The Illinois State Library (ISL) Diversity Program Presents: “Empowering Library Staff to Meet the Needs of the Spanish Speaking Community” on April 11, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Glenwood-Lynwood Public Library, 19901 Stoney Island Avenue in Lynwood, Illinois. The phone number this is (708) 758-0090.
There is no registration fee. One can register at: www.Librarylearning.info. Contact Vandella Brown, ISL Diversity Program Manager, Illinois State Library, Gwendolyn Brooks Building, 300 South Second Street, Springfield, Illinois 62701-1877, vbrown [at] ilsos.net, or 217-785-9075 or toll free 1-800-665-5576 Option 1. The ISL Diversity Program’s motto is “Diversifying Diversity In Illinois Libraries.”
Each participant needs to bring a lunch or be prepared to order pizza. The presenters are Ms. Brown; Jay Newman Hidalgo, MA, PSA with the Illinois Department of Human Services Office of Accessibility and Customer Support; and Dennis Rios, Spanish Content/Outreach Coordinator, Illinois Legal Aid Online.
This workshop is for all library staff. Participants will:
• Learn about the challenges and benefits of reaching out to serve the Spanish speaking community and increasing their access to public library computers and resources. There will be a presentation about Hispanic/Latino culture, behavior and values; how we learn about the culture; and how that culture impacts our behaviors and perceptions.
• Learn the differences and strengths in communication styles of the Spanish speaking community. Learn how to build strong community partnerships and collaborate with the Spanish speaking community to increase their access to public library computers and resources.
• Listen to speakers from the Hispanic culture/community and their resources to the Spanish-speaking community. Develop an action plan for reaching out to the Spanish-speaking community.
Jesse White is the Illinois Secretary of State & State Librarian.