May 15, 2018 (Vol. 25, No. 10) OPPORTUNITIES FOR ENRICHMENT

Libros for Oregon Now Accepting Applications

Libros for Oregon is now accepting applications to participate in its 2018 cohort, which will purchase materials for member libraries at the Guadalajara Book Fair this November. Please note that if you are selected, turnaround time this year to take the next steps is rather short, as we switch from a grant cycle to what will become OLA oversight. Submission deadline is June 13.

Libros for Oregon (LfO) is an LSTA grant-incubated project whose purpose is to support Spanish-language collection development in Oregon public libraries by making the resources of the Guadalajara Book Fair more accessible through cooperative book-buying. Each year LfO will send three representatives on behalf of eight libraries to the Fair. There they will purchase (using members’ own selection budgets, and taking into account their selection preferences) books for participants’ collections. We work with a vendor who manages our shipping, handling and invoicing (participant libraries are invoiced directly).

Participating libraries are required to plan, execute, and report on three outreach activities designed to connect their communities with their enhanced Spanish-language collections. LfO provides supportive materials for this process.

Since our goal is to provide access to the Fair’s resources where it may be lacking, small and rural libraries who serve Latinos and Spanish-speakers are especially encouraged to apply. However, any Oregon public library may apply and may be accepted. (We may be able to expand the parameters to include other types of libraries as the project continues.)

The project maintains a website that provides LfO-related explanatory and application materials, and also resources more generally related to the Guadalajara Book Fair and Spanish book selection.

After a year of project design, 2017-2018 has been our pilot year. Following are the contact people at the libraries who participated, and I’m sure they’ll be happy to answer any questions you have about what the experience was like for them. Star Khan and Teena Nelson of Driftwood/Lincoln City accompanied me to the massive Fair itself to do the book-buying.

(Note: because LINCC was the project’s fiscal agent, the grant specified that half the participants for the pilot year be LINCC libraries. Going forward our representation will be more geographically varied; our Advisory Council already is.)

  • Ledding Library of Milwaukie (Contact: Sarah Roller)
  • Estacada (Michele Kinnamon)
  • Oak Lodge (Mitzi Olson)
  • Wilsonville (Deborah Gitlitz)
  • Oregon City (Barratt Miller)
  • Driftwood) / Lincoln City (Kirsten Brodbeck-Kenney, Star Khan and Teena Nelson)
  • Newport Public Library (Ted Smith)
  • Oregon Trail Library District (Kathy Street)
  • Klamath (Charla Oppenlander)

If you are interested in applying, please read through the explanatory materials, and if you still have questions, I’ll be happy to answer them.

To submit: please send your completed application as an attachment to meAgain, the deadline to submit applications is June 13, 2018.

Deborah Gitlitz
Community Outreach Librarian |  Bibliotecaria comunitaria
Wilsonville Public Library