Pathways to Progress

Issues and Advances in Latino Librarianship

by John L. Ayala and Salvador Güereña, Editors


Spanish speaking or Latino groups in the United States can be Anglo, Chicano/Chicana (Mexican Americans), Chilean, Colombian, Cuban, Peruvian, or Puerto Rican. This collection mirrors the ethnic diversity of Latino population, providing a uniquely broad coverage of Latino librarians in America.

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November 2011

Libraries Unlimited

Pages 243
Volumes 1
Size 7x10
Topics Adult Services and Programs/Multicultural Populations
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Supplying contributions from Latino librarian practitioners across the nation, this anthology provides broad coverage of the subject of Latino/Spanish speaking library service in the United States.

Emphasizing public, school, and academic libraries, Pathways to Progress: Issues and Advances in Latino Librarianship taps the leading minds of the Latino library world to provide expert discourse on a wide spectrum of library services to Latino patrons in the United States. This collection of articles provides an accurate, insightful discussion of the issues and advances in Latino library service.

Coverage of library service to the Latino community includes subjects such as special collections, recruitment and mentoring, leadership, collection development, reference services to gays and lesbians, children services, and special library populations. Contributors include library practitioners who are of Mexican, Chilean, Peruvian, Nicaraguan, Puerto Rican, and Cuban descent. Best practices are presented and explained in-depth with practical examples and documented citations.


  • Provides representation of the various Latino and Spanish speaking communities in the United States
  • Includes contributions from some of the leading voices in Latino librarianship
  • Documents current developments and trends in librarianship
Author Info

John L. Ayala is emeritus dean of library and learning resources, Fullerton College, Fullerton, CA. He holds a BA in modern history and a master's degree in public administration at California State University, Long Beach, CA, and a master of library science from Immaculate Heart College, Los Angeles, CA. His published works include a contribution to Library Services to Latinos: An Anthology. Ayala was recognized as Librarian of the Year for REFORMA 2001 and Staff of Distinction at Fullerton College in 2000.

Salvador Güereña is director of the California Ethnic and Multicultural Archives of the Davidson Library at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has edited and contributed to various other works, including Library Services to Latinos: An Anthology and Latino Periodicals: A Selection Guide.

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