I hope you are having a great week! As you wind things down for the
fall semester and begin thinking of future SLIS courses to take, I hope
that you will consider taking SLIS J797L: Materials & Services for Latino
Youth. This online course is open to ANYONE and promises to provide
all students the basics of where to find materials and how to plan
programs for Latino children and young adults.
Here is the course description:
SLIS J797L: Materials and Services for Latino Youth is an
information-filled course that will provide students with the necessary print and
electronic resources to begin planning and evaluating library materials
and services/programs for Latino children, teens, and their families.
Latinos are the fastest growing, youngest, and largest ethnic minority
in the United States and in South Carolina. An increasing percentage
of library patrons today are of Latino heritage. It is imperative that
any public or school library effectively serving their community be able
to develop programs and collections that meet the needs of this
My course introduces a wide variety of print and non-print resources
suitable for Latino youth (children and teens) ages 3 to 14 and provides
the appropriate techniques for their effective evaluation. In
addition, literature-based activities and programs are explored with emphasis
on the development of proper techniques and personal characteristics
necessary for successfully working with diverse Latino populations in both
public and school library settings. Among the topics the course
addresses are: defining the Latino culture; Latinos in South Carolina;
origins and development of youth literature about Latinos; notable Latino/a
youth authors and illustrators; distinctive genres and their
characteristics; cultural authenticity; nature and function of illustrations;
social issues addressed in multicultural literature today; problematic
aspects of contemporary youth literature about Latinos; critical
approaches to choosing developmentally and culturally appropriate, quality
children’s literature for and about Latinos; and effective implementation
of Latino-friendly library programs.
This course will be offered Spring 2008 via distance education on the
web with an optional onsite on April 26th, 2008 (the date for USC's
First Annual Celebration of Latino Children's Literature conference) and
optional chats on Thursdays from 6-7pm.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me off the list.
I'm attaching a tentative syllabus for those interested in the course.
Jamie Campbell Naidoo, Ph.D.
University of South Carolina
School of Library and Information Science
113 Davis College
Columbia, SC 29208