ASCLA introduces Selecting Spanish-Language Materials for Adults online course

Contact: Eileen Hardy
Marketing Specialist

For Immediate Release
April 24, 2006

ASCLA introduces 'Selecting Spanish-Language Materials for Adults' online course

CHICAGO-The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) introduces "Selecting Spanish-Language Materials for Adults," its first Internet-based course that is designed for library staff serving Spanish-speaking populations.

Yolanda J. Cuesta, trainer and independent consultant specializing in helping libraries serve diverse communities, will teach this interactive online course that includes threaded discussions and scheduled chat sessions, on August 21 - September 15, 2006 and October 23 - November 17, 2006.

This four-week introductory course is created to help public library staff develop a Spanish-language collection of books and materials. During the course students will:

  • Explore the diversity of the Latino culture and the different types of materials such as fotonovelas (graphic novels), magazines and newspapers, music and best-selling authors in Spanish
  • Analyze criteria and discuss the materials selection process
  • Learn how to build a Spanish-language collection and market it to the community

The registration fees are $130 for ASCLA members, $160 for ALA members, $190 for non-ALA members, $100 for student and retired member, and discounted rates available for groups of eight or more.

For more information about the course and technology requirements please visit:

ASCLA, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), provides networking, enrichment and educational opportunities for its diverse members, who represent state library agencies, libraries serving special populations, multi-type library organizations and independent librarians.