Pathways to Progress: Issues and Advances in Latino Librarianship

Pathways to Progress: Issues and Advances in Latino Librarianship

Pathways to Progress: Issues and Advances in Latino Librarianship

Pathways to Progress: Issues and Advances in Latino Librarianship


Emphasizing public, school, and academic libraries, " Pathways to Progress: Issues and Advances in Latino Librarianship" taps the leading minds of the Latino library world to provide expert discourse on a wide spectrum of library services to Latino patrons in the United States. This collection of articles provides an accurate, insightful discussion of the issues and advances in Latino library service.

Coverage of library service to the Latino community includes subjects such as special collections, recruitment and mentoring, leadership, collection development, reference services to gays and lesbians, children services, and special library populations. Contributors include library practitioners who are of Mexican, Chilean, Peruvian, Nicaraguan, Puerto Rican, and Cuban descent. Best practices are presented and explained in-depth with practical examples and documented citations.


We are pleased to present to the library community a new series on Latino library services. Latinos and Libraries contributes to the relatively new field of serving Latinos in libraries in the United States. Because the literature in this field is somewhat thin, this series answers the call to add scholarship to this field of library endeavor. Our expectations are that, through the Latinos and Libraries series, we will bring new information to the area of serving Latinos, and that readers of this series will become more educated and informed about topics relevant to the Latino community.

This series covers public, academic, and special library issues; services; questions; problems; and solutions. In our attempt to be comprehensive, we have enlisted various library practitioners in the field of library service to Latinos. These librarians, library directors, and library and information science professors represent a wide spectrum of library endeavors.

The authors also represent a range of nationalities, including Chicano/ Chicana, Colombian, Peruvian, Puerto Rican, Mexican, and Anglo. These practitioners have written and will continue to write articles and monographs on Latino library service, and we are honored to include their contributions in this series.

The publishers and editors of Latinos and Libraries have been working diligently and thoroughly in presenting this wide-ranging and in-depth coverage of library service. Our hope is that you will be pleased with the coverage and with the continuing addition of literature to the field that we believe will be forthcoming from this series.

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