WLS Resources for Latino/Spanish Speaking Communities

Nancy Coradin ~ Spanish Cataloger @ WLS

Nancy does more than catalog the Spanish collections for the member libraries.  She visits the libraries to become acquainted with the directors, librarians and staff. She peruses the collections with a focus on Spanish material and programs.

Background
Nancy has 17 years of experience cataloging Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, and French material at The New York Public Library.  She has 3 years of experience in collection development for the Puerto Rican and Latino Collection of the Bronx Library Center.  She attends Spanish author programs in New York City.  She frequents International book fairs in Spain and Mexico.

Services that Nancy offers:

  • Evaluates collections, makes recommendations on what to weed/withdraw, and identifies gaps in collections
  • Assists in planning, & creating, Spanish or Bilingual story time programs
  • Translates English (flyers, programs, library card applications, etc) into Spanish
  • Teaches computer literacy & can assist staff to plan & create computer classes in English and Spanish
  • Always open for questions regarding Spanish collections, programs, and services to the Latino community

Nancy can be reached at (914) 231-3259 and e-mail  ncoradin@wlsmail.org

Mi Biblioteca-Spanish Welcome Packet
As part of a WLS leadership course, Nancy Coradin, Spanish Cataloger at WLS, developed a Spanish Welcome kit aimed at Spanish/Latino populations.  The goal of the packet is to alleviate fears they might have about coming into the library, and also provide a way for library staff to reach out and welcome the Latino and Spanish speaking community.  She developed a folder that included both library information (such as how to get a library card, collections available, and instructions on using Spanish Catalog) as well as community services available.  For outline of her presentation, click here.   Below are templates for items that can be used to develop a kit at your own library.

In support of this project- WLS is providing a growith chart and a bilingual picture book that be included in yoru library’s welcome kit.  Contact Nancy for more information at ncoradin@wlsmail.com .

Click on the below links to find templates you can use for your own library!
Mi Biblioteca Folder Cover 
Your Voice Counts Survey
Tu voz cuenta Survey Spanish

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