Monday, November 12, 2007

Special topic Latino Youth course at SLIS

Hello Everyone!

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

diverse population.

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 Naidoo


Jamie Campbell Naidoo, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

University of South Carolina

School of Library and Information Science

113 Davis College

Columbia, SC 29208

Phone: 803-777-0090

Fax: 803-777-7938

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