¡Hola, amigos!

A Plan for Latino Outreach

by Susana G. Baumann


A step-by-step guide designed to help you attract Spanish-speaking patrons to your library collections and services, with proven strategies, effective programs, and event planning suggestions.

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December 2010

Libraries Unlimited

Pages 409
Volumes 1
Size 8 1/2x11
Topics Adult Services and Programs/Multicultural Populations
  Management and Administration/Marketing and Promotion

Latinos are the fastest growing population in the United States, and are creating a large bilingual market. Librarians are often eager to attract, serve, and retain Latino patrons, and library services are sorely needed by the Latino community; but it takes more than adding a few Spanish-language books to the collection to meet those needs. Besides the cultural and language barriers library personnel encounter when interacting with this community, libraries generally lack the funding to engage in multicultural advertising as well as the time and specialized personnel to do it. This book provides a practical, easy-to-follow guide to creating a bilingual-friendly facility that will attracts Latino users.

¡Hola, amigos!: A Plan for Latino Outreach offers users a systematic, orderly plan that directs outreach activity with worksheets, discussion reports, and easy-to-follow schedules, and more than 100 marketing ideas, tips, and examples from libraries around the country that can easily be incorporated into day-to-day activities. Many of the strategies can be applied to outreach of other minorities as well.

Author Info

Susana G. Baumann, an Argentine American, is the Director of LCSWorldwide Language and Cultural Services, a business she started as a minority-owned home-based translation company in 1996. Through her company, she has successfully worked with corporations, non-profit, and government organizations and has conducted a number of in-service trainings with libraries.



"Recommended for the professional collection of any public library wanting to provide equitable access and meaningful services to Latino communities."Library Journal

"Whether it's used in whole or chapter by chapter as needed, the combination of information, ideas, worksheets, and rich access to bibliographic source material creates a potent tool for beginning and enriching outreach programming to the Latino community. This is indeed the centerpiece of the publisher's Latinos and Libraries series."
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