Magazine article American Libraries

Something for Everyone in Guadalajara

Magazine article American Libraries

Something for Everyone in Guadalajara

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An international book fair and a fair city win another convert

IMAGINE DOING ACQUISITIONS WITHOUT STANdard tools like Books in Print. Imagine ordering direct from publishers because jobbers don't exist. Imagine book prices so fluid they aren't printed on bindings or even publishers' lists.

Those problems confront librarians who collect Latin American titles. Margarita Sierra and Maricarmen Canales, driving forces behind Fil |89, the Guadalajara International Book Fair, are doing something about it.

The third Fil, Feria Internacional del Libros, held Nov. 25-Dec. 2, 1989, had something for everyone. The movers and shakers of Latin American publishing were there - and, spurred by Sierra and Canales, made some gains in integrating publishing in the Americas. Helmut von de Lahr, press manager for the Frankfurt Book Fair, promised Frankfurt's aid, and affirmed the need for a "Latin American presence."

Hundreds of Latin American librarians and perhaps four dozen U.S. librarians attended, including former ALA President Margaret Chisholm, and REFORMA's (National Association to to Promote Library Services to the Spanish Speaking, an ALA affiliate Elena Tscherny. …

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