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Thursday, April 20 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Libros for Oregon: Collections Connect Communities

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Getting our hands on good books in Spanish is a perennial challenge! “Libros for Oregon” is here to help. “Libros for Oregon: Collections Connect Communities” is a two-year LSTA grant that supports Spanish-language collection development for participating Oregon libraries. The project’s goal is for Spanish-speaking Oregonians statewide -- especially in rural areas -- to have improved access to high quality, culturally relevant collections. The project has three parts: (1) form an Oregon library book-buying cooperative (with new participants each year) to purchase materials for members at the International Book Fair (FIL) in Guadalajara; (2) help participating libraries to develop and implement outreach plans for connecting their enhanced collections with their Hispanic/Latino communities; and (3) create a “Best of FIL” booklist (annotated to show US availability) for all Oregon libraries to use in collection development. Deborah Gitlitz, who is administering the grant, will report on the results of the planning year (ends June 2017); tell stories about the gargantuan FIL; answer questions; and explain how your library might apply to participate during 2017-18.

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Deborah Gitlitz

Bilingual Community Outreach Librarian, Wilsonville Public Library
Deborah has 20+ years' experience as a bilingual Youth Services and Community Librarian in multicultural, economically diverse environments, including 15 years with Multnomah County Library and currently as Community Outreach Librarian in Wilsonville. She coordinates the Libros for... Read More →


Thursday April 20, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm PDT
Santiam Room 2 Salem Convention Center