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Wednesday, April 18 • 8:00am - 12:00pm
**RESCHEDULED FOR THURSDAY, 4/19** The Guadalajara Book Fair and Your Library: The Launch of Libros for Oregon

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UPDATE 4/6/18: This preconference has been RESCHEDULED as a regular conference session, allowing more attendees to take part. Check it out on Thursday, April 19, at 11:00am!

But I don’t speak Spanish!
But the Guadalajara Book Fair seems so overwhelmingly huge!
But I can’t afford the staff time to go!
But I don’t even know where to start!

The Guadalajara Book Fair (FIL) remains the richest source of culturally relevant, Spanish-language books to help us serve our many Latino/Hispanic patrons. With the launch of “Libros for Oregon: Collections Connect Communities,” Oregon’s public libraries will have a new resource to help them tap the resources of the FIL. The goal of this LSTA-funded project is for Spanish-speaking Oregonians statewide -- especially in rural areas -- to have improved access to high quality, culturally relevant collections. The project's three parts are:

(1) form a book-buying cooperative to buy FIL materials for members;
(2) help participating libraries develop/implement outreach plans;
(3) create and publish a “Best of FIL” booklist, annotated to show US availability.

Deborah Gitlitz, who administers the grant, and a panel including members of this year’s test consortium, will report on the results of the two-year project and explain how it will continue; tell stories about the gargantuan FIL; answer questions; and explain how your library might apply to participate in future years.

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Deborah Gitlitz

Bilingual Community Outreach Librarian, Wilsonville Public Library
Deborah has 20+ years' experience as a bilingual Youth Services and Community Librarian in multicultural, economically diverse environments, including 15 years with Multnomah County Library and currently as Community Outreach Librarian in Wilsonville. She coordinates the Libros for... Read More →
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Star Khan

Outreach Coordinator, Driftwood Public Library, Lincoln City, Driftwood Public Library
Star Khan is the Outreach Services Coordinator at Driftwood Public Library in Lincoln City. She is responsible for cultivating and maintaining relationships with community organizations as well as finding ways to extend the library beyond its walls, taking library services out into... Read More →

Teena Nelson

Youth Program Coordinator, Driftwood Public Library
Teena Nelson is from Siletz Oregon, a small town near coastal Oregon. She has worked as a Youth program co-ordinator for about 18 years with Driftwood Public Library in Lincoln City, Oregon. She has volunteered as a storytime person for many years in her town's tiny Siletz Public... Read More →


Wednesday April 18, 2018 8:00am - 12:00pm PDT
Wilder Hilton Eugene Conference Center, 66 East 6th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97401-2667 USA

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