School of Information Management & Systems.
Design of Library Services. Michael Buckland.
Assignment 9: Serving Diverse Communities. Due March 5.
Libraries exist to serve communities of people -- often a multiple differing
communities at the same time -- and a large part of the challenge to make
the service appropriate for a particular group. There are, of course, many
different kinds of communities: by occupation, by location, by reading interest,
by cultural heritage, by language, by age, and so on. There has been a steady
flow, especially since the 1960s, of discussion, publication, and resources
concerned with service to special groups.
Newspaper reports on the 2000 Census noted the increase in Hispanic / Latino
/ Chicano communities in California. Here are some English-language web-sites
concerned with library services to the Spanish-speaking:
Reforma: National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking
SOL Spanish in Our Libraries
PLUS Public Libraries Using Spanish
Barahona Center for the Study of Books in Spanish for Children and Young Adults
In addition to the usual literature searching in Library Literature and Library and Information Science Abstracts, one way to locate groups concerned with service to special groups is to look at the
American Library Association Roundtables, listed at
Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT)
lonestar.utsa.edu/jbarnett/emie.html [site under reconstruction 2/13/03]
which provides a
Resources and Links page
the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered Round Table
which has a A Selective Bibliography for Lesbian Readers
and an (old) website on Classification Schemes for Lesbian/Gay Materials.
Also, scroll down the the list of associations affiliated
with the American Library Association, listed at
www.ala.org/alaorg/affiliates/affiliates_home.html and visit a few.
American Indian Library Association
Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association
Black Caucus of ALA
Chinese-American Librarians Association
(a). Take a look at one or more of the sites on service to
the Spanish-speaking – #1 above.
(b). Find some other sources on services to a special group (using #2 above
if you wish); and
(c). Present a short report in class and on paper summarizing what you found.
Note that most of the organizations organize programs
at the American Library Association Annual Meeting and some at the
California Library Association Annual Meeting.