collection development in a specific area (Latino reference sources, databases, archives, Cuban American literature, etc.); Linda Chavez's discussion of Spanish materials acquisition is particularly useful. Appendixes include forms for use in reference services, RASD Hispanic-services guidelines, and a bilingual questionnaire from the Santa Barbara Public Library. Index. ~--Charles Harmon

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