IS 590SS Library and Information Resources for Spanish-Speaking Patrons
Most librarians will at some point in their careers have the opportunity to work with patrons who are seeking resources in Spanish. According to the United States Census, 38.3 million Hispanics in the US speak Spanish at home, giving the United States the 4th highest number of Spanish-speakers worldwide (Mexico has 120 million, Colombia 48 million, and Argentina 43 million). This steady increase in population means that the number of Spanish-speakers using public and academic libraries is also on the rise. In this 8-week course, students will pick a type of library (public, community college, or academic) to use for their assignments. The assignments will include answering reference or research queries, creating user guides, and selecting Spanish-language materials to build a collection supporting their user population. All course work will be done in English and Spanish is not a requirement for this course.