Diversity in Libraries
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New Resource for Hispanic Patrons?

Recently, I received an email through the Reforma (The National Association to Promote Library & Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking) listserv about a new website designed to provide useful information and resources to Hispanics in the U.S.  The website is called HispanosInfo and is written in both Spanish and English.  (Look for the button that says “English” on the main page to switch the language.)  The site includes sections on health, education, immigration, finances, and love.

The website was created by a market and political research firm in New York called LatinInsights in response to a lack of bilingual information available to Hispanics on the Internet.  As to the website’s goal, firm president Marcela Miguel Berland, states that the website aims “to provide a service that helps Spanish-dominant persons find important information quickly and easily, to be pointed in the right direction.  Our goal is to help them realize their dream and create a virtual community for all Latinos.” (Capital Wire PR, 2009)

This seems like a useful website and might come in handy if you are ever trying to help a Spanish-speaking patron.  The dual language option would certainly help bridge some of the language barrier!

To access the website click on the screenshot below.

HispanosInfo screenshot

Discussion Questions:

1) What do you think of the website? Would you refer patrons to it?

Resources:

(December 8, 2009) New Website Offers Vital Information to Hispanics: Capital Wire PR. Retrieved December 9, 2008 from http://www.capitalwirepr.com/pr_description.php?id=886165f4-4f35-72d2-3019-4b1e64660eef

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