Reaching Out to Spanish-Speaking Students in Academic Libraries
Speakers:Minerva Alaniz, Associate Librarian, Texas Tech University Library; Innocent Awasom, Assistant Librarian, Texas Tech University Library; Ester De-Leon, Specialist IV, Texas Tech University Library
Cost: $50 (REFORMA Member); $75 (Non-Member)
Hispanics/Latinos represent the fastest growing segment of the population in the United States today and the Census 2000 projected that they would constitute 25% of the entire population by 2050. Libraries have traditionally been and remain a place where people of all ages seek and find information, develop the love of reading, advance the pursuit of knowledge while enhancing their quality of life. Unfortunately, academic libraries are huge and complex to those new to the university and are regarded in awe, when compared to school, county or public libraries that they may have hitherto been used to. Most of the studies on outreach to Hispanics have been focused on school and public libraries. This seminar/workshop explores in an interactive manner ways of bridging the socio-cultural, psychological, technological and institutional inadequacies through outreach models to facilitate access to and use of academic library resources by Hispanic students in colleges across the country.