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Wednesday, April 19 • 1:00pm - 5:00pm
La Comunidad Latina y Tu Biblioteca / The Latino/a Community and Your Library: Strategies for Building Relationships and Resources for Collection Development

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REFORMA Oregon is a professional organization for librarians and library staff who serve Spanish speaking and Latino/a communities. In this half day workshop, you will learn strategies to connect with your local Latino/a community, including recommended community partnerships and programming ideas for all ages. You will also learn about a variety of resources to develop your library collections to match the needs of your communities, including information on the "Libros for Oregon" project that plans for an Oregon library book-buying cooperative for the International Book Fair in Guadalajara and how your library can participate. Attendees may include librarians who are currently working with Latino/a communities, are just beginning the process of reaching out, or would like to begin, but are unsure how to do so. Whether you are new librarian within your community or a long-time resident, are a non-Spanish speaker or are fluent in Spanish, this session will offer you an opportunity to connect with members of an active organization that can support you, year round. The workshop will include time for you to brainstorm ideas and develop action items to apply the information learned so you will be better equipped to serve your Spanish speaking and Latino communities.


Kristen Curé

Latino Liaison & Adult Services Librarian, Springfield Public Library
Kristen is a former ALA Emerging Leader and spent her Peace Corps time in Nicaragua. She is a marketing wizard, bilingual storytime extraordinaire, and gardening enthusiast.
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Natalia Fernández

Curator of the Oregon Multicultural Archives & OSU Queer Archives, Oregon State University
Natalia Fernández is an associate professor and the Curator and Archivist of the Oregon Multicultural Archives (OMA) and the OSU Queer Archives (OSQA) at the Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center.
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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 →

Patty Lara

Outreach Specialist, Hood River County Library District
Patty Lara is the Outreach Specialist for the Hood River County Library District. Her current projects include, but are not limited to, organizing a bookmobile, coordinating a number of community-based events, hosting a weekly radio program, and selecting Spanish materials to add... Read More →
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Patricia Morán

Spanish Bilingual Youth Librarian, Multnomah County Library
Patricia Morán, a Spanish Bilingual Youth Librarian for the Multnomah County Library, builds and maintains relationships with patrons, neighborhood organizations, and the greater population served by the library. She has experience in creating a rich and inclusive Spanish language... Read More →


Wednesday April 19, 2017 1:00pm - 5:00pm PDT
Santiam Room 2 Salem Convention Center