Volume 25, Number 2, 2003

Florida’s First Spanish-Language Library Portal Launched

by Tom Sloan, SEFLIN The Southeast Florida Library Information Network (SEFLIN) announces the opening of MiServiciodeBiblioteca.org, a new Web portal that enhances the connections between Spanish speakers and the libraries of southeast Florida. For the first time, twenty-five southeast Florida libraries/library systems, with more than 12 million library items, may be accessed via a Spanish language “single-search” service. MiServiciodeBiblioteca.org also features a Spanish language "Guide to Libraries in Southeast Florida," which includes a searchable directory of more than 300 libraries, information about each library, and a map of each library location. Additionally, MiServiciodeBiblioteca.org provides resources to assist library staff in serving Spanish-speaking library users.

“MiServiciodeBiblioteca.org is a landmark partnership between the SEFLIN board of directors and the State Library of Florida that provides the public with one of the largest Spanish language library portals in the nation,” stated Tom Sloan, SEFLIN’s executive director. “MiServiciodeBiblioteca.org enhances library services to Spanish speakers including the more than 1.6 million Southeast Floridians who are of Spanish speaking origin.”

SEFLIN is a library cooperative whose members represent more than 300 public, academic, and school libraries/library systems in Broward, Martin, Miami-Dade, and Palm Beach counties. SEFLIN is a leader in collaboratively planning and implementing library technology and services that link libraries and the communities they serve.

MiServiciodeBiblioteca.org has been funded in part under the provisions of the Library Service and Technology Act, from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, administered by the State Library of Florida.

Visit MiServiciodeBiblioteca.org. For more information, contact Tom Sloan or Charles Mayberry at 954-357-7345.