Just a quick reminder that it is not too late to sign up for the
special topics course that we are offering completely online beginning
January 08 here at the University of South Carolina's School of Library
and Information Science.
As the Latino population continues to grow, the need for library
services to and understanding of Latino cultures is crucial for any
library serving their community. This course - Literacy Materials and
Services for Latino Youth (which will soon be a permanent course here
at SLIS) - introduces selection criteria for evaluating materials about
Latinos as well as strategies for serving this diverse population. The
course is delivered using Blackboard with several webstreams and
Powerpoint lectures for visual/auditory learners. Students of the
course have the opportunity to participate in an OPTIONAL chat on
Tuesday nights and to participate in an OPTIONAL onsite which coincides
with our First Annual Celebration of Latino Children's Literature conference.
I am in the process of beginning at statewide Latino Children's
Literacy Initiative and am currently researching and presenting on
Library Services to Latinos. I am also serving on the Americas and Pura
Belpre book award committees and moonlighting as the children's book
review editor of REFORMA. Needless to say, students of the course will
certainly have the opportunity to learn current information related to
the information and literacy needs of the fastest growing minority.