Connecting with Spanish-Speaking Communities
Description: A 4-week online course through which participants create an Outreach Plan designed to increase library use by and service to Spanish-speaking immigrant communities. This course is designed to be most useful to organizations and staff serving communities of first-generation, Spanish-speaking immigrants and their families, particularly when organizations lack bilingual/bicultural staff. Participants learn strategies, discover resources and develop confidence they can use to reach out to this underserved community and connect them with library services.
- Students will identify and select appropriately useful online and print resources available to libraries serving Latinos and Spanish-speakers.
- Students will generate strategies for building relationships between Latino community and the library, based on case studies and real-life examples of successful outreach.
- Students will identify specific barriers to library access experienced by Latino and Spanish-speaking communities and articulate specific outreach steps to remove access barriers.
- Students will apply the outreach process to their own specific organizations by identifying potential partner agencies and community leaders serving Spanish-speakers in their communities.
- Students will generate ideas for effectively marketing relevant library services to Latino and Spanish-speaking communities.
- Students incorporate this learning into the creation of an Outreach Plan for their organization.